Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial Corridor

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The Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial corridor (ADKIC) is a proposed economic corridor in India between the cities of Amritsar, Delhi and Kolkata, developed by the Government of India.

It is an ambitious project aimed at developing an Industrial Zone spanning across seven states in India and will be beneficial for 20 cities under these states.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.

The Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial Corridor encompasses one of the most densely populated regions in the world and houses about 40% of India's population. This is a region which needs a major push for industrialization and job-creation and the ADKIC will act as a catalyst for this growth.

As of 20 January 2014,the Government of India has approved the project which seek to boost manufacturing sector in the country.[1]


Ministry of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma has proposed the establishment of a 5,749 crore (US$890 million) for the first phase. The Minister said these projects are important in terms of boosting the manufacturing sector in the country as it would help in creating millions of jobs.[2]

Sharma said that these infrastructure development projects will also give the much needed boost to the manufacturing sector and raise its gross domestic product (GDP) contribution from the current level of 16 percent to 25 percent by 2025. He also said that the focus on manufacturing should be the first priority for the country if the 150 million people that are expected to join the workforce by 2025 were to be gainfully employed, the government has taken major policy decisions post-2010 and that the issues of governance should be left to the people to judge.[3]

In order to do the preparatory work for setting up the ADKIC, the former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh had constituted an Inter-Ministerial Group consisting of the following:

  • Secretary, DIPP Chairman
  • Secretary, DEA Member
  • Chairman, Railway Board Member
  • Secretary, Urban Development Member
  • Secretary, RTH Member
  • Secretary, Shipping/Chairman, IWAI Member

The government of India approved this project in 2014 January.[4]

States Included[edit]

The ADKIC will be spread across 20 cities in seven states which will include the Indian States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.The ADKIC will Eastern DFC extends from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni near Kolkata and It will also leverage the Inland Waterway System being developed along National Waterway 1 which extends from Allahabad to Haldia.

The corridor would be built along the 1,839 km long Eastern Dedicated Freight corridor between Khurja and Mugalsarai. The IMG has also proposed to integrate the existing highway network.[5]

The development of ADKIC be taken up in a band of 150-200 km on either side of EDFC, in a phased manner. In the first Phase, every State could promote at least one cluster of about 10 km2. area to be called Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC), in which 40 per cent area would be earmarked permanently for manufacturing and processing activities.

The cities which will covered by the ADKIC Project are Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Saharanpur, Delhi, Roorkee, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bareilly, Aligarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan and Kolkata.[6]

ADKIC will use both the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach and non-PPP approach. The non-PPPable trunk infrastructure will be developed by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or Implementation Agency vested with the task of setting up the IMCs, through grant-in-aid.[7]

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