PM puts freight corridor project on fast track

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has intervened to make sure the ambitious dedicated freight corridor project does not miss its March 2017 deadline due to constraints like land acquisition in states and bureaucratic hurdles at various Central ministries

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 10, 2012 12:50 am

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has intervened to make sure the ambitious dedicated freight corridor project does not miss its March 2017 deadline due to constraints like land acquisition in states and bureaucratic hurdles at various Central ministries.

Calling the DFC a project of “highest priority”,Singh has assigned the job of monitoring the progress of the project to the PMO. This was after he held a review meeting of the project on Thursday attended by the top brass of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Cooperation India Limited (DFCCIL),chief secretaries and representatives of states where the corridors’ routes are marked.

Sources said Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi,during his meeting with the PM last week,communicated his concerns about land acquisition issues faced by the corridor,which,at Rs 1 lakh crore,will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country spanning 3300 km across various states.

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