New Delhi: Union Railway minister Lalu Prasad today said construction of the eastern and western freight corridors, which are a part of the high density Golden Quadrilateral network, will commence in 2008-09.
“The works of eastern freight corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni, near Kolkata and the western corridor from Delhi to Jawahar Lal Nehru Port (in Navi Mumbai) have been sanctioned and I would like to assure that construction work on both these projects will commence in 2008-09,” Prasad said while presenting the Railway Budget 2008-09.
He said detailed feasibility studies for the North-South, East-West, East-South and South-South dedicated freight corridors were being carried out.
“Action will be taken to expedite sanction for construction of these corridors in 2008-09,” he added.
Other important infrastructure projects announced by Lalu Prasad included a joint venture with NTPC for 1000 MW thermal power plant at Nabi Nagar in Aurangabad district in Bihar, a new rail coach factory in Kerala and a new wagon reconstruction unit in Garkha in Chapra district in Bihar.