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Rail link to Dholera SIR a priority for govtPosted :Thursday 1st of June 2023 03:44:03 PM
The Union and the state governments will work to ensure quick rail connectivity for the Dholera special investment region (SIR).
An official statement issued on Tuesday said that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also assured the state government that it will prioritize the construction of the proposed highway to join Ahmedabad to Dholera.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday attended through video-conferencing the second meeting of the apex monitoring authority of the National Industrial Corridor Development Programme held in Delhi. Chief ministers and industries ministers of five other states virtually attended the meeting, held in the presence of Union Finance and corporate affairs minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
The National Industrial Corridor Development Programme is the central government’s ambitious infrastructure initiative to develop futuristic industrial cities in India.
An official statement said that Patel informed the Union ministers about the progress made so far in the development of Dholera SIR, including the construction of an airport, an expressway connecting Ahmedabad to Dholera, and a railway line to connecting the region with the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
The chief minister urged the apex authority to consider including Mandal-Bechraji SIR in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), and also sought necessary approvals for the Ahmedabad-Dholera Semi High-Speed train project, the release said.
Apprising the ministers about the progress made in the development of Dholera SIR, a greenfield industrial smart city near Ahmedabad, Patel said the construction of various facilities in the activation area of the SIR is nearing completion and the process to allot plots to industrial entities has already begun.
Patel said that Dholera SIR has attracted investment for the production of semiconductors, EV batteries, solar cells, and aerospace components, the release said.
He said that 600 units will be built under the affordable rental housing model of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in the activation area of the SIR, the release stated.