New Delhi:  The government on Monday approved the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) project, which seeks to boost the manufacturing sector in the country.  The project is the second of its kind on the lines of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. It will be spread across 20 cities in seven states — Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. A financial indicative commitment of about Rs 5,600 crore, spread over 15 years, by way of budgetary support from the central government has been estimated in the first pilot phase.

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