The West Bengal government is opposed to the Railways’ plan to involve private investors in developing the dedicated freight corridor on a 580 kilometres stretch in the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said yesterday (14th Feb 2020), at the administrative meeting of Burdwan West district held at Srijani auditorium in Durgapur.
State chief secretary Rajiva Sinha said that he has already taken up the issue with the railways as land losers will not accept such a plan, adding that in the entire country no such initiative has ever been undertaken.
Miss Banerjee said that it was during her tenure as railway minister that she had proposed the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor Project in the budget and allocated funds. The CM has instructed to keep the industrial parks surrounding the freight corridors within the administrative control of the state government. She has directed to set up new clusters at Panagarh Industrial Park for more industries. She said that land acquisition for the freight corridor should not be a problem.