Node-12: Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region

Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region would be located at a distance of approximately 100km from the Dedicated Freight Corridor at Vadodara/Ahmedabad. Government of Gujarat has designated Dholera as the Special Investment Region and has already initiated preparation of plans for development. Government of Gujarat has also short listed Dholera for developing a Greenfield port development.


# Dholera has the advantage of developing a Greenfield port. Availability of 15- 18m deep draft at the port offers exclusive advantage for attracting deep draft vessels.
# Availability of Huge land parcels for industrial development that could be spread over an area of 100 to 250sqkm
# Dholera Port offers unique opportunity for providing suitable facilities for automobile/ car export.
# Dholera Port has excellent opportunity to get connected with hinterlands with road and rail linkages.
# Dholera is being promoted as the Special Investment Region for Gujarat.

Proposed Components:

# Development of Greenfield Port at Dholera
It is proposed to develop an all-weather modern port at Dholera. This port has the potential to cater to ship building and ship repairing industries; offers opportunity for developing berths for salt export and for catering to industrial/ manufacturing sectors such as export of auto/auto component, engineering, steel industries etc.
# Development of Ship Yard:
Dholera, being located deep inside in the Gulf of Cambay, with a deep draft of 15-18m, offers excellent opportunity to develop it as a Port catering to deep draft vessels. It also meets with the unique requirement for development of ship building/ repairing facilities.
# Export-oriented Industrial Units/ SEZ:
This region has the potential for developing Automobile/Auto component, Electronics, Chemicals, Cement Production, and Pharmaceuticals. This region also has potential to develop steel industries utilizing abundant lignite deposits in the katchh region of the state.
# Augmentation of Existing Industrial Estates:
Augmentation of Vatva Industrial Estate as Mega Industrial Estate, located near Ahmedabad, is proposed for consideration under DMIC.
# IT/ITES/Biotech Hub:
The proposed investment region will offer opportunity for IT/ITES companies desirous of setting up/expanding their operations. This region is also expected to serve the Biotechnology industry.
# Knowledge Hub/Skill Development Centre:
To support the auto component, IT/ITES and Biotechnology sectors and offer training in Maritime/ ship engineering courses, a Knowledge Hub/skill upgradation center would be imperative at Dholera.
# Knowledge City at Gandhinagar:
Government of Gujarat has proposed development of Knowledge City with state of the art Finance City at Gandhinagar. It would be spread over an area of 700-800Ha with world-class integrated residential, commercial, sports/ recreational infrastructure. Development of this region is proposed to be considered under this investment region of DMIC.
# Integrated Logistics Hub with Container Freight Station:
Development of Dholera region would include a Container Freight Station with multi-modal logistics infrastructure and value added services.
# Development of 3500MW Power Plant: 
There is a good prospect of developing 3500MW power plant at Dholera. Adequate land is available and the primary fuel source would be imported coal.
Integrated Township: This region would be provided with an integrated township with residential, institutional, commercial and leisure/recreation infrastructure which could be dovetailed to requirements of specific investor groups/ countries.
# International Airport at Dholera:
This investment region is proposed to be provided with a world class International Airport Hub.
# Feeder Road Links:
Development of Feeder road linkages connecting the identified investment region with NHDP, DFC corridors and Hinterland, inter alia, includes following proposals:
– Development of connectivity between Dholera and NH-8A (Bagodra), NH-8 (Anand)
– Augmentation of Bagodra-Bhavnagar and Dholera-Dhandhuka-Limbdi-Surendra Nagar.
– Development of requisite grade separators/flyovers/interchanges and underpasses along the National Highways/ State Highways and access roads for uninterrupted freight and passenger movement to the region would also be included in the development of feeder links.
# Development of Logistics Hub at Surendra Nagar:
Taking advantage of the proposed feeder road connectivity between Dholera and Surendra Nagar and optimize on its locational benefits, development of Multimodal Logistics Hub at Surendra Nagar can be taken up under DMIC.
# Feeder Rail Links:
– Development of High Speed Regional Rail link between Dholera, Ahmedabad and Gandhi Nagar for passenger and freight movements.
– Dholera-Vadodara Rail Linkage for connectivity with Dedicated Freight Corridor.

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