Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial Corridor
The Inter Ministerial Group (IMG), set up by the Prime Minister to carry out the preparatory work for the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC), has recommended central funding worth Rs. 5,749cr for the mega rail project. The DFC seeks to promote industrialization and creation of cities stretching across seven states and require funding for building an Integrated Manufacturing Cluster in each State it passes through. The funds, which would be disbursed over a period of time for various purposes, also included interest subvention (subsidy), share in equity, development of trunk infrastructure and initial project development grant to ADKIC Development Corporation, In addition, it has also suggested setting up an Apex Monitoring Authority, under the Commerce and Industry, for overall guidance, planning and approvals and timelines for implementation and monitoring. The development of ADKIC will be taken up in a band of 150-200 km on either side of EDFC in a phased manner.

According to the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Pulok Chatterji, the PMO will hold a meeting with IMG members and other relevant ministries on this score. The IMG includes secretaries from the Ministries and Departments of Finance, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Urban Development, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and Chairman of the Railway Board. As per the IMG's recommendations, the ADKIC will be aligned to the Eastern Development Freight Corridor and will span 20 cities covering Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. It proposes to leverage the existing Highway system on this route and the Inland Water System being developed. In the first phase, every State could promote at least one Integrated Manufacturing Cluster of about 10 sq km, in which 40% area would be earmarked permanently for manufacturing and processing activities.