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Industrial hubs to be created in UP along eastern corridor

The central government has accepted in principal the demand of the Uttar Pradesh government to set up industrial hubs on both sides of the proposed 1800 kilometer long eastern freight corridor between Punjab to West Bengal passing through UP.

Announcing this, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, said that due to these proposed industrial hubs would be set up at Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Etawah, Aurriya, Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi.
Akhilesh, along with former UP minister Ujjawal Raman Singh and state chief secretary Javed Usmani, told media persons here that an inter-ministerial group has been set up by the Centre to study the feasibility report on the development of industrial hubs on both sides of the eastern freight corridor like the western freight corridor.

‘The ministerial group will give its report within a month time on the modalities and financial implication of the industrial hubs,’ he said.

The CM had written a letter, regarding this demand, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 3 April. He said that his government was committed for industrialization of the state, which will speed up development as well as generate employment for the youth.

Ruling out the fear of the industrialists on the law and order and power crisis front, the CM said that state government was working on both the issues and in coming days these problems would be resolved. But he also blamed the Centre for not providing coal for the thermal power units in the state, which affected power generation.

He also ruled out any problem in acquisition of land for the industrial hub. ‘Government will use uncultivated land for the purpose besides several thousands of land already acquired could be used for the industrial hub,’ he further added.

The chief minister announced that the state government had already proposed to the Centre of a national manufacturing investment zone in 5000 hectares of land on the eastern freight corridor in Jhansi while another Paschimanchal industrial investment zone at  Muzaffarnagar in 2000 hectares.

Chief secretary Javed Usman said that around 57 per cent of the eastern freight corridor of 1049 kilometers will pass through UP starting from Saharanpur and ending at Chandauli district.

The eastern freight corridor begins from Ludhiana in Punjab and goes across Haryana, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and ends at Dankuni in West Bengal.


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