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Old November 22nd, 2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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Dholera Special Investment Region
"A New Gujarat, Within Gujarat"

Official Dholera SIR website


Part of the Highly Ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor: Main SSCI Thread

Brainchild of the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board, has full support of State Government GIDB Dholera SIR Page

Much of the Dholera SIR and surrounding areas have been fast-tracked:

Early Bird Projects within DMIC (pdf)
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1. Amdavad- Vataman- Pipli- Dholera- Bhavnagar Six Lane Access Controlled Highway (180km)
2. Regional Metro rail system between Gandhinagar- Amdavad- Dholera (120km)
3. International Airport between Amdavad- Dholera
4. Integrated Mega Industrial Park at Dholera






















Above Slides Taken from: Halcrow Consultancy Presentation pdf


Ultra Ambitious Visions



If these are renderings of the actual project, its on the same level as GIFT

News Articles Related to Dholera SIR Developments

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Funding in Place

Japanese Govt Commits Rs 130 Cr for DMIC

Fedara International Airport

GMR, GVK, Changi in Race to pilot Fedara Airport
Fedara Airport gets Airspace Clearance
Regional Rail Link to Ahmedabad
Metro Rail for GIFT City

Proposed “Central Spine” 10 Lane Road Link to Ahmedabad/Pipavav Port

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Kalpasar Dam Link to Central/South Gujarat/Bombay

Kalpasar Alignment (pdf)

Bagdodara – Vasod (SH8) – 6 Lane Highway (towards Vadodara)

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Ahmedabad – Vataman (SH4) – 6 Lane Highway

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Mini-Japan Township

Mini-Japan between Federa - Dholera

HCC Waterfront City (along lines of Lavasa) (40,000 Crore)

HCC to build Rs 40,000 Crore Waterfront City in Gujarat

USEL - Residential/Industrial Infrastructure (30,000 Crore)

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USEL Site
All of these articles had been posted on SSCI individually, but thought it would be good to collate them here as well.

Full Detailed Report is due out in December, I expect more news and renderings to follow.


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Old November 22nd, 2009, 07:22 PM   #2
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has this project started construction or just on implementaion mode?
i hope it will be realized in 6 to 7 years..
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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Now Dholera SIR road upto Pipavav
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State government has decided to extend its road from Dholera to Pipavav port connecting its .......
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State government has decided to extend its road from Dholera to Pipavav port connecting its Special Investment Region of Dholera with Pipavav port. The decision to extend the road from 70 km to 220 km is aimed at providing urgent alternate port connectivity to Special Investment Region (SIR) after the Dholera port project was shelved in favour of Kalpsar.

The central spine — projected as a six-lane road to be turned into 10-lanes — will now connect the Dholera SIR with Ahmedabad and Pipavav port via Bhavnagar.

The highway was to be built between Ahmedabad and Dholera port crossing the SIR providing connectivity to the proposed international airport near Fedra, a mega industrial park, and a knowledge city and a Nano city.

It is to be built at a cost of at least Rs 8 crore per km. The decision to rope in Pipavav has also been taken because Dholera SIR has been put on fast track. The government has allocated 26,000 hectares out of 36,000 hectares of the SIR.


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nice.. I really hope this takes shape.... I dont think we have had anthing of a scale like this in India before
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Nice. 360 sq. km. not bad
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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while it is a feel good video but looks too good to be true. we have seen several other projects still stuck at the planning phase.
if they pull this and GIFT off then i will be forever modi fan..
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 01:15 AM   #7
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while it is a feel good video but looks too good to be true. we have seen several other projects still stuck at the planning phase.
if they pull this and GIFT off then i will be forever modi fan..
how about both...its not unbelievably too good to be true but its logically applied concept which required lengthy time line for any process and progress.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:37 PM   #8
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One of the projects coming up in the Dholera SIR is HCC's Rs.40,000 cr - 4000 acre waterfront city that they launched in January. Ad -




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HCC to Invest Rs. 40,000 Crore in Creating Lavasa like City in Gujarat

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Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India’s leading construction and infrastructure development company, has signed two MoUs with Government of Gujarat with a total investment of Rs. 41,500 crores. The first MoU has been signed with the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board to develop a Water Front City with a total investment of Rs. 40,000 crores. The new city will be based on Lavasa, free India’s first and largest Hill City being built by HCC near Pune, Maharashtra.

The second MOU has been signed with Narmada Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpasar Department for developing three water pipeline projects worth Rs. 1500 crores.


The Water Front City will be developed over 4000 acres in Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) located at the Gulf of Cambay about 129 km from Ahmedabad. Dholera is in the influence area of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

Mr. Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director of HCC, said, “The concept of new urbanism is gaining momentum globally and we are happy to initiate this modern and sustainable Water Front City in Gujarat, based on this model. We are confident of replicating our successful Lavasa business model which has already established a large network of business partners. The innovative nature of this project is matched only by the Gujarat government's keen interest to develop world-class infrastructure in the state."

The new Water Front City at Dholera will have an employment potential of 50,000 jobs and the actual construction will begin after various regulatory approvals like detailed project report, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study and after development of the master plan of the region. The company shall act according to the provisions in the Special Investment Region Act 2009, township policy of Government of Gujarat and other provisions for any infrastructure development activities within or outside the assigned area.

The MoU signed for developing three water pipelines envisages inter basin transfer of water from N.M.C. to various reservoirs such as the Dharoi reservoir in Mehsana district, Dantiwada reservoir in Banaskantha district and Sipu reservoir in Banaskantha district.
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AAI Team to study feasibility of Fedra Airport in Gujarat

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A seven-member team from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) arrived in Ahmedabad for a feasibility study of the ambitious project ofthe international airport at Fedra in Dholera. The proposed airport site is about 130km away from Ahmedabad and will be useful for both passenger and cargo purposes once its ready.

According to a source from Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI), the team met Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) and GCCI members to learn about the feasibility of the airport.

The AAI team consisting of seven members, are going to visit the site at Fedra on Saturday, added the source. The GCCI has also made a presentation on why Ahmedabad needs another airport. The presentation included topics like logistics, total exports from state in coming 10 years etc. Also, details of the number of travellers including tourists and NRIs/ NRGs who visit Ahmedabad on a yearly basis were also explained to them.

Vijay Shah, member of the GCCI, presidents of CREDAI- Gujarat chapter and GIHED, Jaxay Shah and Suresh Patel respectively, were present to do the presentation.

Commenting on the same, Vijay Shah said: "Ahmedabad contributes nearly 17 per cent of the state's income and employees around 18 per cent of the workforce. The city also has 21.5 per cent of the factories of the state."

Areas like Bavla and Changodhar are also growing rapidly as industrial hubs. In such circumstances, the need for a passenger-cum-cargo airport is a must for Ahmedabad, added Shah.

The AAI team included DP Singh (traffic potential), Rajiv Jain (to evaluate cost) PC Mittal (design of airport), Daswani (runway orientation), Singhal for aerodrome planning and Ravi Verma for financial assessment.
With Fedra being right next to Dholera and pretty much equidistant to Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Anand and Bhavnagar (only slightly further from Rajkot) its strange that all the talk is about Ahmedabad.
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Trams likely to reappear in new avatar in upcoming smart cities

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They've often been considered a relic of the British era that most cities gave up on amidst a modernising drive. But, trams are likely
to resurface in a new avatar, gliding along unexpected paths. About six yet-to-be-built cities in India are expected to be dependent on tramways as the main means of intra-city transport.

The first of these new-age trams is expected to become operational in Dholera, an 800-sq km industrial city coming up near the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat, on the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor.

Amitabh Kant, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC), which is undertaking a $90-billion infrastructure project along the proposed western dedicated rail freight corridor, confirmed to Sunday ET that they had proposed to introduce it for the new city of Dholera and then in others. “For intra-city transport, tram was found to be suitable. After all, we need to think of hundreds of workers commuting within the city,” he said. Trams could soon become a regular sight given that 30 such new cities are expected to come up in the next few years.

The trams, which are electrically driven, will run on the street along with other modes of transport like buses or cars. The predominant idea is to link residential areas with areas of employment, central business districts and main line railway stations. The trams will be routed through densely populated areas and will include many stop points. VK Agarwal, former chairman of the Railway Board said that reintroducing trams in some of the new cities ties up very well with the green theme that is being espoused globally. “In this green era, reintroducing trams in some of the newly-built Indian cities makes sense. It has no oil consumption like buses, and it’s environment-friendly,” he said.

In fact, trams became operational in cities like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai around the early 1900’s but most were phased out by the 1960s, particularly after Indian roads and cities became crowded. Moreover, the slow movement of the trams added to the traffic snarls. Kolkata perhaps remains the only city where the trams still sluggishly meander their way along the length of the city. However, the newly introduced trams are expected to be more sophisticated and along the lines of those which operate in European cities. “For the newly developed industrial towns, which will not be crowded in any which way, trams should be used,” added Agarwal.

Apart from Dholera in Gujarat, other potential locations for these industrial cities are between Indore and Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh and between Manesar and Bawel in Haryana. According to the newly appointed secretary of department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), Rajinder Pal Singh, these new industrial cities would be named ‘smart cities’.

“We are also coming out with a new industrial policy which will be applicable to some of the new industrial zones. We are aiming at making the policy better than the SEZ policy,” said Singh.
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X-Posted in DMIC Thread

Some more info from a presentation by the Japanese Bank of International Co-Operation (JBIC) in November 2009

Clarifies the long-term phasing of the Dholera Project as well as shedding more light on some of the designated "early bird projects" in and around the Dholera area such as the Greenfield Airport, Highway connection to Ahmedabad and Metro Rail

Full pdf here (3.67MB)

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Guj - Dholera


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Guj - Dholera Phasing









Early Bird Projects


Guj - Dholera Industrial Park


Guj - Greenfield Intl Airport


Guj - Ahmedabad - Dholera - Bhavnagar Highway


Guj - Ahmedabad Metro
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Federa Airport gets AAI nod

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given the much-needed technical clearance to the greenfield international airport at Federa village, 85 km from Ahmedabad. There is also a plan to connect the present Sardar Patel International airport to the new one at Federa.

A seven-member aviation team of the AAI had visited the greenfield project site last month and had sought basic trade and commerce-related details in the region from the Gujarat Chamber for Commerce and Industries (GCCI).

Federa was earmarked by the state government for the development of the airport two years ago because of its strategic importance.It has a logistic proximity to Dholera, which falls under the influence of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and is also close to two major Special Investment Regions (SIR), planned at Sanand and Changodar.

The airport, spread over 28 sq km, will have two different runways for takeoff and landing totalling 4.5 km. A highly placed source at AAI, Ahmedabad said, “AAI has given its in-principle approval for the airport and has categorically said the airport is technically viable for both passenger and cargo flights.”

A senior officer of the urban development department said, “Transit oriented development is possible along the Ahmedabad-Dholera corridor and its viability has been examined by the state government.”

AAI officials add that a person who gets down at any one of the airports and wants to board the flight from the other one, would get a direct metro train for the next destination. He said the route would be worked out in co-ordination with the corporation and state government. The possibility of changing trains was also not ruled out.

The AAI team was headed by R Rajshekhar, the other members being DP Singh, an expert on traffic potential size of airports, Rajiv Jain, an expert in cost of infrastructure development and PC Mital for airport architecture design. The team took two weeks to submit a Techno Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR).

Officials say the Federa airport would help share flight loads. Officials said that once the airport is operationalised, Ahmedabad would be the only city to have two world-class international airports in the country.
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Dholera SIR gets regional development authority

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The state government has set up the Dholera SIR Regional Development Authority, a notification for which was issued recently. The Dholera ‘Special Investment Region’ (SIR), one of the most ambitious projects of the state government, is the biggest SIR in the state.

The principal secretary, Industry & Mines will head the regional authority as its chairperson. The CEO, GIDB; industries commissioner; collector Ahmedabad; DDO Ahmedabad; director CEPT; retired town planner US Mehta; president, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries and CEO, Dholera SIR development authority will be the other members of the regional authority which will have its headquarters in Gandhinagar.

Highly placed sources in the state government said that now that the regional authority had been set up, work on Dholera SIR will progress faster. The SIR has already attracted investment of more than Rs1 lakh crore.

The state government has already notified 99,000 hectares of land in 22 villages around Dholera,” said a source. “The SIR master-plan will soon be ready. It will further speed up work on the project at the ground level.”

The regional authority will be the primary agency for allotting and handing over premises, land and amenities to units and infrastructure projects coming up in the SIR, a source said. “Its decisions will, of course, be subject to the directions of the state government and the SIR Apex Authority,” the source added.

The regional authority will offer land, premises and amenities within Dholera SIR to units or persons on such terms and conditions as it deems fit.

“It will be free to levy such charges as it deems fit or as directed by the Apex Authority,” the source said.
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Federa Airport one step closer to reality

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Second international airport at Federa, 85 km from Ahmedabad, is a step closer to reality with the Union ministry of civil aviation asking the state government to submit the final detailed project report.

The state government in turn has roped in the services of Airports Authority of India (AAI) to prepare the detailed project report. Officials said that with the seven-member AAI team giving its clearance to the proposed site, the state has also allocated around Rs 23 crore for the construction of an expressway connecting Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar, which would be directly connected with the proposed airport at Federa.

The government has carried out technical feasibility report for the Ahmedabad-Wataman-Dholera-Bhavnagar expressway. The 152.6 km stretch would be a 10-lane road.

This would shorten the distance between Ahmdebad and Bhavnagar by 46 km. Officials said that the state was to bear the expenses for the project report so it thought it best to rope in AAI for preparing the report as it would be technically sound. Making the report alone is likely to cost Rs 3 crore.

Officials said that the AAI is expected to give its report in the next six months after which it would be sent to the Union ministry for clearance.

According to sources, “The team which had visited the site had found the site technically viable for the 28 sq km airport.” Official said that the team had paved the way for the green field airport which would be a cargo and passenger airport.

Moreover, with the an aim to provide better connectivity to the proposed site, the government has also allocated around Rs 23 crore in the 2010-11 budget for the expressway between Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar via Sarkhej-Pipli and Dholera. Official said that around Rs 4.58 crore were allocated for land acquisition and ancillary activities for the expressway, while another Rs 18.35 crore have been allocated for the construction of the expressway.

The budget proposal has mentioned, “Considering the future industrial development in this area, industries and mines department has suggested proposed expressway.”

Moreover, Dholera is near the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), said the officer. Also the area has proximity to the two big special economic zones which are planned at Sanand and Changodar.
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Officials said that the AAI is expected to give its report in the next six months after which it would be sent to the Union ministry for clearance.
SIX MONTHS JUST TO CREATE THIS REPORT????? If the initial estimates are 6 months, definitely it will take more than 12 months!!!!!
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Institute takes up seismic study of Dholera, Kalpasar

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The Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), keeping in view the development in Dholera, has undertaken a microzonation project of Dholera and Kalpasar.

The institute is also carrying out microzonation of Gandhinagar — especially area where the GIFT city is coming up.
Officials from ISR said the institute is carrying out microzonation of Gandhinagar, Gandhidham, Anjar and Rapar in Kutch district.

Officials said that the study done so far in and around Gandhinagar reveals that the soil in the area has strong bearing capacity. There is no site amplification for the frequency range of 1-6 Hz which means that one to ten storey buildings in and around Gandhinagar can be constructed by norms already in place. Officials said that more cities would be covered in the 11th Five Year Plan. Officials said that not just earthquake, the impact of Tsunami on the coastal areas was also being studied. They added that the study would determine the seismic safety factor for the buildings, especially highrise buildings.

Officials said that the study would also give out design of the buildings to the government. These design would be strong enough to sustain natural calamities like earthquake and Tsunami.

Officials said that ISR was also advisor to the state government in the Kalpasar project. The question of ISR had come up in the state Assembly. The government replying to a question of Jasdhan MLA Jasuben Korat said that Gujarat was the first state to have such an institute. Majority of the area in Gujarat was falling in G-5 zone.

And hence the state government has directed the ISR to take up a microzonation study. The government plots of 250 meters were given for study in different parts of the state. The ISR would then study each plot and give out the recommendations to the government. The government also said that as a pilot project, Kalpasar has also been included.

A network of 22 permanent seismological observatories is established with state-of-art digital broadband seismographs. The seismic data from these observatories are downloaded at Gandhinagar via VSAT.

The seismic activity is monitored round the clock. The details of any regional earthquake are reported within few minutes. In addition to this, a network of 40 Strong Motion Accelerographs (SMA) is also established to record strong ground motion.
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Tsunami? I doubt the wave would be very powerful considering it's in a gulf.
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Federa Airport gets wings with Govt nod

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Ahmedabad region is all set to get yet another international airport. The Aviation ministry has already accorded its nod to a greenfield airport project that will come up between Ahmedabad and Dholera.

As part of the early bird projects under Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), prepared in consultation with respective state governments, it was envisaged to develop an international airport between Ahmedabad and Dholera in Gujarat, an aerotropolis near Jaipur in Rajasthan; and an international airport in Uttar Pradesh. This information was given by the Minister of Civil Aviation, Praful Patel in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha recently.

The airport which will predominantly handle cargo, will come up about 90 kms away from Ahmedabad. A team of aviation department was here recently to give final touches to the project, said sources familiar with the development.

Though the stage is set for a new airport between Ahmedabad and Dholera, Adani group is no longer interested in developing the airport. "Our primary interests remain in ports, power and energy related development and coal mining and trading. We have no interests in developing airports," said a senior official of Adani group.

Earlier, Adani group had shown interest in developing the airport project. The company had also studied the area. Besides Adani, JK Group has also envisaged interest in the project in the past, industry sources said. However, JK Group has also decided to pull back from it, said an official of JK Group.

"Acquiring about 5 km land for the runway is a herculean task. Being a low lying area there is problem of water logging in Federa region. As a result, the cost of construction is very high," said an industry expert familiar with the project.

In February this year, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has giventhe much-needed technical clearance to the greenfield international airport at Federa village, according to reports.

Federa was earmarked by the state government two years ago due to its strategic importance. It has a logistic proximity to Dholera, which falls under the influence of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The airport, spread over 28 sq km, will have two different runways for takeoff and landing in about 4.5 km.


Besides, the Japanese government is aiming to set up a 'mini Japan' in Federa-Dholera region.

The state government issued a notification to the Dholera SIR Regional Development Authority (DSRDA) in February this year. The authority will create the necessary infrastructure and make land allotments to units proposing to set up their operations here.

The government has already notified about 1 lakh hectares of land in 22 villages in the region and an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore is expected to flow in the region
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There is now an embryonic Official Dholera SIR website

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A'bad - Bhavnagar Expressway by 2013

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Urban focus is all set to be the new direction of Gujarat government. Calling this ‘chief minister Narendra Modi’s vision’, state roads and buildings minister Anandiben Patel told the state Assembly on Friday that Gujarat, which is already 40 per cent urbanised, is all set to reach the 50 per cent mark by 2011. Hence, she said, there is an ‘urgent need’ to focus on broadening major roads that connect important cities of Gujarat, especially Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Junagadh.

To fulfil this vision, the minister said, the state government has decided to broaden the 152 km-long Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar road via Dholera special investment region (SIR) to 10 metres, to be followed by turning it into an expressway two years later at the cost of Rs 2,200 crore. “While the broadening work will be completed in 2010-11, during the same period land acquisition and mapping for expressway will start,” an official added.The road is important in view of the proposed international airport near Federa and the state government’s decision to drop Dholera port and instead develop Bhavnagar port to cater to the needs of Dholera SIR. The minister also announced that every district headquarters will be ‘joined with adjoining district headquarters by at least one 10 metre- wide road’. The effort will cost the state coffers Rs 100 crore.

Upcoming urban centres, especially taluka headquarters which are not nagarpalikas and hence are benefited from existing schemes, will now see strengthening of the existing roads at the cost of Rs 150 crore. State highways passing through these taluka headquarters will be four-laned, complete with footpaths, streetlights and drainage.

In 2010-11, the state government proposes to start six-laning of 185 km roads at the cost of Rs 1,584 crore and four-laning of 646 km roads at Rs 5,410 crore. The government also plans to widen 1,143 km-long roads to 10 metres at the cost of Rs 1,294 Crore. Projects, include completing 15 roads in two years for connecting ports like Dahej, Navlakhi, Okha, Naliya, Jakhau, Mundra, Sutrapada, Rajula, Jafrabad and Mundra for Rs 559 crore. Industrial estates are proposed to be connected by strengthening 11 different roads at the cost of Rs 411 crore.


Interesting detail that Bhavnagar Port seems to be the new focus in terms of Port development re Dholera, rather than Pipavav which seemed to be the suggestion last year

Obv, all this is only necessary if Kalpasar Dam were still on the cards, from these suggestions, it would suggest so.
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Gujarat notifies $21.7 bn special investment region

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Gujarat's Special Investment Region (SIR) that will have an investment of Rs.1 lakh crore (Rs.1 trillion/$21.7 billion) is now a reality with the state government issuing a notification for the setting up of the region, an official said here Tuesday.

The notification was issued to the Dholera SIR Regional Development Authority (DSRDA) recently. Following the notification, the process on the ground is expected to pick up speed.


'This is the first concrete step in turning this SIR into a reality,' the industries department official said.


The authority will create the infrastructure in the region and make land allotments to units proposing to set up shop there.


'The government has already notified 99,000 hectares of land in 22 villages in the region and an investment of Rs.1 lakh crore is on the anvil. The investment may ultimately even exceed this figure,' the official said.


SIR will be a global showcase for Gujarat with a port and an airport in the region coming up in Dholera town, about 30 km from Dhandhuka village of Ahmedabad district.


The principal secretary of the industries department will be the DSRDA chairman. It will have a chief executive officer and representatives of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB), and other related institutions.

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