Infrastructure of Gujarat
Gujarat has a robust Infrastructure and is pioneer in Public-Private partnership. It takes to its credit as ‘Asia’s Biggest’ Investment Infrastructure Opportunity Centre.’ Gujarat state have strategically developed very efficient and cost affective infrastructure which boost states Urban and Industrial growth.
It’s relentless quest for a larger image of Gujarat with all round development is foreseen bearing fruits of success. As one of the youngest States of the Indian Federation, Gujarat’s track record has shown impressive Development which make it a ‘Growth Engine of Gujarat.
Since 2003, the word ‘Vibrant’ has become associated with Gujarat enhancing the national and international reputation of the state. In spite of the economic slowdown, the two-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit 2009, which concluded in Ahmedabad on January 13, attracted promised investments of over Rs. 12 lac. crore. More than 8,500 Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the State government and the intending investors. These have the potential to create over 25 lac. additional employment opportunities. While the last three editions of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ summit in 2003, 2005 and 2007 together received promises for investment of over Rs 6.34 lac. crore, the 2009 summit alone had inked MoUs to invest 12 lac. crore. Gujarat Infrastructure comprise of Extensive network of :
- Physical Infrastructure
- Tele communication and IT Infrastructure
- Social Infrastructure
- Industrial Infrastructure Education Infrastructure
- Water Infrastructure
- Chemicals and Petrochemicals
- Power and Energy Infrastructure
- Integrated Gas grid and Energy Security
- Rural and Urban Developme
Ports of Gujarat
Gujarat has a host of Government Agencies looking after the development of Infrastructure facilities like roads, ports, power, Industrial parks, etc. As a front runner in economic development, the State has set an example worth emulation and has embarked upon Infrastructure development with ‘World Class Infrastructure’ charting the roadmap to a future as “Gujarat – The World Class Growth Engine.” As such, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board was set up in 1995 which acts as catalyst for hard as well as soft Development sectors focusing on planning, coordination, etc.
Industrial park infrastructure
The Industrial Parks Scheme came to existence in Gujarat in the year 2002. This Scheme is known as ‘Industrial Parks Scheme 2002’ through Private Agencies. The Industrial Policy of Gujarat emphasize on creating more opportunities in Industrial, Commercial and Service Sectors to accelerate the flow of Industrial Investment. With the Sales Tax Incentive schemes removed, there has been adequate Investment Opportunities with qualitative facilities and enhanced Infrastructure. As such, the State Government has its plans on Infrastructure Development and providing Social amenities on a bigger scale. It attracts Industrialists and Entrepreneurs to set their business in the Established Estates.
Investment Oriented Parks
An industrial park which is not included under the scheme of employment-oriented park or hi-tech park, and in which the total fixed capital investment in industrial units being established shall be Rs 500 crore or more, including the investment made for setting up of industrial park.
Export Oriented Parks
Export Oriented Park – a unit, which exports more than 50% of its production. It is aimed, Exports are doubled in the coming ten years and also attract private sector more in infrastructure services.
Eco Industrial Parks
State Govt. aims for ‘Zero Waste’ through Eco Industrial Parks that can play a vital role in preserving the state’s natural beauty. Conservation and management tools such as eco-industrial parks (EIP) have tremendous relevance in maintaining the purity of nature and environment. An eco-industrial park- an industrial park in which businesses cooperate with each other and with the local community in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution, efficiently share resources (such as information, materials, water, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources), and help achieve sustainable development, with the intention of increasing economic gains and improving environmental quality.
Power sector Gujarat
Gujarat has recorded significant economic growth over the past decade. Gujarat leads the country in the per capita consumption of electricity. Going forward, Gujarat is planning huge investments so as to generate a much larger and stronger economic momentum. The projected industrialization levels coupled with increase in urbanization and income levels would lead to substantially higher demand for power.
The energy units required by 2020 would be nearly two and half times the existing generation. Gujarat will need to secure its fuel requirement as most of it is imported. Gujarat also has a large untapped potential for energy generation through renewable sources and it needs to exploit the same. The assumed availability of power at competitive tariffs can help in positioning Gujarat as a competitive destination for industries while providing a good quality of life for its citizens. This will lead the revival and development of rural industries and build economies there by reducing migration of citizens from rural to urban areas for employment.
Future infrastructure projects in gujrat
Special Investment Regions (SIRs)
To create large size Investment Regions / Industrial areas and develop them as Global Hubs for economic activity supported by world class infrastructure The Government of Gujarat has enacted ‘The Gujarat Special Investment Region Act-2009’ and has come into force on 6th January, 2009. The concept of SIR has been evolved in concurrence with Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a high impact industrial area within 150 km distance on both side of DFC. (Dedicated Freight Corridor admeasuring 1499 Km from Dadri-NCR to JN Port-Mumbai) Out of 24 industrial nodes identified on Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, 6 nodes are located in the State of Gujarat.
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