Dholera’s design includes amenities to cater to the health, safety, educational, entertainment, cultural and spiritual needs of inhabitants, and they have been strategically located to provide safe and easy access. Geared towards social and intellectual interaction, Dholera has dedicated spaces for basic amenities such as Pharmacies, Hospitals and Fire Stations as well as spaces for awareness activities such as Community Halls.
From neighbourhood level farmers’ market to dedicated zones for hawkers, dispensaries to emergency services with quick response time, petrol pumps to electric vehicle charging stations, taxis and auto rickshaw stands to bicycle parking, public toilets to spaces for public art and cinema halls to religious facilities. Education infrastructure ranging from early childhood education to Anganwadis to integrated schools, from colleges to skill development centers, Dholera has it all.
LIVE, WORK & PLAY
True to its name, Dholera Industrial City focuses on catering to the needs of businesses and industries. While the businesses and industries will create jobs for people to come to Dholera for work, the residential zone will ensure that the employees and their families can live close to work.
A hierarchy of functional open green spaces including neighbourhood parks, community parks, linear park within walking distances along with Recreation and Sports zone will provide places to play and recreate – thus laying a strong foundation for a Live-Work-Play community. Special zones have been allocated for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) housing.
There is a paradigm shift in the manner in which cities are being planned and designed.
The problems our existing cities face in terms of safety, traffic congestion, lack of open green spaces or social/cultural facilities have been taken in to account in the planning of Dholera. Research has consistently shown that cities where people walk more and drive less are healthier cities, the automobile is losing out to public transport and pedestrians, and people (resident, visitors and workers) are the main focus of city-building.
Dholera will be a city that integrates arts, culture and education for the socioeconomic growth of its inhabitants. In terms of planning, the distribution of open green spaces and social infrastructure builds upon the core strategy of creating a city for the people. Based on this strategy, the guiding principle of Live-Work-Play was adopted. It emphasises creating a People Centric City with smart social and physical infrastructure.
HEALTH & EDUCATION
Dholera has been planned carefully so that amenities & services can be easily accessed in emergency situations. The active/passive recreational facilities are also easily accessible and have great views of the open green space. These were influences in determining the type and location of facilities to maximise their benefits to the inhabitants. For instance, the hospital is centrally located within the activation area and along primary corridors for easy access during emergency situations.
The neighbourhood centers are within walking distance by clustering community amenities with open green spaces. There are facilities for early child development, primary/secondary education, higher education and professional training to cater to the learning and skill development of inhabitants. Care has been taken to ensure that such facilities are conveniently located emphasising safety, walkability and transit connectivity.
Arts & Awareness
Dholera will have arts education, arts facilities and public art to make it a vibrant Smart City that emphasises a balance between culture, art and education. The city will utilize public art as a medium to create awareness, educate people and celebrate Dholera as a culture & arts hub. The Planning also ensures that the social infrastructure and open green spaces are also utilised to spread awareness amongst inhabitants in terms of a sustainable future for a cleaner city & greener city. Dholera will integrate public art or street furniture with open green spaces and the social infrastructure framework to spread awareness about sustainable living within Dholera.
Community & Recreation
The open green space framework are influences for the planning of community amenities in terms of determining the type of community amenity that will benefit the future inhabitants within Dholera as well as existing population residing in adjoining areas. We have maximised the developable land with views of open green spaces, provided with walkable approaches and convenient access points. There are parks, open green spaces, sports facilities, cultural and entertainment facilities that cater to the recreational needs of the inhabitants ensuring that the spatial distribution takes into account area requirements, safe access and convenient walking distance to each.