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Three SEZs planned on MR-10 near airport

THERE ARE plans to set up three Special Economic Zones (SEZs) along Major Road 10 near airport. The proposed zones are likely to come on the MR 10 to be extended upto Ahilyabai Holkar airport and would focus on gems and jewellery, automobiles, medical tourism and biotechnology.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 14:07 IST

THERE ARE plans to set up three Special Economic Zones (SEZs) along Major Road 10 near airport. The proposed zones are likely to come on the MR 10 to be extended upto Ahilyabai Holkar airport and would focus on gems and jewellery, automobiles, medical tourism and biotechnology.

The separate gems and jewellery park that was proposed on Khandwa Road has been merged with IT park being developed there. Looking at the City’s potential, the formation of a separate gems and jewellery park is on the anvil.

Although the automobile business was once synonymous with City and its suburbs, medical tourism and biotechnology is a new sphere. “The City does have a potential for medical tourism and bio technology and we plan to merge them for a SEZ,” District Collector Vivek Aggarwal said and added that a formal proposal for the three SEZs will be prepared by next month.

The plan is at the preliminary stage even as major calculations like tapping the developing agencies remain to be made. Nevertheless, it has received a nod from Chief Secretary Vijay Singh during his visit here recently. Apart from the City bus project, the administrative officials discussed the proposal for three SEZs with Singh and placed a broader outline for their scope and development before him.

The proposed upgradation of City airport as an international facility and development of cargo facilities have outlined the constitution of three mini SEZs on the City outskirt.

The district administration, however, has other priority at the moment. It has diverted its energies to make Indore City Transport Services Limited operational by plying buses on 16 routes. “Our immediate priority is to see the City buses rolling by next month at any cost. The transport company will commence issuing monthly bus passes from January 26 which can be used for commuting on any of the 16 routes,” Aggarwal said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 14:07 IST