Dholera SIR

Dholera Special Investment Region is a greenfield industrial smart city planned and located approximately 100 km southwest of Ahmedabad. It is envisioned as India’s most attractive location for manufacturing and industrial development. The Government of Gujarat has created a legislative framework for the formation of a Special Investment Region (SIR) under the Act 2009, for which a regional development authority, DSIR has been established.

The Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority (DSIRDA) is in charge of planning and development of DSIR and will encompass the function of administering government land within DSIR. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL) has been created between the Central Government (NICDC Trust) and the State Government (DSIRDA) of Gujarat to implement the project.

Dholera is envisaged to be an incubator city, spanning approximately 920 sq. km., encompassing 22 villages of the Dholera taluka in the district of Ahmedabad. Its strategic location between the industrial cities of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot, and Bhavnagar will facilitate Ease of Doing Business. Dholera Industrial City will have a self-sustaining ecosystem consisting of economic drivers through industrialisation, utility and logistic infrastructure, and social infrastructure including education, healthcare, and other public amenities.

Dholera aims at creating economic development alongwith enhancing the quality of life for people living and working in the city. DMICDC, with the support of the Government of Gujarat, plans to strategically create an economically and socially balanced new-age city with world-class infrastructure and highest quality-of-life standards.

Dholera is committed to increasing transport efficiency and improve trade flows based on the strategic pillars of sustainability, digitisation, and innovation. It will be connected with Ahmedabad by a 6-lane access-controlled expressway and MRTS (Metro Rail) in one common corridor and shall provide seamless connectivity and rail-road transition as an effective means of transportation between the two cities. An international airport is being developed to the northeast of DSIR, by Dholera International Airport Company Limited (DIACL). The airport has already received environmental and site clearance.

Industries in DSIR

Dholera is India’s first platinum-rated industrial smart city, comprising the largest land parcels in southeast Asia. Accordingly, Defence, Aviation, Electronics, High-Tech Emerging Technologies, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Heavy engineering, Auto & Auto Ancillary, General Manufacturing, Agro & Food processing, Metals & Metallurgical Products, etc. are the sectors identified with a high potential for Dholera Industrial City. DSIR, with its plug-and-play infrastructure and lower power tariff, will be home to non-polluting industries, promoting clean, green, and sustainable urban development, which can contribute to the growth of the region and India.

Town Planning Schemes (TPS)

Dholera aims to improve the quality of life in terms of economic sustainability and cultural sensibility. Given this, the Government of Gujarat and DSIRDA have adopted the mechanism of Town Planning Schemes (TPS) to ensure the delivery of serviced land that can benefit the local population and the private sector.

TP schemes are being implemented under the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act, 1976 (GTPUD). The developable area in DSIR is divided into six (6) Town Planning (TP) Schemes and all six draft schemes have been sanctioned. Town Planning Schemes 1 and 2 cover the development in Phase-I. TP 1 is spread over approximately 51 sq km or 12,750 acres, and TP 2 is over 102 sq km or 25,000 acres.

The town planning schemes will be planned in a way that the community living there shall have an easy access to all social infrastructure like schools, commercial establishment, hospitals etc.

Project background – DSIR Phase I

The Development Plan for DSIR has been prepared and sanctioned by DSIRDA. Phase-I constitutes TP1 and TP2 covering 153 sq km. Apart from urban development, overall trunk and external infrastructure will be developed to support the development at DSIR. These include the following:

  1. Overall Trunk infrastructure projects
    • Roads and services/utilities
    • Raw water transmission line from the source
    • Wastewater treatment and recycle
    • Solid waste management
    • Power T&D network
    • Information Communication Technology (ICT) network
    • Administrative and Business Centre of Dholera (ABCD)
  2. External infrastructure projects
    • River bunding for flood management
    • Ahmedabad – Dholera Expressway
    • Ahmedabad – Dholera MRTS
    • Freight rail from DSIR to Bhimnath for connection to DFC
    • Dholera International Airport

Dholera’s immediate city development area of approximately 5,600 acres is expected to be operational by the end of first quarter of 2022.

Dholera Industrial City is envisaged to be a world-class destination with excellent infrastructure. The city will provide opportunities for the setting up of manufacturing units, which will in turn help in increasing the industrial output of the country and create more than 8,00,000 jobs. All of this, while aiming to provide an environment to work, live, learn, and play. Dholera SIR is a planned smart, sustainable community, which will be the role model for future cities in India. The sanctioned Development Plan of Dholera Industrial City comprises a total land area of 920 sq km.

The Dholera Industrial City area has a total developable area of about 580 sq. km., as one-third of the area falls within the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) boundary where development is restricted and is as per CRZ norms. Out of the 580 sq km, the prime agricultural land has been preserved and a total area of about 422 sq km has been set for urban development. This area has been translated into six town-planning schemes and will be developed in three phases over 30 years.

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Overview of Gujarat

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Strategic location

Gujarat is strategically connected to the major cities of the world, both by air and sea routes. The state has direct international flight connectivity to cities across Europe, Middle East, East Asia, and America. It has a coastline of 1,600 km with 42 ports that connect to major sea-based trade routes and trade centres like the Middle East, West Europe, Asia, and upcoming destinations on the African Continent. The state also acts as a gateway to landlocked states of India, connecting them by road, rail, and air, thereby boosting their trading opportunities. Gujarat is a forward-looking and progressive state of India in ease of doing business. The state also contributes in a big way to solar development in the country through one of the world’s largest solar parks. This mitigates the adverse impact of climate change and ensures sustainable development by producing green and clean energy.



  • The state has a population of 60 million and has one of the highest urbanisation levels – 43%, as per census 2011
  • The state has a high and growing literacy rate of 78.03%, as per census 2011
  • Gujarat’s contribution to India’s GDP is 8.1%
  • Gujarat’s contribution to India’s Exports is more than 20% ( 2020-2021)
  • Gujarat ranks 1st in terms of export promotion policy, business environment and infrastructure-Export Preparedness Report 2020
  • Gujarat ranks 2nd in terms of Knowledge Workers as per NITI Aayog's India Innovation Index-2019.
  • Gujarat has 20.9% share in India’s fixed capital investment.
  • The state has double-digit growth rates with gross state domestic product of USD 74 billion (2011-12) growing at a five-year average of 10%
  • 35.8% share of manufacturing sector in Gujarat’s GSDP. 40% of total Indian port cargo is handled by Gujarat’s ports
  • Gujarat has a strong demographic profile; more than 60% of the population is between the age group of 15-59 years. (census 2011)
  • 49 ports (including 1 Major Port) handle 40% of India’s Port Cargo47 special economic zones


Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed as a Joint Venture by Government of Gujarat through the Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority and Government of India through the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (erstwhile DMIC Project Implementation Trust Fund.)

City Level SPV formed – Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL).

The SPV was formed on 28 January 2016 for the development of Dholera SIR, with the equity participation as under:


For the development of Dholera SIR, the Government of India (through NICDC Trust) and the Government of Gujarat (through DSIRDA) formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called ‘Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd.’ (DICDL) on Jan 28, 2016. The SPV is made up of a 51% stake of the Government of Gujarat through DSIRDA and a 49% stake of the Government of India through NICDC Trust.


National Industrial Corridor Development Programme is India's most ambitious infrastructure programme aiming to develop new industrial cities as "Smart Cities" and converging next generation technologies across infrastructure sectors.

Govt. of India is developing various Industrial Corridor Projects as part of National Industrial Corridor programme which is aimed at development of futuristic industrial cities in India which can compete with the best manufacturing and investment destinations in the world. The same will create employment opportunities and economic growth leading to overall socio-economic development.

11 Industrial Corridors Projects are being taken up for development with 30 Projects to be developed in 04 phases up to 2024-25:

  1. Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)
  2. Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC)
  3. Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC)
  4. East Coast Industrial Corridor (ECIC) with Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) as Phase 1
  5. Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC)
  6. Extension of CBIC to Kochi via Coimbatore
  7. Hyderabad Nagpur Industrial Corridor (HNIC)
  8. Hyderabad Warangal Industrial Corridor (HWIC)
  9. Hyderabad Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (HBIC)
  10. Odisha Economic Corridor (OEC)
  11. Delhi Nagpur Industrial Corridor (DNIC)

Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) Limited, a special purpose company, was incorporated to establish, promote and facilitate development of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project.

Further, after announcement of other Industrial Corridor Projects, the mandate of DMICDC Ltd. has been expanded to develop and implement all Industrial Corridor Projects in the country and accordingly, the name has been changed to National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (NICDC) Limited.

NICDC is mandated to undertake project development activities for Investment Regions / Industrial Areas / Economic Regions / Industrial Nodes and Townships / Integrated Manufacturing Clusters / Stand Alone Projects / Early Bird Projects for various Industrial Corridor Projects and also assists various State Governments.

NICDC undertakes various Project Development activities like Preparation of Master Plans, Feasibility Reports, Detailed Project Reports etc. and acts as an intermediary for the purpose of development and establishment of infrastructure projects through developing and disseminating appropriate financial instruments, negotiating loans and advances of all nature, and formulating schemes for mobilization of resources and extension of credit for infrastructure.

Board of Directors

Present Board of Directors
Sr.no. Name Designation
1 Shri S. S. Rathore
Additional Chief Secretary (Rtd.), Roads and Building Department and Advisor to Chief Minister of Gujarat
Shri Vijay Nehra, IAS
Chief Executive Officer, Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority (DSIRDA)
Managing Director   
Smt. Sumita Dawra , IAS – Director 
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director,
National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC)
Smt. Saidingpuii Chhakchhuak, IAS
Additional Secretary (Budget) Finance Department. Government of Gujarat.
5 Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal
Chief Financial Officer, National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC)
6 Shri Abhishek Chaudhary
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary, National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC)
Changes in Directors
Sr.no. Name

Shri S. B. Vasava ceased to be Director w.e.f 12.07.2023


Shri S. J. Haider, IAS ceased to be Director and Chairman w.e.f 19.06.2023


Shri Hareet Shukla, IAS ceased to be Director and Managing Director w.e.f 15.06.2023


Shri Kamal Dayani, IAS ceased to be Director and Chairman w.e.f 31.03.2023


Smt. Deepti Sharma ceased to be Independent Director w.e.f 28.03.2023


Shri Raj Kumar, IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f. 31.01.2023.


Shri Rajeev Singh Thakur, IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f 20.12.2022


Shri Amrit Lal Meena, IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f 26.10.2022


Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta-IAS, ceased to be Director and Chairman w.e.f 13.06.2022


Shri Janakbhai Trivedi, ceased to be Director w.e.f 16.11.2021


Shri K. Sanjay Murthy, IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f 05.10.2021


Shri Manoj Kumar Das-IAS ceased to be Director Chairman w.e.f. 21.06.2021


Shri Paresh L Sharma, Ceased to be director w.e.f 05.11.2020


Shri Upendra Shantilal Mehta, Ceased to be director w.e.f 30.07.2020


Shri Milind Torawane, Ceased to be director w.e.f 11.06.2020


Shri Kishor Kumar Sagathia ceased to be Director w.e.f. 09.12.2019


Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma ceased to be Director w.e.f. 16.09.2019


Shri Jai Prakash Shivahare ceased to be Director w.e.f. 05.09.2019


Shri Sanjeev Kumar ceased to be Director w.e.f. 03.09.2019

20 Shri V. C. Pisipati ceased to be Director w.e.f. 07.02.2019
Shri Ajay Bhadoo ceased to be Director w.e.f. 03.08.2017
22 Smt. Mona Khandhar ceased to be Director w.e.f. 14.07.2017
23 Shri P. K. Taneja-IAS ceased to be Director & Chairman w.e.f. 23.03.2017
24 Shri Pankaj Patel ceased to be Director w.e.f. 20.03.2017
25 Shri Arvind Agrawal-IAS ceased to be Director & Chairman w.e.f. 30.08.2016
26 Shri Roopwant Singh-IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f. 22.06.2016
27 Shri J. N. Singh-IAS ceased to be Director w.e.f. 04.05.2016
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