In order to hasten the ambitious Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in a recent meeting with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to pick up consultants for the project. In this connection, JICA said the consultant will carry out detailed study covering an area of 560 km spreading across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, along the corridor between Chennai-Bangalore-Chitradurga. The team will prepare a comprehensive regional perspective plan for the CBIC region and develop a strategy for transforming the region into a globally competitive investment destination through discussions with government and its agencies and also private sector players from both India and Japan.

Apart from this, it will also identify suitable nodes to be taken up for industrial development within the target and prepare a 'Master and Development Plan' for at least two selected nodes, along with a techno-economic feasibility study of projects in the region, Chief representative of JICA in India, Shinya Ejima, said that developing infrastructure around CBIC is very important for creating the industrial belt on the Chennai-Bangalore corridor. Improved infrastructure is important for attracting investment in the region, which will fuel employment and comprehensive development in the whole region. The study group recommendation in that regard is important and would help in fast tracking the mega project. In addition, a fact-finding team from JICA kicks started its spadework, after preliminary discussions with Chennai and Ennore Port officials. The Japanese firms had been clamoring for better connectivity between Chennai and Bangalore and the proposed corridor project will definitely fulfill this requirement.