Navjot Singh Sidhu wants rail freight corridor in Punjab

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu Wednesday said Punjab needed a rail freight corridor to enhance trade with other states.

“We want a freight corridor in Punjab, which will connect all cities like Ludhiana, Amritsar and Bathinda with each other and also with Chandigarh," the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Amritsar told reporters.        

"If we want appropriate development, then we cannot rely only on roads and we have to strengthen our railway network,” he said, adding that he would raise the issue in parliament.         

“I will continue fighting for this till we finally get it. If I get support from others, then it’s fine, otherwise I am determined to pursue it alone.”        

Maintaining that Punjab cannot rely solely on agriculture, he said: "We have to make an effort to bring more industries to this state. It is really sad that Haryana has got 31 SEZs (special economic zones) but Punjab has got only two.”        

He said when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had come to Punjab, he had made several promises. "But we have not got anything till date. I do not know why he is afraid of giving anything to Punjab.”        

In this connection, he sought the prime minister’s support, adding: "Nobody would doubt his integrity if he fulfils his promises made to the people of Punjab.”         

–Indo-Asian News Service   

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