The Delhi-Mumbai Dedicated Freight Corridor will be successfully completed by March 2017, a senior official of Ministry of External Affairs said here today. Replying to a question during briefing on the postponement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh scheduled visit to Japan from tomorrow, Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia), said work on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, being built with Japanese assistance, is proceeding on a fast pace and would be successfully completed as per the schedule by March 2017.

The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is 1,483 km long rail corridor connecting the Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai with Dadri near Delhi.

The DFC will provide high speed, double stacked container rail connectivity that will reduce transit time, costs and increase reliability. A band of 150 km on both sides of the DFC is to be developed as Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) to provide a high quality environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure for new investors. UNI


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