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Telangana presses for dedicated railway corridor between Nagpur and Hyderabad

Telangana government has urged the Centre to sanction the Hyderabad-Nagpur and the Warangal-Hyderabad dedicated railway  Corridor projects on the lines of the ones being implemented between Mumbai and Delhi . Centre has already sanctioned the Industrial Corridor between Itarsi and Vijaywada which is expected to pass through Warangal.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao had submitted  list of demands including sanction of grant-in-aid for the proposed textile park, establishment of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Telangana.

Industrial corridor projects will lead to immense economic development CM noted

He said industrial corridor projects will have a significant impact on employment generation in the less-developed region of the country and will lead to immense economic development.

The industrial corridor between Hyderabad and Nagpur is proposed on the lines of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, covering a length of 585 km. The project aims to exploit the central location of Nagpur which is proposed as a multi-modal international cargo hub and Hyderabad, which is a major IT and manufacturing destination.

"It proposes to leverage both the high-speed Hyderabad-Nagpur rail link as well as Hyderabad-Nagpur 44 Expressway. The proposed corridor can be designed to be connected through high speed passenger and freight rail connectivity between Hyderabad and Nagpur and also by eight laning of the existing national highway 44 between Hyderabad and Nagpur," according to the memorandum submitted by the state chief minister to Prime Minister Naredra Modi.

(While the centre has implemented dedicated corridors between Mumbai and Delhi and Ludhiana and Kolkata, it has merely announced industrial corridor between Itarsi and Vijayawada and between Khargpur and Vijayawada. It is however not clear whether there will be dedicated railway tracks in these projects).

"About 50 km on either side of the road and rail corridor is considered as the immediate influence areas. Project influence area comprises of a combined population of 40 million, constituting approximately 27 per cent of total population of both Telangana and Maharashtra," it added.

CM asked for grant-in-aid of Rs 1,000 cr for Textile Park

The Chief Minister has also urged the Centre to sanction a grant-in-aid of Rs 1,000 crore for the development of an integrated state-of-the-art textile park at Warangal. The state intends to develop the textile park in 2,000 acres. The park will have an all-inclusive textiles value chain facility from fibre to fabric and thereafter to garmenting/apparel making.

An investment of nearly Rs 1,600 crore is required to develop the infrastructure facilities in the park. While seeking Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre, he said the balance cost will be met from the state government`s resources. He pointed out that Telangana is the second-largest producer of cotton in India with over 60 lakh bales of long-staple cotton production annually.

The Chief Minister also demanded the sanction of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Telangana. Though the Centre has a policy of establishing one IIM in each state, it did not sanction an IIM for Telangana as there is Indian School of Business (ISB) in Telangana.

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