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Four mega industrial towns develop in aurangabad

The state will develop four mega integrated industrial towns as part of the multi million dollar Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The plan is to develop these cities in such a way that these serve as counter magnets to Mumbai in economic activity.  As part of the DMIC which will connect six states, the state has decided to develop Dighi in Raigad, the Sendra- Bidkin belt in Aurangabad, Sinnar-Malegaon in Nashik, and areas in Dhule as planned industrial townships to act as major investment nodes. At a meeting in Mantralaya on Friday, the government decided to initiate a pilot project with the Aurangabad belt. Renowned US firm, AECOM, has been roped in as a consultant for planning the township. Sources said that the consultant will be responsible for preparing a master plan for the development in all the districts.
 The DMIC was first envisaged by the centre in 2006. Industrial areas and regions were to be developed to serve as investment hubs along the proposed Delhi Mumbai freight corridor.  Officials said that the stress would be on development of integrated townships with modern day infrastructure for all the four areas. The state has also decided to rope in a Japanese consortium to recommend use of technology for infrastructure upgrades in these areas. Based on the investment potential of an area, the state has plans to develop the Aurangabad belt as an automobile and engineering hub, while Dighi, which has a port, will be developed to attract investments from steel, metal and agro industries. The Nashik belt is expected to cater to engineering and auto based investments while Dhule will be development to attract automobile players.

Sources said that nearly 20000 hectares of land will have to be acquired for the project involving four areas. The land acquisition exercise has been initiated in the Dighi and Aurangabad belt.

ensure steady growth, the state government has planned an integrated industrial corridor along with the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has given a nod to the master plan for the development of Dighi in Raigad, Sendra in Aurangabad, Nashik-Sinnar and Dhule for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The state government has started the acquisition of 20,000 hectares of land for the first phase. The Industries Department has invited tenders for the exhibition and convention centre at Sendre in Aurangabad.

The department made a presentation about the development planned in DMIR on Friday atthe Mantralaya. The CM was told that once developed, the four zones will help the state multiply the rate of export thrice over and industrial development twice the current rate.

“We identified the industries for each of the four zones that are being developed in the area of 150km on both the sides of the DFC,” said Kshatrapati Shivaji, principal secretary, Industries.
Aecon, the global planning expert for the development of zones as
smart cities has also been roped in.

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