Maharashtra will start allotting plots for the Aurangabad node of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project by September, industries secretary Apurva Chandra announced on Tuesday . The plots will be allotted in Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), which is in the Shendre Bidkin node of the DMIC. The project aims to create industrial zones spanning across six states, which is expected to spur economic development in the region and develop industries.
So far, 4,000 hectares of private land has been acquired for the project, which is one of the largest land acquisitions in the country in recent times. “All the land was acquired without conflict. We have offered a price that is four to five times the ready reckoner rate,“ Chandra said at a presentation during the Make in India Week at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
However, the state has acquired land in Aurangabad, which is about 400 km away from the dedicated freight corridor that will link all the states between Delhi and Mumbai. Aurangabad falls in the water scarce Marathwada region. “We are in talks with the Singapore government to treat waste water from the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation so that it can be used for the project,“ Chandra said.
For the proposed Bengaluru-Mumbai economic corridor, the state now aims to apply the same strategy for land acquisition that it has executed here--target land that is not cultivable. “The proposed Bengaluru-Mumbai corridor passes through agriculturally rich areas like Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Pune. But we plan to look at drought-prone areas that are 100 km away . We will have to transport water and set up an expressway . But it's more important to acquire the land without conflict,“ Chandra said.
He added that the state would need to acquire another 10,000 hectares for the DMIC, but it was not yet decided when the fresh acquisitions would begin. “It is always a conflict whether to acquire the land right away or wait until we need to. But land prices keep rising,“ he said.

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