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PM Narendra Modi's pet 100 Smart Cities project gets Cabinet's approval

The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s favoured 100 smart cities project in a bid to recast the urban landscape of the country to make them more livable and inclusive besides driving economic growth. Read More

Government clears six town planning schemes for Dholera SIR near Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD: The Dholera special investment region (SIR) received the much needed impetus after the state government cleared six town planning (TP) schemes in the SIR. Dholera is being developed as one of the important nodal hub of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Nearly 43 per cent of the corridor passes through Gujarat. Nearly Rs 3,000 crore has been earmarked for the development of the region. Both the central government and the state government would develop infrastructure in the nearby areas. "The six TP schemes were a necessity as many companies who wanted to invest in Dholera asked for these details," says a senior official in the industry and mines department. Nearly 70,000 acres of land has been already handed over to the regional town development authority recently. The Dholera SIR has also been given environmental clearance recently claim officials. Read More

By 2017 or 2018 Dholera should be in business, construction to start in next less than 5 months

Even first phase would involve 123 sq k area, and we would require 7-8 billion US$ just for basic infrastructure to develop the area in this size. Therefore we decided on a strategy of activation area which is 22.5 sq km in size. Tenders are floated for basic infrastructure in this size of area. Read More

Gujarat recipe to acquire land cheap for industry: Town planning law "overrides" new land acquisition Act

The Gujarat government is all set to make it official now. A top state document in Gujarati, prepared by the state revenue department, has made it clear that the new land acquisition law the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (LARR, 2013) will not be application in areas where a town planning scheme is floated. The document, still in its draft form, and floated as "rules" for LARR Act, 2013, makes it clear, Wherever a town planning scheme is finalised, there will not be any land acquisition under any other law. Meant for internal discussion and running into 200 pages, the document, which gives a comprehensive picture on how the land acquisition law, passed under the previous UPA government at the Centre and supported by the BJP, would be implemented in Gujarat, however, makes it clear that till the point a town planning scheme is in the draft form and is not finalised, no land acquisition can place under the town planning Act. But as soon as the town planning scheme is finalised, any land acquisition under LARR, 2013 would be treated as illegal, it insists. The draft rules providing precedence to the town planning Act over LARR, 2013, if finalised, are particularly significant, as it would legitimise land acquisition done by the Gujarat government in the special investment regions (SIRs) after floating the town planning scheme in areas like Dholera in Ahmedabad district, where an ultra-modern Greenfield city is being planned. Farmers of the region, fighting for saving their land under the banner of Jameen Adhikar Andolan Gujarat (JAAG), had objected to government acquiring 40 to 50 per cent of land under the pretext of town planning. The issue of taking away 50 per cent of farmers'' land came up sharply during the environmental public hearing for Dholera SIR on January 3, 2014, where a senior government official KD Chandnani, who is also CEO, Dholera SIR Development Authority, said, Under the Town Planning Scheme, after deduction of land up to 50 per cent, land will be allotted to the original land owner in a geometric shape, and with all the infrastructure facilities, in the form of a final plot. Compensation for the deducted land will be paid as per the jantri April 2011. The application of jantri, which is the government assessment of the value of land, for the 50 per cent of the land taken away for infrastructure development under the town planning Act stands in sharp contrast to the draft rules for LARR Act, 2013, which states that in the urban areas compensation for land acquisition would be four times that of the latest market value of land. Under the town planning Act, however, jantri is applied. Based government assessment of the prevailing rate, jantri is known to be several times lower than the market rate and is generally fixed once in five years. While the farmers would be net losers if a town planning Act is floated, the Gujarat government''s draft rules for LARR Act, 2013 state that, in contrast to the urban areas, in the rural areas'' compensation against land acquisition would be 50 per cent less than that of urban areas. They say,in effect, in the rural areas, the compensation would be two times (as against four times in urban areas) of the latest market rate, fixed by taking into account the highest selling price in the last three years. At the same time, the draft rules for LARR, 2013 repeat other details such as the need for consent from 70 per cent of the rural populace in case of a public-private partnership (PPP) project and 80 per cent of the rural populace in case the project is privately owned. The rules also provide extensive details about on providing rehabilitation, including employment and other livelihood options, of the affected population. They also give details on how to acquire land during an emergency. The state rules acquire significance, as land is in concurrent list of the Constitution, and the Centre cannot overrule them. Read More

Centre to pump in Rs 3k crore to revive Dholera SIR

GANDHINAGAR: The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) of the Central government will invest Rs 3,000 crore to boost the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), a key project in the DMIC region. DMICDC and the Gujarat government will sign an MoU and form a new special purpose vehicle to expedite the project. A top state government official said, "In the SPV, 51% equity will be owned by the Gujarat government and rest by DMICDC. The corporation will fund Rs 3,000 crore for basic infrastructure projects like road, rail linkages and flood control while the Gujarat government will provide land of equal worth in a notified area of 900 sq km." "So far, this project failed to attract private investment as it lacks infrastructure," said the source. Now, the state cabinet has approved the development plan for Dholera SIR. The government has transferred 70,430 acres of land to the RDA (regional development authority) for phase-I implementation, cleared six town planning schemes and issued around Rs 1,800 crore worth of tenders for roads and other infrastructure development projects. "These changes are likely to see investment projects worth Rs1 lakh crore take off at the SIR. Several defense manufacturing units are expected. Expressions of interest are likely in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. Under the new plan, the state government has decided to only allow non-polluting industries," added the sources. In the 2009 Vibrant Gujarat Summit, three investors had announced investments worth Rs1 lakh crore in Dholera SIR but they failed to turn up. After DMICDC''s involvement, the project is expected to get a new lease of life. Read More

Lockheed, Boeing and Airbus take off for Gujarat in Dholera SIR

Top aircraft makers are planning a Gujarat landing. Lockheed Martin, one of the world''s top defence and space aircraft maker, Boeing and Airbus are exploring opportunities to set up aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) units. Read More

Dholera SIR now close to reality, government on fast forward mode

Dholera SIR to be developed as a First Smart City of India,will be show cased in the Vibrant Gujarat 2015.the Govt is on fast forward mode and has already invited tender for the development of the first phase.... see the link attached. Read More

Centre to roll out plans for 2 smart cities along Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor this fiscal year

MUMBAI: The Centre is likely to roll out the final plans for at least two of its proposed 100 ''''smart cities'''' along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) by the end of the current financial year, a senior government official said. Read More

Govt to invite bids for developing infra of 5 smart cities including DHOLERA SIR, this fiscal

The government is planning to start the process for construction of five smart cities by the end of the current financial year. The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) is working on rolling out contracts for developing trunk infrastructure in Ahmedabad-Dholera investment region, Shendra Bidkin investment region in Maharashtra, integrated industrial township Vikram Udyogpuri in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, integrated industrial township in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and global city in Gurgaon, Haryana, sources told The Indian Express. The DMICDC will invite international competitive bidding for developing trunk infrastructure including sewerage treatment and collection, water supply and roadways among others. The Centre will provide funds for the trunk infrastructure through DMIC Trust, which has a corpus of Rs 17,500 crore to be utilised over a period of 5 years. The contract for Dholera and Shendra Bidkin investment region would be floated by December while that of Vikram Udyogpuri will be floated by October. The others would be done by January, the source said. The master plan for these cities have already been completed and accepted by the respective state governments while the land acquisition for these regions is underway. For the Shendra-Bidkin industrial park, and industrial townships in Greater Noida and Ujjain, the shareholder agreements and state-support agreements (SSA) have already been executed while they have been finalised for global city project in Haryana, the source said. The Ahmedabad-Dholera investment region is spread across an area of 902 km while the Shendra-Bidkin industrial park is spread across 84 km. The DMIC aims at enhancing the country’s competitiveness in manufacturing by creating world-class infrastructure and reducing logistics cost. It will create smart industrial cities by leveraging the western dedicated freight corridor to reduce cost of logistics. In the first phase the DMIC has taken up eight industrial cities on the recommendations of the respective state governments. These include Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad investment region, Manesar-Bawal investment region, Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana investment region, Pithampura-Dhar-Mhow investment region, Dighi Port industrial area, Dighi Port industrial area and Jodhpur Pali Marwar industrial area apart from Dholera and Shendra Bidkin. Read More

Japan to give $33 bn for infra push, Modi remains hopeful of nuclear deal

The Indian Prime Minister said they had taken decisions that would only bolster ties between the two nations. He pointed to the promise of greater investment as a sign of improving ties between the two nations. Read More