Govt approves ninth manufacturing zone at Nagpur

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles Mr Anand Sharma announced the plan to set up of India's ninth National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) at Nagpur on Saturday.

The proposed NIMZ, the third in Maharashtra, would be situated in Kuhi and Umred Taluka of Nagpur district on 6,280 hectares, an official release said.

Further, it is likely to attract investment of Rs 25,000 crore and provide direct and indirect employment to about 2,60,000 people, the statement added.

"I am happy to inform that 'in-principle' approval has been accorded to the proposal given its significance," Mr Sharma said, after inaugurating the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) in Nagpur.

Later in the day, the Minister also announced that the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme for the textile industry has been extended for the 12th Five Year Plan.

"There will be more allocation under the 12th Plan than under the 11th Plan, so those in textiles sector must feel assured that the Government is conscious what their needs are," he said.

Maharashtra Gets Third NMIZ as Anand Sharma Takes the Tally of NMIZS to Nine TUFS Extended to 12th Plan, to Get More Funds

The Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma announced ninth National Investment and Manufacturing zone(NIMZ), a third for Maharashtra in Nagpur today. "I am happy to inform that 'in-principle' approval has been accorded to the proposal given its significance" said the Minister after inaugurating the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan and Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Mukul Wasnik. The proposed NIMZ area is situated in Kuhi and Umred Taluka of Nagpur district and has an area of 6280 hectares. It will attract investment of approx. Rs. 25,000 crores and will provide gainful direct and indirect employment to 2,60,000 people of the Nagpur district.

The first 7 Investment Regions under NIMZs were

  • Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region, Gujarat (900 sq km)
  • Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park city near Aurangabad, Maharashtra (84 sq km)
  • Manesar-Bawal Investment Region, Haryana (380 sq km)
  • Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region, Rajasthan (150 sq km)
  • Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region, Madhya Pradesh (370 sq km)
  • Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region, Uttar Pradesh (250 sq km)
  • Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra (230 sq km).

Later, Jodhpur-Pali Region was added to the list Shri Sharma also announced state of the art convention centre at Nagpur on a land provided by the State government. Such convention centres have been established in Chennai and Bangaluru in partnership with the respective States. Cost of construction would be met from the ASIDE scheme of the central government.

The Minister also directed that a virtual APEDA Centre be established at Nagpur. APEDA already has a full fledged office at Mumbai which has been functioning since 1990. In the States where APEDA does not have a physical office, its activities are conducted in conjunction with the respective state Governments, through virtual offices.

Later at gathering of industry leaders from the Vidarbha and other regions of the State organized by CII Shri Sharma was apprised of the issues pertaining to Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), an Airport cum SEZ. Acknowledging the need to rework the SEZ scheme, Shri Sharma announced that a comprehensive review of the SEZ guidelines and fine tune them for retaining their attractiveness is underway.

He also announced TUFS has been extended for the 12th five year Plan. " There will be more allocation under the 12 th plan then under the 11th plan, so "those in textiles sector must feel assured that the government is conscious what their needs are" said Shri Sharma

MIDC returns back NIMZ proposal to acquire 6,000 acre land

National Investment Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) project proposed at Kuhi will be completed in two phases as first proposal of acquisition of 6,000 acre land was returned back to District administration by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Regional officer of MIDC, Vijay Bhakre confirmed the development and said that the proposal was rejected by the MIDC head office after noticing inclusion of 1,700 acre irrigated land in the said proposal.

NIMZ is an industrial zone spread over an area of 6,000 hectares that comes to almost a quarter of the present size of Nagpur city. NIMZs is being set up in 8 centers throughout the country, expected to drive growth of economy and boost the manufacturing units. NIMZ is being projected as a major catalyst for the region's growth. However, even as two such zones have been notified in the state the one in Kuhi has only got an in-principle approval. Following the approval, the administration identified 6,000 acre land near Kuhi village and sent proposal to MIDC HQ two months ago.

During scrutiny, MIDC noticed that 1,700 acre irrigated land was included in the said proposal hence, sent back the proposal and asked the administration to identify non irrigated or barren land.

The administration has decided to acquire land in two phases i.e. in first phase, proposal for acquisition of 3,000 acre land will be send to MIDC head-office for approval and then administration will search for another 3,000 acre land situated behind land mentioned in first phase. As per governments rule, NIMZ project requires minimum 5,500 acre land.

After approval from MIDC HQ, the proposal will be tabled in meeting of High Power Committee (HPC) of state for approval. When acquisition will be started for the said site, state government will notify to Government of India (GOI) and GOI will talk with international companies for installation of projects at NIMZ.

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