With a total footprint of over 920 sq km, Dholera is the biggest of the eight industrial smart cities being developed in the first phase of the $100 bn DMIC project. Infrastructure implementation in Dholera SIR is taking place in a phased manner.
The Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL), the SPV formed by the DMIC Trust and Government of Gujarat to administer the special investment region has committed $600 million for trunk infrastructure rollout in the activation area. The trunk infrastructure construction of the initial activation area of 22.5 sq. km (roughly 5,600 acres) is about 40% complete with underground utilities and roads taking shape. It will be ready for business in September 2019.
“Building Dholera from ground-up has been a very challenging experience. Issues have been addressed using the best engineered solutions. Dholera’s design and construction is world class and will become the role model for all future cities in India” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, MD and CEO, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd
Land allocation for anchor tenants has begun in Dholera and DICDL is targeting manufacturers in Defense and Aviation MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations), heavy engineering; machinery and auto components; electronics and pharmaceuticals in particular, given that it is offering some of the biggest industrial parcels in all of South East Asia, eminently suited for large production facilities.
Plots are available ranging from five hectares to 100 hectares in contiguous land parcels that can be aggregated to up to 750 hectares.
DICDL has set up a transparent e-Land allotment system & single window mechanism for investors in Dholera, promising “ease of doing business” as a top administrative priority.
India currently does not have an MRO facility on a large scale and airline companies have to rely on overseas hubs to service their aircraft at extra cost and effort. The proposed Aviation Zone and MRO facility would consist of aircraft parts manufacturing, flight training institutes etc. and MRO services and operations like body, engine, paint and airframe.
The defence cluster will be vital to realizing India’s goal of indigenization and self-reliance under the Make in India mission. Other sectors that the SIR is looking to attract include IT, Electronics, Bio-Technology and Food Processing.
“Although Dholera is principally an industrial township, recognising that eventually workers and their families will settle here, we have planned for it to be one of the most livable cities in the world, with carefully designed neighborhoods, social infrastructure, green transport and mobility, right down to the urban aesthetics,” said Jagdish Salgaonkar, Program Director, Dholera.