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Old December 26th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #321
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Adajan Terminal



Designed by Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd, Adajan Terminal is located in Surat, India. The 5-acre site is located next to the River Tapi across from the old city. Along its eastern edge runs a 9m high bund that protects it from floods. The strategic location of this bus terminal provides opportunities for the architecture to connect the property to its neighbourhood and the city to its river. The design team therefore conceived the entire project as a raised ground plane that extends out to the bund and the river. The new ground plane is a vibrant city park accessible by the city dwellers and the transiting passengers.



The passenger movement is completely segregated from the bus movement for safety and an improved experience. The bus movement is also isolated to one side of the site, providing a stronger connectivity to the city. The concept of looking at transport facilities as a destination and congregation space is exciting and opens up prospects for integration of even more synergistic activities. This project will be completed over the next 18 months and will set standards for future urban development projects in the country and around the world.



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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:04 PM   #322
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I am big big Auto-buff so definately am very happy to read this:
Surat to hold country's second biggest auto expo in April
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SURAT: South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SGCCI) held a curtain raiser for India's second biggest Auto-Expo to be held from April 8-11, 2011, at the Convention Centre in the city. All major automobile manufacturers of the country and abroad are likely to participate in the expo being held with the support of Federation of Automobile Dealers Association of India (FADA).

FADA director S P Shah said, "The industry is in a phase of growth and Indian market in the eye of all the major manufacturers in the world." About Gujarat's potential, he said, "After Nano, days are not far when more big names will enter the small car segment of the country via Gujarat."

Tamil Nadu has 22 per cent market share in automobile sales in the country followed by Maharashtra's 12 per cent. Gujarat stands at the third place with 10 per cent.

India lags far behind in the world with regard to the use of cars. Against US' 700 per 1,000 people, China has a ratio of 22 against 1,000 and Sri Lanka and Pakistan 16 and 14 cars per 1,000. India has not yet crossed the double digit.

Meanwhile, the SGCCI organising committee members said they decided to organise this expo for the first time in the city as it has tremendous potential. The city has highest growth rate and highest per family income in the country.

Some years ago such an exhibition on embroidery work by SGCCI led to a revolution of sorts as within five years, the city had over 50,000 embroidery machines of different kinds.
Heritage policy: Focus on intangibles too
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SURAT: The new heritage policy must also preserve the intangible heritage of the city. This was one of the suggestions made at the stakeholders meeting held here on Tuesday for the draft heritage policy prepared by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). The new policy must be implemented in a people-friendly manner and the SMC must give technical and financial assistance to the property owner - was another suggestion. People wanted their structures in the old city to be preserved and at the same time were looking to prosper economically from them. People expressed concern over the surroundings of the heritage structures and also suggested that a committee be set up to look into the issue of maintenance of buildings around a heritage structure.

Municipal commissioner S Aparna said, "Our policy is people-friendly and a fine balance between conservation and owner's economic development."

The draft policy has been prepared keeping in view the diamond city's trade history. Since 2,000 years, the city on the bank of Tapi River has been an important port in the country. Even during Mughal and colonial period, the city had maintained its place as an important trading centre and happens to be one of the biggest economic hubs in the western India today. Surat has unique monuments that need to be protected is the view of the authorities.

Some people were apprehensive that many heritage structures would fall along the way during the city's phenomenal pace of growth. Therefore, the SMC got a heritage survey conducted by Sarvajnaik College of Engineering and Technology (SCET) which identified as many as 2,800 buildings and monuments in Surat and Rander.

"After incorporation of feasible suggestions, we would present the draft policy for approval to the SMC's Standing Committee," Aparna said.

Sarvajnaik Education Society chairman Rajni Marfatiya gave the welcome address at the meeting. Technical presentations were made by by consultant Jagan Shah, Manvita Baradi and Persi Engineer, principal, SCET.
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hiii....
is there any update on the coming of multiplex chains like cinemax, inox, big cinemas
or coffee shops like barista, kahwa
pizza shops like uncle sam's

and other malls or retail stores of reliance, birla, specers???
Well 2 multiplex chains would be opening with the operation of Surat Central & Rahul Raj Mall. Some another cinema chain is supposed to come up at old Kinneri theatre(now under renovation) at Ring Road, apart from that one is coming at Imperial square at adajan, i dont know if others are coming too.
Also the coffee shops or retail stores you mentioned are already not doing well in other cities so whats the meaning to come here, also Spencers & Birla's MORE have already closed down their business if am not wrong.

@India 101, i dont know where that Surat Mall by Mumbai's JP Infra is coming up. Nice rendering of that bus terminal, lets see if that really takes some shape.

Green Group is coming up with high-rise commercial building at Surat-Dumas road, already 5-6 are under-construction.
24 Green Business Centre @ Surat-Dumas road.



Now some images of TGB Hotel from its website.


Cafe Piano, 24hrs coffee shop & restaurant.





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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:56 AM   #323
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SMC gets best financial practices award of ICAI
The last day of the year has added yet another feather in the cap of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Financial practices of the civic body have been recognised as one of the best in the country by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and SMC awarded for excellence in financial reporting. SMC municipal commissioner and mayor will receive the award at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on January 4. The SMC has been awarded Plaque Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2009-10.

Municipal commissioner S Aparna said, "Financial management system reflects the strides made in the sphere of development and a tool to measure performance. We are happy that our dedicated approach in finances has been recognised at the national level."

Assistant commissioner of finance, Sharad Mehta said, "We have been given this award for the year 2009-10. It is all the more pleasing because an experts panel has evaluated this." He also added, "Parameters like review of accounting practice, accounting standards, statutory guidelines and relevant procurements were looked into."

The SMC was given the award of best city in December 2009 by ministry of urban development for improvement in financial management through double entry accounting system. The ICAI has divided trade and service financial activities into categories such as banking, insurance, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, service sector, local bodies etc.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 08:22 AM   #324
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I am big big Auto-buff so definately am very happy to read this:
Surat to hold country's second biggest auto expo in April


Well 2 multiplex chains would be opening with the operation of Surat Central & Rahul Raj Mall. Some another cinema chain is supposed to come up at old Kinneri theatre(now under renovation) at Ring Road, apart from that one is coming at Imperial square at adajan, i dont know if others are coming too.
Also the coffee shops or retail stores you mentioned are already not doing well in other cities so whats the meaning to come here, also Spencers & Birla's MORE have already closed down their business if am not wrong.

@India 101, i dont know where that Surat Mall by Mumbai's JP Infra is coming up. Nice rendering of that bus terminal, lets see if that really takes some shape.
even m happy to hear about the expo... and m gonna visit it without any fail... i always wanted to visit delhi for the same... but as surat is providing such extraordinary stuffs... m happy with dat...

and about PVR i know that they are going to start it in Rahulraj and kinnary will remain kinnary...... about IRIS mall i dont know exactly.... and recently i have visited business standard.. on that cinemax's ceo has quoted that they are going to invest around 5 crore's in surat city.... and cinepolis is going to be start in imperial square.... and about the starting of barista and spencer's... The single answer to huge question like "DOES THIS CITY IS COMPARABLE WITH OTHERS IN TERMS OF LIFESTYLE LIVING?" at that time the answer must be yes in concern to surat...


@ INDIA 101, - where is the location of this mall.... i too visited the website and had the look on the project..
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 11:42 AM   #325
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yes very soon - expect unexpected in 2011

We will see changes in infrastructure in near future.

Hajira Magadalla road will start emerging as Ahmedabad's Sharkhej Highway road.
Vesu will pick pace with fundamental fulfillment and will be ahead of Pal.

more or less we can say, average or middle class families will be residing in Pal, Palanpur, Jahangirpura while above class will settle at Vesu, Bharthana, New city light.


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is there any update on the coming of multiplex chains like cinemax, inox, big cinemas
or coffee shops like barista, kahwa
pizza shops like uncle sam's

and other malls or retail stores of reliance, birla, specers???
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Old January 7th, 2011, 04:43 AM   #326
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Modi attacks centre on Surat air connectivity issue

In his inaugural address at Sparkle 2011 gems and jewelery show in Surat, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that the central government was doing injustice to diamond capital Surat by not providing enough air connectivity.

Attacking the centre on this issue during his speech Narendra Modi said, “Surat is only business hub that has no air connectivity,” adding that “this has affected the development here”.

Modi said it is unfortunate that the friends in Delhi are interested in preventing the progress of this city.

“Here is the city that has an airport, but there’s no passenger plane, and if there’s one token plane, it departs at the time of meal or when the city is sleeping,” Modi said.

“This is the state where in Kutch Rann Utsav people pay Rs.2000 to 3000 for viewing Rann. The people of Surat who have achieved heights of progress in business are deprived of having good air connectivity, but one should know that this is Narmad’s land, and therefore if once the people decide, they would start operating their own airlines. The centre should understand this,” Modi added.

It should be mentioned here that though Surat is Asia’s fastest growing city, though Surat is second largest city of India’s most developing state Gujarat in terms of area and population both, the city has only one flight that connects it with Delhi.
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stock exchange

is there any site from stock exchange in surat ???
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is there any live site for stock exchange in surat...
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It seems that Central will start operations in just few days, work is in full swing while Rahul Raj Mall may still take some time.

Sparkle 2011 does biz beyond expectation

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SURAT: Sparkle -2011, the four-day extravaganza of South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( SGCCI), ended here on Sunday evening on an upbeat mood as it generated about Rs 500 crore of new business, besides counter sales in retail to the tune of Rs 25 crore.

About 133 exhibitors from Surat city and south Gujarat displayed jewellery made of diamond, gold and silver at the event which was visited by over 10,000 people.

Gujarat minister Narottam Patel, district collector A J Shah, Surat municipal commissioner S Aparna and Canadian MP Patrick Brown attended the closing ceremony. This was the first exhibition of the series of four which was held concurrently with the IIJS in Mumbai and yet did well.

Patel said Sparkle will open up new horizons of development and expansion for the diamond and jewellery business. He expressed the hope that like it is in diamonds, Surat will also become a jewellery hub of the world.

A Bhandari of Indian Jewellery Association of Japan, who had some stalls in the exhibition, said, "We had come to Surat without much expectations, but got amazing response. Next year, we will bring a large number of people from Japan to the event."

Gujarat-Canada trade set to prosper: Canadian MP

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SURAT: If Surat could be connected to major airports of Canada, then transporting rough diamonds directly from the mines of North-West Canada to the city would be easy and also risk free, said Patrick Brown, a Canadian MP.

In the city to visit the Sparkle-2011 exhibition, he told TOI that the friendship between Gujarat and Canada would continue to progress in the coming years.

"The climate is very conducive for business in Gujarat. Canadian businessmen see a lot of opportunities in the state. That is the reason that we are co-partners in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Gujarati businessmen are keen to invest in the diamond mines in our country. It is good opportunity for both the sides." He is hopeful of close commercial ties between Gujarati diamond entrepreneurs and Canada`s mine owners.

"At central and state government levels, the mood is very upbeat. Once the free trade between the two countries begins, their commercial friendship will reach a new high. Gujarat government has started a Canadian trade office and we are co-partners in the Global Investors Summit. The Canadian Jewellery Association president will sign an MoU with SGCCI president in February, and a new chapter in friendship between Canada and Gujarat, specially Surat, will begin," Brown added
SMC gets grant to build new fish market

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SURAT: The National Fisheries Development Board, (NFDB), Hyderabad has allocated a grant of Rs 139.53 lakh to Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for the construction of a modern fish market at Nanpura in the city.

Surat has an old fish market at Machiwad of Nanpura area where in a tin shed structure 14 wholesalers have been doing business for the past 40 years. All the retailers sit outside the market on roads. Doing fish selling business in an unhygienic condition could lead to many health problems apart from other issues like traffic jams etc.

The SMC has planned a modern market at an estimated cost of Rs 155.03 lakh at the same spot and had made a presentation to the NFDB.

"Now, with the allocation of the grant, we will go ahead with our plan," said a SMC official. "We will have parking facilities for two-wheelers in the basement, space for wholesalers on first and for retailers on the second floor."

The SMC has also planned 14 wholesale shops, 58 retail stalls with washable area, glazed tiles on walls, sufficient water for hygiene etc. New platforms for loading and unloading of the fish and big enough staircase are part of the design. The total built up area of the fish market will be 28,723 sq feet.
L&T inaugurates 4K crore power equipment facility

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SURAT: India's first private sector facilities for the manufacture of supercritical boilers and turbine generators was inaugurated at L&T MHI Plant at Hazira here on Tuesday.

Two separate functions were held for the supercritical boilers and turbine generators facilities. The first one was attended by Union minister of power Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union minister of state for power Bharatsinh Solanki and Union minister of heavy industries Vilasrao Deshmukh. The second function was attended by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

A joint venture between L&T and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the facilities are among the largest of their kind in the world with Rs 4,000 crore investment. They have an annual capacity to manufacturing 5,000 MW of equipment which is likely to be expanded to 6,000 MW by 2012.

Addressing the gathering at Hazira, Union minister of power Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "In the 10{+t}{+h} Five Year Plan, there were only 6 to 7 per cent of private players in the power sector. Now we have about 26 per cent which is set to go up to 50 per cent in 12{+t}{+h} Five Year Plan."

Shinde said the JV between L&T and MHI has made a beginning and that India is expected to become the number one exporter of state-of-the-art boilers and turbines to the world.

Union Minister of Heavy Industries Vilasrao Deshmukh said "I consider the public sector company BHEL and L&T as sister concerns and together we both can deliver exponently to the power needs of the country. There is a need to bridge demand supply gap in the power sector by scaling up the power generation to more than 1 lakh MW in the 12{+t}{+h} five year plan."

Chief Minister Narendra Modi said "I am quite busy with the Vibrant Gujarat celebrations. But I owe a great deal to L&T because of the fact that this was the only company that stood by Surtis during the devastating floods of 2006 and it cleaned up the whole of Surat. I am proud of the fact that the first private sector facilities for manufacture of supercritical boilers and turbine generators have been inaugurated at Hazira."
City developer to sign MoU for golf township

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SURAT: It has been a long cherished dream of the city's elite to have a golf course nearby. Global Investors Summit to be held in Gandhinagar will see it happening in next four years. Shree Hari Corporation, a local developer, will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on January 13 to set up a golf township some 17 km off Surat railway station. The township will have a full length golf course of 18 holes and a resort, a water park and a couple of recreation parks.

Manish Katargamwala, one of the two partners of the project, told TOI "We plan to provide a whole package not thought of till now in this area of the state . Our idea is to develop a facility that will cater not only to golf lovers but also to families during the weekends." The other partner in the project is Sharad Kakadia.

The Rs 550 crore project, excluding the land cost, is likely to come up on 300 acre of land at Vellut, Selut and Narthan on Dandi Road from Sarol in Surat district. An official of TP office of Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA ) said, "Actually we had two proposals for development of golf course. One was for a land in Bhatpore, a sub-merged area. This proposal has been approved and the MOU will be signed on January 13."

The land cost of the project is Rs 120 crore. The present rate of land in this area is about Rs 40 lakh per acres. The developer may buy some more land a few months later approximately at Rs 200 crore per acres.

"We already have about 100 acres of land and will acquire more. Once the MoU is signed, we will get to work with our consultants Davendra Shah of Kamal Mangal Das of Ahmedabad and design the project's layout," said Katargamwala adding, "We plan to start work within six months."
Civic body, SUDA to sign MoUs worth 20,000 crore

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SURAT: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) will sign MoUs worth Rs. 20,000 crore with different parties on various projects on 13 January at the Global Investors Summit in Gandhinagar, far exceeding their earlier target of Rs13,000 crore.

The SMC and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) will enter into an MoU with the Japanese city of Kita Kyushu for technical co-operation in the development of an eco-park in the city.

SMC has got approval for MoUs for over 85 projects, mostly in housing sector, worth Rs. 8,000 crore. SUDA will enter into MoUs for 18 projects worth Rs. 6800 crore. Some developers have expressed their wish to enter into MoUs online with SMC and SUDA for projects worth Rs. 4925 crore.

"Their files will come to SMC for clearance and the decisions will be taken as per the law," said a senior SMC official.

A meeting with visiting officials from Japan took place on Monday at SMC in which GPCB officers were also present. It was later decided that an MoU be signed to develop an Eco-park in the city with technical co-operation of Japanese, who have developed 26 eco-towns in their country. The waste management will be based on the three R principles of Reduce, Re-cycle and Reuse.

"Different units need to be set up for handling different wastes but these things would be decided after the MoU is signed. The modalities like the place, process and method will be worked out later," said S. Aparna, municipal commissioner.
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Question mark over SMC's skyscraper project
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SURAT: The fate of the 40-metre-high skyscraper, proposed by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) hangs in balance with the state government unlikely to clear the file before January 26. There are at least three proposals for skyscrapers from the city with the state urban development department, the other two by private developers.

The civic body wants to develop a 30-storey, diamond-shaped complex at Kharwar Nagar Junction. It will be a commercial hub for the diamond and textile industries, besides becoming a landmark in the city.

The project has already been included in the development plan of the city, but the urban development authorities have not yet given the approval on its height. Many councilors feel the approval may finally come on Republic Day as the state government is celebrating January 26 in the city.

The going may be tougher for the two private projects. The urban development department has not sent these files to the minister as yet. "The bone of contention in one case is the additional FSI," said an official.

"Approval for either the SMC project or the private buildings will pave way for the other, but, the issue of paid FSI is tricky," added another official

Mayor Raju Desai said, "The project is for the city and its business community. We need this skyscraper to show the world our capabilities. I need to check the status of the file, but Surtis would be happy if the project is approved on Republic Day."


Read more: Question mark over SMC's skyscraper project - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz1BML2sYq8
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Tapi riverfront development project to kick off on Jan 25

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) aims to convert river Tapi into an environment protector and a centre for public recreation and entertainment on the lines of Sabarmati riverfront project in Ahmedabad. The foundation stone for the Rs 44 crore project will be laid on January 25 as part of golden jubilee of Gujarat's statehood and Republic Day celebrations in the city.

Additional city engineer and project in-charge Ketan Patel told TOI, "This project on completion in 18 months will improve the urban atmosphere and landscape and provide additional protection to the flood-prone areas in the city."

The project will come up on 54 hectares of land on a three-km-long stretch of Tapi riverbank. About 30 hectares of this land was illegally occupied four months ago by slum dwellers. SMC in one of its biggest anti-encroachment drives shifted over 30,000 residents from the slums on the riverbank to the newly constructed EWS housing scheme in Kosad.

The Tapi riverfront development will have walkway development, food plaza, cycle track, walking track, festival ground for public festivals, green garden and mini floral park. It will also have parking for 2,200 four-wheelers and 3,000 two-wheelers.

"Our idea is to develop full-fledged facilities for people who want to come with their family and spend an entire evening relaxing and having fun," Patel said.

A SMC official said, "The development will not hinder the flow of water as the banks are not being narrowed down for development of any of the facilities. We have left the flow pattern untouched."

The time-frame fixed for this project is one-year excluding the monsoon months. The SMC expects to complete it in 18 months from January 26 onwards.
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Surat-Olpad four-lane road work begins
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SURAT: The work to convert Surat-Olpad stretch into four-lane began on Monday. This road is one of the busiest traffic corridor after Surat-Hajira Road. This road joins major parts of Surat and Choryasi district with the city.

The four-lane construction up to Olpad, about 15 km in length, will be done at a cost of Rs 26 crore and will provide a base for laying proper infrastructure for all the areas between the city and taluka town of Olpad, which is likely to witness mega development in the next few years.

With a lot of local traffic from western part of the city preferring to move to Ankleshwar via this route, the four-lane will ease a lot of burden on the outdated road of the city.

However, it remains to be seen how soon the four-lane road work gets completed. Any delay in the work will only add to the hardships of the people. As per the schedule, the four-lane road is to be completed before the arrival of the next monsoon.

SMC begins civic awareness drive

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SURAT: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has initiated a civic awareness campaign. By taking an oath to not spit and throw litter on the roads, citizens can contribute towards the city's speedy development. About 125 hoardings sponsored by 10 multi-national and local companies have come up at different parts of the city asking the people to follow their civic duties.

"Our aim is to create awareness among the common people about their duties towards the city and the society. We hope people will take inspiration from these hoardings," Surat municipal commissioner S Aparna said.

Additional city engineer and campaign in-charge Ketan Patel said, "If people begin to follow the suggestions offered on the hoardings, a majority of civic problems in the city will cease to exist."

Suggestions like not to spit on road, not to throw litter on public properties, not to break traffic laws, follow traffic instructions, maintain hygiene etc. though common, but would make a difference in the day to day governance of the city.

The hoardings at the key junctions and sites will stay put till January 26 and incur an expense of Rs 20 lakh, which will be borne by the companies.

"When we are celebrating the golden jubilee of our statehood and Republic Day in the diamond city, it becomes our duty to help and contribute towards their success," a housewife Ragini Vasanwala said.
I hope people learn something from this drive, gutka spitting is increasing by the day and many innocent people end up taking that rediculous spit on their face, i have felt this & i feel like killing those people. Rascals.


Slew of inaugurations in city

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SURAT: In a spate of opening ceremonies, apart from dedicating new police commissioner's (PC) complex and beginning of a film festival, 11 new facilities developed by civic body of the city were inaugurated. Another six ceremonies were performed on Monday to lay the foundation stone of different projects.

Minister of state for home affairs of the state government Prafful Patel dedicated a new savvy and corporate looking police commissioners building on 11,400 square metres of land on Athwalines road. Built in 19 months time at a cost of Rs 6.68 crore, it has construction of 2,020 sq m on ground, 1,098 sq m on first and 2,087 sq m on second floor. Ninety three homes for the police personnel are also built along with this taking the total costing of construction to Rs 7.25 crore.

While inaugurating the new facility, minister Patel wittily remarked, "Now that you have got a swanky looking complex, your behavior should also match that." States top police officials and couple of local ministers were also present.

Patel also opened six facilities of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) like vegetable market, ward office, aanganwadi, community hall, ghodiyaghar and primary school at Bhestan of Udhna zone and laid stone for the construction of 27 MLD capacity sewerage pumping station.

Finance minister Vajubhai Vala inaugurated four facilities in Varacha zone. That includes a library in Mota Varachha, Shantivan in Kapodara, zone administrative complex on L H Road and Suman High School on Varachha Road.

Another state level minister of cabinet Jaysinh Chauhan dedicated a library to people in Udhna and laid foundation stone for six different facilities in Udhna zone on Monday. They include 4.42 MLD capacity sewerage pumping station in Sachin GIDC, another one of 31 MLD capacity in Vadod, underground water tank of 46 lakh liter storage capacity in Pandesara, another overhead tank of 24 lakh litre capacity at the same place, a new sewerage pumping station in Bamroli and one more 15 lakh litre overhead tank in Pandesara .

On Tuesday, revenue minister Anandiben Patel will lay foundation for walkway from Sardar Bridge to Hotel Gateway on the banks of river Tapi and dedicate foot over bridge on Athwalines Road, sports complex in Majura Gate and expanded Narmad Library to the people.

10 new hotels set to come up in city

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SURAT: If the memorandum of understandings (MOUs) in the Global Investors' Summit are any indication, the hospitality sector here is set to boom in the next two years. With infrastructure developing rapidly, it is no surprise that at least 10 new hotels are expected to be set up in the diamond city at an investment of Rs 2,000 crore.

An official from Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) said, "In most of these projects, land is already available and in a number of them, the process of development has already been initiated. Many of these people are builders who want to diversify.

Sanat Reliya of South Gujarat Hoteliers Association said, "This is the time when people see an opportunity to cash in on the future. Major investments for the hotels up to 3 star levels are taking place in Station cluster area, whereas 3, 4 and 5-star category hotel projects are put up in the airport cluster area."

With Surat's population likely to cross 45 lakh by 2011 end and likely to double in a decade, investors see tremendous opportunities in this sector.

However, the high cost of land has inflated the cost of the projects by about 25 per cent. "Land is at a premium, but in the hospitality sector, return on investment is also not so fast. We need a gestation period of five years to break even. In such a scenario, it is advisable to go in for such projects only if you have land available with you," said a developer, who has signed a MOU for a 150-room hotel project and aims to complete the project in two years time.

Another developer who is planning a 5-star hotel facility and a tie-up with an internationally renowned hotel group said, "The Centre has dragged the issue of an operational airport and air connectivity of Surat for too long, but we expect that things will move and we want to be ready to cash in when it happens in three years."

SMC has entered into a MOU with three developers for hotel projects in Abhava, Rundh-Vesu and Gaviyar Magdalla whereas about seven developers have entered into a MOU with the tourism department for developing the properties.

In fact, apart from hotels about three developers have signed MOU's for developing huge entertainment parks on the outskirts of the city.
Hospital for diamond workers: Stone to be laid on Jan 22

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The hospital, to be set up by Surat Diamond Association (SDA) in cooperation with the leaders of the diamond industry, will come up on the 2,200 square yard land allotted by the Surat Municipal Corporation at Nana Varachha.

Minister of state for health, Jaynarayan Vyas will lay the foundation stone for this Rs 30 crore worth of hospital project in the presence of industry leaders and diamond workers.

Confirming the news, SDA president Dinesh Navadia said a six-member committee of the people from the industry has been appointed for finalising the hospital design and arranging funds for the project.

Navadia said, "We plan to set up gynaecology and children's hospital in the first phase. The hospital committee has been visiting various city hospitals so that we can provide best healthcare facilities to the diamond workers and their family members."

According to Navadia, this would be first of its kind hospital dedicated to the diamond workers and their families. Pregnant women and children can receive good treatment at concessional rates.

Sources said most of the diamond workers prefer going to their hometowns in Saurashtra for pregnancy-related issues because private nursing homes in the city charge anything between Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,000 for the C-section delivery.

"This is a prestigious project for us. The whole of the diamond workers' community in the city will get its benefit," said Praveen Nanavaty of She Jewels and one of the members of the hospital committee of SDA.
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I thought that 30 floor diamond shaped tower would never be heard of again. But the chance of us seeing this building soon seems slim.
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Surat to get sixth river bridge, Tapi river front project next week

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So if Rajkot got its first flyover this week, the city of Surat will get its sixth river bridge next week on 25th of January.

Gujarat Cheif Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a bridge on river Tapi that connects Dabholi and Jahangirpura. Modi will also address a public meeting in Jahangirpura, but that programme will be about employment related state programmes.

On same day the Chief Minister will perform ground breaking for proposed riverfront project which is planned to serve 3 km long bank of river Tapi covering 54 hector land. This Rs.44 crore project will be second riverfront project after Ahmedabad.

As the state government is going to organize 26th of January in Surat, there are number of events planned on and around the day.

According to district prabhari minister Mangubhai Patel both Governor and the Chief Minister will meet select citizens during ‘At home’ event on 25th. On 26th, the main event will be held at Varachha based Yogi chowky.

On 22 January Sarthana will witness PT exercise show at 8.00 pm. During 24-26 January, Udhna based BRC ground will host a development fair consisting 55 stalls. On 23rd Killa ground will host Gujarati songs event. On 24th a lok dayro will be held at Katargam, and on same day the indoor stadium will witness folk dances and folk songs event. On 25th Katargam lake garden will host a quiz competition involving about 2500 students.

Ground breaking of Ugat botanical garden, Khubsurat Gujarat event on 25th at Vanita Vishram are other events planned for 26th January celebration in Surat.
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Guys, Surat is organising State Level Republic Day celebrations this year. Please do capture & post as many pics as possible. We all missed posting Diwali pics here, this is the time for you all. The whole of the city is illuminated. Start running..........
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I have to agree with you when you say that Ahmedabad seems to be getting the major urban development projects first, the positive aspect of this is that the Other Cities should be able to build projects like BRTS (UC in Surat/Rajkot), Riverfront Development (Proposed in Vadodara) and eventually Metro Systems more efficiently and quickly after learning from the experience of setting such things up in Ahmedabad.

If Gujarat is viewed as a microcosm of India, Ahmedabad is our Delhi, but Surat is our Bombay
@GJ10 : totally agree with you.

In 2011, i am witnessing more positive stuffs for Surat (Gujarat's Mumbai)

Surat has vast potential in Tourism industry
-- Suvali to be developed by Mahindra & Mahindra as signed in recent Summit-11
-- Surat to get golf course at Vellut dandi road
-- High star resorts coming at Sachin-Magadalla road
-- Multiple filmcity under development
-- Recreational activities like water, sports, water sports etc

Let's see how fast projects are executed.
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Source - TOI, Surat.

Also small update from my side.
Hotel Ginger is already operational since few months.
Iscon mega mall of which the construction was stopped, is now back on track, also TGB's Club located at their 5star hotel will start soon.

And Imperial mall(pics are there posted by me on previous pages) has some changes in planning, its now purchased by mumbai based group along with partnership with Surat based group, Rahul Raj and now will be called Rahul Raj Mall. They are already coming up with big textile market called Rahul Raj textile city in Saroli area. The whole exterior of the mal now will be changed and proposed one will be real good looking, also it will have mall type shops as well as high street shops which will have direct access from road side which does better in India than malls, also the upper floors will be offices and the 8screen PVR multiplex will remain and will be operational in short time.
After purchasing it, the group sold majority properties in a single day with some attractive yet profitable rates so we expect this property which was unoperational since long to be ready in few months.
@bluesapphire : Any idea when rahulraj mall is open ? we are desperately looking for new PVR and also new brands in our town.
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Good work doing man.... post some images of Ring road Textile Markets of Surat
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This is only first time that a city with a population over 5 millions and hundreds of bussinesses operating without functioning of an Air-port. Infact, there must be an international Air-port in the city supporting the air cargos of businesses and industries operating around the city as there is a Diamond hub as well as Textile and yarn hub in the city depending upon the Export of goods in abroad. Businessmen also have regular trips to other Indian cities as well as Internationally for the business purpose, unavailability of air connectivity causes such people to have reach at Mumbai and Ahmedabad airport. they have to suffer a lot.
Undoubtedly, Government must take steps to provide better Air facility. But as Surat is developing very rapidly, maharastra goverment jealouses on Surat's developement, that's why creating arousals on Central Govt. not to provide facilities to the city.
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@ AjayGJ21 - yeah, Maharashtra Govt & powerful Mumbai lobby is doing their best to stop further facilities to Surat. The International Airport lists top. They are doing it, just to protect Mumbai's interests. Surat is a threat to Mumbai. Our politicians are lame that they only barks & does nothing....Shame.
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