Five years after the start of work for building smart cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the government has invited bids for trunk infrastructure for the first smart city on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor undertaken by the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). This has set the stage for construction of the core projects in the proposed Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region in Madhya Pradesh. The estimate for the initial projects is around Rs. 300cr.
The DMICDC Trust also cleared three projects worth Rs. 2,650cr for a second city in Dholera (Gujarat), including roads and utilities, administrative building and water treatment plant in the first stage. Although the government is targeting 100 smart cities, a lot of them will be upgrading of existing ones, while proposed cities along with the industrial corridor, are greenfield projects.