Currently, Railways have undertaken Rs 81,459 crore projects to develop 3,342 km track comprising Eastern and Western DFC and and as per the plan, four more corridors will be constructed to ensure faster movement of goods.

Railways' loading share has come down to 36 per cent at present as a chunk of it has been shifted to roads causing a sharp fall in its freight earnings.

The proposals to construct four more dedicated corridors for freight totaling 6672 km are likely to be part of Rail Budget 2016-17, according to a senior Railway Ministry official.

The 2330 km long East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai), 2343 km long North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai), the 1100 km long East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijaywada) and the 899 km long Southern Corridor (Chennai-Goa) are being considered to be announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on February 25.

Attempts have been made to increase the rail share in loadings through various measures and DFC is one of such step in that direction, the official said.

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation was set up by Railways in 2006 to undertake planning and development, mobilization of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation of the Dedicated Freight Corridors.

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