Lucknow: Yogi government has taken an important and historic decision to fulfill its resolve of becoming a one trillion economy along with the sustainable development of Bundelkhand. In the cabinet meeting chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath at Lok Bhavan, the government has approved the proposal to set up a new industrial city in Bundelkhand on the lines of Noida.
With this decision, the districts of Bundelkhand will be connected to the main stream of development and along with infrastructure, it will be possible to create unlimited employment facilities here. It is noteworthy that in Uttar Pradesh, earlier in 1976, the decision to establish the industrial city Noida was taken and now after 47 years, the decision has been taken to establish a new city.
Acquisition of 35 thousand acres of land in the first phase
After the cabinet meeting, Finance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna gave detailed information about the proposals passed. He said that in the meeting, under the Chief Minister Industrial Area Expansion and New Industrial Area Promotion Scheme, the proposal to develop a new industrial township on the lines of Noida by Bundelkhand Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) in Jhansi has been approved. In the first phase of the project, an industrial city will be established by acquiring 35 thousand acres of land from 33 revenue villages of Jhansi. The price of this land is Rs 6312 crore.
Provision of additional Rs 5 thousand crores made
Suresh Khanna said that a provision of Rs 5 thousand crore was made by the government in the financial year 2022-23 for the formation of Bundelkhand Industrial Development Authority and in this year (2023-24), Chief Minister Industrial Area Expansion and New Industrial Area Promotion Scheme. A provision of Rs 5000 crore has been made as loan under the item. Of the land that will be acquired, 8 thousand acres of land belongs to the village society.
There will be excellent connectivity with major cities
The Finance Minister said that this is a big step of the Yogi government. This historic decision will give a faster pace to the multidimensional development of Bundelkhand. The area around Jhansi will be developed on a large scale. Through this, there is a plan to develop an industrial city on a total of 14 thousand hectares of land. This industrial city is proposed on the Jhansi-Gwalior route which will also be connected to major cities of the country through the National Highway. Not only this, it will be well connected to other cities of the state by connecting with Bundelkhand Expressway passing through Jalaun district from National Highway 27.
Employment opportunities will be available with the development of the area
He said that under Bundelkhand Industrial Development Authority, all the necessary facilities required for industrial establishment including township will be included here. Its formation will lead to overall development of the area and generation of employment on a large scale. The general public will get employment opportunities along with regional development, which will yield direct benefits. This step will also make a huge contribution to the development of the state. The government’s resolve to become a one trillion economy will be achieved through this.
Aspirational city plan will be implemented in 100 most backward urban bodies
The Yogi Cabinet has also approved the proposal to implement the Aspirational City Scheme in the 100 most backward urban bodies with a population of 20 thousand to one lakh. Under this, projects will be implemented through conversion by getting support from the government schemes currently running in these urban bodies as well as other institutions including the Central and State Government, MP and MLA funds. Under the scheme, 100 aspirational urban bodies out of 762 urban bodies will be selected by NITI Aayog on the basis of 16 parameters. In this, this scheme will remain in force till 31 March 2026, but its monitoring will continue till 31 March 2028 through the dashboard. This scheme will help in preventing migration by making ideal use of resources and increasing opportunities for economic development.
AC electric buses will also run in Saharanpur, Ayodhya and Firozabad
The proposal related to operation of AC electric buses in Saharanpur, Ayodhya and Firozabad also got green signal in the cabinet. It has been decided to form a new SPV under the chairmanship of the Commissioner of the concerned division under the Companies Act 2013 for operation, management and maintenance of electric buses in these cities. SPV will have the right to decide the routes for running buses in cities. Apart from determining the fare on the routes, passengers will also have the right to discuss about the facilities provided to them. It is noteworthy that at present a total of 740 AC electric buses are being operated through 13 SPVs in 14 cities of the state.