In a move that will kick-start development of Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) project in Gujarat, the cabinet committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the construction of trunk infrastructure worth about Rs 2784.83 crore for a project that is being envisaged as a “Smart City”.
This trunk infrastructure will be created within a 22.5 square kilometre “Activation Area” of the DSIR located on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) in Ahmedabad district, stated a PIB release.
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Though the DSIR is spread over 920 square kilometers, the Phase-I will cover 153 sq kilometers and the actual work will begin from a smaller area of 22.5 sq kms described as “Activation Area” which is meant to act as a catalyst for attracting further investments from local and global investors into DSIR.
The components of the trunk infrastructure approved by the cabinet committee comprises of roads, water and sewage treatment plants, Common effluent treatment plant and other services.
The money approved for the creation of this trunk infrastructure will be invested by DMIC Trust as equity in the city/node SPV, the release stated.
Gujarat government has already approved the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) between Gujarat (represented by Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority or DSIRDA) an Government of India (represented by DMICDC trust) to kick start the development of DSIR.
The trunk infrastructure development is proposed to commence in 2015-16 and is likely to be completed by 2018-19.
The land for the project will be contributed by Gujarat government as their equity, while the contribution of DMIC Trust by way of equity and debt will be made in form of cash for implementing various trunk infrastructure components subject to a ceiling of Rs. 3000 crore.
The balance funding i.e. funding over and above the contributions from Gol and the State Government required for the trunk infrastructure in subsequent phases shall be met from the internal accruals of the SPV and debt raised by the SPV as may be required.
DSIR is strategically located near the industrial cities of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar urban agglomerations. The developable area in DSIR is divided into six Town Planning Schemes.
Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2 cover the development in Phase-l. Town Planning Scheme 1 (TP 1) covers an area of approximately 51 sq km and Town Planning Scheme 2 (TP 2) covers an area of approximately 102 sq km.