The Aurangabad Industrial City (Auric) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Auric is being developed at the Shendra and Bidkin nodes of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor. The city, equipped with underground plug-n-play infrastructure, is planned for 50 years with the integration of information and communication technology.
Auric claims to have the first underground cabling system in India for industrial use ensuring the reliability of power and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Each plot in Auric is connected with an underground system for stormwater drain, potable water pipeline, recycled water pipeline, sewage or industrial effluent pipeline, firefighting line and cable ducts. The construction of roads, drains, culverts, water supply, sewerage and power systems is almost complete in Shendra, while it is still in progress at Bidkin.
The utilities in the industrial city will be centrally managed by the Auric Command Control Centre, which is set up in a five-storey administrative building called the Auric Hall. PM Modi launched an e-land management system at Auric. This will provide a single-window online system for any land detail or land application in Bidkin.
According to the report of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIT), as on August 1, 8.39 sq km of land for the Shendra Industrial Area has been transferred by the MIDC to the project SPV i.e. the Aurangabad Industrial Township (AITL). Also, 13.76 sq km land, out of a total of 32 sq km in the Bidkin Industrial Area, has been transferred by the MIDC to AITL. Joint MD of AITL Gajanan Patil said Auric is the first industrial integrated smart city in India. Auric claims to create 2.2 lakh direct and 3.3 lakh total jobs with industrial output of $46.2 billion and exports of $11.6 billion.