It is a broad gauge freight corridor under construction in India by Indian Railway. There are 2 corridors in the country, i.e. the Western and Eastern freight corridors.
India has the fourth-largest railway system in the world, lagging behind only US, Russia and China.
The Indian rail network is spread across 67,368 km (approximately 93,000 running track km) with about 7,300 stations. The railways run close to 13,000 passenger trains that carry over 23 mn passengers daily. The Indian Railways transported over 1,221.39MT of freight in 2019.
Indian Railways is the single largest employer in India and eighth largest in the world; employing close to 1.4 mn people.
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Passenger traffic growth (2011-18)
Freight traffic growth (2011-18)
Average daily passengers
Revenue from freight traffic (2016-17)
4th largest railway system in the world
4th largest rail freight carrier in the world
Single largest employer in India and 8th largest in the world
Indian Railways aspires to add 1.5% to the country’s GDP by building infrastructure to support 40% modal freight share of the economy.
Two Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC), one on the Western route (Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Dadri) and another on the Eastern route (Ludhiana to Dankuni), have been fast-tracked.
The Indian Railways is looking electrify the entire network by 2025 which will lead to energy savings of $ 1.55Bn.
India Railways is focused on:
Increasing urbanization, rising incomes (both rural and urban), growing industrialization across the country along with private sector participation
Growing industrialization across the country
Six high-capacity, high-speed dedicated freight corridors
MRTS is planned between Gurgaon and Bawal to provide direct connectivity to Manesar Bawal Investment Region (MBIR)
Connecting major metros and growth centers of the country