Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) is a Greenfield Industrial City planned and located approximately 100 km South West of Ahmedabad. The Government of Gujarat has created a legislative framework for the formation of a Special Investment Region Act 2009. Under the act, a regional development authority for DSIR has been established.

The Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority (DSIRDA) has the responsibility of planning and development of DSIR and will encompass the function of administering government land within DSIR. An SPV named Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL) has been created between the Central Government (DMICDC Trust) and the State Government (DSIRDA) of Gujarat to implement the project. Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC), a special purpose company, was incorporated to establish, promote and facilitate development of the DMIC Project.

Spanning approximately 920 sq km, encompassing 22 villages of the Dholera Taluka in the District of Ahmedabad, is envisaged to be bigger than the city of Ahmedabad. It is strategically located between the industrial cities of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot and Bhavnagar.

Dholera Industrial City will have its own self-sustaining eco-system consisting of economic drivers through industrialisation, utility & logistic infrastructure, Social Infrastructure including education, healthcare and other public amenities.

DMICDC, with the support of the Government of Gujarat, plans to create an economically and socially balanced new-age city with world-class infrastructure and highest quality-of-life standards with sustainability in the urban form including a sustainable urban transportation system within and mobile/efficient regional connectivity with neighbouring cities and the rest of the country.

It will be connected with Ahmedabad by a 6-lane access controlled expressway & MRTS (Metro Rail) in one common corridor providing seamless connectivity & Rail-Road transition as an effective means of transportation between the 2 cities.

An international airport is being developed to the North-East of DSIR by an SPV called Dholera International Airport Company Limited (DIACL). The airport has already received Environmental & Site clearance.


Defence, Aviation, Electronics, High-Tech emerging technologies, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Heavy engineering, Auto & Auto ancillary, General Manufacturing, Agro & Food processing, Metals & Metallurgical products, etc. are the sectors identified with a high potential for Dholera Industrial City among other sectors. DSIR will be home to non-polluting industries, promoting a clean, green and sustainable urban development, which can contribute to the growth of the region and India.

The Government of Gujarat and DSIRDA has adopted the mechanism of Town Planning Schemes (TPS) to ensure the delivery of serviced land that can benefit the local population and the private sector. TP schemes are being implemented under the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act, 1976 (GTPUD). The developable area in DSIR is divided into six (6) Town Planning (TP) Schemes and all 6 draft schemes have been sanctioned. Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2 cover the development in Phase-I. TP 1 are spread over approximately 51 sq km or 12750 acres & TP 2 over 102 sq km or 25000 acres.

TP 1 will have approximately 186 km of road & TP 2, 340 km. Right of Way (ROW) varies from 12 m to 70 m i.e. 2 to 6 lane roads, have been master planned. Services and utilities running parallel to the roads & within the ROW will include Storm water drainage, Water supply, Sewerage/waste Water, Recycled Water, Power, Telecom and PNG.

Project background – DSIR Phase I

The Development Plan for DSIR has been prepared and sanctioned by DSIRDA. Phase-I constitutes TP1 and TP2 covering 153 sq km.

Apart from urban development, overall trunk and external infrastructure will be developed to support the development at DSIR. These include the following:

1. Overall Trunk infrastructure projects

  1. Roads and services/utilities
  2. Raw water transmission line from source
  3. Wastewater treatment and recycle
  4. Solid waste management
  5. Power T&D network
  6. Information Communication Technology (ICT) network
  7. Administrative and Business Centre of Dholera (ABCD)

2. External infrastructure projects

  1. River bunding for flood management
  2. Ahmedabad – Dholera Expressway
  3. Ahmedabad – Dholera MRTS
  4. Freight rail from DSIR to Bhimnath for connection to DFC
  5. Dholera International Airport

Dholera’s immediate City development area of approximately 5,600 acres is expected to be operational by 2019, while the full city is expected to be developed by 2030.

Dholera Industrial City is envisaged to be a world-class destination with excellent infrastructure. The city will provide opportunities for the setting up of manufacturing units, which will in turn help in increasing the industrial output of the country and create jobs (800,000+). All of this, while aiming to provide an environment to work, live, learn and play. Dholera SIR is a planned smart, sustainable community, which will be the role model for future cities in India. The Sanctioned Development Plan of Dholera Industrial City comprises of a total land area of 920 sq km.

The 920 sq km of the Dholera Industrial City area has a total developable area of about 580 sq km since one third of the area falls within the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) boundary where development is restricted and is as per CRZ norms. Out of the 580 sq km the prime agricultural land has been preserved and a total area of about 422 sq km has been set for urban development, which has been translated into six town-planning schemes and will be developed in three phases over a period of 30 years.




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  • MRTS is planned which will connect DSIR with Ahmedabad.
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is 1.5 hours from DSIR.
  • Dholera Railway Station proposed in DSIR.
  • Currently, two lane State Highway being expanded to 4 lanes.
  • A dedicated 6 lane access controlled expressway connecting Ahmedabad & Dholera is proposed and design work has been completed for the same.
  • Proposed Dholera International Airport will be located in close proximity to the Northern boundary of DSIR.
  • Environment Clearance from MoEF and site clearance from MoCA have been obtained for developing an International Airport at Dholera.
  • Bhavnagar Domestic Airport and Ahmedabad International Airport are 2 hours from DSIR.
  • Pipavav is the closest port to DSIR, which is approximately 200 km away.
  • Pipavav has a range of cargo handling capabilities such as Container, Bulk, Capital Goods, Liquid, Gas, etc.
  • DSIR is also well connected to the major ports of Mundra and Kandla.


Dholera SIR: Highlights

  1. A self governed economic region enjoying full support of the government and full potential for private sector participation
  2. Logistic support of the Delhi-Mumbai Dedicated Freight Corridor linked with efficient rail and road network.
  3. To be linked with Ahmedabad city by Metro Rail System
  4. Proximity to sea port, closeness to international airport
  5. Premium civic amenities
  6. Close to Gujarat International Finance City (GIFT)
  7. Close to Petroleum, Chemicals & Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR)
  8. Autonomy in operations
  9. Flexibility in decisions
  10. Single window clearance
  11. Dispute Resolution mechanism

Opportunities in SIR

  1. To build industrial parks, townships, knowledge cities
  2. In building its infrastructure: road, rail, healthcare, water, sanitation, tourism, and hospitality
  3. Set up a metro rail system and a international airport
  4. Potential for development as a multi-modal transportation hub due to lesser distance to all the northern Indian States.
  5. Build a world-class transport service foreign markets

Current Status

  1. Work on the central spine road has already started
  2. Government has allocated 1700 ha. land for the adjoining airport
  3. Anchor tenants are already in place
  4. Water logging, seismological & environment studies are underway
  5. The legal framework enacted: The SIR Act 2009
  6. Project development corporation (GICC) formed
  7. Development Plan sanctioned on 10 /09/2012
  8. Town Planning Scheme (TPS) no. 1 and 2 sanctioned on 3/10/2012
  9. Town Planning Scheme no. 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been submitted to Apex Authority (GIDB) on 13/12/2012 for sanction
  10. Tenders for selection of consultants for preliminary design of roads including utilities for TPS no. 2 have been floated


Dholera SIR : A combination of economy & efficiency

  1. An efficient network of institutions
  2. Accountability & autonomy go together
  3. SIR to be an industrial township
  4. GID Act 1999 to provide legal Framework for PPP
  5. GIDB: Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board
  6. GIDB: A statutory organization headed by the honourable Chief Minister
  7. GIDB provides the hand holding for private sector participation
  8. GIDB is the “Most Admired State Level PPP agency in India” at KPMG – Infrastructure Today Awards 2008
  9. GIDB will act as the Apex Authority for the SIR


Power and Functions

  1. To prepare the Land Use Plan, Town Planning Scheme and Development Plan for SIR
  2. To Supervise, Monitor, Regulate and Ensure the planned development of SIR
  3. To lay down the infrastructure and civil amenities
  4. Acquire land and hold properties and sale, lease and transfer the properties including land
  5. To execute contracts with unit holders, developers
  6. To levy and collect fees, user charges
  7. Control the development activities
  8. To remove unauthorized construction, encroachment
  9. Basically all ground level work, planning & regulation


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