Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Project

Approval of Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor Project 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the revised cost estimate of Rs. 81,459 crore for the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Project, including land costs and financing plan.

The revised cost estimate of Rs. 81,459 crore comprises of construction cost of Rs. 73,392 crore of the Eastern and Western DFC  (Eastern DFC - Rs. 26,674 crore and Western DFC- Rs. 46,178 crore).  The land acquisition cost will be Rs. 8,067 crore. This excludes the cost of the 534 kms Sonnagar- Dankuni section proposed to be implemented through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) route. 

Out of the total requirement of Rs. 81,459 crore for the Eastern and Western DFC project, Rs. 76,143 crore funding will be required during project construction, as interest during construction of Rs. 5,316 crore for the Western DFC  would need to be paid by the Ministry of Railways to the Ministry of Finance, after the moratorium period of 10 years. Rs. 52,347 crore would flow from debt from JICA and World Bank. Equity requirement from the Ministry of Railways (including land) for the project is Rs. 23,796 crore.

The Eastern and Western DFC passes through the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

The Eastern and Western DFC project will add substantial transportation capacity, help in reducing unit cost of transportation and would provide efficient transportation services to benefit power houses, mines, ports, trade and industry and the container sector. It will benefit the environment as traffic from road will move to rail resulting in reduction in 457 million tonnes of CO2 over a 30 year period. The Eastern DFC is expected to carry 153 million tonne of traffic in 2021-22, which will increase to 251 million tonne in 2036-37. The Western DFC is expected to carry 161 million tonnes of traffic in 2021-22, which will increase to 284 million tonnes in 2036-37.

For the Eastern DFC, the commitment of World Bank loan is for US $ 2.725 billion and the loan agreement for US $ 975 million to cover the first package of 343 km from Khurja to Kanpur was signed in October 2011. For the second package of 402 km from Kanpur to Mughalsarai, the loan of US $ 1100 million was signed in December 2014. For the third package covering the 447 km Dadri-Khurja-Ludhiana section, negotiations were finalised with World Bank for a loan of US$ 650 million.

For the Western DFC, the commitment for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan is for 550 billion Japanese Yen and the first tranche loan agreements of 230 billion Japanese Yen for both Phase-I and Phase-II, have been signed.


The Eastern DFC is planned to be implemented in parts; EDFC-1 of 343 km, from Khurja-Kanpur; EDFC-2 of 402 km, from Kanpur-Mughalsarai; EDFC-3 of 447 km from Ludhiana-Khurja-Dadri. The 126 km, Mughalsarai-Sonnagar has already been taken up for implementation with Government funds; and the 538 km, Sonnagar-Dankuni section will be implemented through PPP. The Western DFC is planned to be implemented in two phases. Phase-1 of 963 km, from Rewari-Vadodara and Phase-2 of 557 km, from Vadodara-Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Rewari-Dadri. The completion of the Eastern and Western DFC is targeted in phases from 2017 to 2019.

The project has achieved significant progress. Over 84 percent of land has been acquired with land compensation award of over Rs. 6,900 crore declared according to the provisions of the Railway Amendment Act, 2008. Civil construction contracts and other contracts for about 1526 km on the two corridors and 54 bridges on the Western DFC have been awarded at a total value of over Rs. 20,000 crore. Contracts are being awarded on design build lump sum basis. The systems works for signaling and electrification packages and the balance civil works are also at an advanced stage of tendering. To proceed with project implementation and enter into commitments approval of the revised cost estimates would be essential.

Earlier, the CCEA in Feb, 2008, gave approval for implementation of the Eastern and Western DFC projects and so far, expenditure of over Rs. 13,000 crore has been made.


Manual Scavenging needs to be totally eradicated: Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot 

Manual scavenging is such a heinous crime as man is cleaning others excreta so if needs to be totally eradicated and Private and Public sector companies has to work along-with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to work to eradicate this social evil said Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment. 

Addressing the workshop on “Corporate Social Responsibility- Swachh, Swastha & Samruddh Bharat ki Aur” organized by National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) here today. Shri Gehlot said that the workshop would provide an opportunity for understanding CSR mandate under Companies Act, 2013, guidelines and Govt. directives (including Effective Planning and Implementation of CSR Agenda) and a platform for CSR implementation for the various Public and Private Sector Enterprises. 

The Workshop was inaugurated by Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, in the presence of Shri Vijay Sampla, MoS, SJE, Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Secretary, SJE and other senior officers from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, NSKFDC, and dignitaries from other Govt. Departments/Apex Corporations. 

The workshop was organized by National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC), a Govt. of India undertaking under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, working for the socio-economic upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis/Scavengers and their dependants across the country. 

NSKFDC is in operation since October, 1997, as an Apex Corporation for the all round socio-economic upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis, Scavengers and their dependants throughout India. The schemes/programmes of NSKFDC are implemented through State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs) nominated by the State Governments/UT Administrations, Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Nationalised Banks. The financial assistance is provided at concessional rates of interest to the SCAs/RRBs/Nationalised Banks for onward disbursement to the target group of NSKFDC. The schemes being implemented by NSKFDC are: - 

Loan Based Schemes i.e. General Term Loan, Mahila Adhikarita Yogana (MAY), Mahila Smridhi Yogana (MSY), Micro Credit Finance (MCF), Sanitation Workers Rehabilitation Scheme (SWRS), Education loan, Swachhta Udyami Yojana – “Swachhta Se Sampannta Ki Aur” for Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Pay and Use Community Toilets in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode and Procurement & Operation of Sanitation related Vehicles, Sanitary Mart Scheme and Green Business Scheme. Under Loan based schemes, NSKFDC provides financial assistance to the Safai Karamcharis, Scavengers and their dependants through SCAs/RRBs/Nationalized Banks for any viable income generating schemes including sanitation related activities and for education in India and Abroad. 

Non Loan Based Schemes like Skill Development Training programme, Job Fairs, Awareness Camps, Workshops, Marketing linkages to beneficiaries through Trade Fairs/Dilli Haat/Suraj Kund Crafts Mela. NSKFDC provides 100% grant in connection with skill development training programme and stipend of Rs. 1500 p.m. per candidate and Rs. 50000 for holding Job Fair, Rs. 30000 for Awareness Camp and Rs.25000 for Workshop etc. 

As on date, NSKFDC has been able to disburse funds of Rs.1110.57 crore for covering 286800 beneficiaries and conducted Skill Development Training to 32882 candidates by releasing grant of Rs.24.29 crore. 

Further, National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) an another Apex Corporation under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India is working for the upliftment of the Scheduled Castes has been able to disburse funds of Rs.3034.92 crore for covering 9.55 lac beneficiaries and conducted Skill Development Training for 73544 candidates by releasing grant of Rs.65.27 crore. 


Financial restructuring of Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for conversion of interest of Rs.39.53 crore accrued on the loan of Rs.21.82 crore provided to Artificial  Limbs  Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur during the years 1977-78 to 2001-02 and penal interest of Rs. 12.61 crore on this amount as on 31.03.2015 that is a total of Rs.52.14 crore {Rs.39.53 crore + 12.61 crore) into equity. Penal Interest after 31.03.2015 has been waived.

The increase in capital base support will strengthen the financial position of the corporation to fulfill the objectives for which it was established. It will ensure availability of increased working capital required for enhanced targeted business and also enable the corporation to seek loans from Financial Institutions/Banks on favorable terms. This will also enable the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to release grants to the Corporation for modernization.

ALIMCO has an authorized share capital of Rs.3 crore and paid up capital of Rs. 1.965 crore as on 31st March, 2014. The Government of India had given interest bearing loans amounting to Rs. 21.82 crore to the Company from 1977-78 to 2001-02, for meeting its working capital requirements. However, interest -was not paid and continued to be shown as accrued and due in the Books of the Corporation. An interest of Rs 39.53 crore is accrued and due on these loans in addition to a penal interest of Rs. 12.61 crore on this amount as on 31st March, 2015. Subsequently, ALIMCO has fully repaid the loan amount to the Government of India by 2003-04.


ALIMCO was set up in 1972 by the Government of India under Section 25 (Not for Profit Motive) of the Companies Act, 1956. It is a fully owned Government of India undertaking working under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The Corporation has been working for the past 40 years and has manufactured and distributed various types of cost effective quality assistive devices to approximately 42 lakh Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) so far. It is currently on an average serving around two lakh PwDs every year.


Prime Minister to set Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission, Urban Housing Mission rolling tomorrow 

Launch of three urban missions marks the heralding of a new urban era, says Shri Venkaiah Naidu 

Urban reforms and citizen participation key to the success of new urban initiatives, says UD Minister 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch three major Missions intended to transform the urban landscape of the country which in turn would enhance the quality of urban living besides driving economic growth. He will set rolling the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for urban areas besides releasing operational guidelines for the three missions. 

Under AMRUT, focus will be on providing basic infrastructure like providing tap water and sewer connections to every urban household, solid waste management, provision of roads and public transport. Promotion of urban reforms to improve urban governance will also be supported. This Mission seeks to enable urban local bodies meet service level benchmarks in respect of various services. 500 cities with a population of above one lakh each would be included in AMRUT. 

Under PMAY, it is proposed to build 2 crore houses for urban poor including Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups in urban areas by the year 2022. This Mission has four components viz., In-situ Slum Redevelopment with private sector participation using land as resource, Affordable Housing through Credit Linked Subsidy, Affordable Housing in Partnership with private and public sector and Beneficiary led house construction/enhancement. Under these components, central assistance will be in the range of Rs.1.00 lakh to Rs.2.30 lakh. 

Smart Cities Mission aims at development of entire urban eco-system of cities covering physical, social, economic and institutional infrastructure. The objective is to enable better living and driving economic growth for the benefit of all sections. This will be implemented through retrofitting (enhancing infrastructure in already built up areas and adopting smart solutions), redevelopment by demolishing already built up areas with fresh layouts for intensive land use and smart solutions, Pan-city projects for the benefit of all citizens like e-governance and appropriate smart solutions. Greenfield projects can be taken up for accommodating people outside existing cities. 

Speaking to media ahead of the launch of three missions, Minister of Urban Development and HUPA Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that Prime Minister will be heralding a new urban era in the country with the launch tomorrow. He said, “This marks the journey of Team India towards radical transformation of urban areas required to build a resurgent India. Effective implementation of identified reforms is the key to the success of new missions. Urban governance needs to be improved substantially ensuring citizen participation, transparency and accountability and efficient service delivery to citizens.” 

Shri Naidu further elaborated that the simultaneous launch of three urban missions reflects the integrated approach of the Government to urban development and these missions have been designed to be complementary to enable urban transformation. He said that the central government has committed itself to spend about Rs.four lakh crore on these three missions over the next five to six years, which is unprecedented. 

The Minister said that the new missions have been formulated after about an year long extensive consultations with States, Union Territories and Urban Local Bodies so as to involve them at every stage of formulation so as to avoid the pitfalls of implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM). 

Ministers of Urban Development and Housing of States and UTs, Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons of 500 cities with population of above one lakh, Principal Secretaries from States/UTs, Municipal Commissioners will also attend the launch. The launch of three new urban missions will be followed by a two day extensive consultations with States/UTs, elected and administrative heads of municipal bodies on implementation issues relating to new missions and Swachh Bharat Mission as well. 


Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurates the first Public Private Partnership model based anganwadi centre ‘NandGhar’ in Sonipat District of Haryana 

4000 such modern model NandGhars to be set up across the country under the new initiative 

The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the first of its kind modern and model Anganwadi centre ‘NandGhar’ on PPP model at Hasanpur village in Sonipat district of Haryana today. 

The Union Ministry of Women & Child Development will set up 4000 such multifunctional NandGhars across the country to benefit over 4 lakh women and children. 

Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the 4000 NandGhars proposed to be set up under this partnership, will have all facilities that can contribute to the healthy development of children. Their whole life will be better if they are provided good care and facilities in pre-school level, the Minister said. Smt Maneka Gandhi said that each Anganwadi should be treated as a centre where children can receive some education, can be fed and take part in play activities, she said. 

The Minister explained that this place can also be used as a community centre for women of the village to share their feelings and thoughts. The centre will also act as a platform for skill development. 

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also announced that the Central Government is soon going to open ‘One Stop Crisis Centres’ for women who are under any kind of physical, mental or psychological crisis. She said that the first such centre is being opened in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh and the first centre of Haryana will be opened in Karnal district of Haryana. 

Addressing the gathering on the occassion, the Women and Child Development Minister, Government of Haryana, Smt. Kavita Jain said that the state Government will provide all support including land and administrative support for development of these centres in the state of Haryana. She said that it will set a commendable example of partnership between the Government and corporate sector for the development of society. Smt Kavita Jain said that Haryana Government is functioning in the direction of achieving the target of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’ scheme of the Government of India and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao Cell’ has been established by Haryana Government for this purpose. 

These Anganwadis have been named as “NandGhar” by the Prime Minister and a singular design will be followed for these centres at all locations. NandGhar initiative adds to the existing Anganwadi model of the Ministry’s ‘Integrated Women and Child Development Scheme’ and this centre will act as a focal area for immunization, gender sensitization and maternal care. 

The integrated Anganwadi model ‘NandGhar’ will provide smart education, mobile vans, Health Awareness and Skill training. The ‘NandGhar’ centres are proposed to be run as a shared space in which 50% of the time will be devoted to children’s education and the remaining half will support women’s skill development. 

The NandGhar structure has low lifetime maintenance cost, is spacious with ample light, and is fire, dampness and earthquake proof. NandGhar offers amenities of smart education through interactive graphics, Hygienic toilets, Safe drinking water, a dedicate kitchen and storage space and will run on Solar Panel Power. 

In this unique partnership, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development and Vedanta will share the cost of construction of the buildings, which are prefab structures. The land for the Anganwadis will be provided by the Gram Panchayats and the construction will be undertaken by NBCC. 

The Member of Parliament from Sonipat, Shri Ramesh Chandra Kaushik, Shri Anil Agarwal ji, Chairman of Vedanta Group, senior officials of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and Government of Haryana were also present on the occasion. 

Financial Assistance from NSDF to Saina Nehwal for an Exclusive Full Time Physiotherapist 

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has sanctioned financial assistance of Rupees Nine lakh to Saina Nehwal on her request for engaging the services of a full time exclusive Physiotherapist for the period from 01.06.2015 to 31.08.2016 (15 months). The assistance will be utilized for payment of monthly remuneration to the Physiotherapist at the rate of Rupees Sixty Thousand per month. The selection of Physiotherapist has been done by Saina Nehwal herself. 

Saina Nehwal has been selected under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme for financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for training as part of preparation for Olympic 2016. She is currently training in Bengaluru at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy at Karnataka Badminton Association and wish to continue her training there till Rio Olympics 2016. 

The financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), approved for the Physiotherapist, is out of the contribution made by the India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme under the National Sports Development Fund. IIFCL has committed Rupees Thirty Crore to MYAS for three years under its CSR initiative. 
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