Govt to invite bids for developing infra of 5 smart cities this fiscal

Centre to provide funds for the trunk infrastructure through DMIC Trust.

The government is planning to start the process for construction of five smart cities by the end of the current financial year.

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) is working on rolling out contracts for developing trunk infrastructure in Ahmedabad-Dholera investment region, Shendra Bidkin investment region in Maharashtra, integrated industrial township Vikram Udyogpuri in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, integrated industrial township in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and global city in Gurgaon, Haryana, sources told The Indian Express.

The DMICDC will invite international competitive bidding for developing trunk infrastructure including sewerage treatment and collection, water supply and roadways among others.

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The Centre will provide funds for the trunk infrastructure through DMIC Trust, which has a corpus of Rs 17,500 crore to be utilised over a period of 5 years. ?The contract for Dholera and Shendra Bidkin investment region would be floated by December while that of Vikram Udyogpuri will be floated by October. The others would be done by January,? the source said.

The master plan for these cities have already been completed and accepted by the respective state governments while the land acquisition for these regions is underway. For the Shendra-Bidkin industrial park, and industrial townships in Greater Noida and Ujjain, the shareholder agreements and state-support agreements (SSA) have already been executed while they have been finalised for global city project in Haryana, the source said.

The Ahmedabad-Dholera investment region is spread across an area of 902 km while the Shendra-Bidkin industrial park is spread across 84 km. The DMIC aims at enhancing the country?s competitiveness in manufacturing by creating world-class infrastructure and reducing logistics cost. It will create smart industrial cities by leveraging the western dedicated freight corridor to reduce cost of logistics.

In the first phase the DMIC has taken up eight industrial cities on the recommendations of the respective state governments. These include Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad investment region, Manesar-Bawal investment region, Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana investment region, Pithampura-Dhar-Mhow investment region, Dighi Port industrial area, Dighi Port industrial area and Jodhpur Pali Marwar industrial area apart from Dholera and Shendra Bidkin.

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First published on: 03-09-2014 at 09:05 IST