Jaipur: The upcoming Western Dedicated
Freight Corridor (WDFC) between Delhi and Mumbai would pass
through fifteen stations in Rajasthan and would be readied in
the next five years, Union Minister of State for Railways K H
Muniyappa today said.
Railways would spend Rs 700 crore on the state`s
corridor covering 545 kms of rail section on WDFC connecting
Bhiwari-Alwar-Jaipur-Ajmer-Sikar-Pali-Sirohi stations, the
Union Minister told a press conference in the presence of
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here.
Marwar Junction would be a point of loading and
unloading goods or freights, Muniyappa said after holding a
meeting with elected Rajasthan MPs and Ministers on state`s
rail plans and projects.
Land acquisition is underway and a PSU in
collaboration with Japanese firm `Jayaka` would undertake this
task, he added.
Chief Minister Gehlot assured that he would invite
private investments and facilitate development of industrial
set up within 150 kms on either side of the corridor.
Gehlot said since the corridor would cover 40 per cent
of the state there would be a boom in the industrial sector
from which private investors could benefit.
On Gehlot`s suggestion that a railway coach or wagon
factory should come up in the state, the MoS said it would be
The broad gauge conversion work on the Jodhpur-Bhildi-
Samdari track was completed, and the passenger train would run
by the end of July next, the MoS said.
All unmanned railway level crossings numbering about
1400 would be manned within a year, the MoS said, adding,
some of the locked level crossings would be reopened for
traffic after due survey.
Of the 11 gauge conversion projects worth Rs 5497.10
crore in the state, the railways had completed seven projects,