The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved the development of trunk infrastructure components for the integrated multi-modal logistics hub known as ‘Freight Village’ at Nangal Chaudhary in Haryana under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project, a statement said.
The trunk infrastructure components include roads and services, building complex, water, sewage and common effluent treatment plant.
A ‘Freight Village’ is a specialized industrial estate which attracts companies that require logistics services and can cluster to improve their competitiveness. This will allow relocation of retailers, warehouse operators and logistics service providers supplying the regional FMCG market. Due to its proximity to the main city, it will serve as a distribution centre and as a point of transfer between long-distance transport by truck, rail and waterway and short distance distribution with delivery vans. ‘Freight Village’ includes an inter-modal terminal, which facilitates integration between different modes of transport.
Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is a mega infra-structure project of USD 90 billion with the financial & technical aids from Japan, covering an overall length of 1483 KMs between the political capital and the business capital of India, i.e. Delhi and Mumbai. A MoU in this regard was signed in 2006.
The project would include six mega investment regions of 200 square kilometers each and will run through six states Delhi, Western Uttar Pradesh, Southern Haryana, Eastern Rajasthan, Eastern Gujarat, and Western Maharashtra. However, the Project Influence Region of DMIC includes parts of Madhya Pradesh too.
The project aims to develop an environmentally sustainable, long-lasting and technological advanced infrastructure utilizing cutting age Japanese technologies and to create world-class manufacturing and investment destinations in this region.
In October 2006, the Indian Government established a dedicated body, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), to carry out the project.
The Western DFC will separate freight and passenger traffic to increase the speed of freight movement. It will be used to transport fertilizers, food grains, salt, coal, iron & steel and cement.
The project will eventually be linked to the Eastern DFC to form four hubs known as India’s Golden Quadrilateral including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.
The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor covers a distance of 1504 km of double line electric track from JNPT to Dadri via Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari.
The Western Corridor passes through 5 states- Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.