The future-ready AURIC to create over 3 Lakh jobs, host 3 Lakh residents, be ICT driven, and provide special zone for SMEs
By B. Swaminathan
Maharashtra’s first greenfield Smart Industrial City – (AURIC) that had recently attracted a record of INR 3,600 cr investment from global investors has dependent heavily on technology in all facets.
AURIC has allotted 50 plots comprising 507,164 sq. mt. thereby creating 2,000 direct employment opportunities. Infrastructure packages of Rs. 7,947 crore (Rs. 79.47 bn) has been approved by the Government of India to help AURIC offer high-value, sustainable infrastructure that will support long-term economic vitality, a high quality of life, and a knowledge-based ecosystem with breakthrough innovation and efficiency.
According to Mumbai Investment Development Council, Hyosung Corporation of South Korea, the has committed to invest around Rs. 3,000 crore (Rs. 30 bn) for 100 acres of land in AURIC. Several global companies from the US, Europe, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea have also been considering investments in AURIC. Some of the other names included Russia’s Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK), manufacturer of high-quality steel products, Guangdong Baihe Medical Technology Co. Ltd. of China, Fuji Silvertech Japan’s leading precast concrete manufacturing company. Besides this, the companies closer home around AURIC include Skoda, Siemens, Bajaj, Johnson & Johnson, Crompton & Greaves, Perkins, Liebherr, Lupin, Endress + Hauser, Wockhardt & Endurance.
Gajanan Patil, Joint. Managing Director, Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd. (AITL), said, “The first phase of AURIC will be completed by 2019. AURIC is expected to make Aurangabad as a major manufacturing hub, which is likely to create about 3,00,000 new jobs and thus attract skilled labor. About 3,00,000 people are expected to reside in a top class infrastructure once the city is fully developed. An environment friendly city is being planned with the help of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). AURIC will make Maharashtra the most preferred investment destination in India.”
This new integrated industrial township will be a congregation of office spaces, residences, hotels, large and small format retail, hospitals, schools, parks, entertainment hubs and lots more. 60% of the total land has been utilized for industrial purposes, while 40% is for residential, commercial, institutions, open spaces and social-cultural amenities. Thus fueling tremendous economic growth and creating a thriving, vibrant community to live, work and play.To implement this vision, a state-of-the-art smart technology will be employed, infrastructure will focus on clean, reusable and recycling methodologies, and industrial growth will be encouraged in targeted areas to build upon the industrial success of the region.
The Future-ready Smart Industrial City will showcase Smart Governance features such as e-LMS (Land Management System) which is specially developed for AURIC. This is the first-of-its-kind system in the country in which land allotment has been made simpler and efficient with a vision of ensuring 100% digital and paperless transactions.
ICT-driven smart infrastructure
AURIC is set to provide a high grade and cost-efficient power source, with a reduced carbon footprint and compact design. ICT enabled ‘Smart and Connected’ city components including Fiber optic infrastructure, Public Wi-Fi, AURIC e-Governance and ERP (AEE), Surveillance system, Internet of Things (IoT) for utilities, Multi-Services digital kiosks, Environmental sensors, e-Education and e-Healthcare, Smart poles, Cloud hosting.
AURIC s one of the unique smart cities in India which has sustainability at his core with Technology driven features such as Diversification of Water Sources and water management practices, with a SCADA controlled water supply in place. The city focuses on water conservation and recycling water for industrial use through state-of-the-art Central Effluent Treatment Plants and Sewage Treatment facilities. Power distribution license – enabling lower power tariffs. AURIC will be the first smart city to use the recycled sewage water and will have robust infrastructure and high quality – cost effective stable power supply.
Special zone for SMEs
The industrial zone has also dedicated special zones for SMEs. Out of the total zones, 20% of the area has been dedicated for the SMEs who are dependent on the large entities. “Any big company investing in a place will look for the possible vendor base, suppliers, equipment service centers and will ensure the small and medium business growth is there in the nearing industries also”, Gajanan further added. There is also plans for creating a special skill center which can be utilized by the companies for training and skill development.