The 1499 kms western dedicated freight corridor (DFC) from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal (JNPT) to Dadri, and the 1839 kms Dankuni-Ludhiana eastern DFC are targeted to be commissioned in 2018 and 2019, respectively. According to Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways the project implementation schedule, timelines and milestones have been drawn up and are being monitored on regular basis. For better coordination, state level coordination committees with respective state governments have been formed to avoid delay in land acquisition and other related issues.
The estimated completion cost of construction of the two corridors, excluding land, and excluding Sonnagar-Dankuni section, which is to be implemented through public private partnership (PPP), is Rs 73,392 crore (Eastern DFC Rs 26,674 crore and Western DFC: Rs 46,718 crore). Western DFC is being funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and funding is Rs 38,772 crore, which is 77 per cent of the project cost. World Bank is funding the 1,183 kms section from Ludhiana to Mughalsarai of the Eastern DFC. World Bank loan is Rs13,625 crore which is 66 per cent of the project cost. 122 kms section of Mughalsarai-Sonnagar Section of Eastern DFC is funded by Gross Budgetary Support and the cost is Rs 3679 crore; and 534kms of Sonnagar-Dankuni Section of Eastern DFC is to be implemented through PPP.