Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on Sunday, laid the foundation stone for the Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City and Surat Diamond Bourse (SDM) project at Khajod in Surat. Interestingly, on the occasion, diamond merchants from Surat and Mumbai had done an extempore transaction of polished and rough diamonds worth Rs 5 crore the payment of which was done in the presence of the CM.
The event was also attended by a number of dignitaries, including consulate generals and high commissioners of countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Namibia, Canada, Russia, Australia, Botswana etc. Apart from them a number of top officials of the state government also remained present.
Speaking on the occasion, Patel called the project ‘prestigious’ and said that it was likely to be completed in three years. “Surat is a diamond manufacturing hub. We wanted to make it the trading hub also and this will result in several national and international buyers coming here. This will be a boost to the industry and thousands of people will get jobs.”
Patel said that the project had been planned in such a way that establishments of all important sectors like housing, hospitals, hotels, educational institutes, residential and commercial buildings would come up there.
During her address, Patel also announced the government’s decision to give surplus government land in urban areas to different municipal corporations in the state to build houses for the urban poor. “The order will come shortly,” she said.
Patel added that if the captains of textile industry come forward with a proposal for setting up a textile university then the state government would give them full assistance.
Surat Diamond Bourse committee member and Padmashri awardee Mathur Sawani said, “The diamond business is a major source of foreign income for the country. We are receiving applications for booking of offices from diamond merchants in Surat, Mumbai and even foreign countries. The model of Surat diamond bourse will be finalised in next 15 days.”
CM Patel also visited the exhibition dome, where several real estate developers also had displayed their upcoming projects in the diamond city to visitors.