The city of Dholera is being developed as a Smart City under the Smart Cities Mission. Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) once fully developed would be one of the biggest planned urban developments in India with immense opportunities for doing business and living a prosperous and healthy life. Dholera is being developed as one of the futuristic cities not just in India but across the world. Sandeep Sharma takes a look at the Dholera city development which is being projected as a futuristic city.
Dholera is a town in Ahmedabad district, Gujarat. It’s an ancient port city in Gulf of Khambhat, 30 km from Dhandhuka city of Ahmedabad district. The region is surrounded by water bodies on three sides. It’s a port city with easy access to nearby seaports making it a great place for movement of goods through sea route. The city is poised to become a hub for global trading and manufacturing activities. This Greenfield industrial township has been promoted by Dholera SIR Development Authority, and Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). Dholera is one of the fastest growing and would be the first smart city of India.
Special Investment Regions
Gujarat is one of the most progressive states in India promoting innovation and industrial excellence. To spearhead economic activity on a grand scale, the Government of Gujarat had decided to create large size Investment Regions / Industrial areas and develop them as Global manufacturing Hubs supported by world class infrastructure. The Government of Gujarat has enacted ‘The Gujarat Special Investment Region Act-2009’ and has come into force on 6th January, 2009. The concept of SIR has been evolved in concurrence with Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a high impact industrial area within 150 km distance on both side of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) admeasuring 1499 Km from Dadri-NCR to JN Port-Mumbai. The Government of India is setting up a multi-modal Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) between Delhi and Mumbai. Out of the total 1483 km of the length of DFC, 38% is falling in the state of Gujarat. The area of 150 km on the both sides of the DFC will be developed as DMIC. It will be a high impact industrial corridor.
In line with DMIC goals, the Gujarat Government is setting up Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR). It is envisaged to be developed as a global manufacturing and trading hub supported by world class infrastructure. The state government has allocated 28000 hectare of land for the DSIR. DSIR has been planned over an extensive area of land measuring approximately 920 sq km and encompassing 22 villages of Dholera Taluka in the Ahmedabad District. It will be one of the largest city in India planned along the DMIC corridor. Dholera SIR will have smart and sustainable infrastructure, optimised water resource management in place, clean power, efficient drainage system and ultra modern urban design.
Dholera Sir Goals
The project goals envisage focussing on creating and providing a conducive environment to protect and provide growth avenues for local industries, improve the investment climate, and improve quality of life, human resource development and creating a world class infrastructure paving way for global investment. The proposed economic activity in the region includes Heavy Engineering, Automobiles and Auto Ancillary, Electronics, Hitech and Emerging technologies / high value add industries, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Metals & Metallurgical Products, General Manufacturing, Agro and Food Processing and IT/ITeS.