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Dholera SIR up for sale soon -TOI article 28th may 2011


Dholera SIR up for sale soon

Rajiv Shah | TNN 

Gandhinagar: In a move which will spur further growth in the Ahmedabad region, 548 square kilometre of prime land of Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) is being put up for sale. Ahmedabad already has two other planned SIRs — Viramgam (Sanand) and Changodar — in the viscinity. Adding Dholera would turn the entire belt extending from the west to the south-west of the city an intense industrial zone. 
    A high-level committee has finalised a pricing policy which would help mop up enough funds to develop infrastructure in Dholera. Informed sources have told TOI that, under the new pricing policy, on an average, land would be available for Rs 310 per square metre up to December 2011; for Rs 460 per square metre between January 2012 and December 2012; and for Rs 605 per square metre between January 2013 and December 2013. 
    The committee headed by additional 
chief secretary, finance, MM Shrivastav, has cleared the proposal which has now gone to the chief minister’s office for a final nod. 
    Those who buy the land under the coastal regulation zone, requiring Central environmental clearance, will have to pay 60 per cent extra. The pricing is based on government evaluation of the current land price in 22 villages falling in the SIR,plus the development charges for building infrastructure. 
    Significantly, no non-agricultural permission will be needed for buying land which will be available via the town planning route. In all, six town planning schemes will be put up in the SIR. An estimated Rs 49,044 crore will be needed for developing infrastructure in the SIR. Of this, half of the work, valued at Rs 24,561 crore, would be on public-private partnership while the rest will be taken up by Dholera SIR Development Authority, which will collect the money by selling the land. The state government would not need to spend anything from its budget.