Ministry of Railways

Salient Features of DFCs

Posted On: 24 MAR 2021 3:59PM by PIB Delhi

Ministry of Railways is executing the work of construction of two dedicated freight corridors namely Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors (EDFC & WDFC) to augment the rail transport capacity along above routes to meet the growing need of the economy and facilitate faster evacuation of freight traffic. The salient features of DFC are as under:

  • Maximum permissible Speed - 100Kmph
  • Long haul and Higher Trailing load - upto 13000 tonnes per train
  • Double stack trains on WDFC
  • Efficient handling and value added services at freight terminals of DFC.
  • Enhanced axle load of 25 tonnes
  • Higher maximum moving dimension of Wagons
  • Automatic Signalling with Mobile Train Radio communication
  • Overall enhanced throughput

Out of 2843 km of DFC (1337 km Ludhiana to Sonnagar of EDFC & 1506 km JNPT to Dadri of WDFC), 657 km has already been commissioned.

The Eastern and Western DFC covers the following States and Districts:




Eastern DFC


Ambala, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana




Uttar Pradesh

Chandauli, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Auraiya, Etawah, Firozabad, Hathras, Aligarh, Bulandshahr, Hapur Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Merut, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur,


Gaya, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur (Bhabhua),


Dhanbad, Giridih, Koderma,


West Bengal

Hoogly, Purba Bardhman, Paschim Bardhman

Western DFC

Uttar Pradesh

Gautam Budh Nagar



Faridabad, Palwal, Nuh, Rewari, Mahendragarh,



Sikar, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pali, Sirohi, ,



Banaskantha, Mehsana, Ahemdabad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat



Navsari, Valsad, Palghar, Thane, Raigad



Dedicated Freight Corridors will offer higher transport output with faster transit of freight trains. Running of planned double stack container trains and heavy haul will also add to the carrying capacity. The unit cost of freight transport will substantially be reduced and there will be significant savings in the Logistics cost as well. This would improve the supply chain for the industries/logistics players etc. in DFC’s catchment areas leading to additional freight volumes and growth of EXIM traffic as well.

The above advantages of DFC will promote Industrial activities in the region by levaraging the Industrial corridors/townships being implemented along the DFC route. Development of New Freight terminals, Multimodal Logistics parks and Inland Container Depots along both Eastern and Western DFC are in different stages of implementation

The above measures are likely to create direct and indirect employment in the project-influence areas.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.



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