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Govt fast-tracks six TP schemes in Dholera SIR

19-May-2012
Govt fast-tracks six TP schemes in Dholera SIR
Federa Airport Proposal Goes For Environmental Clearance
Rajiv Shah | TNN 

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has put the work for introducing six town planning (TP) schemes across 902 sq km area of the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) in Ahmedabad district on the fast track. Already, two TP schemes are in the process of finalization, with preliminary survey and village-wise hearing having come to an end. Now, plans are afoot to put out their draft by February 2012 in order to invite objections. 
    “The two TP schemes are proposed for 15,000 hectares (ha) of land next to the Dholera township. It is here that Sabir Bhatia’s Nano City has been planned”, sources in the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB), which handles the Dholera SIR for the state government, said, adding, “As soon as the draft is out, infrastructure development in the two townships will begin. 
    The two TP schemes will be finalized by April 2012.” 
    As for the rest of the four TP schemes, GIDB sources said, an order has been issued to kick-start their survey. “We expect, the work for these four TP schemes to be over by December 2012. This will make the entire Dholera SIR ready to take off as a new-age city”, a senior official said. 
    With the TP schemes floated, already real estate activity in the region has picked up. This is especially true of Ambli, Kajipur and Gogla villages, where the first TP scheme is proposed, as also also Dholera, Rab-talav, Dhun, Badiad, Gorasu, Hotaria and Mundi villages, where the second TP schemes is planned. 
    “Farmers are being offered marketplus price for the land to be acquired for infrastructure”, the official said. 
    The Dholera region’s own son, state planning board vice-chairman Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “Developers are buying land at good prices. It has brought a new revolution to the region. Farmers who did not have money to repair bicycle tube punctures are selling their land at a hefty prices and buying up fertile lands in neighbouring Bhavnagar, Anand, Rajkot, Surendranagar and Ahmedabad districts. Some have turned into orchard (vadi) owners. Others have bought houses in major towns.” 
    Former Dholera sarpanch Nirmalsinh Chudasama, a farmer owning 300 bighas land, has turned real estate agent. “I am waiting for the opportune moment and for the price to rise even further”, he said, adding, “Small farmers who previously worked as agricultural workers in times of distress, have sold land for Rs 7 to 10 lakh per bigha as against just Rs 2,000 they would get previously. The wasteland has become best land.” 
Federa airport proposal sent for 
environmental clearance. 
    The proposal for the greenfield airport just outside Dholera SIR has gone for environmental clearance to the Government of India. Well-placed government sources said, “To be set up next to Federa village, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has forwarded its application, on behalf of the state government, to the Union ministry of environment and forests for environment clearance. The AAI has done this after its feasibility report for the airport has found the project viable. Once environmental clearance is obtained, the process of getting a license to set up the airport from the Union civil aviation ministry – a formality – will begin.”
 
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File photo of Nano City officials discussing the project with chief minister Narendra Modi
 
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