Why is it in the news?

The first phase of the dedicated freight corridor, the much-awaited project of Indian Railways, is set to be operational.


Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL)

The DFCCIL is registered as a Company under the Companies Act, 1956, and works under the Ministry of Railways.

  1. It came into existence in 2006.
  2. Its mandate is to undertake planning & development, mobilisation of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation of the Dedicated Freight Corridors. 

Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC)

  1. It starts at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and reaches till JNPT, Mumbai, which is the largest container port of the country.
  2. Important places in this route:
  • It passes through the states of U.P., Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra
  • The project will be linked to Eastern DFC to form four hubs known as India’s Golden Quadrilateral including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata