Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to expedite the process of industrial development along the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) of Railways on the lines of Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) project,which runs along the western dedicated freight corridor of Railways. In order to pursue the issue further,a team of officers from Uttar Pradesh would be meeting senior officers of Government of India on Thursday in Delhi.
The EDFC starts from Ludhiana in Punjab and ends in Dankuni,West Bengal covering Uttar Pradesh,Haryana,Bihar and Jharkhand. Compared to DMIC project,which covers mainly NOIDA in Uttar Pradesh,EDFC covers about 1 000 km across several districts in Uttar Pradesh from Saharanpur in western UP to Varanasi in eastern UP passing through significant cities like Aligarh,Kanpur,Allahabad among others.
Sources inform that CM Akhilesh Yadav has requested the Prime Minister to ensure industrial development along EDFC by establishing a separate corporation like DMIC development corporation,which mainly covers Delhi,Haryana,Rajasthan,Gujarat and Maharastra.
Unlike the previous government,which had created hurdles in the project,Samajwadi Party government had promised to co-operate for development of investment regions in western UP for DMIC. However,sources inform that after some deliberations it was realised that the state would be benefited more by the development along eastern corridor that covers about 1000 km here.