Wednesday, June 23

Didi wants freight corridor base in Kolkata

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wrote to railway minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, urging him to address the strategic policy gap affecting the future of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), which is meant for cargo movement across the country.

The CM said she wanted the project to come to Kolkata from Ludhiana as 70% of the land in Bengal had been acquired and about 60% handed over to railways. She said the World Bank-aided project would take away the cargo burden from the railways.

Banerjee mentioned that EDFC covers about 1,192km, from Ludhiana to Mughalsarai. “From Mughalsarai, there will be a second eastward leg for another 126km up to Sonnagar in Bihar. However, the fate of the further eastward stretch from Sonnagar to Dankuni in Bengal, stretching over 538km, is still uncertain,” she wrote.

 

Source: Times of India

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