2015: The year ahead for Madhya Pradesh
As we enter the new year, Hindustan Times takes a look at the projects that are expected to be completed or given a concrete shape by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.bhopal Updated: Jan 01, 2015 16:08 IST
Inter-city Transport Authority
The state government will set up a Madhya Pradesh Inter-City Transport Authority (MPITA) to manage and equip the city transport system with ultra-modern facilities. The authority will be tasked with developing and maintaining the public transport infrastructure, including bus stands and other facilities.
Diamond Park near Indore
The government is developing a gems and jewellery park, popularly known as Diamond Park, in Rangwasa near Indore on PPP mode. The park, which will be a hub for cutting and polishing of diamonds, has received the SEZ status and will suit diamond processing units with 100% export-based operations. The project is being developed over 116 hectare with a total estimated cost of Rs 161 crore.
River linking projects
The work on two river linking projects is expected to be completed this year. The Narmada-Kshipra link project will provide drinking water to 3,000 villages and 72 towns and irrigate 16 lakh acres of land. The Ken-Betwa Link Project will ensure irrigation and water supplies to Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Panna, Raisen and Vidisha.
Namkeen cluster in Indore
The government is developing a namkeen (salted snacks) cluster in Indore to promote small and medium industries in the region. The cluster aims to nearly double the annual turnover of this industry in the district to Rs 1,000 crore in two years. The cluster is coming up on 12.71 acres and the government will initially spend Rs 10 crore for infrastructure development.
Light metro rail system
The work of light metro rail system in Indore and Bhopal would be started from July. It will then be introduced in Jabalpur and Gwalior to meet the growing demand of a viable public transport system. Detailed Project Reports for the first phase of the Indore and Bhopal projects have been prepared, while pre-feasibility studies are being conducted for Jabalpur and Gwalior projects.
Mega food park at Khargone
The Indus Mega Food Park, being developed in Khargone district, is expected to become fully operational soon. It aims at reducing supply chain costs, reduce wastage across the food value chain, and improve quality and hygiene. It is based on ‘cluster’ approach and envisages a well-defined agriculture and horticultural-processing zone containing state-of-the-art processing facilities.
International flights, Indore
Air Arabia and Emirates Airlines have assured the government to launch international flights from Indore once it gets permission from the Union civil aviation ministry. While Air Arabia wants direct Indore-Sharjah flights, Emirates wants to Indore-Dubai flights. The Indore airport has sent a proposal for starting an excise and customs clearance counter to the Director General of Civil Aviation.
New medical colleges, institutes
Five new medical colleges at Shahdol, Vidisha, Ratlam, Khandwa and Datia have been finalised and work would start in 2015. Four national institutes — IIIT, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, National Institute of Designing and Dheeru Ambani Memorial Univ would also come up.
Improved water supply in 378 local bodies
The Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) will improve water supply and sewerage system of 378 small and medium cities and towns across the state under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Phase-2. The detailed project report of $380 million is expected to be prepared soon.
New rail station
The Western Railways is developing a modern station complex and two new platforms close to Rajkumar railway over-bridge, in Indore. Out of the three broad gauge tracks at the railway station, one is equipped to handle trains with 20 coaches while the rest can receive 24 coach trains. The new platforms can handle 26 coaches. The complex will be built in such a way that the four-wheelers could drop the passengers close to the entry point.