Amid sparring with Maharashtra, UP shortlists 4 firms for Film City design

Amid sparring with Maharashtra, UP shortlists 4 firms for Film City design

NEW DELHI: While the sparring match over the Bollywood film industry plays out, Uttar Pradesh is moving at full throttle to set up its 1,000-acre Film City near the Yamuna Expressway in Noida.
TOI has learnt that four firms — CBSE South Asia Pvt Ltd, EGIS India Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd, NDS Art World Pvt Ltd and CP Kukreja Architect — have been shortlisted for consultancy on architecture, construction and design.
The bids were floated by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), the nodal agency for the project, last Thursday — a day after UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath met corporate giants and Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai. The firms were shortlisted on Monday.
The new alternate Film City is coming up at sector 21 of YEIDA on the Delhi-Agra Taj Expressway. Of 1,000 acre, 780-acre site would be used for film centre while 220-acre would be meant for commercial ventures.
“The next step will be evaluation of technical parameters. One of the firms will generate a detailed feasibility report, which will help us develop one of the four proposed models for developing the film city,” YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh told TOI.
In the first model, individual plots would be leased to individual players by YEIDA. In the second, YEIDA would hand over the entire plot to a real estate developer, who would then sublease individual plots. The third model, a PPP one, would make the state government responsible for registration and allotment of land while the developer would look after the capital. The fourth model would be an entirely government-run one — it would set up common infrastructure for studios and production units.
In the last three years, more than 20 films have been given subsidies amounting to Rs 1 crore under the Film Bandhu initiative — including Akshay Kumar’s ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Jolly LLB 2’.
The UP Film Development Council, which facilitates permissions and subsidies for films in the state, said the government is now “motivated” to acquire land for smaller film cities in the Purvanchal region. “These could be set up in Sonbhadra, Varanasi or Kanpur,” council chairperson Raju Srivastava, who had accompanied the CM on his Mumbai trip, told TOI. “I don’t understand the fuss over setting up a new film city. Why should it be a problem?Even at this moment as we speak, John Abraham is shooting in Lucknow. We recently had Gunjan being shot here”
Adityanath’s announcement of the Film City project and his visit to Mumbai had led to questions by Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena about the intent of the move. Adityanath, in response, had said that he does not intend to “snatch” business from Mumbai’s film economy.

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