Two major freight corridors in the country are inching closer to completion while long stretches along these routes are already open for cargo movement. While reliability and speed make DFCs stand apart, the cost of transportation will be the single biggest factor for customers when it comes to choosing between rail and road.
For long, India’s freight trains have been moving on congested tracks alongside passenger trains, with the latter always getting priority treatment. But nearly two decades since the idea of dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) was proposed, rail transport has come a long way despite numerous obstacles. “It started off in 2006 as a greenfield project and has faced multiple challenges along the way — the biggest being land acquisition along the
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