Eastern Economic Corridor

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The proposed Eastern Economic Corridor of India would originate from Paradip port in Odisha province, passes through Jharkhand province, can possible have an auxiliary loop through Chhatishgarh Province and would terminate at Integarted Check Post(ICP), Raxaul in Bihar province on India-Nepal border. This corridor would also link up with North South Fast Track Corridor of Nepal.Beyond Nepal it would be linked to China through Tibet. Portion of this corridor in Bihar lies along Asian Highways 42 and Trans Asian Rail Network.

The route of this proposed Eastern Economic Corridor of India would follow a North South alignment with a number of major road and rail routes forming its spurs. Spurs would connect to trunk route following a fishbone configuration.

  • This project will touch upon life of over 300 million people in states like Bihar, Eastern UP, Nepal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and to a lesser extent the people in Eastern MP, North Eastern Region and even Tibet in future. This will open up the entire region to the world.
  • This Project will effectively have over 75% of India’s major mineral resources in its feeder zone including almost 84% of India's Coal reserve and over 93% of India's iron ore reserve. Proposed corridor will help in efficient movement of these minerals.
  • Most of the metal producing centers and many of the thermal power plants, cement plants will be effectively supported by the infrastructure created in the corridor and will expand faster.
  • This corridor will link up two important international tourism circuits of India viz, Buddhist circuit in Bihar and Bhuvaneshwar-Konark-Puri-Chilka Lake circuit in Odisha.
  • It will help develop linkages with Chinese economy overtime, which is, de facto, emerging as the new economic superpower. Such linkage between Indian & Chinese economy, with their likely emergence as the two largest economies, will have beneficial impact on the economy of the entire region.
  • Thus, this corridor would be a potential trade route between China and India through Nepal.

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