It’s nearing sunset near the town of Hathras in India’s state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people—more than the entire population of Brazil.
Through these efforts, DFC is expected to improve transport and trade logistics – bringing much needed jobs, connectivity, and urbanization opportunities to some of India’s poorest provinces – including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh while helping protect the environment. The electric locomotives will help ease India’s energy security issues and escalating concerns about traffic accidents, congestion, carbon emissions, and pollution created by road traffic.
Near Hathras and simultaneously in different sites in the country, workers equipped with modern equipment and techniques efficiently lay 1.5 km of new track per day in different weather conditions.
Of the two corridors currently under construction and expected to be completed within the next two years, the World Bank is supporting the Eastern Corridor with $2.36 billion in support through a series of three projects covering 1,200 kilometers. The 343km-long line I visited between Bhaupur to Khurja is expected to be completed within the next year, as a segment of a larger project connecting Ludhiana to Dankuni, near Kolkata expected to be completed in 2020.
In addition to financing and technical support, the Bank is working with the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL) - created to implement the project - with research and development, long-term commercial and marketing planning, approaches to non-discriminatory access, track safety, locomotive and wagon specifications, pilot projects on energy optimization and freight logistics, and skills enhancement.
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