Govt gives final nod for 3 National Investment and Manufacturing Zones

Government has granted final approval to three National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) – one in Kalinganagar, Jajpur district of Odisha, another in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh and a third in Sangareddy district (erstwhile Medak district) of Telangana.

The central ministries and concerned departments are engaged in the creation or upgradation of external infrastructure linkages for these NIMZs, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.
For the Kalinganagar NIMZ, which will come up in Jajpur district of Odisha, work on the creation or upgradation of external infrastructure linkages of the project has already started.
A 121-km stretch of the Paradip-Kalinganagar section of NH-200 is being upgraded from 2-lane carriageway to 6-lane carriageway between Chandikhole and KNIMZ and 4-lane carriageway between Chandikhole and Paradip Port on NH-5A is being upgraded to 6-lane carriageway, for easing freight movement.
Work on the expansion of a 132.36 km on the Talcher-Duburi-Chandikhole stretch of NH53/200 in and around KNIMZ to four lane standard has been awarded in three packages on EPC mode to contractors. Work on the two packages, namely, Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section and Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section, has already started (21 February 2019 and 23 February 2019, respectively).
Upgradation work of the Chandikhole-Duburi section of NH200 to four lanes also involves construction of a new bridge on the Brahmani River. Initially it was decided to upgrade existing 2-lane bridge to a 6-lane bridge to cater the traffic.  Now, the existing 2-lane bridge is to be retained and a new 3-lane bridge will be constructed on river Brahmani in the new carriageway as part of the scope of work.
The stretch from Jajpur Road to Panikoili section of NH-215 has already been widened to 4-lane standard under 4-laning work of Panikoili-Rimuli project section executed on BOT (Toll) mode.
A broad gauge railway line of 104.24 km between Angul and Sukinda in Angul and Jajpur districts of Odisha is being constructed, to provide a direct link between iron-ore rich areas of Odisha (Joda- Barbil) and steel and sponge iron industries in Angul region. It will also provide an alternative route between coal mining belt of Talcher and coal based thermal power plant in Kalinganagar Industrial areas.
The construction of the new Angul-Sukinda rail line is being done by a SPV named `Angul- Sukinda Railway Limited (ASRL)’ under participative scheme of the ministry of railways.
To improve waterways connectivity between Kalinganagar and Paradeep and Dhamra ports as part of National Waterways – 5, a detailed project report (DPR) in Odisha has been undertaken and development of an inland water transport (IWT) terminal in the south of KNIMZ near Pankapal village has been planned, to meet external infrastructure linkages requirement for NIMZ in Jajpur district of Odisha.
Paradip Port has developed a new berth of capacity 5 MMTPA with ancillary facilities for handling clean cargo, including containers. The facilities at the terminal include a 450 metre berth, paved storage area of about 1 lakh sq m and a warehouse complex of 600 x 40 metres with handling equipment like HMCS and RTGS. This berth can be utilised by the industries in Kalinganagar Industrial Zone for export of their finished products.
The government has also granted final approval to two other NIMZs – one in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh and another in Sangareddy district (erstwhile Medak district) of Telangana.
For this, five railway projects, all passing through Prakasam district, are being undertaken. These include a 309-km new line between Nadikudi and Srikalahasti (sanctioned in 2015-16). 
Survey for a new railway line between Darsi and Narsaraopet (65 km) was sanctioned in 2016-17. 
Work on the doubling of railway line with overhead equipment between Guntur and Guntakal (401 km) was also sanctioned in 2017-18.
A third railway line between Vijayawada and Guduru (293 km) was sanctioned in 2017-18.
Survey for a new railway line from Patancheru- Sangareddy- Jogipet- Medak (95 km) was sanctioned in 2018-19.