The Manmohan Singh government had envisioned the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project to connect the two megacities of India. Work upon it has been underway for years, but now, the Maharashtra government has decided to hasten its development.
It also plans to finish constructing the Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC)—billed to be India’s first integrated industrial green city—by 2022.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, said, “India’s first smart industrial city with the concept of ‘walk to work’ is expected to bring investments worth Rs 70,000 crore and jobs to three lakh people.”
Located on the outskirts of Aurangabad, AURIC will be built on 10,000 acres of land. This new integrated industrial township will be a congregation of office spaces, residences, hotels, large and small format retails, schools, hospitals, parks, entertainment hubs and much more.
60% of the total land will be used for industrial purposes whereas 40% will be reserved for residential, commercial, institutions, open spaces and socio=cultural amenities.
This has been done, keeping in mind the need to bring about thriving industrial growth as well as creating a community to live, grow and play in.
Hyosung Corporation, the South Korean industrial conglomerate, committed an investment of Rs 3,000 crore in AURIC to build a factory for manufacturing spandex, and Fadnavis indicated this as having been an anchor for the project.
The group had signed the MoU with the state government during the Magnetic Maharashtra summit on February 20.
“The completion of the Rs 46,000-crore Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor and the Jalna dry port will also play a significant role in boosting the economic development of AURIC,” the CM added.
Some of the features of AURIC will be as follows—
• It is one of the eight nodes of the ambitious DMIC project.
• AURIC will be India’s first integrated industrial green city. An industrial green city is an underdeveloped area, where greater development is proposed, which allows it to develop into a city.
• To ensure that water isn’t wasted, the city will treat its sewage water and common effluent water, so that residents can use it for their needs. Thus, approximately 42% of the water needs at AURIC will be met through recycled water.
• The concept of ‘Walk to work’ which encourages housing options, workplaces, and shopping centres, to be developed in the vicinity of each other, will be implemented. This concept also includes walkable streets and blocks and reachable public spaces.
• The construction of AURIC is supposed to be an entryway for global investors, with the aim of boosting industrial growth and helping it go beyond Aurangabad, to its tertiary units in adjoining seven other districts surrounding Marathwada. Additionally, the tribal belt of Nandurbhar, Nashik, Dhule has been included in the project to enable industrial growth in the impoverished districts.