New Delhi, Sept 18 IBNS | 12 months ago

The Inter Ministerial Group formed to do preparatory work for setting up a Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Corridor (ADKIC) has filed its recommendations.


The panel, approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had, was to examine the feasibility of setting up the Corridor using the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor as a backbone and the structural and financing arrangements that would be required to operationalise it.

After a series of meetings, the IMG has completed its work and has submitted its report including eight suggestions.

The ADKIC will be aligned to the EDFC and will span 20 cities in the seven states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the IMG said.

The ADKIC also proposes to leverage the existing Highway system on this route and the Inland Water System being developed along National Waterway-1.

The development of ADKIC be taken up in a band of 150-200 kms on either side of EDFC, in a phased manner.

In the first Phase, every State could promote at least one cluster of about 10 sq. km. area to be called Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC), in which 40 per cent area would be earmarked permanently for manufacturing and processing activities.

ADKIC will use both the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach and non-PPP approach. The non-PPPable trunk infrastructure will be developed by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or Implementation Agency vested with the task of setting up the IMCs, through grant-in-aid.

The IMG has also called for the constitution of an Apex Monitoring Authority, under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, for overall guidance, planning and approvals, setting up of timelines for implementation and monitoring thereof; an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) chaired by Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (SIPP) to appraise proposals both for grant of in-principle approval and final approval for Clusters and NIMZs (in second phase); and a Dedicated Agency (DA) - Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, to be set up as a corporate entity, on the lines of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC).

A dedicated cell under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary/Industrial Development Commissioner is recommended at state level.

At the cluster level, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) may be set up by the State Governments for administration of clusters.

In the first phase, an estimated maximum financial commitment of about Rs. 5749 crore, (for seven IMCs each of 1000 hectare) phased over 15 years, by way of budgetary support by the Central Government, is proposed.

This would include support for interest subvention, development of trunk infrastructure, share in equity and initialgrant to ADKICDC for Project Development.

The IMG has also recommended a two stage approval mechanism, an "in-principle" and final approval.

(Posted on 19-09-2013)