Ludhiana, Sep 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday inaugurated here the Dedicated Freight Corridor (Eastern) Project of the railways linking Ludhiana with Kolkata in a move to facilitate faster movement of trains carrying goods and raw materials from major ports to the industrial hubs.
Addressing a rally here after launching the corridor, the prime minister said the Rs.220 billion dedicated corridor would help in faster transportation of goods and raw material to and from ports.
The prime minister praised Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for turning around the railways into a profit-making organisation.
The Indian Railway has planned two such corridors, the second linking Mumbai and Delhi (the western corridor).
The eastern corridor, earlier meant to end at Delhi but later extended to Ludhiana, for catering to industrial hubs in Punjab and Haryana.
Ludhiana is one of the biggest industrial cities in the country.
The trains moving on this corridor will be 35 percent faster than the present trains.