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Old April 21st, 2007, 02:45 PM   #61
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Ahmedabad will be world’s best city by 2020

Well, no, it wont! Nonetheless, there are some of decent proposals that IK Jadeja talks about, even if he seems to never have seen a city outside of India based on his "Worlds best" claim

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Ahmedabad, April 19: STATE Urban Development Minister I K Jadeja, who performed bhoomipujan ceremony for the first phase of the Rs 250 crore storm water drainage line in Amraiwadi area on Thursday, said that by year 2020, Ahmedabad would become the best city in the world. He said that this would be made possible with the creation of modern infrastructure.

He also performed bhoomipujan for a Rs one-crore project for construction of a community hall in Naroda Muthiya area. Jadeja said that the concept of private-public partnership initiated by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had caught imagination of the whole country. The carpet area-based property tax collection system had also become very popular.

The Minister claimed that the advanced planning on the part of the State Government during the Urban Development Year 2005, proved to be a major facilitator in submitting project proposals under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which led to Ahmedabad getting highest amount cleared for its projects.

On this occasion, Mayor Amit Shah said that capital projects worth Rs 1,300 crore are being implemented in the city for the past 15 months, of which 13 projects of road paving costing Rs 80 crore and 12 under pass projects costing Rs 180 crore were going on in full swing. He said care was taken so that eastern parts of the city were also developed along with the western side.

Municipal Commissioner I P Gautam said that 70 per cent of projects mentioned in the current year’s budget were already cleared and work started on them. Several elected wing members, officials and local MLAs were present on this occasion.

In another function in Vasna area, State Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel commended AMC for the successful completion of a water distribution station and a skating rink which where dedicated to people by the Mayor. Patel said that the Government had also launched 30 websites for the benefit people.

Amit Shah, who represents Vasna ward in AMC, said that the city was progressing toward achieving lower pollution levels by introducing more and more CNG-run buses. He said that Vasna ward had the highest number of gardens among all other city wards. Deputy Municipal Commissioner D B Makwana welcomed the guests, who included local MLA Bhavin Sheth and civic councillors.
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Mundra Port in Gujarat Handles Record Cargo

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Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd has achieved a new peak in cargo handling volumes by handing 13.5 million MT of dry, liquid and crude oil cargo for 2006-07. This is 66 percent more than 8.1 million MT of the last FY.

The total volume including the container cargo stand at 19.7 million MT for 2006-07 against 11.7 for 05-06, showing 68 percent increase in overall volume. The port has efficient utilization and optimal scheduling of logistics related infrastructure, specifically availability of rail rakes for evacuation, mechanical bagging of fertilizer and wheat and increase in warehouse capacity. The handling equipment at the port has been upgraded.

Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd. promoted by the Adani group has been operational for commercial use since 2001.
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Petronet to Invest $150 million in Gujarat

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NEW DELHI: Petronet LNG Ltd, India's largest liquefied natural gas importer, plans to invest about 150 million dollars to build a second jetty at its Dahej LNG import terminal in Gujarat.

"The company's existing 11.5 million tonnes a year jetty at Dahej can receive one LNG tanker every alternate day. But to avoid disruption due to outage or mishap, a second jetty is being considered," an industry source said.

Petronet is raising the Dahej terminal capacity to 12.5 million tonnes from current 6.5 million tonnes and needs another jetty to increase operational flexibility, safety and security.

It has commissioned UK-based consultant HR Wallingford to carry out marine impact studies for the jetty.

Another jetty for the Dahej solid cargo port would be constructed one-km north of Petronet LNG's present jetty. The new LNG jetty is likely to come up south of the existing one.

Meanwhile, the company is also planning to set up a shipping subsidiary to help transport LNG to its expanding network of receiving terminals.

Petronet wants to hold 49 per cent stake in the shipping joint venture while the remaining 51 per cent would be offered to shipowners and operators of vessels.

Sources said the shipping arm would take stakes in around 10 LNG carriers that would be required to ship the fuel.

Petronet already has three LNG carriers - 1,38,000 cubic metre Disha and Raahi are shipping LNG from Qatar to Dahej import terminal in Gujarat while the third is on order at Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea for develiery in 2009.
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RIL Strikes Gas in Block off Saurashtra

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Reliance Industries Ltd, the country's largest private sector company, has discovered "significant" amounts of gas in an offshore block in Saurashtra.

Reliance has intimated the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) about the discovery, a source told Business Standard. V K Sibal, director general of hydrocarbons, could not be reached for comment.

Reliance is the operator of the block with a 70 per cent stake, while Oil India Ltd has the remaining 30 per cent stake. The consortium won the block under the New Exploration and Licensing Policy.

Reliance is already a gas-rich company, sitting on an estimated 11.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of reserves in the Krishna-Godavari (K-G) basin, discovered in 2002. "The gas discovery in the Saurashtra block is not as big as the K-G basin one. However, initial studies show it has good potential," the source said.

Reliance officials declined to comment on the issue.

Gas production from the K-G basin is likely to start in June 2008 and reach a peak output of 80 million cubic metres per day (mscmd) by July 2009. The company has also discovered gas in a coal block in Madhya Pradesh, with estimated reserves of 3.76 tcf.

The Mukesh Ambani-led company also holds a 30 per cent stake in the Panna-Mukta-Tapti gas fields in the western offshore region. The field, in which Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) holds a 40 per cent stake and British Gas 30 per cent, currently produces 13 mscmd of gas, besides 29,000 barrels of oil per day.

In all, Reliance has a stake in 34 exploration blocks in the country.

Besides Reliance's K-G basin discovery, ONGC and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation have discovered gas on the east coast.

The government estimates a doubling of gas demand in the country from 195 mscmd to 391 mscmd by 2025. Analysts expect almost 30 per cent of liquid fuels like petrol, diesel and LPG to be replaced by gas over the next five years.
http://inhome.rediff.com/money/2007/apr/19gas.htm
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RPL's Jamnagar refinery to be commissioned by Dec'08
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Reliance Petroleum today said the progress of the export oriented refinery at Jamnagar Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is satisfactory and is expected to be commissioned by December 2008.

The board of directors at its meeting today said the status of the export oriented 580,000 barrel/day refinery at Jamnagar SEZ as on March 31, is in accordance with the milestones stated in the prospectus dated April 26, 2006, Reliance Petroleum informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The fast track implementation efforts of the company have resulted in achievement of significant progress on the ground, with overall project progress nearing 50 per cent, in just 15 months since commencement of the project, the company added.

"The substantial progress achieved so far gives me confidence that the project is well on track for completion by December 2008. RPL is thus poised to benefit from emerging opportunities in the sector and create superior value for its shareholders," RPL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said.

As on March 31, the company has utilised Rs 18,939 crore for the Jamnagar project against a projected utilisation of funds of Rs 11,591 crore.

The variation is mainly due to payments in advance under project contracts for continued efficient and speedy implementation of the said project, Reliance Petroleum said.

RPL has achieved 80 per cent completion of detailed engineering work, besides the procurement and contracting efforts has nearly completed.
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Marine SEZ mooted in Gujarat
http://in.rediff.com/money/2007/apr/24sez.htm

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Gujarat has the largest coastline in India but still seafood is a rarity in the coastal areas because of the vegetarianism that people of Gujarat practice.

But the state is one of the largest exporter of marine food with almost all the coastal towns boasting of processing units catering export orders for rare species of sea food.

And now the state government is exploring the possibility of setting up a Special Economic Zone for marine food. Here is why:

According to the fisheries department total marine food production in Gujarat is around 6.6 lakh (660,000) metric tonne, which also includes 0.70 lakh (70,000) metric tonne of inland production. 1.34 lakh (134,000) metric tonne out of this is earmarked for exports. Last year total marine sector exports from the state stood at Rs 950 crore (Rs 9.50 billion).

"We have looked at some of the locations, which include Veraval, Porbandar and Mangrol, for setting up this SEZ," said Kishore Rao, secretary, agriculture, co-operative and fisheries, Gujarat government.

The whole idea is to make a hub of activities for marine exports. The proposed SEZ will have various facilities including processing centers and cold storage and other critical infrastructure facilities required for marine food exports.

The Gujarat government has also informally asked IL&FS to study the possibility of setting up such SEZs and global tenders would also be floated global tenders to seek private partnership.

However, sources in fisheries department of Gujarat said that the Gujarat government has identified 250 hectares of land near Veraval to develop fish processing plant, cold storage and ice factory.
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Economic Times Ahmedabad 04/27/07.

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Clean sweep? Gujarat ranks third in country
http://cities.expressindia.com/fulls...newsid=233524#

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The State Government's efforts behind launching the 'Nirmal Gujarat' drive has borne fruit as Gujarat ranks third among all states in the country under the Centre-sponsored 'Sampurna Swachhata Abhiyan'. With as many as 1,956 clean villages, Maharashtra ranked first while Uttar Pradesh ranked second with 475 villages.

The Centre identified 381 villages in the State under the campaign. Gujarat Minister of State for Rural Development Bharat Barot told mediapersons on Thursday that he would lead a group of sarpanchs of all 381 villages to Delhi on May 4 to attend a function. At the function, village heads from across the country will be given awards for their achievement under the Centre-sponsored sanitation programme. The national-level function will be attended by President AP J Abdul Kalam, among others.

Barot said all the 381 village panchayats in the State had achieved cent-per-cent target in 2006-07 as per the various parameters set by the Union Rural Development Ministry to claim the "Nirmal Gam Award" floated by the Ministry. The panchayats had covered all families and schools under the sanitation programme in their respective villages. Besides, each of these villages ensured that no person defecates in the open and the carrying of night soil.

In 2004-05, only one village - Rajasmadhiyala in Rajkot - from Gujarat had qualified for the Nirmal Gam Award, and four other villages the following year.

"It's due to the concentrated efforts launched by our department last year that as many as 381 villages have qualified for the award", the minister said. Among the districts, Bhavnagar tops the list of maximum 97 villages having total sanitation, followed by Vadodara (39), the Panchmahals (38), Surendranagar (32), Dahod (25), Patan (23) and Anand (21). Interestingly, not a single village in Ahmedabad district has qualified for the Nirmal Gam Award.

The State Government also needs to carry on with the campaign as another 17,619 villages remain to made "nirmal".
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Rajkot Rising!!!

Below is the link of how Rajkot improvement, development and etc. Can anyone upload over here I mean like in other thread you don't have to visit the site instead you watch it here. Thanks


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Below is the link of how Rajkot improvement, development and etc. Can anyone upload over here I mean like in other thread you don't have to visit the site instead you watch it here. Thanks

just place H1M8IDduNXA between youtube and /youtube tags.

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Six cities to have full water supply

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/S...ow/2128363.cms

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NEW DELHI: The Centre, on Saturday, said that Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam would now have 100 per cent water supply as part of its flagship urban renewal programme.

Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy also informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vijayawada would be fully covered by modern sewerage system.

Besides, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, Pune, Thane and Vijayawada will have improved bus rapid transit system, Reddy informed the Prime Minister, who reviewed the progress on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Singh spoke about the need for greater attention by state governments to modernisation of urban infrastructure with a special focus on the poor living in cities, an official statement said.

During the meeting, he was also informed about waste transport and disposal plans for Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow and Rajkot.

Eleven cities have achieved 85 per cent coverage efficiency in property tax collection while eight have achieved 90 per cent, the statement said.
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Modi inaugurates Sujalam Spreading Canal Project

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Patan, Gujarat, June 15: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated 'Sujalam Sufalam Spreading Canal Project' by opening the gates of Kadana Dam at Balisana village of Patan taluka in this district.

''With this project, the parched lands of Gujarat will become lush green and the income of farmers will double by 2010,'' Mr Modi said while addressing a large gathering of farmers.

Criticising the Congress-led UPA government, he said ''Then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had assured Rs 6000 crore to spreading canal project. However, when the Congress-led UPA government took over, it did not provide any assistance despite repeated requests.

The state government took up the project and completed it within 1000 days.'' ''While Sardar Sarovar Project has linked nine rivers, the Sujalam Sufalam Project has linked 21 rivers. While the work on 450 km-long Narmada canal could not be accomplished in the past 35 years, our government has finished the 337-km-long long Sujalam Sufalam Spreading Canal Project within just 1000 days,'' Mr Modi said.

Accusing the UPA government of depriving Gujarat farmers of their right to electricity, the Chief Minister said ''The present government has snatched 200 mega watt electricity from them.

Moreover, it has reduced the grant of Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme from 70 to 30 per cent.'' The canal originates from Kadana Dam across river Mahi and runs up to Rel River in Banaskantha district. It has a capacity of 2,000 cusecs and passes through 232 villages in seven districts. It crosses 21 rivers, two national highways, 27 state highways, seven railway lines and several village roads and drains. The ground water will be recharged by the canal and will prove beneficial for irrigation.

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Octroi To Be Abolished

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http://www.baroda.com/diary.html#Octroi

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The Gujarat government proposes to abolish octroi from all of the state's seven municipal corporations - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Junagadh - with effect from November 15 (Labh Pancham). It will in the mean time study viable alternative to octroi. In the previous financial year, the total income from octroi in the seven municipal corporation areas was about Rs. 18 billion; of this amount, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat accounted for Rs. 16 billion. In the case of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, 62 percent of its total income was from octroi, and 1,500 employees work in its Octroi Department.
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Gandhinagar June 6 The Gujarat Government today took an in-principle decision to abolish octroi from seven larger municipal corporation limits in the State from November and said it would make efforts to find out by then the alternatives to compensate the Rs 1,800-crore loss to be incurred by civic bodies due to the abolition.

Welcoming the move in Ahmedabad, Mr Pankaj Patel, President of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said the body would assist the State Government in finding alternatives to octroi to help civic bodies retain their revenues for public welfare and development works. A delegation of GCCI had met the State Government representatives on Tuesday seeking immediate abolition of octroi.

Justifying the five-month period between now and November, he said the State Government needs time to put a new regime in place.

Currently, octroi rates vary, with a minimum of three per cent of the price of the commodity. Now, to abolish octroi, the State Government would have to amend the Municipal Act and related laws, presumably in the Monsoon Session of the Vidhan Sabha in September, sources said.

Briefing presspersons after the weekly Cabinet meeting here, the Urban Development Minister, Mr I.K. Jadeja, and the Minister of State for Energy, Mr Saurabh Patel, said the Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, took the decision after considering the viewpoints of the sub-committee formed for the purpose. The seven municipal corporations from where octroi is proposed to be abolished from November 15 are: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Junagarh. The Finance Minister, Mr Vajubhai Vala, had chaired the sub-committee.

In 2001, former Chief Minister, Mr Keshubhai Patel, had scrapped octroi from municipal limits of 141 smaller towns and civic areas in Gujarat.

Currently, Octroi revenues in the seven municipal corporations amount to nearly Rs 1,800 crore with an approximate increase of 20 per cent per annum.

Traders and business community had been agitating against octroi for years, particularly after levying of Value-Added Tax in the different States.
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Bus Timings On Mobile Phones

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Bus Timings On Mobile Phones: The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has started an SMS based service which gives the timings of express and luxury buses. Local buses will also be covered soon. The timings are also available on the GSRTC website www.gujaratsrtc.com. Available round the clock, the service will provide the timings of 4,000 trips from 122 places and 12,629 points.
Check out the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation Website. It isn't too bad..i.e the look and feel of the website..

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Modi's 'GIFT' can rival Mumbai

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Call this Ahmedabad's reply to Mumbai or Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's repartee to his Maharashtrian counterpart Vilasrao Deshmukh's promise of a global financial hub.

Ahmedabad's Tagore Hall, popularly called Town Hall, witnessed inauguration of a plan to develop a financial services city consisting of an international financial city segment, domestic finance city sector, a technology park and an integrated township on Thursday. The project's foundation stone was laid by Modi in Gandhinagar on early Thursday morning marked by a bhoomi puja.

Right after Modi lit the project's inaugural lamp, IL&FS signed several memoranda with principle investors in the projects like Kotak Mahindra (committed to develop 300 acres of land), Chest Core (to design 2 million square foot of space), Punj Lyod (set to design 1 milion square foot of built-up space), and Fairwood Associates (to deal with 1 million square foot area), to name a few.

GIFT enjoys significant locational advantages in being situated near the capital city of Gandhinagar and in being only 12 km away from the international airport of Ahmedabad. Moreover, the flying time from India's commercial capital of Mumbai to Ahmedabad is just an hour.

In this project, worth Rs 3,000 crores (Rs 30 billion), Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited on behalf of the government of Gujarat is partnering with Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited. GUDC and IL&FS are promoting the project in public-private partnership mode through the joint venture company Gujarat Finance City Development Company Limited.

The project, with a built-up area of up to 25 million square foot will consist of offices (to take up 60 per cent of total space), residences (25 per cent of the total area), commercial buildings (11 per cent) and services sector (4 per cent).

The city promises to be equipped with an efficient transportation system besides possessing a fully integrated technology centre. As a financial hub, the city will target international financial services, which include offshore banking units, international financial services firms and back office processing centres.

In the domestic segment, the city plans to work in tandem with financial institutions, capital and commodity market players, investor organisations and associates and regulatory bodies.

The city's technology park hopes to see participation from ITes, BPOs, KPOs as well as educational support service providers.

"This financial hub will make Gujarat a combination of New York and California and will earn for itself the status of 'Chicago of Gujarat'", said Modi while delivering his keynote address at the Tagore Hall.

"This is a GIFT Gujarat wants to share with the rest of India," the chief minister said, adding, "The scheduled time of completion of the project's first phase (2010) appropriately coincides with the Golden Jubilee year of the state of Gujarat. Our state will show to the rest of India a new way of finance and living."

East China Architectural Development Institute (Ecadi) will undertake designing and developing GIFT. Ecadi is famous for developing the Chinese city of Shanghai.
http://in.rediff.com/money/2007/jun/28gift.htm
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Gujarat goes the Dubai way

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Come 2010, Aapnu Amdavad, Vadodara and Surat may well be flaunting 'shopping festivals' of their own a la Dubai and Singapore.

That is if Prozone Liberty International Ltd (PLIL) — a joint venture between UKbased retail real estate player Liberty International Plc (25%) and Provogue India Limited (75%), has its way and the Gujarat government plays a
willing ally.

PLIL is drawing up plans to pump in Rs 2,000 crore to develop 'Festival Cities', which will be retail-led tourism destinations attracting foreign and domestic tourists.

And all this could happen pretty soon with Liberty International CEO David Fischel and senior director John Abel trooping into town on Wednesday to hold detailed discussions with Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to sources, Fischel had already made his maiden visit to Gujarat prior to the Vibrant Gujarat summit in January and had been impressed with the infrastructure development in the state.

Local company officials have had preliminary meetings last week with Modi, who was learnt to be keen on the projects.

Interestingly, something similar to which is also proposed for Jaipur and Indore.

To be spread over 50-100 acres, each of these cities will boast of modern large-format retail spread over at least 1 million sq ft in addition to ethnic street retail zone, a la Law Garden, a convention centre, a five-star hotel, multiplex, entertainment zone as well as ethnic culture display centre.

While the Ahmedabad Festival City is proposed to be spread across at least 100 acres, Vadodara and Surat may get
smaller festival cities of 50 acres each, PLIL director Nigam Patel told TOI.

"We are planning a 1.2 million sq ft mall in Ahmedabad on the lines of the ethnic Covent Gardens in London that
plays host to modern as well as ethnic retail and cultural events. It will be a place where modern and ethnic retailers co-exist," Patel explained.

According to sources, the company has already sought land from the state government close to the upcoming SP Ring Road in Ahmedabad for the project and has sought viable locations in Vadodara and Surat.

PLIL has already signed up projects worth Rs 1,500 crore in India and is now looking at other destinations.
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Updates from Economic Times Ahmedabad 06/28/07.

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Small Investors Ride Winds Of Change

IF YOU thought investing in power sector was the fiefdom of large corporates alone, think again. Investors with not-so-deep pockets are now exploring wind power sector in their own little way. Reason: Attractive prices per unit being offered by various states for power purchase from private, rather small investors in wind energy.
Sample this: In the past three months, Gujarat signed 90 agreements to buy power from private investors in wind energy aggregating to 226 mw. Officials say, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) is expecting to close this fiscal with total agreements for about 700 mw.
Increasing interests of small investors in power sector has come as a respite for state electricity bodies. Demand for power has increased dramatically in recent past with heavy industrialisation, urbanisation and rural electrification projects.
Only eight investors in Gujarat have committed projects with capacity of over 5 mw. About 35 projects will have capacity between 1 mw to 5 mw and 47 are for below 1 mw.
It is estimated that Gujarat alone attracted investments worth over Rs 1,000 crore through 90 agreements and about 2,000 crore more is expected to come by this fiscal end.
“We are being flooded with inquiries from all over the country by interested investors, mostly smaller players, thanks to the recent revision in tariff, which is now Rs 3.37 a unit against the previous Rs 2.60 a unit. Investments in wind power also spells tax relief for investors as they become entitled for 100% depreciation of wind turbine generators and sales tax benefits,” a top GUVNL official told ET.
It may be mentioned here that out of total 90 agreements, only 20 investors are from Gujarat and rest 70 are from other parts of the country.
Investors from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Orissa, Karnataka, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh are venturing into Gujarat with small investments in wind energy.
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SEPPL to pump Rs 30 cr in waste disposal project

SURAT-BASED Saurashtra Enviro Projects (SEPPL) is setting up a Rs 30-crore Treatment Storage Disposal Facility (TSDF) project in Kutch. The company, which is promoted by environment consultants de Tox Corporation has already acquired over 50 acres in the fastgrowing Kutch region to set up the plant.
Estimates suggest that total waste generated by industries in Kutch and Saurashtra is over 50,000 tonnes per annum. In addition to this, 35,000 tonnes per annum of waste was generated by new industries that came up recently. The rapidly-growing Kutch and Saurashtra regions lack a disposal facility. Industry sources say, presently the hazardous waste generated from industries located in these areas is transported to sites operative in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat and Vapi. This results in high cost, spillage and in some cases, even illegal dumping.
SEPPL had submitted an expression of interest to Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to
establish a Composite Common Treatment Storage Disposal Facility in Kutch, which will also be utilised by industries located in districts of Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Junagadh and Bhavnagar.
GPCB granted an ‘in principle’ approval to SEPPL for developing the Composite Common Treatment Storage Disposal Facility in line with the provided guidelines of GPCB. Currently, there are only six operational sites in Gujarat to treat hazardous waste like chemical sludge, distillation residue, sludge, process sludge, heavy metal bearing waste, solvents, fibre and organic waste amongst others.
Districts like Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Surendranagar however don’t have an Integrated Common Hazardous Waste Management Facility. “We will be developing the facility, which will be equipped to treat waste generated by industries in the region,” says Chetan Contractor, principle promoter of de Tox Corporation and CMD of SEPPL.
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