Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal has directed the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp. of India Ltd (DFFCIL) 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 (1,504 route km) and Eastern DFC (1,856 route km).
Goyal also proposed the development of a dashboard for close monitoring of the project’s progress.
The minister made these observations while reviewing the progress of DFCCIL, which was attended by all the top officials of the Railway Board, DFCCIL including Chairman Railway Board (CRB) and Managing Director, DFCCIL and contractual agencies.
Progress of the individual sections of the DFCs was discussed in detail and instructions issued to ensure smooth progress by resolving all hindrances. During the meeting, senior officials also presented the current status of the project.
To fast track the project, the minister suggested a slew of measures including holding regular weekly meetings with all contractors, vendors and suppliers, working out the possibility of offering some kind of incentives to contractors willing to finish their work before the stipulated time frame and creation of a dashboard by DFCCIL for real-time ‘Kilometre by Kilometre’ project monitoring and follow up. This would also be accessible to the officials of the Railway Board. Provision of the dashboard would help in the resolution of all contract implementation matters on an urgent basis and would also act as an institutional mechanism for resolving contract related issues.
During the meeting, it was also decided that strict monitoring of all work done by contractors would be undertaken. Similarly, the resolution of all issues, including coordination with the states would be done on a mission mode. The Ministry of Railways has already written to all concerned states to resolve the pending issues of land, railway road over bridges (ROBs) and law and order.
With a total length of 3,360 route km, DFC is one of the largest rail infrastructure projects being undertaken by the Govt of India. Its overall cost is pegged at Rs 814.59 billion. DFCCIL has been set up as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to undertake planning, development, mobilisation of financial resources, construction, maintenance and operation of the DFCs.