AMRITSAR-DELHI-KOLKATA CORRIDOR

CONNECTS 20 CITIES...7 STATES


The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) to undertake preparatory work for setting up a Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Corridor (ADKIC) has suggested connecting the project to 20 cities in seven states with a budgetary support of Rs 5700 crore spread over 15 years. After a series of meetings, the IMG has completed its work and has submitted its report. The IMG, in its recommendations, has said the ADKIC be aligned to the EDFC and it pass through 20 cities in the seven States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The ADKIC also proposes to leverage the existing Highway system on this route and the Inland Water System being developed along National Waterway-1. In the first Phase of the project, every State could promote at least one cluster of about 10 sq. km. area to be called Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC), in which 40 per cent area would be earmarked permanently for manufacturing and processing activities. ADKIC may use both the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach and non-PPP approach. The non-PPPable trunk infrastructure will be developed by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or Implementation Agency vested with the task of setting up the IMCs, through grant-in-aid.

The IMG has also recommended Constitution of an Apex Monitoring Authority, under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, for overall guidance, planning and approvals. It said ADIC should be set up as a corporate entity, on the lines of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). A dedicated cell under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary/Industrial Development Commissioner was also recommended at the state level. At the cluster level, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) may be set up by the State Governments for administration of clusters, the report said.

In the first phase, an estimated maximum financial commitment of about Rs. 5749 crore over 15 years may be given for construction of seven IMCs each of 1000 hectare.These finances could be through budgetary support by the Central government. IMG has recommended a two stage approval mechanism, an “in-principle” and final approval. 

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