Despite Covid-19 Induced Delays, Capex Utilisation For Dedicated Freight Corridor Project Up By 21 Per Cent

Despite the project getting adversely affected due to Covid-19 induced lockdown, capital utilisation in the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) has registered an increase by 21 per cent in the first 10 months of the financial year 2020-21 as compared to the last fiscal.

Reviewing the progress of the mega project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal noted that capital expenditure of Rs 8,201 crore has been registered as compared to Rs 6,783 crore for the last year in the same corresponding period.

According to the Railways, higher capital utilisation was possible due to the relentless monitoring of the project, which led to the resolution of issues which otherwise used to delay execution in the past.

Goyal directed the DFC management team and the contractors to take all possible steps to speed up the pace of works on all the sections of the Western DFC (1504 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1856 route km).

In the review meeting attended by senior officials, the progress of each individual section was discussed in detail and instructions were given to ensure smooth progress by resolving all hindrances.

During the meeting, it was decided that strict monitoring of work of all contractors be done. Resolution of all issues, including coordination with the States is to be done on a Mission mode.

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