Press Trust of India / Bhopal July 23, 2010, 17:21 IST
Gujarat is leading other states in implementing the projects coming under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, DMIC Corporation chief executive and managing director Amitabh Kant said today.

“In comparison to other states, Gujarat is leading as far as implementation of the projects related to the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is concerned,” Kant told PTI here.

When asked about Madhya Pradesh, he initially said it is at the bottom of the implementation curve, but later added that it is at par with Haryana and Rajasthan. Maharashtra is also doing a good work, he said. Kant, who is here to review the progress of the Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region of the DMIC, said the project is being jointly implemented by the Centre with financial support from Japan. It will provide connectivity to the proposed Dedicated Freight Corridor to be developed by the Railways, he said.

“We have not created any new city as happened in China to meet our future requirements. Under the DMIC seven new cities spanning Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan, will come up,” he said.

The entire DMIC project will be implemented in three phases over the next 15 years. For developing the Pithampur- Dhar-Mhow Investment Region, the DMIC Corporation has called for setting up a development authority for implementation.

The project involves an investment of over Rs 28,000 crore, he said. It also recommended early construction of the Indore-Dahod and Indore-Chotta Udaipur rail link and gauge conversion of the Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa section, and setting up water projects on a PPP basis at Pithampur,and sharing theNarmada waters for Investment Region, among others, he said.

The key projects in the investment region include development of greenfield integrated townships and a BRT system, improving public transport connectivity, developing business parks and incubation parks and the Betma Hill Regeneration Project among others.

The early-bird projects are water supply and waste water system for Pithampur, a multi-modal export logistics hub, employment generation and setting up a knowledge city and and economic corridor, Kant said.

When asked about power, Kant said a dedicated 1,000-mw gas-based power plant will be set up near Guna in MP for supplying power to this region