New Delhi: Pitching for expansion of rail infrastructure, railway
minister Dinesh Trivedi may allocate significant funds while presenting
the Rail Budget on Wednesday for Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) to
expedite its execution. The ambitious Rs one lakh crore project had
recently got a big push with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directing
central departments and states to give the project "highest priority."
At a high-level meeting held recently, it was decided that state
governments would set up monitoring committees to resolve the issues
especially land-acquisition in an expeditious manner so that the project
is completed by the projected deadline of 2017.
The 3,300-km long project, which will criss-cross various states, shall
transform India's economic transport facility.
Railways aims to shift a major portion of road transport to rail once the
DFC connecting Delhi to Mumbai and Ludhiana to Dankuni in West Bengal
According to railway sources, the focus of the budget would be more
towards automation and strengthening the existing infrastructure.
The Rail Budget could also announce about 80 new trains, including the
popular Duronto class of trains.
Trivedi is likely to announce transforming more stations as Adarsh
stations which will provide better facilities for passengers.