Centre planning separate freight corridor: Lalu

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Mangalore, Dec 8 (UNI) Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today said his Ministry was seriously thinking of creating a separate freight corridor to bring the entire freight and goods traffic under one network in the entire country.

Speaking after inaugurating the broad gauge section between Subramanya Road and Sakaleshpur and flagging off a new train service between Mangalore and Bangalore here, Mr Prasad said the new Railway network would help in covering 60 per cent of the goods now carried by road.

The Ministry was also thinking of providing a third line for passenger trains in the country, he said.

In the first phase, the Ministry would be spending Rs 25,000 crore to provide the third line between Delhi and Mumbai for which the foundation stone had already been laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

All express, passenger and Shatabdi trains have been planned to run on this line, he said adding the work is proposed to get completed in the next five years.

In the second phase, work on the Mumbai-Chennai line would be taken up and the third stage would cover the Chennai-Howrah line.

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