Dholera Smart City invites large manufacturers

The biggest upcoming greenfield city in India under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, Dholera in Gujarat is inviting large manufacturers in aviation, defense, electronics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, heavy engineering, etc. to set up shop there, offering early-bird incentives including heavy discounts on land prices and financial grants and waivers.

The Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL), the SPV formed by the DMIC Trust and Government of Gujarat to administer the special investment region, outlined the advantages of the proposed industrial zone to global and domestic investor communities at a specially curated event here last evening.

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 USD 100 bn DMIC project. Infrastructure implementation in Dholera SIR is taking place in a phased manner.

DICDL has committed USD600 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, DMICDC.

Land allocation for anchor tenants has  begun in Dholera and  DICDL is especially targeting manufacturers in Defense and Aviation MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations), heavy engineering; machinery and auto components; electronics and pharmaceuticals, 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.

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