Development of Trunk Infrastructure components in the activation area of Phase-I



Development of Trunk Infrastructure components in the activation area of Phase-I of the Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the construction of Trunk Infrastructure components in the activation area of 22.5 sq.km. of  Phase-1 the Dholera Special Investment  Region (DSIR) in Gujarat in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be approximately Rs. 2784.83 crore which will be invested by DMIC Trust as equity in the city/node SPV.

The trunk infrastructure components are:

o   Roads and Services,
o   ABCD building complex (Phase-1),
o   Water Treatment Plant (WTP),
o   Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and
o   Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)

Trunk Infrastructure development is proposed to commence in FY 2015-16 for the above mentioned infrastructure projects and is likely to be completed by FY 2018-19 after all necessary approvals.  The primary objective of developing the Activation Area is to trigger developmental activities in DSIR and attract local and global investments. This Activation Area has been selected due to maximum concentration of Government Land which will facilitate the early take off of various infrastructure components in DSIR.

The Activation Area is envisaged to act as a catalyst for further investments in DSIR. The presence of basic trunk infrastructure facilities (e.g. roads and services, water, power, sewerage, drainage, STP, CETP etc.) will enable the development of Phase-1 of the DSIR. Also, this area constitutes the northern half of the DSIRDA land and provides very good connectivity with the other Town planning Schemes of the area. The provision of Roads and Services will enable accessibility to this area and will ensure that serviced land is available for investors to start their development activities in the Activation Area.

As per the institutional and financial structure approved by the Government of India for DMIC project, the land for the project will be contributed by the State Government as their equity while the contribution of DMIC Trust by way of equity and debt will be made in form of cash for implementing various trunk infrastructure components subject to a ceiling of Rs. 3000 crores. The value of land brought in by the State Government would be the equity contribution of the State Government. The balance funding i.e. funding over and above the contributions from Gol and the State Government required for the trunk infrastructure in subsequent phases shall be met from the internal accruals of the SPV and debt raised by the SPV as may be required.

DSIR has been planned over an extensive area of land measuring approximately 920 sq km encompassing 22 villages of Dhandhuka and Barwala Taluka in the Ahmedabad District. This node is strategically located near the industrial cities of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar urban agglomerations. DMICDC, with the support and partnership of the Government of Gujarat, plans to create an economically and socially balanced new-age city with world class infrastructure and high quality-of-life standards and sustainability in the urban form.

The developable area in DSIR is divided into six Town Planning Schemes. Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2 cover the development in Phase-l. Town Planning Scheme 1 (TP 1) covers an area of approximately 51 sq km and Town Planning Scheme 2 (TP 2) covers an area of approximately 102 sq km. TP 1 contains a total length of roads of approximately 186 km, with road widths varying from 12m to 70m. TP 2 contains a total length of roads of approximately 340 km, with road widths varying from 12 m to 70 m. Services and utilities running within the road reserves will include storm water drainage, water supply, sewerage, power, telecom and gas.

It is intended to implement the roads and services within Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2, which also includes river training & bunding for flood management, in a phased manner. For practical implementation purposes, TP2 is broken down into two packages; the area to the west of the Central Spine Road (SH6) is TP2 (West), and the area to the east of the Central Spine Road (SH6) is TP2 (East). TP2 (East) covers an area of approximately 57.41 sq km and TP2 (West) covers an area of approximately 43.11 sq km with an area of 2.3 sq km falling under the Right of Way for the Expressway.

Since the entire trunk infrastructure of TP2 cannot be implemented in one go, a phased approach has been adopted and an Activation Area of 22.5 sq km has been identified which would act as catalyst for further investments and will provide a base for taking up development of further phases. The Activation Area has been carved out of TP2 (East) (18 sq km) and part of Town Planning Scheme 4 (4.5 sq. km) based on the maximum availability of Government Land. The area has approximately 72 km of roads and has an optimum mix of land uses with the industrial allocation being the maximum.

Background:

The Government of India is developing the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project, as a global manufacturing and investment destination, by utilising the high capacity 1483 kilometer long Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), as the backbone. In essence, DMIC project is aimed at the development of futuristic Indian cities in India, which can compete with the best manufacturing and investment destinations in the world. The DMIC project is being implemented jointly by the Government of India and the respective State Governments. Eight Investment Areas / Industrial Regions have been identified for development in the first phase of DMIC, across six states namely Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The Government of India approved the financial and institutional structure and financial assistance for the development of industrial cities in DMIC on 15th September, 2011. It was decided that grant-in-aid of Rs 17,500 crore will be provided by the Government of India (Gol) to the DMIC Project Implementation Fund to be set up as a Trust (DMIC Trust) over the next 5 years beginning 2011-12. The corpus would be used for funding the development of trunk infrastructure, which is not amenable to private participation on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) basis. According to the Cabinet decision referred to above, the Board of Trustees will be empowered to appraise all proposals placed before it with the recommendations of DMICDC and approve and sanction equity and/ or debt to SPVs and grant to DMICDC for project development activities up to a ceiling of Rs 300 crore. All proposals exceeding Rs 300 crore will be submitted to the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI), after appraisal by the PPPAC of the Ministry of Finance or the Trust as the case may be. In order to ensure coordinated development in consonance with the Master Plans/ Development Plans, all proposals for viability gap support in the DMIC region will be examined and recommended by DMICDC. Further, interests of the Government of India in the SPVs should be ensured and protected by the Board of Trustees through DMICDC.

Each industrial city (Investment Region / Industrial Area) will be implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), set up as a joint venture company between the DMIC Trust and the respective State Government / State Nodal agencies. The share of the DMIC Trust will be limited to 50 percent in the city level SPV, but may go up to 100 percent in the case of strategic projects, project specific SPVs cutting across the DMIC states and sectoral holding companies consisting of project specific SPVs.

As per the approved institutional and financial structure for the development of industrial cities in DMIC, all proposals exceeding Rs. 300 crore were required to be submitted to CCI for approval, after appraisal by the DMIC Trust. The powers of CCI now vest with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). DMICDC had, after appraisal, recommended the proposal for development of trunk infrastructure for the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to the DMIC Trust in the 9th Meeting of the DMIC Trust held on 6th February, 2015 followed by the 10lh Meeting of the DMIC Trust held on 19th March, 2015.

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West Pakistan Refugees seek Dr Jitendra Singh's intervention

A deputation of “West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee” led by its President, Shri Labha Ram Gandhi called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for redressal of their long pending issues and grievances. Shri Gandhi said that they have great expectations from the present State government in Jammu & Kashmir. The deputation also handed over a detailed memorandum to Dr. Jitendra Singh.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave them a patient hearing and said that both the Centre as well as the State Government are committed to ensure that the West Pakistan Refugees get all the benefits and privileges which they have been denied over the last six decades. He said the Government will also explore the feasibility of setting up an exclusive nodal cell or Welfare Board for dealing with issues related to refugees.

Referring to different groups of refugees in Jammu & Kashmir, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, besides the West Pakistan refugees, the State also has refugees from Pak-occupied Jammu & Kashmir, displaced Kashmiri Pandit community and refugees uprooted in the aftermath of Indo-Pak wars and terrorism. He said, each of these groups of displaced people has its different set of peculiar grievances and requirements, and the government is working on a plan to separately address the respective issues related to each of these groups.

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Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bangladesh on bilateral cooperation for prevention of human trafficking in women and children: rescue, recovery, repatriation and re-integration of victims of human trafficking

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on prevention of human trafficking especially trafficking in women and children: rescue, recovery, repatriation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking.

The salient features of the MoU are as follows:

i. To strengthen cooperation to prevent all forms of the human trafficking, especially that of women and children and ensure the speedy investigation and prosecution of traffickers and organized crime syndicates in either country;

ii. enumeration of preventive measures that would be taken to eliminate human trafficking in women and children and in protecting the rights of victims of trafficking; and

iii. repatriation of victims would be done as expeditiously as possible and the home country will undertake the safe and effective reintegration of the victims.

Background:

A Task Force of India and Bangladesh was constituted to take coordinated action against individuals/touts/agents involved in human trafficking and meetings of the Task Force are being held regularly. Accordingly, four meetings of the Task Force have been held so far.

During the fourth meeting of the Task Force which was held in Mumbai from 6-7th April, 2014, both sides reviewed the progress on decisions taken in the earlier meetings and held comprehensive discussions and finalized the text of the draft MOU on prevention of human trafficking.

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Talkathon with three Union Ministers held successfully today

Ministers interacted directly with netizens through Twitter using #AskYourGovt #AskYourGovt trended No. 1 on Twitter

On the completion of one year of the NDA Government, Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal and Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry, Smt.Nirmala Sitharaman reached out to the people through social media and answered their queries Live using the Talkathon platform.

Answering to the questions asked on Twitter Shri Piyush Goyal, has said that this government has made India a safe Investment Destination and the Government has taken steps to improve ‘ease of doing business in India.’ The minister further mentioned that today because of transparent processes and government efforts there is no shortage of coal in power plants. Shri Goyal further suggested that states needed to cooperate with central government to achieve the Government’s aim of Affordable Power for all by 2019. He also emphasised that the Government has succeeded in bringing down the prices of LED lights from Rs. 310 to Rs. 81.93. Speaking on the steps to contain Carbon Emissions he said that the increasing carbon emissions are the biggest challenge facing the world. Elaborating further, he mentioned that the government plans to phase out the thermal power plants older than 25 years with the Ultra Super Critical power plants, which would have lesser carbon emissions.

Speaking on the occasion Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that it is the first time that her ministry has decentralized the policy making process by asking the views of all the stakeholders for New Education Policy. She also mentioned about the new government initiatives like online e-Library which will be available free of cost to everyone, online virtual labs and an online portal – SWAYAM to provide Class IX to Class XII education, degree and diploma courses free of cost. She also mentioned the government is committed to improve the quality of education and learning outcomes.

Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned one year of corruption free government, bringing transparency in decision making and bringing accountability as the three most important achievements of the present NDA Government. Answering to the questions she said that the government had already launched an e-biz portal where all the major ministries and the state governments had been linked to facilitate getting permissions/licenses in a single window for different businesses. She also mentioned that this new initiative will improve the ‘Ease of doing business’ in the country. She also emphasized on the role of Government’s initiative like ‘Make in India’ and MUDRA bank in creating jobs in rural India and providing affordable credit to small businesses and traders respectively.

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Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sweden on cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Sweden on cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The objective of the MoU is to promote cooperation between the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of the two countries. It provides a structured framework and enabling environment to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector of the two countries to understand each other's strengths, markets, technologies, policies etc. It also contains an agreement between the two countries to enable their respective MSMEs to participate in each other's trade fairs/exhibitions and to exchange business delegations, to understand policy and explore markets so that joint ventures, tie-ups, technology transfer etc. could take place. It does not contain or involve any financial, legal or political commitment on the part of either party. In no case does it attract any financial liability on the part of the Government of India.

This kind of cooperation opens up doors of new opportunities for the Indian MSME sector by way of new markets, joint ventures, sharing of best practices and technology collaborations etc. The Ministry of MSME has so far entered into long term agreements for cooperation in the MSME sector with counterpart Ministries/Organisations of 17 countries namely, Tunisia, Romania, Rwanda, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Sudan, Cote d'lvoire, Egypt, Botswana, South Korea, Mozambique, Indonesia, Vietnam and Mauritius.

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Union Steel & Mines Minister assures Nagaland of full support for exploration of minerals in Nagaland to ensure maximum benefit for the state

Chief Minister, Nagaland Shri TR Zeliang called on Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar to discuss issues pertaining to development of the state, at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi today.

Shri Tomar assured full support from Government of India, including the Ministry of Mines for exploration of minerals in the state of Nagaland. The Ministry will take initiative for supporting exploration in the state, so that full potential of identified mineral resources can be harnessed in a time-bound manner, he added. Shri Tomar shared details of his recent visit to Meghalaya and Assam, the Northeast states and stated that he would plan a visit to Nagalnd in near future. He conveyed that development of North-Eastern states is on high priority for government of India.

Shri Zeliang shared his plans for value-addition projects in state so that the state can earn better revenues from the mineral resources.

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Visit of Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan to Nigeria

Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visited Nigeria on May 29, 2015. During the official visit, he represented India at the swearing-in ceremony of H. E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.

This was a significant event as this is the first time there has been a democratic and peaceful transfer of power in Nigeria which has been internationally praised. Several Heads of States and Governments and senior leaders from around the World attended the event.

Nigeria is the 4th biggest source of crude oil and 2nd biggest source of LNG for India. In the year 2014-15, India imported about 18.2 MMT crude(about 10% of our total crude import) and 5 MMSCMD LNG from Nigeria. Over 100 Indian public & private sector companies are active in Nigeria in various sectors including upstream E&P sector, import of crude and LNG, telecoms, IT, automobile,pharmaceuticals etc.India is Nigeria’s largest trading partner globally; during FY 2013-14, our imports, mainly petroleum and crude products, stood at US$ 14.31 billion

Shri Pradhan handed over a personal invitation from Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the new President H. E. Muhammadu Buhari to attend 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi on October 29, 2015. Shri Pradhan stressed upon the need of focused and sustained efforts to elevate India-Nigeria energy partnership to a higher plane.

Shri Pradhan was accompanied by High Commissioner of India Shri A. R. Ghanshyam.

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Dr Harsh Vardhan Urges Indian Scientists to Translate Research in Labs into Solutions for the Common Man to “Make In India”

The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan, has said it is time now for Indian scientists to translate research in labs into solutions for the common man as a part of ‘Make in India’. He was speaking at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in New Delhi after dedicating a Small animal facility and a Controlled Exposure to smoke facility today.

After visiting Clinical Genomics, Ayurgenomics, Con-focal Lab, Zebra Fish, FACS, BSL-3 and Animal House facilities, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that research into Ayurgenomics would get full government support as it holds out exciting possibilities in mankind’s search for low-cost solutions to the global disease burden. The inter-disciplinary efforts towards translational and innovative research through Ayurgenomics in the CSIR Unit - TRISUTRA, he felt can catalyze future leadership in Molecular Medicine. The Minister pointed out that Yoga today is integrated into the mind space of the global citizen, thanks to the Prime Minister’s breakthrough with having June 21 declared as International Yoga Day.”

He urged scientists and technologists working on genomics and integrative biology to focus on common diseases afflicting Indians and to translate their work into more effective cures.

Speaking to scientists and staff of the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), Dr Harsh Vardhan said, Diagnostic technologies, high science therapeutics and specialized services developed by CSIR-IGIB could contribute towards quality and affordable healthcare to our people while generating valuable intellectual property that could be monetized globally.

In December 2009, CSIR-IGIB created ripples by announcing success with genome sequencing of an Indian citizen (whose identity is confidential). That had put India in the elite band of nations with this capability. The breakthrough was interpreted as a signpost in the search for low-cost health solutions.

Elaborating on the potential of genomics he mentioned that scientists have discovered the unique Indian genetic risks for asthma, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and other conditions. New initiatives in skin biology while attracting industrial collaborations is simultaneously delivering societal values by understanding neglected diseases such as vitiligo.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also appreciated the efforts to address India-specific information on diseases through the programmes like “Guardian” which uses the power of genomics for systematic characterization of rare genetic disorders in India.

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30th India Carpet Expo to be held in Varanasi in October 2015
The 30th India Carpet Expo would be held from 11th October to 14th October, 2015 in Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground, at VaranasiThe Expo is being organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

This would be the 11th edition of the Expo in Varanasi. The prime motive in holding the Expo in the major carpet producing belt Varanasi is to provide ‘unique pick and choose’ business opportunity to all overseas carpet buyers.  

The participation charges have been fixed at Rs. 4,050/- per sq. meter + Service Tax. Carpet Export Promotion Council will pay  US $750 to buyers from USA, Canada, LAC and South Africa and US $ 500 to buyers from all other countries towards air travel expenses. Complimentary hotel stay for two nights at Varanasi would also be provided. The Council expects presence of more than 400 overseas buyers in the Expo.

Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC is confident that the Expo will generate good business and requests the media to extend their full support for promotion of this event. The Committee of Administration and the Office of CEPC is mobilizing all resources to invite maximum number of overseas buyers.

India Carpet Expo: A Brief

The India Carpet Expo is being organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Over the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for carpet buyers from all over the globe. The Expo aims to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers. It is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers & exporters to meet each other and establish long-term business relationships. The Expo is one of the largest Handmade Carpet Fairs in Asia, which provides a unique platform under one roof, for buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and floor coverings. It has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality & size as per the specifications of carpet buyers has made it a household name in the international market.

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