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Gujarat on an overdrive :

Run up to Vibrant Gujarat 2007 :

This is the concluding part of the of the sectors that are high on the state's priority list that our Ahmedabad Bureau has given.

Textile industry

The opening up of quotas, coupled with incentive schemes such as the Technology Upgradation Fund are proving to be a boost to the textile clusters of Gujarat.

The investment in the state is largely from groups such as Arvind, Aarvee, Raymond, Century Textiles, Gujarat Heavy Chemicals, Welspun, etc.

The government has lined up 13 projects for the sector, with an investment of Rs 1,128.6 crore. All the projects are likely to come up in Ahmedabad, Surat and Valsad in the upcoming integrated textile parks. An apparel training institute is also being planned with an intake of 700 students in Surendranagar.

Rs 176 crore manufacturing unit of non-woven spunbond polypropylene fabric for personal hygiene products

Rs 400 crore project to set up Integrated Textile & Apparel complex with a Spinning unit, Weaving unit, processing and garment unit with a joint capacity of 75 million sq metres per year in Kutch district

Rs 116 crore cotton spinning unit, having 50,000 spindles capacity, state-of-the-art technology and machineries, alongwith natural gas based power plant, to manufacture quality yarn.

Rs 86 crore hightech textile park (HTTP) at Pithadia GIDC, Jetpur, which is at a distance of 40 km from Rajkot

Gems & jewellery

Gujarat contributes about 72 per cent of the total exports of India. The state also has a well established diamond industry.

Diamond processing and trading units are spread across the state in cities such as Surat, Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Bhavnagar, Valsad and Navsari. Gujarat accounts for about 80 per cent of the diamonds processed and 90 per cent of the diamond export from India. Surat has 65 per cent share in India's diamond trade.

The government of Gujarat has proposed five projects with an investment of Rs 27.1 crore. They include an assaying and hallmarking centre, a unit to recycle gold scrap along with those given in the box.

All of these projects are likely to come up at Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Navsari and Baroda or at the Gems and Jewellery SEZ / Jewellery Park in Surat.

Rs 2.5 crore jewellery artisan training centre in order to provide skilled work force to Indian Gems and Jewellery industry with capacity to train 720 artisans per annum

Rs 9.1 crore Diamond Park at New Jahangir Vakil Mills, Bhavnagar in 6.5 hectare land

Rs 10.5 crore diamond processing centre for sorting, planning and marking,cutting and polishing of diamonds

SEZ & port development

The state has chalked out plans to draw investments of over Rs 41,000 crore from various port-based projects.

While a special economic zone at Dholera on the lines of the state's dream of transforming Ahmedabad into a port-based city is all set to come up, various greenfield projects at Mithivirdi, Vansi Borsi and Bedi are also in the pipeline.

The state government is planning to set up three projects under the title of ship building/ ship repairing yard with an estimated investment of Rs 900 crore each

A multi-project SEZ, which will cater to the chemical and petrochemical units, is likely to come up at Dahej with an investment of about Rs 900 crore

The project will be developed by GIDC and will be in joint venture with ONGC

Urban development

The state government has recently merged 17 newly formed nagarpalikas with the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Jamnagar, with an aim to bring uniformity and rationalisation in urban development of these four cities, which ultimately generates the potentials of development of various urban infrastructure such as water supply, sewerage, roads, metro rails and other social amenities within the city. Total cost of the all the proposed projects is about Rs 7,620 crore.

The Metro Rail project is being planned along with private sector participation on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The estimated project cost of metro rail is Rs 4,300 crore

An arterial road network of about 155 kms in length has been identified for developing the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Ahmedabad. The project is conceptualised in 5 phases. It is estimated to cost Rs 950 crore

In order to rectify the problem of traffic congestion, SMC will develop a transit corridor across the existing canal passing through the city, which can be developed as a mass transport corridor. The total length of canal in the Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) limit is approximately 32 kms. The project cost for the complete SUDA area is Rs 2000 crore

The project is designed on the regional cluster approach basis, developing one sanitary land fill site for a cluster of every five municipalities located within a radius of 25 kms. The estimated project cost is Rs 200 crore

For improvement of water supply and sewerage systems in towns like Anand, Amreli, the government has chalked out various projects. The total project cost of all the three places is about Rs 170 crore

Tourism industry

Tourism in Gujarat has taken off in a big way with the emphasis of being the state with the longest coastline in the country.

Adding to it the pilgrimage spots, beaches, national Parks and fairs and festivals including Navratri, the state has seen the number of foreign tourists visiting India growing from 3.46 million in 2004 to 3.92 million in 2005 and much higher estimate is being made by the tourism department for 2006.

The government has lined up 10 projects with an investment of Rs 670.9 cr for the tourism sector.

Star hotels at Valsad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and other 9 locations with Rs 360 crore investment

Amusement park at 9 locations totalling Rs 144 crore investment

Apartment hotels at Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat Rs 30 crore for total project

Chain of motels and cottages at coastal belt of Porbandar and Jamnagar district Rs 60 crore two locations

Food processing industry

Gujarat has strengths in agro-based industry in terms of natural resources, established industrial infrastructure, vast pool of technically skilled manpower, hard working and enterprising farmers, established network of Agriculture Produce Markets (APMCs) and well developed co-operative sector for providing various farm inputs including agriculture credit.

The state government aims an investment of about Rs 350 crore from 24 different projects.

Terminal markets envisage offering a one-stop solution - cleaning facility, gradin, sorting, packaging and palletisation of fresh horticulture produce. On the basis of fruits and vegetables and locations for development, the markets have been proposed at - Ahmedabad and Surat. Total project cost is estimated to be Rs 95 crore

Food parks at various important crop pockets in Gujarat. This will be in line with crop-specific cluster development for agriculture and horticulture crops cultivated in Gujarat. It may have a Food Park with a cluster of 40-50 units at one location. Estimated cost of the entire project is Rs 56 crore

A Castor oil derivatives unit to manufacture perfumery raw materials including Undecylenic acid and Heptaldehyde by Pyrolytic decomposition of Castor oil. The estimated project cost of the proposed project is Rs 30 crore and will have capacity of 1,400 mt per annum finished product

Shrimp farming and processing unit in Kutch with a capacity of 2500 tons per. The project is estimated to cost Rs 45 crore

Infotech

Though Gujarat has probably lost the initial race for IT, the resurgent state is geared up to catch on with the IT boom.

A smart card manufacturing facility with capacity of 10-15 million units per annum is expected to come up in the state. The smart card is a credit card sized plastic card embedded with integrated circuit chip

The capital cost of the project is estimated to be between Rs 45-67 crore. About 3 such units are likely to come up in the state

A wireless handset manufacturing project will have facilities as well as activities pertaining to the mobile manufacturing that will cater to both global as well as domestic market. The unit will have capacity of 5 million units and is expected to cost Rs 90 crore

Three facilities for bio-informatics which combines two high end segments like IT and biotechnology are likely to come up in the state with an estimated investment of Rs 810 crore

The unique fusion will not only help pharmaceutical firms to deal with voluminous data but also throws open a huge market opportunity in the days to come

About ten BPO units at different segments are expected to come in the state. The focus is on tier-II and tier-III cities in the state aiming at employment generation and utilization of the skills of thousands of youths in the state

Business Standard, Ahmedabad September 06, 2006

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