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 DHOLERA is a town in Ahmedabad district, GujaratIndia. Dholera is an ancient port-city in Gulf of Khambhat, 30 km from Dhandhuka city of Ahmedabad district. One of the original six temples built by Swaminarayan is located here. Dholera shot into fame in 2009 after Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi announced Special Investment Region (SIR) for Dholera and vowed to develop a world class greenfield city in Dholera.

National Highway 8 connects the Dholera Special Investment Region with Delhi, Bhavnagar and Mumbai. Dholera itself has good connectivity with National Highway (NH) 8 (Anand) and 8A (Bagodra), augmenting Bagodra -Bhavnagar, Bagodra- Surendranagar- Radhanpur.

As a part of the Golden Quadrilateral, the 500 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway connects the region.

The nearest broad gauge connection is Bhavnagar (34 km).

Dholera Special Investment Region (Dholera SIR) is a major project under the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project with an aim to make it a global manufacturing hub supported by world class infrastructure.

Project goals in next five years are:

The city would be built as a world-class city, with a six lane expressway running between the city from the state's largest city and capital Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar respectively, to the container port. It would be the world's largest urban development project worth $12 billion

Location and accessibility

  • Total area 920 km2
  • Developable are 423 km2
  • High Access Corridor: City Center, Industrial, Logistic, Knowledge & IT, Recreation & Sports, Entertainment
  • World-class infrastructure & connectivity: within & outside
  • Central spine expressway & Metro Rail to link the SIR with mega cities
  • Proposed Dholera International Airport near the site being developed
  • Proximity to mega cities: Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Vadodara
  • Benefit of sea coast, Velavadar national park
  • Premium civic amenities
  • Close to Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)
  • Close to Petro-chemicals and Petroleum Inv. Region (PCPIR).
  • Further Developments

      • Environmental clearance was given by the government on July 30, 2014.
      • After the announcement of this project, many companies have shown interest in this project. Singapore Based Capital and Investment Trust along through its Indian arm Isobar Global Holdings has reportedly acquired 3000 acres of land within Dholera SIR to develop state of art logistical hub. Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited (MLDL), the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra Group plans to develop Business City in the Mahindra World City format at Dholera Special Investment Region spread across 3000 acres. Sabeer Bhatia’s company Nano Works Developer Gujarat Pvt Ltd, has entered into MOU with Govt of Gujarat to acquire 1500 acres. However, these investments did not materialize due to lack of infrastructure, water logging issues in the area and poor connectivity.
      • British infrastructure development Halcrow was contracted as the master planners. Cisco and IBM have got the contract to develop Dholera as a smart city. This means, Dholera Sir will have a centralised digital control of all infrastructural facilities such as water, power and gas traffic through an underground sensor system reporting to a central control room.

      Work is expected to start by early 2017 in phases.

      See also

      • Dholera International Airport
      • Dholera International Airport is an approved International airport in Gujarat India. It will be built near Navagam in the Dholera taluka of Ahmedabad district. The project site is spread over on 1,426 hectares near village Navagam in Dholera taluka (Earlier it was in Dhandhuka Taluka), about 80 kilometers from Ahmedabad and around 20 kilometres from the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR).The state government has formed Dholera International Airport Company Ltd (DIACL) as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for development of the airport. Work on the airport which is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
      • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) inspected the site in January 2010 to carry out a techno-economical feasibility study and gave its technical clearance the following month.The project received "site clearance" from the central government in July 2014 following which, The project got Environment Clearance from MoEF & CC in the month of November,2015.

        The proposed Dholera Airport project would serve the logistic requirement of upcoming Dholera Special Investment Region a huge Industrial cluster planned in DMIDC corridor. Besides spillover traffic from the existing Ahmedabad Airport available in future, Dholera airport shall serve the traffic available from nearby cities including Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Kheda and Anand.

      • Highlights of Dholera Greenfield International Airport

          • 1426 hectors of land selected at Village Navagam Ta. Dholera, Dist Ahmedabad for the Airport.
          • Airports Authority of India (AAI) has prepared the Feasibility Report, DPR & EIA.
          • The site can accommodate two runways of 2910m and 4000m
          • MOEF&CC has issued Environment Clearance for the Project site.
          • Ministry of Defence has given No Objection for construction of Airport.
          • Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted the Site Clearance.
          • Received In-Principle Approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GoI in January 2016.
          • Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Corporation Ltd. has been offered equity in DIACL
          • The project will be developed in PPP Mode adhering to the guidelines of the Greenfield Airport Policy of GoI.