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It is indeed surprising to me that the mother of all Infra projects in India doesn't have a thread of its own. I decided to take the initiative to launch the thread inorder to track the development of DMI Corridor. I understand that most of the posters here are far more knowledgeable than me & if senior posters feels that it is pre-mature to launch the thread then I request the MODS to kindly delete it or freeze it to revive at some later date. Otherwise, please contribute whole-heartedly.

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Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project is a State-Sponsored Industrial Development Project of Government of India. It is an ambitious project aimed at developing an Industrial Zone spanning across six states in India. The project will see major expansion of Infrastructure and Industry – including industrial clusters and rail, road, port, air connectivity – in the states along the route of the Corridor.

Conceived to be developed as a Global Manufacturing and Trading Hub, the project is expected to double employment potential, triple industrial output and quadruple exports from the region in 5 years. The total employment to be generated from the project is 3 million. The bulk of which will be in the manufacturing/processing sectors.

The ambitious project will be funded through private-public partnership and foreign investment. Japan will me a majour investor for this project. The corridor will span across 1483 km. Tokyo was roped in as partner for this project, during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit in December 2006. The project will cover the seven states of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It will include a 4000 MW Power Plant, three Sea Ports and six Airports in addition to connectivity with the existing ports. The industrial corridor project will be implemented by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, an automomous body comprising of Government and Private Sector. It will be implemented through special purpose vehicles [SPVs]. The project is expected to deliver a 2-3-4-5 benefit, to double employment (2), triple industrial output (3) and quadruple exports (4) from the region in five years (5).
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India's $90 bln industry corridor on track - minister
Tue May 13, 2008 2:30pm IST

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's ambitious $90 billion industrial corridor project is on track, and rising prices of steel and cement will not hamper work, Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar said.

The project spanning New Delhi and Mumbai is being built with Japanese help on the lines of the Tokyo-Osaka industrial corridor.

It includes high speed rail freight lines, power plants to supply an additional 4,000 megawatt, three new sea ports and six airports, 12 new industrial clusters, 10 logistic parks and agricultural hubs.

"I believe that between October and December, the trial runs of the electric tractions between Mumbai and Pune should be completed," Ashwani Kumar told Reuters in an interview.

"Depending on the results of the trial runs, the matter will then be pushed full steam ahead so that we achieve the target date of 2012 for the first phase."

Kumar said he did not expect rising prices of steel, cement and other metals and building materials to hamper the process, adding that the total cost may rise to $92 billion which should not matter.

Japanese and German companies were among those that have showed interest in the project, he said.

Kumar said the government was actively involving private and foreign players for improving India's infrastructure, which would require $500 billion by 2012, and provide the trigger for growth in Asia's third-largest economy.

"We are encouraging domestic, private and government, investment in infrastructure under public-private partnership mode. We are also actively wooing foreign investment and technology in the infrastructure sector."
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Madhya Pradesh to set up industrial corridor panel
May 13th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT

Bhopal, May 13 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni will head the empowered committee to be set up by the state government to oversee the development of Rs.400 billion ($10 billion) industrial corridor, officials here said. The corridor, part of the Delhi-Mumbai corridor, will go through western Madhya Pradesh.

The decision was taken at a meeting Tuesday Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held with officials. He also sanctioned Rs.10 million for the initial preparations of the project, said the officials.

The Madhya Pradesh Trade and Investment Facilitation Corp (TRIFAC) will be the nodal agency for setting up the project.

The government is also planning to develop an industrial area on both sides of the corridor with financial and technical cooperation of Japan.

With the new industrial projects coming up, the state government is hopeful that the employment opportunities would be doubled and production and exports would soar in the next five years.

The 1,483-km corridor between Dadri (Delhi) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai will go through Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Japan will provide an assistance of Rs.2.42 trillion for the project under which a knowledge city will be developed near Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. A logistic hub between Indore and Dewas and a diamond park at Indore are also proposed.
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Consultants for Delhi-Mumbai corridor by June
Promit Mukherjee / DNA MONEY
Friday, 18 April , 2008, 12:02

The government will soon appoint a group of consultants for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, one of the most ambitious trade and business development initiatives in India.

"Sixteen consulting agencies have been short-listed and the government is expected to take a final call in June," said Abhaya Agarwal, senior vice-president, IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (IIDC).

He said the group of consultants appointed by the government will start work by July 2008. "Seventeen consultants from across the world had submitted expressions of interest for participating in DMIC. Of these, 16 were finally short listed," he said.

The DMIC project is spread over an area of 4,36,486 square kilometers and will pass through Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra and the union territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagra Haveli.

The project will synergise with the 1,483 kilometre high-speed dedicated freight corridor (DFC) that connects Delhi and Mumbai.

The project will have a spread of 150 square kilometers on both sides, wherein airports, ports, manufacturing and industrial hubs and special economic zones will be developed. "This is where the major part of private investment will come," said Agarwal.

The government of Japan is expected to fund a major chunk of the project.Several private companies from Japan will also set up shop under DMIC, saida Japan External Trade Organisationofficial.

According to the figures available from the commerce ministry, the DMIC's influence area comprises a combined population of 178 million, constituting 17% of the total population of the country. The states falling under DMIC contributes 60% of overall exports from the country.
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India seeks French help for rail development
Wed May 14, 2008 5:55pm IST

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will seek assistance from France on building rail systems in freight corridors, introducing high-speed trains and upgrading safety systems, with officials from the countries signing a cooperation agreement on Wednesday.

"Indian Railways have an ambitious plan of network expansion, increasing rolling stock production capacity, world-class passenger terminals and in future the country requires high-speed passenger services," Junior Railway Minister Naranbhai Rathwa said.

On Tuesday, India's junior industry minister told Reuters an ambitious $90 billion industrial corridor project between Delhi and Mumbai, which is being built with Japanese help, was on track.

Japanese and German firms have already shown interest in the project, which will include high speed rail freight lines, power plants, three new sea ports and six airports, 12 new industrial clusters, 10 logistic parks and agricultural hubs.
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India seeking UAE investment for Delhi, Mumbai Industrial Corridor
Atul Aneja

DUBAI: India is seeking investments from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to modernise its infrastructure and expand trade ties. The visiting minister of commerce and industry Kamal Nath said at a press conference that India was encouraging the UAE to invest in the $92 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

He pointed out that several funding models were under scrutiny for the development of the DMIC. He added that massive commercial investments were required for the construction of roads, power generation and other utilities. Mr. Kamal Nath said that the basic framework to promote investments between India and the UAE was already in place. The India-UAE Investment Council set up during the visit to India by UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is expected to convene within the next six months.

The dates for the next meeting of the bilateral Trade Policy Forum were also being fixed. The minister pointed out that the signing of the India-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Free Trade Area agreement had been delayed because of administrative reasons. “The same set of people are involved in FTA talk s with several countries including the European Union (EU) and Korea,” he observed. Mr. Kamal Nath said that progress on the finalisation of FTA with the GCC was expected within six months. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait and Oman comprise the GCC. Trade between India and the UAE was burgeoning and had reached $20 billion in 2006-07, the minister said.

Asked about the problems in India’s rice exports to the UAE, the minister said that the decision on restricting exports to the Gulf would be reviewed in the light of the quantum yielded by the upcoming rice crop in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Kamal Nath said that inflation in India would be arrested soon due to the steps taken regarding monetary policy and the management of the economy. “We see that inflation has been contained and has peaked out. The monetary policy and other steps that we have taken will now yield results,” he observed.
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Good job ab041937. I had thought of opening a thread on the DMIC once we were done with the reorganization but forgot about it.

Here's a map showing the alignment of the high speed freight corridor (from Tehelka):

ILFS (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services) had prepared a concept paper for the GoI and the Ministry of Commerce. It comprehensively highlights the role of each region, the investment it would receive and the infrastructure that would be built/upgraded. Click here to read it.

Here's some info from another PDF on ILFS's website:

Map of the corridor indicating the regions of investment and industrial areas -

Key to the above map-

Here's another map with the infrastructure marked-
Click to enlarge
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great thread you guys.
This is HUGE !!. Look at the states involved. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi & very little of UP which is good. out of this 2 are the most industrialized states of India & one is quite, calm laidback state without any naxal problems.

Bombay to Delhi infra corridor will soone become reality in no time. :cheers:

This is definitely happening baby. I dont see why not. :banana:
Thanks IU for that comprehensive information. It does really seem big. I suppose DMIC can cover the whole of western region forming the backbone & branching out to interiors in Rajasthan, Haryana, MP & Gujrat.
some proposals from the MP government -

MP wants links to Delhi-Mumbai corridor

Madhya Pradesh has asked for fast and efficient rail links to markets and ports under the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

The state has proposed the creation of the Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow mega industrial region over at least 200 square km, where an apparel park, a gem & jewellery park, a software technology park, a herbal park and clusters for pharmaceutical firms, textiles, food-processing and auto components will come up.

The state government has said there is an urgent need to expedite the gauge conversion of the Neemuch-Ratlam track of 135.38 km to strengthen transport linkages of the Neemuch-Nayagaon industrial region and Ratlam Nagda mega industrial region with Ajmer, Jaipur, the National Capital Region of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Surat and Mumbai. Further, fast and efficient connectivity with ports in Maharashtra and Gujarat is equally important, the state has said.

Similarly, the government has pointed out that the existing meter gauge (MG) rail route between Indore and Khandwa, which is connected to the age-old Ajmer-Hyderabad meter gauge rail route, should be converted into broad gauge quickly.

"It is essential to complete the ongoing Dahod-Sardarpur-Dhar-Indore broad gauge new line at a fast pace to ensure better connectivity to the Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow mega industrial region and the Shajapur-Dewas industrial region with cities of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat and parts of Kandla, Mundra, Pipapav, Bedi in Gujarat," a highly placed source in the department of industries told Business Standard.

The source further said, "The conversion of the existing Pratapnagar (Vadodra)-Chhota Udepur narrow gauge line into broad gauge in progress and the construction of a new line from Indore to Chhota Udepur via Dhar and construction new Dhar Indore broad gauge line is in progress but linkage between Dhar and Chhota Udepur has yet to be taken up.

To ensure direct and shorter rail link between Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow mega industrial region and Shajapur-Dewas industrial region with ports in Southern Gujarat namely Hazira, Dahej and Maroli the central government should establish the link through a broad gauge line on priority basis," the source said.
I am happy to see this thread cant wait to see this project turning into reality.
Here are some slides from a brief presentation made by DMICDC in Tokyo on Feb 18. I converted the pdf pages to jpegs using a demo version of a converter software so it left behind a demo mode watermark.


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Nashik to be developed on Delhi-Mumbai Freight route

NASHIK: Nashik has been identified as the first development node on the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor to boost business activities in the cities that fall along this rail route.

The freight corridor is being developed to establish connectivity between the state and the economic capital and to connect the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Gujarat to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, said Ajij Khan, principal secretary, Industry, Ministry, Govt of Maharashtra.

Khan was in Nashik to inaugurate Nashik Engineering Cluster (NEC), a training-cum-assisting centre for industries in Nashik.

Developed at Rs50 crore, this is the third such cluster in the state after Pimpri–Chinchwad in Pune and Ichalkaranji, to provide training to engineers and
industry personnel for CAD, CAM, CAE and CNC software.

A Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Corporation has been formed to look into potential development centres in six states along the freight rail route.

In the first phase of this project, Nashik-Igatpuri-Sinnar zone has been selected. The focus in this area will be on industrialisation, promoting economic activities, and developing the infrastructure for it.

Khan said that a Japanese firm had shown interest.
Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor by 2013

An ambitious $90-billion industrial project along side the Delhi-Mumbai dedicated rail freight route will be ready with manufacturing and trading hubs by 2013, a senior official said on Wednesday.

However, the project faces daunting tasks ahead in terms of meeting requirements of water and electricity.

"The electricity capacity that exists and the capacity being planned is not adequate. Water availability in sufficient amount is also an issue," Adviser of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Ajay Dua said at a Confederation of Indian Industry and Japan External Trade Organisation function in New Delhi.

Dua who was instrumental in finalising the project, as DIPP Secretary, said Japan is committed to make big investment in DMIC. He has since retired from that post advises the DIPP on the project.

The 1,483-km corridor would cover six states Delhi and NCR, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The corridor, for which a company has been incorporated, would have a 4,000-MW power plant, three greenfield ports and six airports. It would also link 10 cities with over 10 lakh (1 million) population including Faridabad, Surat, Delhi, Greater Mumbai, Meerut, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Nashik.

Industrial units would come up along major transport arteries such as highways and railways connecting to ports to facilitate internal and external trade.

Meanwhile, the industry body CII and Japan External Trade Organisation have launched a portal for investors.
This is a great thread about a great project! I guess one of the presentation slides above can now add nuclear power as sources for additional power generation required for this project :D
A rather loooong article from Railway Technology, but an interesting read nevertheless.

India's Speedy New Scheme

India is building an ambitious industrial corridor from New Delhi to Mumbai, which includes high-speed freight lines. Neil Pulling looks at the project, due to be complete in 2012.

Following a radical shift in 1991 from a centrally controlled economy that included restrictions on overseas investment and licensing of operations by foreign companies, India's economic advance looks set to continue.

Moving from reliance upon agricultural and still faced with the challenge of reducing poverty, India has become renowned for its educated and youthful workforce, movement towards broader-based affluence and multi-national corporate expansion (the country's population of 1.45 billion is predicted to China by 2025). Its demographic structure is such that a future workforce for an economy that has recorded 8% pa growth in recent years seems assured.

A major barrier to growth, however, has been India's infrastructure: in the wrong place for new developments, worn out, or simply insufficient. The government is seeking to address these issues through the country's largest-ever project, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), promoted to triple industrial output, quadruple exports from the regions within five years, and create three million new jobs.

The $90bn project which will start this year will see trial runs of the electric traction between Mumbai and Pune as part of its first phase, and Japanese and German companies are helping out on the project.


On the south-west coast, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India's largest city with a population of around 20 million, handling around 50% of the country's sea cargo. Capital Delhi is 1,400km (870 miles) to the north east, with approximately 18 million in the metropolitan area. They constitute one side of the so-called Golden Quadrilateral, defined by Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras). Rail routes between these cities currently handle over three-quarters of state operator Indian Railways' traffic.

About 1,500km long and up to 300km wide, the DMIC will spread from the Delhi National Capital Territory through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat to Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is capital. There will be special economic zones, new airports, industrial parks, power supplies and roads, plus ports on the Arabian Sea coast. With up to 120 component DMIC projects, a crucial element for incoming and outgoing goods is an entirely new railway, the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

Projected for construction from 2008, the DFC will be 1,483km (920 miles) long. Maintaining the Indian track gauge of 1,676mm to allow through running and ease of transfers, the DFC will however differ significantly in other respects from the rest of national network. Above all, it will be freight-only and designed for faster running. By avoiding traffic conflicts, the current 60-hour Delhi-Mumbai journey is envisaged to fall to 36, and a spin-off is increased capacity for passenger services elsewhere on the network. With older lines used as feeders to the DFC, a programme to increase the clearances needed by new freight stock will be implemented, for example cutting back station canopies, easing curves and rebuilding bridges.

The most substantial of several proposed freight-only routes, the DFC provides the opportunity to increase clearances beyond the limitations of the present network. In spite of a generous 1,676mm track gauge, the dynamic (or kinematic) envelope on Indian Railways has restricted volumes being moved, increasing the cost base for shipments, not least because of the number of workings required for a given tonnage.

To be diesel-worked and handle double-stack container trains and road trailers, the DFC will have higher axle loading of at least 30t, representing a 50% increase over present lines. To provide operational flexibility and maintain timings, 1,500m passing loops will be able accommodate trains up to 16,000t.

Transporting goods by rail remains a huge undertaking, vital to the national economy and a profitable activity that, with 70% of overall revenues, helps underpin Indian Railways' passenger operations. The segregation of freight and passenger flows should help improve the ability of Indian Railways to compete with road competition in both markets.

However, its share of the national freight market is in a long decline, falling by about a third over the last decade, a trend the DFC is intended to help turn around, offering inter-modal services that represent a better and cheaper alternative to road. In spite of a substantial highway building programme, road journey times are long and unpredictable. India's prosperity has encouraged around 16% more cars being registered each year, a conflict of interests for government as it attempts to balance this expression of wealth, the country's expanding automotive sector and increasing already problematic congestion and pollution levels.


The DMIC was formally announced in December 2006 by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a visit to Japan, with the Tokyo-Osaka industrial corridor being cited as a parallel to the impending developments. An Indo-Japanese task force to further the project has been constituted under a memorandum of understanding between the governments.

The Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry cited the Delhi Metro as an indicator of the success of the countries working together on infrastructure projects. Funding will involve both governments, companies in the Japanese private sector and Indian companies raising funds on Japanese markets.

With protectionism consigned to history, India has become an attractive investment proposition and trading partner for Japan. A stable regional democracy with a huge consumer market, India has natural resources such as iron and copper ores, bauxite and coal that Japan does not possess. Seeking Indian involvement in his 'Cool Earth 50' environmental initiative, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that a dedicated DMIC fund would be created, with low-cost loans being made available for the DFC.

As the world's second biggest railway network and with the DFC being one of several projects indicating long-term commitment to renewal and expansion, India is a prime export target. Inherent in making use of the greater capacity potential of the new lines, a new generation of freight rolling stock will be required, similarly with motive power. Possibly in concert with domestic suppliers, for Japanese manufacturing giants such as Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the Indian market represents a huge target.

France SNCF signed an agreement in May 2008 to cooperate on rail modernisation and China has demonstrated interest in a long-term plan for high-speed passenger lines. India is therefore clearly a magnet for those with products and services to sell or capital to invest. As home or headquarters for companies such as multi-industry Siemens, Bombardier Transportation and Vossloh, also with national operator Deutsche Bahn expanding activities overseas, the interest of Germany in the freight corridor project is no surprise.

The German Ministry of Transport and Urban Affairs has already discussed the role their country's rail industry may play in the DFC's development and operation. Their ministerial visit was also to promote the opportunities open to Indian investors in Germany, especially the states of the former East Germany. Since the watershed 1991 economic reforms, over 2,500 joint ventures have been established between the two countries.

Across the DMIC projects, special purpose vehicles (SPVs), a widely used financial structure for public-private ventures, are to be established to handle funding and construction, also to represent the interests of stakeholders, not least the investors contributing up to two thirds of the DFC capital. Like the DFC itself, this project management structure will represent a significant change for Indian Railways. In May 2008 an Indian Government minister announced that in spite of recent materials cost increases, the DMIC project remained on course for a 2012 inauguration.
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