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Development of Dharwad under Bengaluru-Mumbai industrial corridor put on fast track

New Delhi, 26 Nov UNI) The Government has prioritised the development of Dharwad Industrial Area in Karnataka under the Bengaluru-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC) project for achieving accelerated development and regional industry agglomeration.
The project is being developed jointly by National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) and Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB).
At a meeting to take stock of the project held on November 24 and attended by representatives of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of Karnataka and senior officials of NICDC and KIADB, it emerged that work has been put under fast mode with a consultant being appointed for carrying out the master planning and preliminary engineering for the project, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
Under PM GatiShakti, the National Master Plan for providing multimodal connectivity, any infrastructure gaps required for Dharwad node will be examined and taken up for development for holistically integrating the economic zones. The Bengaluru-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC) has been planned to facilitate development of a well-planned and resource efficient industrial base in the two states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The prospective plan for the overall corridor has been prepared and Dharwad and Satara in Maharashtra have been identified as priority nodes.
The project spreads across an area of over 6,000 acres and is in close proximity to Hubballi-Dharwad twin city which is poised as the hub for the next industrial revolution in Karnataka. The proposed industrial development at Dharwad will create an investment destination for various categories of industries through provision of large-scale regional trunk infrastructure at Dharwad and tap the potential of the existing road/rail freight movement along BMIC.
The site is well connected by roads (NH 48 & 67) which connects Mumbai, Bengaluru and Goa along with other major urban centres. The existing railway station at Dharwad is located at a distance of 25 km and the proposed Dharwad-Belgaum rail line is adjacent to the site. While Hubbali airport is at a distance of 30 km, the nearest sea ports are at Karwar (170 km) and Goa (180 km).
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