Experts are suspecting the possibility of creating new towns along the two freight corridors in the country. The government plans to set up new towns along the Delhi—Mumbai Industrial corridor and the Kolkata-Amritsar freight corridor.
But questions are being raised about the feasibility and the prudence of erecting such giant townships, the scale of which has not been seen in independent India before. For one, the perennial problem of acquiring enough land to build the cities, and sustaining them, remains a big issue, particularly along the eastern freight corridor linking Kolkata with Amritsar.
Sceptics believe that diversion of rich multi-crop agricultural land for industrial and urban development purposes may be difficult. However, they say that land acquisition is a relatively minor issue for cities proposed along the larger Mumbai-Delhi corridor.
Secondly, development agencies like the World Bank, which is also funding the eastern corridor, are questioning the feasibility of giant urban projects coming up across the length and breadth of the country.