The government plans to connect Jammu and Kashmir with the Amritsar-Kolkata industrial corridor

In order to improve connectivity and logistical support for Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government plans to connect them to the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC).

The corridor is intended to provide impetus for the local economy.

The Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) is a proposed industrial route that will connect the northern industrial and agricultural centers with the major ports of western India including Jamnagar and Kandla in Gujarat.

The center plans to expand AKIC to Jammu as part of the National Industrial Corridor Program aimed at developing futuristic industrial cities in India, the Kashmir Monitor reported.

“The Government of India (GOI) is planning to link Jammu with AKIC under the National Industrial Corridor Development Program and the UT Government will declare the existing alignment of the Amritsar – Jammu highway as a freight corridor,” an official document referred to by the Kashmir Monitor accessed revealed.

The corridor will help kickstart the industrial revolution by connecting the industrial belt of Baddi, Bhatinda and Ludhiana through foothills and the state of Jammu and Kashmir through the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway.

The document states that the corridor will create employment opportunities and economic growth in the territory of the Union.

“The goal would be to create world-class, cutting-edge infrastructure to boost local trade, increase investment, create jobs and achieve sustainable development,” it said.

The Government of India is developing the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) along the alignment of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), crossing a route length of 1839 km in six states.

The aim of AKIC is to optimize the region’s current economic and employment potential, stimulate investment, particularly in manufacturing, agri-processing, services and export-oriented units, and promote the general economic development of the area by creating high-standard infrastructure and a favorable business environment.

AKIC is to be gradually developed in a band of 150-200 km on both sides of EDFC.

AKIC will have an area of ​​influence in seven states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Additionally, the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh (BBN) area of ​​Himachal Pradesh is approximately 70 km from the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and thus falls within the AKIC Zone of Influence and has also been included in the AKIC Corridor for Development.

AKIC aims to facilitate the development of a well-planned and resource-efficient industrial base, served by a sustainable, world-class connectivity infrastructure, that will bring significant benefits in terms of innovation, manufacturing, job creation, and resource security to the states coming into its region of influence.

The availability of world-class infrastructure along the corridor will also enable increased investment in manufacturing and industrial activities in these eight states.

The center has directed the UT administration to identify at least one mega-industrial zone as an investment node on the dedicated corridor.

“Work to identify the Mega Industrial Zone will begin shortly. This addition of Jammu to AKIC is sure to boost and revolutionize the union territory’s industrial sector. In particular, this will boost logistics and e-commerce by reducing the distance between cities with improved infrastructure. The aim of the project is to create an industrial zone spanning seven Indian states and 20 cities in each of these states,” official sources said, as reported by the Kashmir Monitor.

The Rs 26,000 crore Amritsar-Jamnagar greenfield corridor is scheduled to be completed by September 2023.

The expansion of Jammu to AKIC is believed to attract more investors to the Union territory.

At the same time, the government is promoting Jammu and Kashmir as investment destinations by encouraging large business houses to invest in the Union Territory.

In the past two years, the Union Territory Administration has received investment proposals worth Rs 66,000 crore.

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