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Three more manufacturing zones on cards

Press Trust Of India  |  Mumbai 

Maharashtra plans to set up three manufacturing zones under the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), apart from the two that are coming up in Raigad and Aurangabad districts, a senior official said.

“The Government has already notified two areas — Shendra in Aurangabad and Dighi in Raigad — for NIMZs (national manufacturing and investment zones). To further boost manufacturing industry in Maharashtra, we plan to set up three more NIMZs,” Principal Secretary (Industry) and MIDC Chief Executive K Shivaji told PTI here.

The NMP, which proposes creating NIMZs, aims at increasing the share of manufacturing sector in the GDP to 25 per cent from 16 per cent, and creating 100 million new jobs by 2022.

Under the policy, the Centre plans to set up large integrated area, called NIMZs, which will be the growth drivers for the sector. The first phase of NIMZ will be established along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, which covers Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. This corridor is expected to account for 43 per cent of GDP, 50 per cent of industrial production and exports and 40 per cent of total workforce.

The NIMZs in Maharashtra would come up in non-DMIC region where development has not reached, Shivaji said. “We will play the role of a facilitator for companies to set up their projects here.”

The process for identifying the locations has commenced and feasibility study is being undertaken, he added.

Initially, the Centre has notified seven locations — the Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad region in Uttar Pradesh; the Manesar -Bawal belt in Haryana, the Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana belt in Rajasthan, Ahmedabad-Dholera in Gujarat; the Pithampur-Dhar -Mhow belt in Madhya Pradesh and the Shendra-Bidkin and Dighi Port industrial area in Maharashtra for NIMZs.

First Published: Mon, March 05 2012. 00:28 IST