AURIC: India’s 1st ‘Walk-to-Work’ Industrial City Coming Soon: 5 Things to Know

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Slated to be the future of smart cities, the Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC)— also billed to be India’s first integrated industrial city— is expected to be completed by 2022.
The centre Government had envisioned the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project to connect the two mega cities of India. Work upon it has been underway for years, but now, the Maharashtra government has decided to hasten its development.

Master Plan of Shendra Industrial Area
Located on the outskirts of Aurangabad, AURIC will be built on 10,000 acres (in phase I) of land. This new integrated industrial township will be a congregation of office spaces, residences, hotels, large and small format retails, schools, hospitals, parks, entertainment hubs and much more.
60% of the total land will be used for industrial purposes whereas 40% will be reserved for residential, commercial, institutions, open spaces and socio=cultural amenities. This has been done, keeping in mind the need to bring about thriving industrial growth as well as creating a community to live, grow and play in.
Hyosung Corporation, the South Korean industrial conglomerate, committed an investment of Rs 3,000 crore in AURIC to build a factory for manufacturing spandex, Companies from Russia, China and Japan have evinced interest in investing Rs 1,250 crore in setting up their facilities at Aurangabad Industrial City. Russia’s Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK), manufacturer of high-quality steel products, is keen on investing Rs 1,000 crore for setting up a unit at AURIC-Shendra.
Guangdong Baihe Medical Technology Co Ltd of China is mulling setting up a dialysis machine plant on 10 acres. Baihe Medical is among the leading medical device manufacturers in China and specialises in medical disposables for use in anesthesia, blood purification, infusion and wound care. “Baihe plans to invest Rs 100 crore. Fuji Silvertech, Japans leading precast concrete manufacturing company with an installed capacity of 4,90,000 tonnes per annum, has also approached us for setting up precast infrastructure set up in AURIC-Bidkin with an investment of Rs 150 crore.
“The completion of the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor and the Jalna dry port will also play a significant role in boosting the economic development of AURIC.
Some of the features of AURIC will be as follows—
• It is one of the eight nodes of the ambitious DMIC project.
• AURIC will be India’s first integrated industrial green city. An industrial green city is an underdeveloped area, where greater development is proposed, which allows it to develop into a city.
• To ensure that water isn’t wasted, the city will treat its sewage water and common effluent water, so that residents can use it for their needs. Thus, approximately 42% of the water needs at AURIC will be met through recycled water.
• The concept of ‘Walk to work’ which encourages housing options, workplaces, and shopping centres, to be developed in the vicinity of each other, will be implemented. This concept also includes walkable streets and blocks and reachable public spaces.
•The construction of AURIC is supposed to be an entryway for global investors, with the aim of boosting industrial growth and helping it go beyond Aurangabad, to its tertiary units in adjoining seven other districts surrounding Marathwada. Additionally, the tribal belt of Nandurbhar, Nashik, Dhule has been included in the project to enable industrial growth in the impoverished districts.

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