Shendra-Bidkin Zone To Be A ‘Smart City’.
The state government has decided to develop the Shendra-Bidkin zone of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) near Aurangabad as a smart city project.The state’s principal secretary for industries, Apoorva Chandra, said on Wednesday that a formal decision about this will come soon after the government announces its new IT policy.”The broad approach would be to use cloud technology for managing the zone instead of the traditional IT infrastructure which becomes obsolete fast,” Chandra said, adding that the procedure for selecting the vendor for cloud and other technologies would begin soon after the IT policy declaration.
Chandra was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event of software giant Microsoft in Pune.”The investment in the first phase of the project is Rs 3,000 crore. We have received the first tranche of this from the Centre and can now go ahead with creating basic infrastructure,” Chandra said.Shendra-Bidkin Zone is part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project for which MIDC has acquired 4,000 hectare land so far.Chandra said the state has been in the forefront of industrial investment and has received proposals worth Rs 15,000 crore since the new government took charge and the state has signed Memoranda of Understanding for these projects.
Considering the scarcity of land in key industrial pockets, the MIDC has started the process of recovering plots within its industrial estates where no industrial activity has started. The MIDC has started issuing show-cause notices to those who have acquired plots but not started any manufacturing for seven years, he said.Commenting on the issue about farmers’ agitation over Khed city project, Chandra said the arrangement is that farmers will get equity in a special purpose vehicle company to which the SEZ developers will transfer 15% of the developed land. The farmers will not get developed land per se, he said.