The dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India has allowed four companies to bid for electrical and signalling works on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. The 343km Bhaupur – Khurja section of the 1829km Freight Corridor (DFC) for cargo carried by rail will eventually link Ludhiana with Dadri near Delhi and Dankuni near Kolkata.
The World Bank has committed to lend $US 2.7bn for construction of the Eastern DFC. Of this, $US 975m for the first phase was sanctioned in May 2011. The loan for the second phase is expected to be worth $US 1.1bn.