New Delhi, Sept. 18: The government today firmed up its vision for an industrial corridor from Amritsar to Calcutta that will cover 20 cities on the way, including Delhi and Asansol and Durgapur in Bengal.
A high-level panel on the industrial corridor has suggested aligning the industrial corridor to the 1,839km long Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, which would pass through the seven states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal.
The proposed freight corridor will extend from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni near Calcutta.
The suggestions were made by an inter-ministerial group (IMG), set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to examine the feasibility of the Amritsar-Delhi-Calcutta industrial corridor
The ministerial group has suggested that in the first phase every state could promote at least one industrial cluster of 10 sq km. About 40 per cent of the area within the cluster will be marked for manufacturing and processing activities.
It has suggested that the industrial corridor be set up in a band of 150-200 km on either side of freight corridor.
In the first phase, the Centre is expected to provide the maximum financial commitment of Rs 5,749 crore over 15 years, a release from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The industrial corridor will cover Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Saharanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Moradabad, Bareilly, Aligarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur and Calcutta.
This is one of the most densely populated regions in the world and houses about 40 per cent of India’s population. The corridor will give a major push to industrialisation and job creation in this region.
Prime Minister’s principal secretary Pulok Chatterjee is expected to meet the ministers’ panel to discuss the next steps on Friday.
The IMG was mandated to examine the feasibility of the corridor and the structural and financial arrangements needed to operationalise it.