Haldia (West Bengal) (Agencies): Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced the Indian Railways will recruit around three lakh people in next six months across the country.

"We will take 2.5 lakh-3 lakh people all over the country. But I am sure we will get over three crore job applications," Banerjee said at a railway programme in this industrial town.

"The written tests will be held throughout the country over several days and the entire process will take over six months," she added.

She also laid the foundation of a diesel multiple unit here, a wagon component factory to be set up in nearby Jellingham and the second Haldia dock complex of Kolkata port at the function.

"Only one percent of people instigated by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) were opposing the project at Sankrail.

Ninety nine percent people wanted it there. And I know if I had waited, things would have been sorted out," the minister said.

The factory will be set up on 42.5 acres of railway land and produce 96 coaches per year in phase 1 and 500 coaches in Phase 2.