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Delhi-Mumbai corridor: 9 projects worth Rs 1.2 lakh cr get nod

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Trust has approved nine projects entailing an investment of Rs 1.2 lakh-crore. These include industrial townships and logistic hubs. The projects would be funded by the Centre, state governments and the private sector.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Arvind Mayaram, secretary of department of economic affairs; Saurabh Chandra, secretary, department of industrial policy & promotion; Amitabh Kant, CEO and managing director of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation; and Saurabh Garg, joint secretary, department of expenditure.

“These projects will drive the growth of manufacturing and bring in cutting-edge technology from Japan. The projects will generate 215,000 direct jobs and 618,000 indirect jobs to the Indian economy,” said an official statement.

One of the industrial townships, Vikram Udyogpuri, will be developed near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It will have sustainable economic base primarily driven by industries (manufacturing) integrated with institutional (public and semi-public use) and supported by residential land use and commercial activities. The site for Vikram Udyogpuri is located at about eight km from Ujjain and 12 km from Dewas and has a total area of 443.79 hectares (1,096.63 acres).

The township will have automotive, information technology, and engineering services industries as well as educational institutions. These will be supported by residential, commercial and other urban facilities including social and physical infrastructure.

The total revenue expected to be generated by the project is Rs 1,20,600 crore by 2040. The project is expected to generate 78,000 jobs (direct and indirect) by then.

Another integrated industrial township at Greater Noida will drive manufacturing activity in the region in order to promote sustainable development. Here, new-age industry sectors such as bio-technology, hi-tech electronics industry, and research and development (R&D) will be housed. It will also support key sectors such as telecom, electronics, automobile, food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and defence research. It has a total site area of 302.5 hectares (747.5 acres). The total project size is in the region of Rs 33,000 crore.

Greater Noida will also have a multi-modal logistic hub near Dadri.

Besides, an integrated multi-modal logistic hub will come up at Rewari in Haryana. Adjacent to the proposed Western Dedicated Freight Corridor to its north and NH-8 in the west near Garhi Bolni, it will be spread across 965 acres and will handle 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units and will have a total container handing in the range of Rs 38,000-40,000 crore.

Besides, there will be improvement in the water supply system for Pithampur Industrial Area and phase-I of Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region, Madhya Pradesh. The availability of 24x7 water supply at adequate pressure is essential for the development of the Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region. The project will provide 90 million litres per day (MLD) of water from Narmada Kshripra Simhastha Link to meet the future water requirements of the project area. The project cost is Rs 300-320 crore.

Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) in Gujarat will also be connected to the railways network through a Bhimnath-Dholera new line and the existing Bhimnath-Botad metre gauge rail link, converted to broad gauge. Botad-Bhimnath (29.66) and Bhimnath-Dholera (27.60) sections will have a total length of about 57.26 km and will provide rail connectivity between DSIR and the rest of the country, including sea-ports. The total cost of the project is approximately Rs 250 crore.

Besides, there will be a model solar power project at Neemrana, Rajasthan, which has been conceived as the first smart micro-grid project in the country, demonstrating the concept of integration of solar power with industrial diesel generator sets. DMICDC, in partnership with NEDO and HITACHI, is setting up 6.00 MWp solar photovoltaic power project and 1 MW diesel generator power projects in Neemrana Industrial Park, Japanese Zone, Neemrana, Rajasthan. The project will bring in cutting edge Japanese technology with invertor technology.

There would also be a water desalination project at Dahej in Gujarat with the capacity of 336 MLD and will be Asia’s largest desalination plant. Dahej is India’s fastest growing industrial region and is facing a severe shortage of water. Any further industrialisation in the Dahej Industrial Region is subject to adequate availability of water. This is Asia’s largest desalination project with an outlay of Rs 3,600 crore. The project will be executed by HITACHI of Japan and Hyflux of Singapore. DMIC Trust will have a 15 per cent equity into the project.

NEC Corporation of Japan will create a logistic data bank for tracking the movement of containers across the ports to the integrated container depots and end users. The data bank will also provide value-added services including comparative metric based analysis. This would enable the Centre, state governments, importers, exporters and other stakeholders to assess comparative performance; identify inefficiencies and bottlenecks to develop strategies to ensure the development of the sector. It will be implemented through a 50:50 joint venture between the DMIC Trust and NEC.

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