Mumbai-Bangalore road corridor on cards

November 19, 2013

Binoo Nair

Delhi-based corporation keen on setting it up along the lines of the Mumbai-Delhi model.

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Corporation (DMICC), which is helming one of the country’s most ambitious mass industrialisation projects, has now set its eyes on replicating the effort on the Mumbai-Bangalore route.

The DMICC, headquartered in Delhi, has called in both request for qualification and request for proposals (RFQ and RFP) — the technical procedures to select firms in a big-ticket project — from consulting firms that could draw up a feasibility plan for the Mumbai-Bangalore industrial corridor. The firms will be shortlisted by December-end.

The plan, like the Mumbai-Delhi one, is to create several smart cities along a designated route in order to bring about a massive transformation in the manufacturing and services sector by way of designated industrial areas and investment regions. A total of 24 such regions will be created along the Delhi-Mumbai route as per the DMICC plan.

“We are looking at this possibility for a Mumbai-Bangalore corridor and have asked for a feasibility report. The government of the United Kingdom would be a participant in the process,” said a senior DMICC official. DMICC chief executive officer Amitabh Kant was unavailable despite repeated attempts to contact him.

The DMICC is a venture administered by the department of industrial policy and promotion under the Union ministry of commerce and industry. It has the Japan Bank for Industrial Cooperation and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) as its partners.

Delhi-Mumbai industrial road route 
The concept of the Delhi-Mumbai corridor is a band of 150km to 200km on both sides of the Dedicated Freight Corridor running from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Dadari near Noida. The mandate includes building up feeder roads and rail connectivity from these hubs to hinterland markets and ports along the western coast. Accordingly, the project-influence region of DMIC includes parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

In addition to the influence region, DMIC would also include development of requisite feeder rail/road connectivity to hinterland/markets and select ports along the western coast.


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