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This thread is for all the general discussions that you might have from the long list of current projects, flight connectivity of Gujarat, your political views etc. So go ahead and discuss but please don't fight. Also a great place to meet all the people who contribute to the western threads and also saves us from discussing off topic matter in a certain thread.
 

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good job......

This thread is for all the general discussions that you might have from the long list of current projects, flight connectivity of Gujarat, your political views etc. So go ahead and discuss but please don't fight. Also a great place to meet all the people who contribute to the western threads and also saves us from discussing off topic matter in a certain thread.
dats really a nice initiative..... SUPERLIKE...!~!
 

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^^ Yea man cuz if you see in some of the other threads they all have discussion threads about their state and how things could be improved. Lets see what kind of topics we get here.. I am sure we can start discussing the no projects for Surat here.
 

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Gujarat's Economy: India's Guangdong




SO MANY things work properly in Gujarat that it hardly feels like India. In a factory packed with kit from Germany and China, slabs of rubber and bags of carbon black are turned into tyres. After being X-rayed for imperfections, they will be distributed across India or sent for export within three days. Sandeep Bhatia, a manager for CEAT, the firm that owns the project, says it took only 24 months to complete, including the normally fraught process of buying land. There is constant electricity, gas and abundant water. The state government, he says, kept red tape to a minimum, did not ask for bribes, and does not interfere much now.

The tyre plant is not the only sign of prosperity in Gujarat. A nearby village may have fodder strewn all over its alleys and mice scuttling across shampoo sachets in the local store, but it also has satellite dishes poking up from the roofs and power metres on the wall of every house. Most of the men, the villagers say, work for small industrial firms for a wage about 50% higher than they would get in the fields. The road to Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s main city, is privately operated and boasts four lanes. It passes through a countryside that is visibly industrialising.

With a long coastline and too little rain for decent farming, Gujarat has always been famous for its traders. When it was hived off from Bombay to form a separate state in 1960, “the question was how Gujarat would survive,” says Narendra Modi, who has been chief minister since 2001. These days Gujarat accounts for 5% of India’s population but 16% of its industrial output and 22% of its exports. Its growth has outpaced India’s (see chart) and it wins accolades from business people. A recent comparison of Indian states by McKinsey, a consultancy, waxed lyrical about Gujarat. It might yet play the role of industrial locomotive for the country, as Guangdong province did for China in the 1990s. There is lots of excited talk about exporters switching from China to India. Sanjay Lalbhai, the chairman of Arvind, a textiles maker and clothing retailer based in Ahmedabad, says such a move is “imminent” in his industry.

Chinese-style, big-ticket projects are part of Gujarat’s formula, including refineries and ports, but so are networks of smaller firms and foreign companies which have now achieved critical mass in industries such as cars and pharmaceuticals. The state government uses the usual tricks to try to jump-start growth, including special economic zones. But more important, it has provided the bog-standard things that businesses pray for across India but often do not get—less onerous labour laws, passable roads, reliable electricity and effective bureaucracy.

Against the charge that some people have been left behind, Gujarat can point to reasonable growth in agriculture, helped by irrigation schemes. But the state has a black spot, which dates back to 2002 and an outbreak of sectarian violence. As many as 2,000 people (the official toll is lower) were killed in a month of riots, most of them Muslims. Some say Mr Modi and the state government were complicit in the violence or could at least have done more to stop it.

Might prosperity help heal the wounds? In Juhapura, a district on the outskirts of Ahmedabad dominated by the Muslim minority, a young mason grows angry when asked if he feels lucky to make 250-300 rupees a day ($6-7), saying he only gets work for 15 days a month. Others are more content. A bearded man down the road says his party-decoration business is booming. Behind the till of a shop selling top-ups for mobile phones and stationery for the nearby school, a man in a skull cap says life has undoubtedly improved, although his 82-year-old father, sitting in a deckchair, complains that everything went to the dogs when the British left.

Gujarat could be a vision of India’s future, in which manufacturing flourishes, soaking up rural labour. Its economy is expected to grow by double digits, even as India’s rate slows to 7-8% this year. The state may also be a springboard for Mr Modi, who may contest the national leadership of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, perhaps after state elections due in 2012. Mr Modi is enigmatic on this subject. He has yet to shed his polarising image, but he has at least built up an enviable record on the economy.
 

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Gujarats GSDP growth in double digits



Gujarat’s gross state domestic product (GSDP) grew by 11.58 per cent during 2010-11, with all three sectors — agriculture, industry and services — demonstrating an impressive double digit growth rate for the first time since 2005-06.

Latest official figures, prepared by the directorate of economics and statistics, show that agriculture, which had stagnated in the preceding two years, performed the best with 16.73 per cent. The service sector came next, growing by 12.24 per cent, while the industrial sector grew by exactly 10 per cent.

What is particularly significant is that, for the first time in the last one decade, Gujarat managed to achieve a double-digit rate of growth in two consecutive years. In 2009-10, Gujarat’s economy grew by 10.23 per cent.

The state has finished the decade on a buoyant note, after the initial setbacks because of the earthquake in 2001 and the communal riots in 2002. On an average, Gujarat’s economy grew by a remarkable 10.3 per cent over the last one decade, from 2001-02 to 2010-11, something that chief minister Narendra Modi would almost certainly like to highlight as he ruled right through this period.

The decadal growth of all three sectors was in double digits — 10.7 per cent for agriculture, 10.3 per cent for industry and 10.9 per cent for services. Officials said the figures showed a very healthy trend of overall robustness in the state, helped by good rainfall during the 2000s and the extension of the Narmada canal network.

The successive Vibrant Gujarat summits, which brought in heavy investments, had put Gujarat on a growth trajectory that would lift India’s GDP as well.
 

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Gujarat worst- a worrying Factor

Despite claims of high growth in BJP-ruled Gujarat, the state fares the worst in terms of overall hunger and malnutrition, as per the Human Development Index (HDI), which reported a rise by 21 per cent for the country with Kerala topping the list of all states for achieving the highest literacy rate, quality health services and consumption expenditure of people.
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for further : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/north/gujarat-worst-kerala-tops-list-343
 

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Rajasthan, Guj draw battle lines over Mahi waters
Issue Raised In Rajya Sabha
Himanshu Kaushik | TNN

Ahmedabad: Parched throats in Rajasthan are crying hoarse over Gujarat allegedly stealing its share of the Mahi river waters by constructing the Sujalam Sufalam irrigation canal.
The issue has the potential of starting a water war between the two neighbours after Ashk Ali Tak, a Congress MP from Rajasthan, raised the issue in Rajya Sabha recently. Tak says Gujarat did not take Rajasthan into confidence before launching the project as stipulated in an agreement signed between the two states in 1966.
Also, the Modi government has ignored Rajasthan’s objections since 2009. The Congress MP asked in the House if Gujarat had taken consent from the Central government and Rajasthan before diverting Mahi waters into Sujalam Sufalam.
He also wanted to know if the Central Water Commission (CWC) had taken any action against Gujarat for the alleged unilateral decision.
The MP told TOI, “Of the 1.29 million acre feet (MAF) of water in Kadana dam on the river, 0.39 MAF was meant for Rajasthan according to the agreement. Our share of the water is being diverted to industries in Gujarat in the name of irrigation. Gujarat has said it would use excess water in Sujalam Sufalam, but that is not true. I wanted to bring this to Union government’s notice so that responsibilities can be fixed for breaking the treaty.”
Gujarat minister for water resources Nitin Patel, however, refused to comment. “This is an old issue,” he said. “I don’t want to comment as the question was raised in Rajya Sabha.”
Sujalam Sufalam involves a 337-km recharge canal which takes excess monsoon water from the Kadana dam in Panchmahal to 21 dry rivers, mainly in north Gujarat. CM Narendra Modi had announced the Rs 6,237 crore project with much fanfare ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. There were allegations of large-scale corruption in the project.
Replying to Tak’s question, Union minister of state Vincent HPala admitted CWC had not received any report on Sujalam Sufalam. The water resources minister told Tak that the Rajasthan chief minister had written to his Gujarat counterpart in 2009 informing him of the violation of the 1966 agreement. The letter also said Mahi was an interstate river and that Gujarat should take Rajasthan’s consent before using the waters.
Gujarat officials say Rajasthan was comfortable with Sujalam Sufalam as long as Vasundhara Raje was heading the BJP government there. With a change of guard and the Congress coming to power, Gujarat is being accused of short-changing its neighbour.
 

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About Hunger Index India is worst then sub sahara countries and Gujarat is rating high in hunger index due to dietary habit of Gujaratis. But overall India is not doing good...About quality of health services I believe that Gujarat offers best quality health service and medical tourism is growing in Gujarat..


Despite claims of high growth in BJP-ruled Gujarat, the state fares the worst in terms of overall hunger and malnutrition, as per the Human Development Index (HDI), which reported a rise by 21 per cent for the country with Kerala topping the list of all states for achieving the highest literacy rate, quality health services and consumption expenditure of people.
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for further : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/north/gujarat-worst-kerala-tops-list-343
 

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GUJRAT HAS HIGHEST NUMBER OF CNG OUTLETS
Gujarat, which accounts for more than one-third of the total natural gas consumed in the country, now also boasts of the highest number of CNG outlets in the country, having overtaken the National Capital recently.

Figures prepared by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas show that the total number of CNG stations in the country was 724 as of November-end. Of these, Gujarat had 258 CNG stations, the highest in the country. The number of CNG outlets in New Delhi stood at 239, followed by Maharashtra with 164 CNG stations.

The achievement is staggering considering the fact that City Gas Distribution (CGD) companies operating in Gujarat have little access to domestic gas and have to depend on imported and expensive R-LNG (Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas) to meet their requirements. The CGDs in Delhi and Maharashtra are supplied domestic gas. Among other states, UP had 28 CNG stations, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 14 outlets. MP had 11 such stations, while Haryana had six and Tripura two CNG stations.

State government officials said that barring Sabarmati Gas Limited and Gujarat Gas Company Limited, which get small quantities of domestically produced gas, the other five CGD operators, viz. GSPC Gas, Adani Gas, Charotar Gas Sahakari Mandali, HP Gas and VMC Gas have to depend entirely on imported gas. The domestic gas is priced at $ 4.2 per Million Metric British Thermal Unit (MMBTU) while LNG is priced upwards of % 16 per MMBTU.

"Gujarat is the leader not only in CNG stations, but also in PNG (Piped Natural Gas) connections and consumption.
This is a result of definitive planning for turning Gujarat into a gas-based economy," state energy minister, Saurabh Patel, told DNA. The minister said that Gujarat would have had even higher number of CNG outlets but for the strict regulatory mechanism.

Officials said that GSPC Gas, the retail arm of state-owned Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, is the largest CGD operator in the country in terms of volume with daily sales of more than 4 million metric standard cubic metre per day (mmscmd). It operates around 120 CNG stations. Officials also informed out that Gujarat, with a 2,200-km gas grid, was way ahead of other states in gas supply network. They said that Gujarat had more than 75% share in industrial PNG connections. Of around 4,000 industrial PNG connections in the country, more than 3,100 are in the state.
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_gujarat-now-has-highest-number-of-cng-outlets_1630943
 

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Development Policies and Schemes of Modi

A few interesting policies and developments are highlighted in this speech:
-balanced development of economy, while focusing on agriculture, industry and services equally
-tourism development
-infrastructure: national gas grid, optical fibre network
-agriculture: empowering farmers, strengthening traditional agriculture and animal husbandry
-human resources: skill development, microservices
-water: harvesting, recycling, drip irrigation
-export strategy

 

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Pravasi Diwas: Narendra Modi steals the show

Jaipur: It is impossible to share a stage with Narendra Modi. The Gujarat chief minister is such a clever performer that he makes others around him resemble extras assembled to just make up the background and complete the numbers. Also read: NRIs dub Pravasi meet 'colourful drama'

On Monday, the concluding day of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave, Modi stole the show once again, holding listeners in a trance and making Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot shift nervously in his chair before making a hasty exit. :lol::lol:

With Modi, Gehlot, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and Jharkhand’s Arjun Munda on the dais, it was meant to be a multi-starrer. But Modi usurped the limelight with his theatrics, oratorical skills and smart one-liners delivered with trademark snarls, drawls, pauses and flourish.

Modi began by inviting the diaspora to Gujarat for the 2015 PBD, mentioning in the same breath that the idea was Atal Behari Vajpayee’s brainchild.

Though he asked the audience to talk only about development, Modi hard sold himself as the next PM, talking about his ‘national dream’. No wonder, the NRIs had just one question: When will he move to Delhi?

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/RAJ-JPR-pravasi-diwas-narendra-modi-steals-the-show-2732716.html
 

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Hard to say the exact number of plants involved, as lots of Solar projects are relatively small 5MW, 15MW etc, some of which will end up within larger Solar Parks ie at Charanaka.

In terms of overall capacity though, according to this article

175MW capacity already
128MW capacity built, ready to be added
200MW additional capacity expected to be added by end of January

So approx 500MW solar capacity expected by the time that Gujarat Govts fixed solar power comissioning deadline passes on 28th Jan. (Govt to pay rs 15.0 per unit for power from plants comissioned before end of Jan, will be slashed to rs 7.50 per unit for plants which miss the deadline.)
 

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^^ ah i see. I was just reading news about plants being commissioned everywhere generating about 30 -50 MW and thought how many do we have so far. Numbers seem quite good so far, windmills along the south and solar parks along the north. Go green!
 

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Yeah, the new ones being planned are a lot bigger than the ones that are on stream currently. Adanis 40MW is the largest single location solar installation in India, whilst Charanka Solar Park can eventually provide 500MW in total. Some details of the larger existing solar plants, ordered chronologically, for phased projects, future expansion plans in brackets.

Currently operational

Azure Power, Khadoda, Sabarkantha
5MW (10MW)
170Cr 40Acres
Jun 8, 2011
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Moser Baer Clean Energy
, Gunthwada, Banaskantha
30MW (15MW Porbandar, 50MW Surendranagar)
465Cr 305Acres
Oct 12, 2011
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Lanco Infratech, Charanka, Patan
5MW (5MW under development, overall plan 35MW)
November 20, 2010
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Green Infra Ltd
, Mervadar, Rajkot
10MW
130Cr
Nov 21, 2011
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Adani Power
, Abdasa, Kutch
40MW (100MW)
400Cr 300Acres
Jan 5, 2012
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GMR Energy, Charanka, Patan
25MW
360Cr 125Acres
Jan 13, 2012
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Surana Telecom, Charanka, Patan
5MW
20 Acres
Jan 17, 2012
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Visual Percept Solar Projects, Surel, Surendranagar
25MW
330 Cr
Jan 17, 2012
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Upcoming

Tata Power, Mithapur, Jamnagar
25MW
365Cr 100Acres
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Heres a good resource for Solar power installed capacity around the world, link (opens in excel)

Largest solar installation in the world currently is a 354MW park in California. Some of the Global leaders in Solar Power; Spain and Italy, only crossed the 100MW mark in 2006/2007 respectively, which is important to remember when we get used to reading about huge 4000MW coal powered plants all over the place!
 
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