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UP gives DMIC much-needed push

The state government has brought the UP leg of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) project out of the cold storage. Darpan Singh reports.

india Updated: May 10, 2012 11:33 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times

The state government has brought the UP leg of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) project out of the cold storage.

State’s infrastructure and industrial development secretary Sanjay Prasad will come to Greater Noida on Friday for a review. In the last one week, officials of state and central governments have held several meetings.

State’s chief secretary Javed Usmani on Monday held a meeting with top officials of the state and central governments. Two senior officials from the Greater Noida authority -- chairman-cum-CEO Rama Raman and general manager (planning) Leenu Sehgal -- were part of this meeting in Lucknow.

The government has constituted a committee comprising officers from the three development authorities in Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Bulandshahar to prepare a draft proposal, within a month, on how to move ahead for execution of the project.

About 10,000 acres of land is to be required for the UP leg of the project. Rs 1 lakh crore is expected to be invested in the project. The NCR planning board would be required to ratify the project.

“The area which would be suitable for the project site in the state would be marked within a month. Bodaki railway station in Greater Noida has to be converted into a junction and the area around that will be turned into a multi-modal logistics hub,” said a Greater Noida authority official.

DMIC comprises two freight corridors – eastern and western. The eastern corridor starting from Punjab will pass through Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and terminate in West Bengal. The western corridor will start from Dadri in Greater Noida and terminate in Mumbai via Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Both corridors meet at Dadri Greater Noida.

A band of 150 kms each on either side of this corridor has been planned for industrial development. In the first phase, it has been decided to develop an industrial belt between Delhi starting from Dadri to Mumbai up to Jawaharlal Nehru Port. A major portion of the corridor will be financed through Japanese and World Bank assistance.

The corridor in UP has two nodes — Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region and Meerut-Muzaffarnagar Industrial Area. About 200 km of about 1,500 km long corridor falls in UP.

The corridor will fuel infrastructural growth in the region. DMIC aims at creating strong economic base in globally competitive environment and state-of-the-art infrastructure to boost commerce, investments and ensure development.

First Published: May 10, 2012 11:30 IST