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Aurangabad Industrial City


  • G.S. Paper 2,3


Why in news?

  • India is set to get its first integrated industrial city within the next five years which is Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC).

Aurangabad Industrial City:

  • The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is one of India’s largest infrastructural programs.
  • The DMIC aims to develop several smart cities that will have the corridor passing through, with AURIC being one of them.
  • The AURIC will be built on the Shendra Bidkin belt in Aurangabad.
  • AURIC will offer high-value, sustainable infrastructure that will support long-term economic vitality, a high quality of life, and a knowledge-based ecosystem with breakthrough innovation and efficiency.
  • The infrastructure will focus on clean, reusable, and recyclable methodologies.
  • AURIC will be based on the outskirts of Aurangabadand will be built on 10,000 acres of land.
  • AURIC’s primary focus will be to promote industries, with 60% of the land dedicated to industrial use.
  • The remaining 40% of the land will be used for residential and commercial purposes, having institutions, open spaces, and other cultural amenities, as reported by the Better India.
  • AURIC might operate majorly on recycled water as the industrial city will treat sewage and effluent water, so that residents can use the water for other purposes.
  • Roughly 42% of water in AURIC will come through recycled water.
  • The AURIC plans to instil the concept of “walk to work” which means housing options, workplaces, and shopping centres will be in close proximity to each other.
  • Other than minimising vehicle usage, walking to work or to run errands will promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • The industrial city of Aurangabad is meant to attract global investors.
  • Most importantly it will spread to other areas surrounding Marathwada.
  • The tribal belt of Nandurbhar, Nashik, and Dhule will also be developed so as to accelerate growthin the districts.

Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP)


  • G.S. Paper 2


Why in news?

  • Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) Project for North Eastern Region (NER) in Meghalaya.


Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP):

  • Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) Project for North Eastern Region (NER) in Meghalaya.
  • It aims to improve mobile services in the region.
  • It will be funded by Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
  • Features of the scheme:
    • Provision of 2G+4G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas of the State of Meghalaya
    • Provision of 2G+4G seamless mobile coverage along the National Highways in Meghalaya
  • Benefits:
    • Strengthening of telecom network will result in increased penetration of mobile connectivity in Meghalaya resulting in affordable and equitable access of communication, information and governance to people.
    • Providing access to public mobile network to hitherto unreached people of Meghalaya will empower citizens with benefits of ICTs for furthering socio-economic developments.
    • The innovative skill of uncovered areas will increase through broadband and internet access.

Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF):

  • This fund was established in 2002.
  • It provides subsidies to ensure telegraph services are provided to everyone across India, especially in the rural and remote areas.
  • It is headed by the USOF Administrator who reports to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
  • The funds come from the Universal Service Levy (USL) of 5% charged from all the telecom operators on their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) which are then deposited into the Consolidated Fund of India.
  • But these require prior parliamentary approval to be dispatched.
  • The USOF works through a bidding process, where funds are given to the enterprise quoting the lowest bid.

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