Eastern, western rly corridors would be ready by 2019: Sinha

Union Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha today said that both the eastern and western freight corridors will be ready before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"Both the eastern and western freight corridors will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and work is in progress for the same," Sinha told reporters here.

Expressing regret that rail projects in Uttar Pradesh were being "ignored" in the past several decades, Sinha, who is an MP from Ghazipur in the state, said that projects worth Rs 21,000 crore have been sanctioned in this fiscal.

He said that while the budget for national highways has grown six times since 1947, the same has not happened in Railways.

Despite being the "cheapest" mode of transport, Railways has lagged behind due to lack of investments...It needs more investments, he said.

Sinha said that Allahabad-Mirzapur section of the Indian Railways has many problems and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was working towards resolving them.

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