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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday the first well-planned Greenfield Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC) would bring investments of Rs 70,000 crore and generate direct employment for 3 lakh people by 2030. It would elevate Marathwada on the global map, said the CM. The chief minister revealed that the AURIC, planned in four phases along Shendra and Bidkin, would be completed between October 2018 and 2022.
“The project part which has been earmarked in Shendra would get over by October 2018. And it would be followed by three phases of work in Bidkin to be completed in year 2020, 2021 and 2022.”
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Taking the process of the project ahead, Fadnavis during his visit to Aurangabad said, “AURIC is being meticulously planned keeping the concept of walk to work. The city will give the region a new identity. It will go a long way in wiping out the long perceived unpopular tag of backward Marathwada. Instead, AURIC will bring Marathwada on the international map.”
Taking the project ahead, the chief minister performed the bhoomipujan for 2.5 lakh square feet AURIC Hall within main administrative building at Shendra MIDC in Aurangabad. He said the AURIC will be the first industrial city in Shendre-Bidkin encompassing all smart cities and hi-tech features.
The AURIC has been planned to become the first industrial city of Maharashtra on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) by the Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd (AITL). The city will have central command and control room, Wi-Fi, CCTV, smart traffic management, underground facilities and recycled sewage water plant.
Revealing some aspects, Fadnavis said, “Almost 50 per cent of the water supply will be recycled and treated. The automobile industry has given good response.” While stating that land acquisition for the project is almost complete, he indicated that work for road projects was in progress.
The Centre has provided Rs 600 crore and Rs 300 crore more are being sanctioned.
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