The city is set to be connected with the Dighi seaport in Raigad district as part of the proposed $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor.
Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh said, “The Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor was proposed for setting up manufacturing units, which can access sea routes for better communication. Located in Raigad district, the Dighi port will be accessed through Pune. The government will also widen the existing ghat regions for speedy communication between Pune and Dighi, for which either Tamhini or Varandha ghats will be used. Another major industrial hub is set to be developed at Shendre industrial area, near Aurangabad. Pune could be the only city, where industries will enjoy three-way connectivity via sea route, road and railways as well.”
Deshmukh recently attended a meeting with MIDC officials and district collectors in Mumbai to discuss further procedures of land acquisitions and government clearances.
The proposed industrial corridor would cover Raigad, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Dhule districts where major industrial hubs would come up. These industrial hubs would be developed on the smart city concept, which will hold industries, commercial properties and residential zones. The blue prints are inspired by industrial hubs in China and South Korea where hubs will be developed with the help of modern town planners.
Another feather in city’s industrial growth would be the proposed multi- modal logistic park, which will help the existing industrial establishments - including floriculture, automobile giants and multinational engineering companies in the Talegaon MIDC located near old Pune-Mumbai highway.
No MIDC official was available for comment despite several attempts.