The Times Of India, 22 Nov 2014, Aurangabad: The district administration is gearing up to acquire 897 hectares of land in Paithan taluka for the third phase of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project, having earlier acquired 7,000 hectares of land in Karmad and Bidkin for the purpose.
District land acquisition officer Ravindra Pawar said, “The administration has started the third phase of land acquisition for the DMIC project. Around 897 hectares of land would be acquired in four villages – Nilajgaon, Jhamboli, Meherban Naik and Chincholi in Paithan taluka.”
He said, “The administration sent the primary notification for gazette publication about a week ago and is waiting for a copy of the notification to start the process. The land measuring process will start once the copy of the notification is received.”
He said 7,473 acres of land were earlier acquired for the project in two phases. In the first phase 845 hectares were acquired in Karmad in October 2012 and the beneficiaries were offered Rs 23 lakh per acre.
In the second phase completed in 2014, around 1,825 hectares were acquired in five villages – Bidkin, Banni Tanda, Bangal Tanda, Nilajgaon and Nandalgaon – and Rs 1007 were disbursed among the beneficiaries, said Pawar.
In Maharashtra, the DMIC covers parts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Dhule and Nandurbar districts, which make up 18% of the total area of the state. Aurangabad city is part of the DMIC Early Bird project which includes the Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park and International Convention centre proposed over an area of 8340 hectares.
The project to be completed in three phases will see the opening of many industries. But it is feared that the deadline for the project will get extended due to delay in the land acquisition process.
In Phase-I, the DMIC project will see development of seven new industrial cities, namely Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region in Uttar Pradesh, Manesar-Bawal Investment Region in Haryana, Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region in Rajasthan, Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region in Madhya Pradesh, Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park city and Dighi Port Industrial Area, both in Maharashtra.
Plans for all these cities have been finalized and work on the Dholera and Shendra-Bidkin investment regions is likely to begin this year. The deadline for the first phase is 2019. Once the state government completes the process of acquiring land for a city project, DMICDC will incorporate SPVs to set up base infrastructure or trunk infrastructure such as water and power connections, a drainage system, broadband network, roads and so on. Later, industries will be invited to invest in the area.