UK eyes Mumbai-Bangalore corridor

Published: 19th February 2013 09:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2013 09:08 AM   |  A+A-

The British government is keen to develop a new 1,000-km long corridor between Mumbai and Bangalore, which would benefit several towns en route. This was announced in Mumbai by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a three-day visit to India.

Describing India as one of the “great phenomena” of the century, Cameron, said, “We see the power and the growth of your economy and we see amazing opportunities. For instance, I am looking to speak to your government whether we can open a new corridor between Mumbai and Bangalore of growing towns and development and working around that with you.”

Cameron, who is heading the “biggest-ever business delegation to leave British shores”, said he wanted his country’s companies to help India develop new cities and districts along a 1,000 km corridor between Mumbai and Bangalore, generating investment projects worth up to $25 billion.

Cameron said he wanted British firms to work with the Indian and British governments to develop nine districts to link Mumbai, India’s financial capital, with Bangalore, its technology hub.

“With me I’ve got architects, planners and finance experts who can work out the complete solution,” he said.

“It would unleash India’s potential along the 1,000-km stretch from Mumbai to Bangalore, transforming lives and putting British businesses in prime position to secure valuable commercial deals.”

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