Maharashtra’s biggest ever industrial park, spread over 27,000 hectares, will be set up near the Dighi port in Raigad district. Presently, the state has 55,000 hectares of land under industries. The Dighi industrial park, for which 5,500 hectares have already been notified for acquisition, will invite all types of industries except chemical units.
Balasaheb Kolekar, regional officer of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) at Panvel, said the industrial park would fall in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), which is an ambitious $90 billion industry promotion project of the Union government. He, however, refused to divulge the names of companies which have shown interest in setting up plants in the industrial park, saying discussions with these firms were still on. Kolekar said the DMIC will acquire 5,800 hectares in the first phase of the industrial park project, which will be located in Roha and Mangaon tehsils of Raigad. “The owners of 3,375 hectares have already received the notification of acquisition. The procedure of intimating the owners, inviting objections and suggestions on acquisition and, finally, negotiations over the price of the land would follow. Land from the nearby Tala tehsil has also been identified for acquisition,” he said.
To address the power deficit in the state, the government has also cleared proposals for three gas-based power plants — two in Raigad district and one in Pune district — with a cumulative power generation capacity of 2,300 MW. One of these plants will be run by Hyderabad-based Pioneer Gas Power Limited, an arm of Pioneer Distilleries Ltd.
It is expected that the DMIC Development Corporation will itself run the second power plant, which would be of 1,000 MW capacity. Both power plants will get gas from the Gas Authority of India Limited, a state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.
Raigad district collector H K Jawale said the Dighi port was also being developed to handle major vessels and offer transportation of goods, which would reduce the burden on the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) near Mumbai. “Compared to JNPT, Dighi would be smaller due to geographical limitations but would share some load,” he said.
Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd has been appointed to prepare a market demand assessment report, which will be useful during the setting up of companies in various industrial parks under the DMIC, an MIDC official said.