Kolkata-Amritsar trade corridor to boost state economy: Committee

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 12:13 IST
PSCC chairman Chandan Mitra addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce (PSCC) on Saturday visited Amritsar to chalk out the blueprint of the proposed Kolkata-Amritsar industrial corridor.

Interacting with the media, PSCC chairman Chandan Mitra said the mega project would not only boost the state economy, but also encourage India’s trade with other countries.

He said with the motive of making its slogan ‘Make in India’ feasible, the Union government was working on different economic corridors, including the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, the Bengluru-Mumbai economic corridor, the Chennai-Bengluru industrial corridor, the Vishakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor and the Kolkata-Amritsar industrial corridor and the construction work of the first one had already started.

“The Delhi-Mumbai and the Kolkata-Amritsar corridor will meet at Dadri which will be beneficial for the development of north India. The Amritsar-Kolkata corridor will also pave the ways for export of goods that are manufactured in Punjab to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia and goods’ trains will move from Amritsar to Kolkata without any restrains,” he said.

He said the committee discussed various issues, including the land acquisition, power, water and legal aspects related to the proposed project with representatives of local industrial units and authorities concerned. He said they also had their suggestions. “We have been suggested to extend the Delhi-Mumbai corridor project to Attari, so that bilateral trade with Pak can be encouraged,” he said.

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