The Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) in Gujarat, located around 100 km from Ahmedabad, is close to a “critical milestone”, officials said on Monday. Conceptualised in 2006, work on developing an “activation area”, spread over 22.5 sq km in DSIR, is 90 per cent complete and is ready to be populated by industries, state government officials said.
“Dholera SIR will soon cross a critical milestone. Roughly about 90 per cent on the work on activation area has been completed and now it is ready for the industries to step in,” Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority (DSIRDA) chief executive officer Hareet Shukla told The Indian Express. Officials said over Rs 3,000 crore has been spent in developing the trunk infrastructure at this SIR that lies strategically between Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar.
In order to attract investors to the project, the Gujarat government is offering land at a 50 per cent discount for the first few entrants. “The discount is only for the initial 30 per cent anchor investors,” Shukla said, adding that 20 per cent of the investors have already taken land at discounted rates. The investors include Tata Chemicals —which in 2019 had committed to invest Rs 4,000 crore in setting up a lithium-ion battery manufacturing unit — and ReNew Power, that will build a Rs 1,200 crore unit to manufacture solar cells.