The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is a 1900-kilometre long railway line dedicated exclusively to the movement of goods and raw materials to be built between Dankuni near Kolkata and Ludhiana in Punjab and is a World Bank funded project. Around the freight corridor is a plan for massive industrial and urban expansion. This corridor known as the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) will be spread across 20 cities in seven states including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The cities covered by the ADKIC Project include Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Saharanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Moradabad, Bareilly, Aligarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Vara Varanasi, Patna, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur and Kolkata. ADKIC would be implemented in a phased manner and would comprise a belt of at least 5,50,000 square km. One can readily imagine the tens of thousands who will be displaced from home and livelihood for the implementation of this project in the name of ‘development’. The first phase of the project will be a pilot project, with at least one integrated manufacturing cluster of 10 sq km in each of the seven states. Notice for land acquisition for EDFC in West Bengal has been published in The Times of India on July 25 in the district of Burdwan. Uniting the masses and resisting this giant and barbarous project is an urgent task
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