Emerging industrial hubs beyond Mumbai-Pune periphery


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The lack of space in saturated Mumbai-Pune industrial market is leading to the emergence of new manufacturing hubs in tier II and III cities in the neighbourhood. There is a gradual shift of industrial base from developed markets to emerging ones. An important stretch that has come in the limelight owing to this shift is the Mumbai-Aurangabad Nagpur super Expressway.

Industrial pressure in Mumbai led many industries to shift to the neighbouring states in the past. To prevent unorganised settling of industries, the government has plans to establish new industrial hubs beyond Mumbai-Pune region in Maharashtra. Major focus is on region-wise development across cities like Aurangabad, Nashik, Nagpur, Amravati, Solapur and Jalgaon. These locations are serving as hubs for textile, defence, food processing and IT industries. However, challenges such as cost-effective land acquisition plan and sound infrastructure implementation need to be addressed to propel further growth here.  

City-wise Industrial Expansion


Prominently famous as IT and manufacturing centre, Aurangabad is the fastest developing industrial hub. Textile and cotton products too are prominent here. The city is a major trade route that connects North-West India’s sea and land ports to the Deccan region. Aurangabad airport, railway station and road network augments connectivity across India. Waluj Road is a fast-growing locality of Aurangabad, boasting of proximity to social amenities like hospitals, schools and a transport network.


Nashik is recognised as an industrial district of Maharashtra. Factors such as presence of engineering and auto industries and availability of skilled labour is encouraging new industries to establish their base here. Nashik is home to several educational institutions, wine processing units, IT/ITeS and BPO companies and top-end residential projects. Connecting via NH-50, Nashik offers good connectivity between two prominent cities of Maharashtra, Pune and Nashik. The city’s residential landscape is changing with localities like Pathardi, Adgaon and Deolali camp observing fast-paced real estate development.


Nagpur has recently been added under the smart city race ambit The proposals in the pipeline are to expand the existing food processing, cotton and silk industries. The Multi-Modal International Cargo hub and Airport is the biggest industrial development project underway in the city that will thrive industries and residential market too. Wardha road is the fastest growing locality here. The growth is driven by its vicinity to MIHAN corridor and Laxmi Nagar. The property rates here vary from Rs 4000 per sq ft to 5500 per sq ft, according to 99acres data


Food processing and manufacturing units are established at Amravati. It is well-connected to surrounding cities like Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal. NH-6 passes through the city connecting it to Surat and Kolkata. Amravati airport is located 15 kms away from the city and is run by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC). The city is witnessing industrial growth with new cotton mills being established in the recent past. Some of the localities witnessing growth and residential demand at Amravati are Shegaon Rahatgaon road, Badnera road, Camp road and Arjun Nagar.

Navi Mumbai

Mumbai suburban railway network, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Chatrapati Shivaji airport reflect smooth connectivity at Navi Mumbai. The city has some small-scale and medium scale manufacturing units. Major industries are located around the Thane-Belapur belt. Ulwe, Nerul, Panvel, Sanpada and Palm beach are some of the prospering localities of the city. The property prices vary from 4700 per sq ft in area like Ulwe to 12,500 per sq ft in Sanpada as per 99acres analysis.


Power loom and handloom are the prime industries in Solapur. Social infrastructure and civic amenities need government’s attention as that is challenging growth here. However, presence of airport and NH-9, NH-13 and NH-24 ensures smooth connectivity to Pune, Mangalore and Dhule respectively. Boramani is the emerging locality in the city, situated close to the upcoming Boramani International Cargo Airport.


With already-established industries like cotton, textiles and jewellery, the state government may establish industries in the similar category. Besides, the city observed three per cent share of the total banana production in India which has opened opportunities for establishment of food processing industries. Infrastructure and connectivity needs to be addressed at Jalgaon. Property options are growing in areas like Raver, Ratnagiri and Adarsh Nagar.

Impact of Mumbai-Aurangabad-Nagpur Super Expressway

The Mumbai-Aurangabad-Nagpur Super Expressway, currently under construction will enhance transportation and connectivity, proving to be a game changer for development of aforementioned industrial hubs. The 800 km distance between Nagpur and Mumbai will be covered in an average of 12 hours, aiding the speedy conveyance of goods to Mumbai and other exporting centres.

Apart from expansion of industrial base, the expressway will boost connectivity in backward areas like Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra and improve residential demand in the vicinity. 

Pankaj Patel, Satyam Associates, Navi Mumbai says, “Connectivity is important for setting up any industrial base. Development of Mumbai-Aurangabad-Nagpur expressway will reduce the travel time of goods from manufacturing base to export centre and of raw material to the floor and will be cost-effective, boosting the commercial growth.”

Potential Challenges

Major challenges identified from government’s end are developing strategies that explicitly focus on low-cost land acquisition and liberal industrial policies. Environment is another biggest challenge before the government. “In a city like Navi Mumbai which is besieged by mountains and forest, if the government develops an industrial base in the presence of bird sanctuary, mountains and forest, it would create several problems,” adds Patel. Absence of social amenities like hospitals, schools and public transport system is a demotivating factor for investors.  Moreover, lack of efficient manpower is another important reason for reluctant entrepreneurs to invest.


Disclaimer: The views expressed above are for informational purposes only based on industry reports and related news stories. 99acres does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information and shall not be held responsible for any action taken based on the published information.

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