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DEVELOPMENT IN DHOLERA

Marketing of the sites at Dholera for setting up industrial and manufacturing bases has also started among Indian and international investors, Jagdish Salgaonkar, programmedirector of the Dholera Special Investment Region(DSIR), told PTI at the World Cities Summit 2014 inSingapore.

The development would start from a 22-sq km activation zone, also known as a strategic area starting the planned development of the 920 sq km Dholera over the next 30-years.

"Final designs have begun for the roads and utility network," said Salgaonkar, who is also the senior vice president for civil & infrastructure for South &Southeast Asiaat AECOM, the project managing group.

Giving details, he said 60 per cent of the conceptual designs have been completed, the planning andenvironmentimpact assessment have been completed and the land acquisition was in the final stage. The industrial development in Dholera would start from 2018-19, just when the trunk infrastructure would be completed

He said the Dholera development is modeled after the industrial townships in Japan and South Korea, adding that it would take India into the manufacturing economy led by international investors.

The Japanese are already well established and familiar with operating environment in Gujarat, he added.

The Government of India's DMIC Trust would be providing Rs 3,000 crore seed money for setting up the trunk infrastructure, he said.Japan Investment Bankhas also made some contribution to the trust on commercial basis, added Salgaonkar.

He said the next major move would be to attract Indian and international manufacturers to set up bases as anchor tenants, which would be followed up by other industries providing supporting services.

The initial start-up of these industries would be on government owned land, which is approximately 10 per cent of the total 920 sq km, according to Salgaonkar.

The rest of the land is privately owned and would have investors seeking land for their factories through private deals with the owners as the region progresses with industrial development, he pointed out.

Salgaonkar said AECOM has 11,000-strong workforce working on a number of Indian projects including Kolkotta, Chennai and Mumbai metro projects.

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