The loan will be used to design, build, and commission the initial $US
1.46bn section between Khurja and Kanpur. The 343km double-track line
will be electrified and will support operation at up to 100km/h with a
maximum axleload of 25 tonnes. The agreement also includes funding for
a programme of institutional development, which will assist the
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation and the Ministry of Railways in
developing their capabilities to best utilise the new line.

The Indian government says Indian Railways desperately needs additional
capacity to cope with rising freight volumes, which are projected to
increase by more than 7% per year.