India Proposes a National Industrial Corridor Development Authority

10 August 2016

The Government of India has proposed formation of a National Industrial Corridor Development Authority (NICDA) that will facilitate integrated development of industrial corridors across the country, according to broad national perspectives on industrial and city development.

In a letter to the Rajya Sabha, India's Council of States, India Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, outlined the functions of NICDA, including:

  • Channeling central and institutional funds to ensure that the corridors are properly planned and implemented; 
  • Carrying out project development activities; 
  • Appraising and sanctioning projects; and
  • Implementing, coordinating and monitoring central efforts for the development of industrial corridor projects.

Two corridors, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial Corridor, are currently under different stages of development.

In May 2014, the Government of India agreed to engage the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to carry out a feasibility study and prepare the Conceptual Development Plan for the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) linking Kolkata in the East through Chennai to Tuticorin in the South in a phased manner. ECEC's initial development phase, the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC), will play a major role in connecting India to global production networks and value chains in the ASEAN region.

Development of VCIC nodes require an investment of $840 million, to be provided by ADB ($625 million) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh ($215 million). ADB has agreed in principle to fund the project, and will meet in September to clear proposal for the first phase.

An ADB-supported technical assistance, approved in August 2015, helped the Government of India prepare the master plan for the VCIC, to deliver an integrated master plan for four industrial nodes and a set of policy recommendations and measures covering economic corridor development.


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