The Telangana government is planning a high-speed dedicated freight corridor between Hyderabad and Nagpur to create a strong economic base with quality infrastructure that could propel investment climate.
The proposed Hyderabad-Nagpur Industrial Corridor (HNIC), draft concept note of which has been prepared by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), covers a stretch of 585 km, ushering in multifaceted development between the two end terminals.
The concept note looks at establishing connectivity for the corridor through high-speed rail and also by adding six or eight lanes to the existing National Highway (NH)-44 between Hyderabad and Nagpur. The influence region of the proposed corridor covers the districts of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad in Telangana and Chandrapur, Wardha and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra.
To consider the immediate influence area of the rail and road corridor, 50 km on either side has been taken into account covering a total population of 27 million spread over 301 mandals/tehsils that include 58 mandals of Karimnagar, 51 of Adilabad, 43 in Warangal and 33 in Medak districts.
The corridor has been proposed to criss-cross through a combination of well-developed, moderately developed and under-developed industrial areas with varying natural resources, human skills and with or without quality physical and social infrastructure. A total of 44,266 existing industrial areas have been proposed for integration with the new concept.
The potential industrial bases identified in the influence region include edible oil refining, handloom units, handicrafts in Medak, service and cement industry in Nalgonda, agro, forest and mineral units based in Warangal, food and agro, livestock, leather, textile and paper units based in Karimnagar, engineering and small service establishments in Adilabad and engineering and electric units based in Nizamabad.
For the Hyderabad-Nagpur Industrial Corridor, integrated Investment Regions (IRs) and Industrial Areas (IAs) have been proposed with self-sustained industrial townships comprising world class infrastructure, road and rail connectivity for freight movement from logistic hubs and served by domestic/international air-connectivity.
The IRs would be specifically delineated industrial region with a minimum area of 20,000 hectares while the IAs had been proposed with a minimum of 10,000 hectares. These would facilitate establishment of manufacturing facilities for domestic and export led production along with associated services and infrastructure.