DICDL to implement India’s largest green-field Smart City in Dholera

Virendra Pandit Ahmedabad | Updated on February 08, 2016

With Larsen & Toubro being awarded the Rs. 1,734-crore EPC contract, work on the construction of ancient port-city of Dholera in Gujarat, touted as India’s largest green-field smart city under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is all set to role out with a SPV created to manage the new township on a sustainable basis.

Cube Construction Engineering Ltd will construct the Administrative and Business Centre at Dholera, a company spokesman said.

The ambitious project is being jointly promoted by the DMIC and Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority (DSIRDA). The first Board meeting of the Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd (DICDL), held on January 30, had approved the EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) contract for Rs 1,734.04 crore for construction of roads and services by Larsen & Toubro.

A second contract for Rs 72.31 crore for construction of the Administration and Business Centre of Dholera (ABCD) was approved for Cube Construction Engineering Ltd.

Alkesh Sharma, CEO, DMIC Trust, said the SPV has finalized the award of the two contracts and completed all other formalities. “Over the next few months, selected contractors will furnish the detailed design and construction should start around May 2016.”

The roads and services contract comprises constructing over 72 km of major and minor roads and an array of underground utilities, including stormwater drainage, water, wastewater, recycled water, power, gas and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

Sharma said the ABCD would have over 17,000 square metres built up area and state-of-the-art features to comply with LEED Gold requirement. The facilities will include industrial zone, knowledge and IT zone, solar park, residential zone, high access corridor, city centre, agriculture zone, village buffer and tourism-resorts.

AECOM, a US-based consulting firm, is the Programme Manager to implement the project. By 2019, the city will be functional with manufacturing units and a population of around one lakh people.

Dholera, 30 km from Dhandhuka village in Ahmedabad district, was notified under the National Manufacturing Policy and obtained environmental clearance in August 2014. It was unveiled as India’s first smart city ahead of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January last year.

Published on February 08, 2016

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