HSIDC - IMT Manesar (Industrial Model Township)
Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Manesar, 17 km from Gurgaon.
The reasons for Manesar's popularity are not hard to find. "It is located on the main Jaipur-Delhi highway and is extremely well-connected to Delhi. The international airport is just 32 km away, while Connaught Place is 45 km. It takes about an hour and a half to reach Connaught Place,"
"Besides the location, the other attractive feature of Manesar is that it has the best infrastructure and is far ahead of other industrial townships in this respect. Any investor who comes to visit the site is impressed with the systems that have been put in place. Unlike other state corporations, which give the work of developing infrastructure to their own government bodies, we floated global tenders for everything. The best names in the industry bid for them and as a result what we have today is world class infrastructure." Sector-1 measuring about 250 acres of land, located on the left hand side of National Highway -8 while travelling from Gurgaon towards Jaipur is ear -marked for industrial housing, which will cater to the requirements both for Executive Housing and Non-Executive Housing. The Non-Executive Housing is planned to be developed following the group housing norms.
The complex has the residential facilities with convenience shopping, schools and health facilities along-with other necessary social infrastructure.
Manesar is indeed a city in the making. Ever since the HSIDC took over the project in June, 1997, work has been going on at a furious pace. The infrastructure is in place and operational and internationally known companies like Honda Scooters and Motorcycles, Denso, Norcool, Mitsubishi Electricals, Videocon, Motorola, Johnson Matthey (India) Pvt Ltd, Baxter India and the prestigious Automobile Research Association of India have already commenced their operations.
The well-laid-out roads (minimum width -- 15 metres), sewerage treatment and disposal plant, state of the art power house and water supply systems with elegant production house buildings and landscaped gardens are not only a visual treat but also a reflection on the careful planning that has gone into crafting a township out of the nearly barren foothills of the Aravalli. In fact, the first small hillocks crested with an ancient temple rising at the end of the flat expanse of land gives it a picturesque look. "We are undertaking a major exercise in making Manesar as green as possible. Over 40 different varieties of tree saplings have been selected for plantation here and most of the plantation work is near completion. It will truly be a green industrial estate," say HSIDC General Manager, "Besides," he says, "We have provided for a 50-metre-wide green belt on both sides of the national highway and it will act as the lungs of this industrial city
HSIDC has acquired 1736 acres land at Manesar to set up the industrial Model Township. After taking over the possession of the land, HSIDC has allotted about 110 acres land to vendors of MUL, Gurgaon and others in sector-3. The vendors are in the process of starting constructions of their industrial units. HSIDC has already started development of necessary physical infrastructure for these allotted a limited scale.
About 1750 acres of land has been fully developed and allotment of sites has been done with a view to catering to a wide spectrum of target segments. There are separate zones having a distinct focus on various industry sectors such as high-technology units, high-precision units and non-polluting units. Each zone has been built around specific anchor tenants--some of which already exist in the vicinity of Manesar. For example, priority has been given to units that are ancillary suppliers to Gurgaon's biggest factory, the Maruti Udyog, says Bhardwaj.
The plot mix has small and large sizes within each zone and they have been designed for mother units, ancillary units and sub-ancillary units. A cluster-planning approach has been adopted. Furthermore, short-listed industries, including auto and auto components, high-precision industries, textiles, pharmaceuticals, software and white goods, form the core segment for the IMT and the basic internal infrastructure has been customised for them. "However, the principle of focus without exclusivity has been followed and other industries that conform to the internal infrastructure design specifications are also being encouraged," Says MD of HSIDC
Despite its primary function as an industrial township, the IMT is in the process of providing all city facilities. A nine-course golf course with a club house is near completion. A helipad will be located near it to facilitate quick transfer of top company executives. Besides other recreational facilities for the the workforce are in the process of completion.
The other unique aspect of Manesar is the simultaneous development of residential complexes for both executive and non-executive staff. The HSIDC acquired 250 acres across the national highway and has allotted it to various units for building staff quarters there. The residential complex will be connected to the industrial sector via an overbridge to avoid congestion on the highway. The residential complex will have all the basic facilities of a mini city.