The UP government plans to set up manufacturing and logistics clusters along expressways

The Government of Uttar Pradesh is considering building 600 hectares of manufacturing and logistics clusters along the expressways. UP has the longest expressway network in the country.

Letters of intent for these proposed clusters, to be set up at a price of Rs 10 lakh crore, were signed during the UP Global Investors’ Summit in Lucknow earlier this year.

The proposed mega-clusters will be built alongside the Gorakhpur Link Expressway around the Purvanchal and Bundelkhand expressways. The government has designated 600 hectares of land in six districts – Barabanki, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Gorakhpur, Banda and Jalaun.

“In each of the six districts, about 100 hectares of land parcels have been identified for the proposed manufacturing and logistics clusters,” a government official said. The projects, set to be launched in the coming months, are part of investment proposals from more than 19,000 investors totaling Rs 35 lakh crore received at the investor event in February.

Of the total investment proposals of Rs 35 lakh crore, Purvanchal (Eastern UP) and Bundelkhand regions hold Rs 9.54 lakh crore and Rs 4.27 lakh crore respectively. Together they account for almost 40 percent of the total value of the MoU.

As investors need large tracts of land for setting up production units or for storage and logistics purposes, the state is moving quickly to top up the land bank for allocation to companies.

“In the first phase, 600 hectares of land will be purchased. In the future, more plots will be arranged according to investors’ requirements,” a government spokesman said.

The land will be purchased within a 10 km radius of the expressways as it will provide a seamless road connection to the upcoming projects and will benefit the local population by creating jobs thereby boosting the local economy.

As Yogi Adityanath’s government focuses on promoting socio-economic development in the lagging Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions, various policies are offering a range of incentives and subsidies to private investors in these areas.

Also, UP is preparing a plan to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming a $1 trillion economy in the next five years.

In this regard, the state government has identified 10 key sectors, including law and order, agriculture, social security, infrastructure and industrial development, urban development, rural development, medicine and health, education, tourism and culture, and tax collection.

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