Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) is a Greenfield Industrial City planned and located approximately 100 km South West of Ahmedabad. The Government of Gujarat has created a legislative framework for the formation of a Special Investment Region Act 2009. Under the act, a regional development authority for DSIR has been established.
The Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority (DSIRDA) has the responsibility of planning and development of DSIR and will encompass the function of administering government land within DSIR. An SPV named Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL) has been created between the Central Government (DMICDC Trust) and the State Government (DSIRDA) of Gujarat to implement the project. Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC), a special purpose company, was incorporated to establish, promote and facilitate development of the DMIC Project.
Dholera Industrial City will have its own self-sustaining eco-system consisting of economic drivers through industrialisation, utility & logistic infrastructure, Social Infrastructure including education, healthcare and other public amenities.
DMICDC, with the support of the Government of Gujarat, plans to create an economically and socially balanced new-age city with world‐class infrastructure and highest quality-of-life standards with sustainability in the urban form including a sustainable urban transportation system within and mobile/efficient regional connectivity with neighbouring cities and the rest of the country.
It will be connected with Ahmedabad by a 6-lane access controlled expressway & MRTS (Metro Rail) in one common corridor providing seamless connectivity & Rail-Road transition as an effective means of transportation between the 2 cities.
An international airport is being developed to the North-‐East of DSIR by an SPV called Dholera International Airport Company Limited (DIACL). The airport has already received Environmental & Site clearance.
Industry in DSIR
Defence, Aviation, Electronics, High-‐Tech emerging technologies, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Heavy engineering, Auto & Auto ancillary, General Manufacturing, Agro & Food processing, Metals & Metallurgical products, etc. are the sectors identified with a high potential for Dholera Industrial City among other sectors. DSIR will be home to non-‐polluting industries, promoting a clean, green and sustainable urban development, which can contribute to the growth of the region and India.
The Government of Gujarat and DSIRDA has adopted the mechanism of Town Planning Schemes (TPS) to ensure the delivery of serviced land that can benefit the local population and the private sector. TP schemes are being implemented under the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act, 1976 (GTPUD). The developable area in DSIR is divided into six (6) Town Planning (TP) Schemes and all 6 draft schemes have been sanctioned. Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2 cover the development in Phase-‐I. TP 1 are spread over approximately 51 sq km or 12750 acres & TP 2 over 102 sq km or 25000 acres.
TP 1 will have approximately 186 km of road & TP 2, 340 km. Right of Way (ROW) varies from 12 m to 70 m i.e. 2 to 6 lane roads, have been master planned. Services and utilities running parallel to the roads & within the ROW will include Storm water drainage, Water supply, Sewerage/waste Water, Recycled Water, Power, Telecom and PNG.
Project background – DSIR Phase I
The Development Plan for DSIR has been prepared and sanctioned by DSIRDA.
Phase‐I constitutes TP1 and TP2 covering 153 sq km.
Apart from urban development, overall trunk and external infrastructure will be developed to support the development at DSIR. These include the following:
- Overall Trunk infrastructure projects
- Roads and services/utilities
- Raw water transmission line from source
- Wastewater treatment and recycle
- Solid waste management
- Power T&D network
- Information Communication Technology (ICT) network
- Administrative and Business Centre of Dholera (ABCD)
- External infrastructure projects
- River bunding for flood management
- Ahmedabad – Dholera Expressway
- Ahmedabad – Dholera MRTS
- Freight rail from DSIR to Bhimnath for connection to DFC
- Dholera International Airport
Dholera’s immediate City development area of approximately 5,600 acres is expected to be operational by 2019, while the full city is expected to be developed by 2030.
Dholera Industrial City is envisaged to be a world-‐class destination with excellent infrastructure. The city will provide opportunities for the setting up of manufacturing units, which will in turn help in increasing the industrial output of the country and create jobs (800,000+). All of this, while aiming to provide an environment to work, live, learn and play. Dholera SIR is a planned smart, sustainable community, which will be the role model for future cities in India.
The Sanctioned Development Plan of Dholera Industrial City comprises of a total land area of 920 sq km.
The 920 sq km of the Dholera Industrial City area has a total developable area of about 580 sq km since one third of the area falls within the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) boundary where development is restricted and is as per CRZ norms. Out of the 580 sq km the prime agricultural land has been preserved and a total area of about 422 sq km has been set for urban development, which has been translated into six town-‐planning schemes and will be developed in three phases over a period of 30 years.