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Ahmedabad Projects Thread

by Jai
Finding three very interesting articles about this city in quick succession prompted me to post a new thread -- on what could be the first Indian city to really strive for a proper, planned, skyscraper-filled CBD!

Firstly, this article:
Riverfront a dream for local realtors? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1584715.cms)
[ Sunday, May 28, 2006 09:43:18 pmTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

AHMEDABAD: There's some bad news for local developers who have been salivating at the thought of sinking their teeth into the juiciest bit of realty in town - the Sabarmati riverfront.

The river's banks may not really become a playground for the smaller fish. Biggies like Unitech, DLF, Rahejas and Emaar may actually traipse away with the mega-deals that will be on offer later this year.

The government is planning to invite global bids for large chunks of land in the 32 hectares earmarked for commercial and residential development.

The government's view is that it does not make sense in splitting up the land into small plots. Instead, narrow strips of land stretching up to 1 km each could be considered the minimum unit.

As many as 20 hectares are to be sold for commercial projects and the remaining 12 hectares are allocated for residential projects.

What will make the project particularly viable for global and national players is the high FSI (floor space index) that is being planned to allow the building of skyscrapers, especially in the central business district (CBD) proposed between the Nehru Bridge and the Gandhi Bridge.

Confirming this, SRFDCL chairman Anil Mukim said, "The overriding concern is that the project matches global standards." The idea is that it will be easy to handle the infrastructural needs - like parking - if each developer is given large tracts of land. Besides, it will help maintain the desired skyline :cheers: :cheers: and synergy in design."

The invitation for global bids could be out as early as October 2006, the deadline for completion of walkways along the 11.5 km-long stretch between Subhash Bridge and Vasna Barrage.

With the urban design plan is on course, to be ready by August-September 2006, the General Development and Control Regulations are expected to be finalised by October 2006 after which global bids would be invited.

This latest twister comes after local builders were even given a sneak preview at a private screening by the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited earlier.

The only Ahmedabad-based realty player who looks capable of generating such resources is Adani group chairman Gautam S Adani, who has just bagged one of the biggest realty deals in Mumbai's Bandra-Kurla complex.

"A proper job which would meet international standards is possible only if large chunks of land are offered," he said. Players like K Raheja Corp also can't help drooling. "We will certainly pitch in when bids are invited," said a K Raheja Corp spokesperson.

  • India's tallest hotel will soon come up in Ahmedabad!

    Raj Travels to set up India`s tallest hotel for Rs 350 cr (http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?autono=93802&leftnm=5&subLeft=0&chkFlg=)

    Maulik Pathak / Ahmedabad June 06, 2006

    Shree Raj Travels & Tours is poised to set up the country’s tallest hotel in Ahmedabad at an estimated investment of Rs 350 crore. The hotel is scheduled to come up at SG Highway.

    Lalit Sheth, chairman of Shree Raj Travels & Tours, said, “The hotel will be about 40-storey high — the tallest in the country.” Currently, the 30-floor ITC Hotel Grand Central Sheraton and Towers in Mumbai is regarded the tallest hotel in India.

    “Talks are on for a suitable plot in Ahmedabad. There will be about 500 state-of-the-art rooms in the hotel, for which a foreign architect will be roped in,” Sheth added.

    The project is expected to be completed in 18-24 months after the acquisition of land.

    “SG Highway is the most happening place in Gujarat. Officials from across the country and abroad frequent Gujarat because of its growth opportunities. Also, there is an international airport coming up in Ahmedabad. The hotel and convention centre will be there right on time,” Sheth said.

    The country’s largest health spa will also come up at the convention centre, he added.

    The convention centre will be able to accommodate 3,500 people. Besides, there will be a shopping complex, which will have only internationally branded garments. “With the Centre declaring 51 per cent foreign direct investment in retail, this will be the right type of outlet,” he said.

    Sheth further said, “Ahmedabad has a great future, and Gujarat is witnessing tremendous growth under the present leadership. The state government is very positive about the entire project; our hotel will give the message to tourists and the business world that Ahmedabad has arrived.”

    Shree Raj Tours & Travels is also set to roll out within a year 2,000 Volvo buses, each of which is touted to be priced at about Rs 90-92 lakh.

    Of these, 200 buses will be deployed in Gujarat, Sheth said.
    - Jai, 8 years ago
  • Dubai Realty Group to Foray in Gujarat (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=21622&n_tit=Dubai+Realty+Group+to+Foray+in+Gujarat+)

    Business Standard

    Gandhinagar, May 20: The world’s largest real estate company, Emaar group along with its Indian partner, is knocking the door of realty market of Gujarat.

    Emaar MGF Land Private Limited is planning to invest over Rs 1,000 crore in townships, hotels, malls, and IT parks in the state. In the subsequent phases, the group plans to pump in more money as company is bullish about the state.

    Emaar MGF Land Private Limited is a JV between Emaar Properties PJSC Dubai and MGF Development of India. Emaar Properties has a market capitalisation of over $40 billion and is the world’s largest real estate company.

    It has to its credit projects like Burj Dubai project, regarded as the tallest building in the world which will be ready by 2008.

    Talking to Business Standard, Shravan Gupta, managing director of Emmar MGF Land Private Limited said, “Gujarat appears in the second phase and intially we will pump in Rs 1,000 crore. We are planning to come with a township in Ahmedabad which will be spread over 400-500 acres.”

    The phase two for Gujarat will begin after two months and the company is in the process of scouting land in various places of Ahmedabad.

    “A four or five star business class hotel will to be a part of the township in Ahmedabad,” Gupta further said.

    Going by the previous track record of Emaar Properties, the company has a tie up with Armani Group and Armani hotels have been a part of many of their projects be it even the Burg Dubai building. “In India we have plans to set up Armani hotels only in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore,” according to Gupta.

    Gupta further said, “We have a panel of world class architects and the quality of our design in Gujarat will be without any exception of international standards. Ahmedabad has very good architects so we might rope them in.

    Also, we are open to enter into a tie-up with a local developer, given that he has a good track record.”

    The township will also have educational institutes, besides it will pave way for better parks and roads.

    Emaar MGF will also set up a mall in Ahmedabad. “The mall will be two notches above the rest and will be spread in over half a million square feet,” according to Gupta.

    Plans are also afoot to set up an IT park for which the company is actively considering the Gandhinagar area. The IT park is driven by end-user hence the scale and size will be lesser than Bangalore or Hyderabad.

    Talking about the IT prospects in the state, Gupta said: “It is only a matter of time before it finds its rightful place in the sun.”

    Emaar MGF is also scouting for land in Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot for setting up townships, hotels and malls.

    “After Ahmedabad, our next preferred destination in Gujarat is Vadodara. Simultaneously, we will also concentrate on Surat and Rajkot,” Gupta said.
    - Jai, 8 years ago
  • Any update on the highspeed Bus transit? Did they finalize the tender?
    - ramkan, 8 years ago
  • It looks liek Ahmedabad is foing to finally realize a not of its potential as an additional financial hub. IMO, if it rises up, it can help take the pressure off Mumbai.
    - Naga_Solidus, 8 years ago
  • So are they ever going to build a metro?
    - Effer, 7 years ago
  • So are they ever going to build a metro?

    This was in the news on 13 October 2003. I don't know what is happening right now.


    Metro rail project development for Ahmedabad city to start
    K Sunita

    Ahmedabad: If Kolkatta and New Delhi can have it, Gujarat can have it, too. The reference is to the development of a metro rail project for Ahmedabad city.

    The project has just been approved by the Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDB), the implementing authority for the state government's Vision 2010, the roadmap devised by former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel in 1999.

    According to GIDB officials, a detailed project report and feasibility study for the project, which is estimated to cost roughly Rs 3,200 crore, has been undertaken. The metro rail system, proposed to be put in place between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and north-south and east-west corridors of Ahmedabad, is being seen as the answer to the transportation problem and the increasing vehicular congestion in the city.

    The overall project is in line with the metro system in Delhi. In fact, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be given the work of preparing a detailed project report.

    Say sources: "Although it is nearly four years since the state government announced that it proposed to introduce a metro rail service within Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, so far there has been no progress. If, even now, the project kick-starts, it will be a big relief."

    The project envisages specially constructed rails that will be supported by a network of pillars. Metro trains will then travel at an elevation of about 10 metres above the ground. Most of the rails will be constructed above the existing road network in the city. It is not yet clear as to when the project details will be finalised.

    Various projects have been pending with GIDB for several years on which not much progress has been made. The GIDB officials say 15 projects worth Rs 2,249 crore have already been implemented with the help of private sector participation. Besides, 28 projects valued at Rs 36,535 crore have been awarded to be implemented through private sector participation or as joint sector projects. Feasibility studies are in progress for 39 more projects worth Rs 15,401 crore.

    GIDB was set up in 1995 and is the nodal agency for implementing projects under Gujarat Infrastructure Agenda — Vision 1999. It envisages a total investment of Rs 117,000 crore in 3,838 projects over the next 10 years in sectors such as ports, power, roads, rail, gas grid and overall urban development.
    - 2020vision, 7 years ago
  • It looks like the Shree Raj Tours and Travels's hotel is now finalized at 42 storeys. From, Ahmedabad may have India’s tallest hotel (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1055887)Friday, September 29, 2006 22:50 IST

    AHMEDABAD: The plans of Shree Raj Tours and Travels for setting up a 42-storey hotel, India’s tallest, in Ahmedabad, are taking shape.

    The promoters have initiated talks with leading international players like Accor and its Novo Hotel, Four Seasons, Shelton and Sheraton, for construction, design and management of the Rs 350-crore project.

    “We are in talks with a few international players. But we are yet to finalise a company. Raj will finance the project and also look after its promotion,” Lalit Sheth, chairman and managing director of Shree Raj Tours and Travels, told DNA Money.

    “This will be tallest hotel, taller than the existing 39-storey hotel in Mumbai,” Sheth asserted.

    The company is studying some locations and could settle for a five-acre patch off the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, said sources. The land will be finalised by the end of this year and the hotel will come up in a year and half.

    The first 20 storeys will house facilities including shopping centres, the largest spa and conventional centre in the country and other facilities. The remaining floors will have about 500 rooms.

    Shree Raj Tours and Travels reported a turnover of Rs 200 crore last financial year and expects to push this up to Rs 300 crore this fiscal.

    However, it may not be India's tallest hotel, remember that supertall hotel planned (http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/6364/kolkatatallest3qx7.jpg) by Bengal Shristi Infrastructure's Durgapur City Centre?
    - Jai, 7 years ago
  • Whatever happened to the Durgapur hotel anyway?
    - Naga_Solidus, 7 years ago
  • 'It's the age of skyscrapers' (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2172750.cms)

    For him the sky is the limit. And if renowned architect Hafeez Contractor has his way, Aapnu Amdavad would soar as high as 100 storeys. Skyscrapers would rule the city's horizon. Pedestrians would stroll down SG Road on elevated walkway corridors, looking down their noses upon the traffic whizzing past at high speeds.

    And the SG road too would get a complete makeover — 14-lanes, 200 feet wide with separate lanes, with green dividers for cars, cyclists and heavy vehicles.

    Why can't Ahmedabad have skyscrapers?," asks Contractor,who has been advocating an FSI of a whopping 10 in Mumbai! But what about the ever looming threat of earthquakes? "If you do things properly, anything is possible. You can go as high as you want." His only advice to Amdavadi builders: Don't cut corners. As for the government, all he has to say is 'go for it, relax FSI'.

    Contractor is convinced "now is the right time to introduce new laws because the best thing about Ahmedabad is they will see the light of day very fast". And as this happens, he's all ready to wave his magic wand over Ahmedabad's boring skyline with several projects in the city already lined up.

    Like hotelier Lalit Suri's Bharat Hotels Ltd 250-room hotel on the banks of the Sabarmati at Hansol and DLF's 30-storeyed mall-cumhotel project on SG Highway. Even local developers are chasing him. He has already been signed on by Adani group to design their corporate house at the proposed 500-acre mega township — Shantigram — on SG Highway.

    Ganesh Housing, too, is close to snapping him up for their 'Million Minds' IT SEZ project near Vaishno Devi on SG Road. But this vociferous advocate of concentrated vertical development believes in vast open green spaces and farmlands. "More than 60 per cent of land must be left free for green belts.We can't just go on gobbling land."
    - kronik, 7 years ago
  • Mall Cum Hotel For M/S DLF, Ahmedabad
    http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2095/1985e78zp8.jpg
    http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/7738/2987d2byn5.jpg
    - Jai, 7 years ago
  • Jai......................Thanks. A bit of a let down for the tower design specially coming off Hafeez's desk. Too blockish & lacks sleekness. Lets hope Hafeez's 100F propozal will be ultra modern.

    Mall Cum Hotel For M/S DLF, Ahmedabad
    http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2095/1985e78zp8.jpg
    http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/7738/2987d2byn5.jpg
    - Hindustani, 7 years ago
  • I agree, the tower is bland though the podium/mall is rather nice looking

    BTW, I don't think that a 100 storey tower is actually being proposed, I think HC was just speaking in theoreticals.

    I don't doubt however that A'bad has plans for a proper CBD however, especially when the tech cities that it's competing with for FDI (Hyderabad, Kolkata) will soon have some impressive buildings
    - Jai, 7 years ago
  • Great!! atleast modi govt has done Something good. This is not the only thing that is going to fuel a major, and I mean a MAJOR real estate boom in the state. In the recently concluded vibrant gujarat meet, india's biggest IT companies have planned out investments of more than 40,000 crores over the coming few years for developing IT infra here. 2 IT parks are alread going to come up here in Baroda, and god knows how many more for Ahmedabad and Surat alone
    - 29A, 7 years ago
  • And dont forget their riverfront project. There'll be goodlooking skyscapers on both sides of the Sabarmati.
    - kronik, 7 years ago
  • Vidyapith Temple , Ahemdabad:
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    http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/1927/001b65c5c4fn6.jpg
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    Religious Meditiation Center:
    http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4246/002b67d470bd6.jpg

    Architect Ajit Bhuta and Associates
    - Jai, 7 years ago
  • This is an almost 2 year old article, but I just came across it today. It shows how big the plans really are for the CBD.

    Posting it for posterity's sake:
    India's tallest building to tower over Gujarat (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/989866.cms)
    [ 13 Jan, 2005 2236hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

    AHMEDABAD: It seems Chief Minister Narendra Modi wants to stand tall. And fuelling his towering dream is a building, which if built, will be the tallest in the country.

    On Thursday, Modi took the first step towards his dream building when a consortium of seven international organisations specialising in urban development unveiled the lofty plan to reach for the skies. Members of the consortium met the CM at the Vibrant Gujarat summit with a tentative plan of the building that could be a business centre, leased out to the private sector.

    The building would come up in Gandhinagar, but the cost and the economic feasibility of the project is not known. The plan — presently very sketchy — was drawn up after Modi's visit to Hong Kong last month, where he met representatives of the Hong Kong-based consortium. "He was impressed with the buildings we have built in Suzhou in China and in Hong Kong. We specialise in tall buildings and are interested in seeing if we can take the vision forward in Gujarat," said Grant Robertson, director, Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Limited, one of the partners of the consortium.

    "It is at a nascent stage. Once we get the green signal, the next step involves scouting for a suitable location so that the foundation is strong. Then we need to work on the finance part," said Robertson.

    The existing tall buildings in the country are Shreepati Arcade (45 floors) and Belvedere Court (40 floors) at Nana Chowk and Kalpataru Heights (39 floors) at Agripada, all in Mumbai.
    - Jai, 7 years ago
  • In ‘Gujarat Discovered’ exhibition at Vibrant Gujarat international investors’ summit 2007, the most attractive stall was from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation which was about Sabarmati riverfront project of Ahmedabad.

    There was a massive big poster showing Satellite picture of Ahmedabad city and Sabarmati River. There were some posters about how Sabarmati riverfront would ultimately look when it become a reality. Posters of Sabarmati riverfront were given free to visitors from this stall. DeshGujarat.Com captured a video of this stall. Along with this video you can also see photographs of Sabarmati riverfront project’s future projections. Remember, this is a long term project and has so many hurdles to solve.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mo5XJ-gg5U&eurl=

    Renders

    http://deshgujarat.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/srf1.jpg
    http://deshgujarat.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/srf2.jpg
    http://deshgujarat.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/srf3.jpg
    http://deshgujarat.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/modiriverfrontsmall.jpg

    Source: www.deshgujarat.com
    - vibs89, 7 years ago
  • Beautiful! Thanks for posting!

    The buildings look like blocks now, so it looks like it they are in the pre-design stage (hopefully!)
    - Jai, 6 years ago
  • Wow - no other state seems to be engaging in such professionalism when it comes to development - a professional exhibition run by pro-corporate forces, a proper CBD complete with a futuristic looking temple, and a beautification project for the riverfront complete with full renders and models.
    - VaastuShastra, 5 years ago
  • Thanks!

    I was really looking forward to some renders for the Waterfront project.

    Go Amdavad!
    - kronik, 5 years ago
  • Pretty sweet, I cant wait to see how tall each of the buildings will be.

    BTW, will the upcoming BRTS go through the CBD? And will they be willing to get a metro or Konkan SkyBus later on down the road?

    Also, they should seriously consider extending the Baroda Expwy all the way through Gandhiinagar...doing so is going to require a directional-T (http://cbrd.co.uk/reference/interchanges/directionalt.shtml) interchange at the current end of the expwy, and an extension of said expwy all the way to the airport and beyond. You can use Google Earth to get an idea of the route.

    Some sort of expwy (with each carriageway on either side of the riverfront) will also be needed in the CBD.
    - Naga_Solidus, 5 years ago
  • Infact the Sabarmati River Front project already started around 2004 or 2005. But then recently flood had destroyed the whole construction and that time I was in Ahemdabad. I did see the progress of the Sabarmati but then flood had destroyed the construction so after that I don't how's the progress going on.

    Here is the official website for Riverfront of Sabarmati:
    http://www.sabarmatiriverfront.com/

    @Naga Solidus

    Metro Rail for Ahemdabad is confirmed for 2010 not sure if it's confirmed but I've read it somehwere that the Metro Rail for the first phase will start constructing in 2010.
    - vibs89, 5 years ago
  • Thanks for the information and the site, Vibs. Any place where we can get more information on the Ahmedabad Metro?

    With the way the Government marketed the project at the Gujarat investment convention, I am hoping Narendra Modi will put this on the fast track.

    Looking at the plan, it seems Ahmedabad will have more bridges across the Dabarmati than Kolkata does over the Hoogly or New Delhi does over the yamuna!
    - kronik, 5 years ago
  • Very nice. The riverfront is going to look excellent once completed!
    - Effer, 5 years ago
  • Here's a crappy picture taken by me of the riverfront in July! As you can see, dirt has been poured, but that's it.

    http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/8493/india1118323ju.jpg
    - Effer, 5 years ago
  • http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/115/sardarbaugnq7gd3.jpg (http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/2899/sardarbaug17e3f7hn1.jpg)
    - Jai, 5 years ago
  • Look's like the Raj Tours's hotel proposal is confirmed at 42 stories

    Fivestar luxury (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/Gujarat_to_roll_in_5-star_luxury/articleshow/1342457.cms)
    Himanshu Kaushik
    [ 20 Jan, 2007 2123hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

    GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat today has only four fivestar hotels with three in Ahmedabad and one in Vadodara. But expect this number to take a fourfold jump in the next couple of years with MoUs being signed for at least 15 new projects at the recently concluded Vibrant Gujarat summit.

    Of the 15, nine projects will be in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, four in Surat and one each in Anjar and Mundra in Kutch. Western Ahmedabad will get a large slice of this juicy pie, with five-star hotels coming up on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, Panchavati circle and near Ramdevnagar.

    Western Hotel Owners' Association of India president Jahangir Cama says, "Given the spurt in business and tourism in Gujarat, these hotels will be in great demand in the next couple of years. Already hotels in Ahmedabad are today seeing 75 per cent occupancy."

    Narendra Somani, chairman and managing director of Bhagwati Banquet, says "Gujarat has a shortage of 600 rooms in the five-star category at present. This shortfall may rise to over 2,000 rooms in three years." Bhagwati has signed an MoU for a five-star on Dhumas Road in Surat.

    "With investment pouring in to the state, I see room for a couple of more five-star hotels even after these 15 projects are completed." Raj Travels and Tours has proposed a 42-storey five-star hotel on SG Highway. This would be the tallest hotel in India with largest conventional centre. Lalit Seth, chairman and managing director, said there would be 10 different speciality restaurants apart from a ice skating ring and a international shopping arcade. Seth estimates that the project could cost Rs 350 crore.

    PD Vaghela, managing director of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, said that November 2006 alone saw a rise in four lakh tourists in the state. "Fifty-five per cent tourists coming to Gujarat are business travellers. The rest is religious tourism," he said. Leisure tourism had so far formed a measly seven per cent. "It has risen to 15 per cent recently. This is one area where we believe there is a lot of potential," he added.

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    Incidently, remember the hotel rendering by Hafeez Contractor I posted in the last page?

    http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4280/15599ac6le1.jpg

    Well, I recounted it, and it is exactly 42 stories tall. Unless there is a naming snafu on HC's site, which has happened before, it is almost certainly the 42 storey Hotel Proposal by Shree Raj Travels and Tours

    -Jai
    - Jai, 5 years ago
  • Indoor Air-conditioned Stadium at Ahmedabad, designed by Christopher Charles Benninger
    The stadium is designed to seat five thousand spectators. Located on the historic Kankaria Lake, in the centre of the city, the complex houses a large arena, a drama theater, a skating rink and gymnastic facilities. There is a basement parking facility for five hundred vehicles, extensive building management systems and specialized lighting and audio-visual systems. The centre is located in a chain of recreational facilities that ring the lake. A sequence of stairs, ramps and seating areas lead up to a podium promenade. These facilities allow the public access to a tree shaded garden retreat perched over a cooling lake.
    http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/2466/stadium0179baa8vi9.jpg

    http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/7165/stadium0279cdd2im4.jpg

    http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/9393/stadium037e8b82gc3.jpg

    http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/9467/stadium0479f32dey1.jpg

    Vyayamshala to be reborn as indoor sports complex (http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?storyflag=y&leftnm=lmnu2&leftindx=2&lselect=1&chklogin=N&autono=209696)
    Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has prepared plans to build an indoor stadium at Kankaria lake-Maninagar, the constituency of chief minister Narendra Modi.

    The project, designed by Pune-based Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, will convert the existing Ambubhai Purani Vyayam Shalla into the AMC Indoor Stadium.

    The new stadium will hold two basket ball courts, a skating rink, a planetarium, e-library, multipurpose hall, a gymnasium, aerobics hall, store-rooms, a stage and different rooms for table tennis, snooker and other indoor games.

    The total built-up area of the AMC Indoor Stadium with basement would be around 26,316 square metre.

    The new indoor stadium would have a capacity of 6,612 people, including 4,412 lower-level seats and 1,200 at the arena level.

    The open stadium would have 3,554 seats. The 677 square metre skating rink would be of international standards. Similarly, the 100 sq.m. planetarium would seat 60 and be equipped with projectors and related facilities.

    Parking would be in the basement area and it would have 416 four-wheelers and 382 two-wheelers.
    - Jai, 4 years ago
  • First private sector textile park to come up near Ahmedabad (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/02/03/stories/2007020301460200.htm)


    Ahmedabad-based Pradip Overseas Ltd, an exporter of household linen, will set up the country's first private sector integrated textile park near here with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore over the next five years.

    The park, known as "Greenfield Textile Park" in view of 40 per cent of its total 400 hectares being developed as greenery, when completed, would produce five lakh metres of cloth every day to emerge as the largest entity in the world in this segment, its Chairman, Mr Mukund Karia, and Technical Advisor, Mr J.S. Negi, told a news conference here.

    The integrated park would have all the activities related to the home textile starting from spinning, weaving, processing, stitching, packaging and dispatching at one location.

    The company, whose last year's turnover of nearly Rs 100 crore is expected to shoot up four times to Rs 400 crore (including exports worth Rs 300 crore) in the current fiscal, would finance its project through 60 per cent debt and 40 per cent equity.

    It is planning to mop up 20 per cent of funds (around Rs 200 crore) through a public issue this year, they said.

    The company currently has advance export orders worth more than Rs 200 crore for the next financial year.

    Mr Karia said the first phase of the park would come up in a 115-hectare area, in the next one year, with an investment of Rs 360 crore. Initially, two lakh metres of grey cloth expected to be woven. "Along with weaving, we are strengthening our processing capacity by introducing a new process house for one lakh metres of wider-width cloth per day."

    In the second phase, entailing an investment of Rs 550 crore, weaving and processing would be further strengthened while new spinning mills would be set up in the third phase with an investment of Rs 200 crore.

    The company would increase its capacities up to five lakh metres per day by way of a marketing tie-up with known brands in the international and domestic markets. Once fully developed, the park would generate employment avenues for about 20,000 skilled and unskilled workers.

    The Government would earn foreign currency to the tune of an estimated Rs 1,500 crore per annum, they added.
    - cbeboy, 4 years ago
  • Alpha One
    http://www.alphagcorp.com/alphaOne_ahmedabad.aspx

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    - Suncity, 4 years ago
  • It will take one and half year to start first phase of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Ahmedabad. Chief minister Narendra Modi has named this project as ‘Janmarg project’. He says that, there should be Gujarati meaningful name of this bus service, otherwise it would also become a story of name like ‘AMTS’ (Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service). BRTS will have comfortable Volvo buses. It will have separate up and down lanes exclusively for buses. Actual model of BRTS has been adopted from Bogotá city of Columbia. You can get all the details about this project on the link given below.

    You can see the vidoe footage of the rendering of Ahmedabad’s look after Bus Rapid Transit System. http://deshgujarat.com/2007/02/16/ahmedabads-look-after-bus-rapid-transit-systemvideo/
    - vibs89, 4 years ago
  • In video: Road around Kankaria lake is closed nowadays. In some part of periphery, both lanes are closed and in some other part, only one lane is open. Heavy construction work for railway around lake and landscaping etc. is going on for this tight scheduled project. Watch video, Read the details in photograph, or click the links below for more information.

    http://deshgujarat.com/2007/02/13/ahmedabads-kankaria-lake-will-have-a-new-look-this-yearvideo/

    http://deshgujarat.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/kankariya.jpg

    Please don't forget to watch the second video of the rendering of Kankaria Lake wihich will be completed by 2008 of how it will look like. Also first video which of youtube is ongoing construction. So don't forget to watch both the video. Thank You.
    - vibs89, 4 years ago
  • New Hotel+Mall by Parsvnarth

    http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/6264/amdmallle2de0.jpg

    http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/6798/ad0030405he6.th.png (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ad0030405he6.png)

    TOI Del Feb21
    - IU, 4 years ago
  • -------==--=--==-------

    TCS Campus at Infocity/, Ahmadabad
    http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/9329/tcscampus111c800aq5.jpg

    http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/5739/tcscampus211f6f0ro5.jpg

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    - Jai, 4 years ago
  • Parshwanath plans to set up multiplex commercial mall (http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=158119)

    One of leading real estate developers in the country, Parshwanath Developers Ltd, on Friday announced the launch of its Rs 250 crore project including setting up of a five-star hotel and multiplex-cum-commercial mall project at Vejalpur in Ahmedabad.

    Spread over a total area of 22,365 sq meters, the project will have a five- star hotel and commercial mall as well as multiplex and the project is slated to be completed and start operations within two and a half year.

    There is a tremendous scope for large footfalls considering facilities, locations and the brands, that are expected to come up at the upcoming mall”. He also said that a number of well-known retailers have booked space in the mall and the realtor has already tied-up with Movietime Cineplex Pvt Ltd to manage the multiplexes.
    - kronik, 4 years ago
  • edit
    - Jai, 4 years ago
  • Here's an interesting rendering, from architects Ajit Bhuta and Associates. It seems to be a masterplan of a project in Ahmedabad
    http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/9431/0132a0842fdd4.jpg

    The centerpiece seems to be this meditation hall:
    http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/1998/0042a62856al2.jpg

    It was formerly designed like this:
    http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/382/0022a6d3c9js8.jpg
    - Jai, 4 years ago
  • Following on from the info vibs89 posted...

    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/index.html
    contains 128 pictures of the plan for redevelopment!

    Here are a select few:
    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/images/slide27.jpg

    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/images/slide28.jpg

    Main access point currently:
    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/images/slide82.jpg

    Redesign
    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/images/slide83.jpg

    Must only be Phase I due to finish this Dec
    http://www.egovamc.com/kankaria/KLFD/images/slide125.jpg

    Im looking forward to seeing how it turns out, Ahmedabad will look great after this, other projects and especially the Waterfront are done :cheers:
    - GJ10, 4 years ago
  • great projects in ahmedabad
    - wcgokul, 4 years ago
  • Video of one of Ahmedabad main roads with development going on.

    D18LD0Hspl4

    Its quite long, and theres not much going on after Fun Republic, but given that Ahmedabad is so unrepresented, I thought it might be interesting anyway.
    - GJ10, 3 years ago
  • Video of New bridge being constructed over Sabarmati

    http://deshgujarat.com/2007/02/11/ahmedabad-will-have-another8th-river-bridge-this-yearvideo/

    The presenter Japan Pathak (legend!), just points out the Thermal Power Plant with the nearby Subhash Bridge.

    Further South, down the River he shows Gandhi Bridge. A new bridge is being built in between these.

    West Side = Dudheshwar
    East Side = Vadaj (This area has some slums that are going to be heavily redeveloped)

    Aiming to reduce the traffic strain on Gandhi Bridge, coming from the Income Tax Building area.

    So while Ahmedabad a few years ago only had 5 bridges, the expansion of the city has led to one more bridge being counted as part of the city, with two more bridges, including this one being built, so that means in the coming year there will be 8 brides crossing the Sabarmati! :cheers:
    - GJ10, 2 years ago
  • Video of New bridge being constructed over Sabarmati

    http://deshgujarat.com/2007/02/11/ahmedabad-will-have-another8th-river-bridge-this-yearvideo/

    The presenter Japan Pathak (legend!), just points out the Thermal Power Plant with the nearby Subhash Bridge.

    Further South, down the River he shows Gandhi Bridge. A new bridge is being built in between these.

    West Side = Dudheshwar
    East Side = Vadaj (This area has some slums that are going to be heavily redeveloped)

    Aiming to reduce the traffic strain on Gandhi Bridge, coming from the Income Tax Building area.

    So while Ahmedabad a few years ago only had 5 bridges, the expansion of the city has led to one more bridge being counted as part of the city, with two more bridges, including this one being built, so that means in the coming year there will be 8 brides crossing the Sabarmati! :cheers:

    Wow! Didn't know about 2 more bridges. I attended the inauguration ceremony of the new Vasna Pirana Bridge in December.

    I still remember up until 1998 Sabarmati had 5 single lane bridges. In 1998 AMC expanded Sardar Bridge and Nehru Bridge and built an entirely new Ellis bridge. Now add to that 3 more bridges. This should help in removing bottlenecks at Calico/Jamalpur and S.T. areas to a great extent.

    BTW, in January - Riverfront project was going on pretty well. Relocation of more than 75% of the slums was complete. Only near Vadaj and Usmanpura, some of the slum dwellers still refuse to leave...
    - superdesi2100, 2 years ago
  • Its really amazing how things change, back when I was younger, Gujarati friends and my cousins who were visiting India would always come back reporting about how going to Gujarat was always like stepping back in time, dirtier, smellier and just generally more backwards than places like Jaipur and Agra. Although outbreak of the plague gave a lot of ammunition to make fun of the Surtis :lol:

    But that whole situation has been completely reversed in the last 15years or so. Now people talk about how great it is to see the Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal etc but how its nice to get back to civilisation when in Gujarat!

    I personally havent been back in a few years, but I suspect that some parts of Gujarat are now probably comparable to even Mumbai, but thats just a guess!
    - GJ10, 2 years ago
  • Its really amazing how things change, back when I was younger, Gujarati friends and my cousins who were visiting India would always come back reporting about how going to Gujarat was always like stepping back in time, dirtier, smellier and just generally more backwards than places like Jaipur and Agra. Although outbreak of the plague gave a lot of ammunition to make fun of the Surtis :lol:

    But that whole situation has been completely reversed in the last 15years or so. Now people talk about how great it is to see the Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal etc but how its nice to get back to civilisation when in Gujarat!

    I personally havent been back in a few years, but I suspect that some parts of Gujarat are now probably comparable to even Mumbai, but thats just a guess!

    Umm... No. Definitely not comparable to Mumbai. I have been to Ahmedabad twice in last 2 years. Things have changed and as far as I can see they have changed for better...Pollution is way down - no more itchy eyes. Narmada water in Sabarmati - no water problem anymore. Vastrapur Lake and Kankaria Lake have been renovated and they are fantastic. If you go drive in Judge's Bungalow, Satellite, C.G. Road, 132 ft Ring Road, S.G. Highway at night, you will feel as if you are in a foreign country. Roads are a lot better... only one thing that has become worse is traffic in the old city area. But I doubt there is anything AMC can do about it.
    - superdesi2100, 2 years ago
  • Oh well, just a guess anyway, someday maybe! :nuts:

    Hopefully the Janmarg BRTS will help ease the traffic and further reduce the pollution at the same time.

    Old parts of cities are always going to be difficult to sort out, but if the rest is modernised, keeping a historic core can really add to the charm of the city, similar to continental Europe.

    Tourists often end up in Ahmedabad simply because its en route between Mumbai and Rajasthan, I suspect that as things improve progressively, Ahmedabad could emerge as an actual destination rather than just a transit point.
    - GJ10, 2 years ago
  • Well the government has relaxed FSI norms on S.G. Highway and Riverfront. So it is possible to build buildings up to 50 (may be 60) floors now. Based on what I hear from my friends in Ahmedabad, there is planning by major developers to build high rise buildings - mainly hotels and offices - in near future... lets see if it materializes...
    - superdesi2100, 2 years ago
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    Ahmedabad Mixed Development Design Proposal, Ahmedabad
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9946/ahmedabad15c9c502yd7.jpg

    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/1214/ahmedabad25c9ffa9si2.jpg

    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/6173/ahmedabad35ca5af8br4.jpg

    Perhaps one of the hotels coming up in the CBD? Designed by SAA Architects, Singapore.

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    - Jai, 2 years ago
  • On AMC to-do list: 5,000 houses for urban poor
    http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=233521

    With a view to achieving the objective of securing ‘zero slum’ city tag for Ahmedabad, the standing committee on Thursday passed a resolution to build 5,184 housing units for the urban poor in the current year. The AMC has assigned itself the target of constructing 60,000 housing units in the next five years to achieve this objective.

    According to official estimates of the AMC, 41 per cent of the city’s population lives in chawls, shanties and slums and to help them realise their dream of having own house, the AMC has decided to build 18,976 houses for these groups in the first phase of the ambitious zero-slum plan. The civic body proposes to spend Rs 115 crore for this project in the first phase. These houses will be ground floor-plus three floors flats as per new design, according to standing committee chairperson Madhuben Patel.

    Half of the cost of these houses will be borne by the Central Government and the State Government under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Earlier the AMC had offered prime land owned by it in various areas to private builders in lieu of constructing these houses. However, later it changed its mind and withdrew the old scheme, also called Bold Approach Scheme’ floated by then municipal commissioner R K Tripathy. It later decided to put the scheme under JNNURM wherein 35 per cent of the cost would be met by the Central Government, 15 per cent by the State Government and the remaining 50 per cent by the AMC.

    The areas where the houses for urban poor are to be built are: Nava Vadaj and Vasna barrage-512 houses each, Shahwadi-768 houses, Girdharnagar-96 houses, Dudheshwar-320 houses, Near Gujarat Cotton Mills-1,024 houses, Ajit Mills Rakhial-704 houses, Raipur Mills Bapunagar-384 houses, Vivekanand Mills Bapunagar-288 houses, Saraspur Mills Shaherkotda- 416 houses and Sarangapur- 160 houses.
    - superdesi2100, 2 years ago
  • AUDA ventures into new project to give waterbodies a facelift
    http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=233530

    The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority( AUDA) has embarked on a monolithic job to desilt and interlink 44 lakes and ponds in 35 villages within the periphery of the Sardar Patel Ring Road. Being undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 190 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the project not only envisages the development of the catchment area by laying underground stormwater drains to steer the local area’s rainwater into a lake or pond, but also interconnecting the waterbodies in groups and steering extra rainwater, in case of heavy monsoons, into the Sabarmati and Gota-Godavi Canal to prevent localised flooding.

    The project also involves connecting these waterbodies with Narmada main canal for continuous supply of water to the water bodies, incase monsoon rains are scanty. Under the project, all these water bodies, most of whom have silted due to various reasons, will be desilted and parks and gardens with walking plaza, will be developed for the local population’s amusement.

    Urbanisation has lead to depletion of underground water table and to recharge underground aquifers, AUDA is constructing percolating borewells upto a depth of 80 meters. AUDA engineers believe percolating wells in lakes will raise the underground water table which has been descending due to continuous exploitation by multi-storeyed buildings due to non-availability of surface water for domestic use.

    According to AUDA Chief Executive Officer J G Pandya, “250 percolating wells have already been constructed. Once all water bodies with percolating wells were ready, 400 crore liters of water can be stored.” He said 11 lakes and ponds had already been interconnected in three groups. While Thaltej, Bodakdev and Prahladnagar lakes will fall into Sabarmati river, Kali, Ranip, Chandlodia and Transit ponds will fall into Gota-Godavi Canal. Work to connect Memnagar, Makraba and Sarkhej ponds along with other ponds is still in progress.

    Pandya said besides checking local floods and recharging underground aquifers, beautiful lawns and gardens will also be established to check crowd at Kankaria lake which is crowded in evenings everyday and becomes unmanageable on Sundays and other holidays. He asserted that if amusement facilities were established near everyone’s houses, people will not go to far-flung areas like Kankaria lake.
    - superdesi2100, 2 years ago
  • Multi-crore makeover for A'bad airport.
    18 Jun, 2007 l 0124 hrs IST l Paul John | TIMES NEWS NETWORK

    AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad is soon to find itself in the league of metros, for, plans are afoot to give a complete makeover to the city airport. In addition to that, it'll also get ready to welcome the world's biggest commercial aircraft — the Airbus A-380 — when it touches down in 2010.

    The city airport is expected to be transformed into an ultra-modern facility, what with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) having plans running into crores up its sleeve.

    AAI plans to have shopping malls, multiplexes, a high-end luxury hotel, transit hotels and motels, food courts and recreational and entertainment centres on either side of the approach road leading to the airport.

    "A consultant from Hyderabad has already been roped in for tendering and formulating of terms and conditions for work at the international airport," says Ahmedabad airport director S D Awasthi. Thirty acres of land have already been earmarked for the expansion.

    At the refurbished terminals, passengers will not have to take those packed bus-rides to the aircraft. As in modern airports, there will be four aero-bridges at the domestic terminal and six at the new international terminal. Passengers can walk into the aircraft from the departure lounge itself.

    Also, the existing international terminal will exclusively handle cargo.

    The terminal will be shifted to the airport colony campus. Once ready, the domestic and international terminals together will have enough room to park 33 aircraft. At present, they can handle only 13. "Work on runway extension and new parking space for the six wide-body aircraft would be completed by October this year," says Awasthi.

    "We want the runway extended faster as the first batch of Kingfisher Airbus-380 will be here by 2010. Ahmedabad acts as a diversion airfield and transit point for wide-body flights flying towards Delhi and Mumbai.

    There are seven domestic airlines operating 90 flights daily and four international airlines operating from the airport.

    In April alone, Indian introduced a daily Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Muscat flight. Jet Airways launched the first non-stop Ahmedabad-London service (twice weekly) while Air Arabia launched the daily Sharjah-Ahmedabad service in April.

    In December last year, the Cabinet committee on economic affairs had given the AAI the go-ahead to construct a new international terminal in Ahmedabad, the total estimated cost of the project being Rs 291 crore.

    (During his recent visit to Gujarat, Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel promised upgradation of the state's airports and their inter-linking. TOI takes a closer look at the ground realities.)

    Source: Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/Multi-crore_makeover_for_Abad_airport/articleshow/2129813.cms)
    - india, 2 years ago
  • Alpha One

    AlphaOne, Ahmedabad, is a mixed use development located at Vastrapur, a location considered central to the new developments in the city. It has easy access from all sides, especially Ring Road and SG Road.

    The mixed use development will comprise Retail, Entertainment, Hotel, Spa and Service Apartments. The total area being developed is close to one million square feet, of which retail-cum-entertainment will comprise 700,000 square feet.


    AlphaOne Ahmedabad, the city’s largest and most spectacular commercial development, is slated to come up in the heart of Ahmedabad, on the banks of the Vastrapur Lake. Designed in line with the highly successful global concept of City Centres, the mega project integrates retailing with entertainment, fine dining and hospitality services backed by state-of-the-art infrastructure, to create a world-class retail experience — for customers as well as retailers and marketers.


    http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/4939/amd9ks8.jpg


    http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/5301/amd1uu6.jpg

    http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/745/amd2ms9.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6899/amd4pz2.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/1392/amd5sr5.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/2710/amd6yp0.jpg


    May Construction update
    Excavation work in progress
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/5629/amd7hl4.jpg

    http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/6316/amd8tg7.jpg

    more construction pics (http://www.alphagcorp.com/constructionupdate-ahmedabad.aspx?id=12)

    Visit their website (http://www.alphagcorp.com/alphaOne_ahmedabad.aspx?id=1)
    - IU, 2 years ago
  • DLF unveils Rs 850 cr IT SEZ in city (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/DLF_unveils_Rs_850_cr_IT_SEZ_in_city/articleshow/2237652.cms)

    After months of speculation, realty giant DLF Ltd finally took the plunge into Gujarat with the announcement of a Rs 850 crore IT SEZ spread over 25 acres at Gandhinagar opposite Infocity.

    DLF vice chairman Rajiv Singh also unveiled plans to put Gujarat among the group’s top 5 investment destinations including the Delhi NCR and Mumbai-Pune regions with investments of around Rs 6,000 crore of the next few years.

    Unveiling the project that is slated to create 2.5 million sq ft of workspace and 30,000 jobs after completion 18 months later, Singh said the company will invest Rs 3,000 crore in setting up three IT SEZs including Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad (jointly with Ganesh Housing next to Nirma University) and Vadodara.

    While work on the 35-acre IT SEZ at Ahmedabad is expected to start in the next couple of months, the company is scouting for 25-30 acres land near Vadodara.

    "Another Rs 3,000 crore will be invested in setting up at least 5-6 hotels jointly with Hilton in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara and Jamnagar, as well as commercial and residential projects," Singh told newspersons.

    Singh also hinted at bigger things in store. "We are keen on participating in infrastructure projects along with our joint venture partners in integrated townships, airports and ports. We have already expressed interest to the state government."

    DLF would invest at least Rs 5,000 crore in one airport in Gujarat and another Rs 4,000 to Rs 5000 crore in a large greenfield port project in Gujarat.
    - IU, 2 years ago
  • editted..Already posted by Jai
    - IU, 2 years ago
  • Sabarmati River front development renders

    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/5982/srf1is6.jpg
    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/3753/srf2gq1.jpg
    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/4654/srf3wg8.jpg
    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/6023/modiriverfrontsmalldl6.jpg




    Another render -

    http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/6224/pc0060700qb2.jpg


    The ambitious project involves creating embankments on both sides and developing a 10.5 km stretch along each of the banks — from Subhash Bridge to Vasna Barrage.

    The project is poised to resuscitate the river’s decadent image and restore people’s pride in the Sabarmati. The project was first mooted by Bernard Kohn, a French architect in Ahmedabad during the early 1960s, along with other city planners. They visualised the development of the Sabarmati riverfront with a mix of commercial, recreational and residential structures from Gandhi Bridge to Sardar Bridge.

    After various modifications, the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRDCL) was set up in 1997 to execute the plan. However, the project was kicked off only last year. The makeover required reclamation of about 30 hectares of land, a part of which was to be sold or leased for commercial development. The proposal aims at selffinance. “Our projections show that the project would be completed by 2008, at a proposed expenditure of Rs 1,060 crore,” says a senior officer of SRDCL.

    There are, however, sharp deviations from Kohn’s original proposal. The new plan emphasises road network. A six-lane wide road, the ‘East River Drive’, has been proposed along the eastern bank, while a four- lane stretch, ‘West River Drive’, will come up on the other bank, apart from developing the riverfront as a public space for Amdavadis.

    [TOI]
    - IU, 2 years ago
  • Gujarat international financial tech city


    Source (http://gujintlfintecity.co.in/)
    - Euromast, 2 years ago
  • ^Nice find Euromast! An 80 storey tower is planned!

    A mega project for Ahmedabad

    http://inhome.rediff.com/money/2007/jun/28gift.htm

    Ahmedabad's Tagore Hall, popularly called Town Hall, witnessed inauguration of a plan to develop a financial services city consisting of an international financial city segment, domestic finance city sector, a technology park and an integrated township on Thursday. The project's foundation stone was laid by the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on early Thursday morning marked by a bhoomi puja.


    From TOI :


    Rendering of the 80 storey tower:

    http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/8138/gift3bx0.jpg

    Its the same building that pops up in their hoarding/banner :
    http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/9789/dsc002hl7.jpg


    Some info on GIFT:

    http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/9059/gift1ki4.jpg


    Shanghai’s ECADI to design glitzy skyline

    The same firm that gave modern Shanghai its most defining structure in 1988 — the `Oriental Pearl’ or the Pearl Tower as it is popularly known, which at 450 metres is the world’s third tallest and Asia’s tallest building — is designing mega-city Ahmedabad and India’s most distinctive modern structure, the `Diamond Tower’. Come 2010, the diamond faceted signature building of GIFT will not just tower over modern Ahmedabad’s skyline but also put it on the global financial map, streets ahead of Mumbai. The steel and glass structure along with the masterplan of the GIFT project is being made by the 55-year old Shanghai-based East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co, Ltd (ECADI).
    ECADI is...
    An architectural services provider.
    Has designed nearly 20,000 projects in over 20 countries.
    Has bagged over 600 awards.
    Has alliances with over 100 foreign design and engineering firms.



    Some more info on GIFT:


    Sick and tired of escalating costs in financial hubs like Mumbai, early movers like ICICI and Kotak Mahindra are already rushing to book space with others expected to follow suit.

    ICICI group has acquired a 17-acre plot of land to set up its western region back office hub employing 30,000 persons right next to GIFT at an investment of Rs 1500 crore, even as Kotak Mahindra is learned to have signed an MoU to acquire nearly 2 million sq ft of space at GIFT for its financial services hub. A host of foreign banks, brokerage firms, non-banking finance companies and KPOs too are finding out that’s it makes smart business and finance sense to come to Ahmedabad.

    Enthused by the growing business opportunities in this sector, eduational institutions too are gearing up to cater to the tsunami of demand for professionals that is sure to hit Amdavad by 2010 when the first phase of GIFT is ready with nearly 25 million sq ft of space and 1.4 lakh jobs. After all, the mega project is gunning to capture a 6-8% slice of the 800 million sq ft space and 10 million jobs that’s expected to be created for this industry in India by 2020.


    Edited to add:

    Come 2010, when both Gujarat and Maharashtra celebrate their 50th birthday, Amdavad will have its own GIFT that will boast of India’s tallest (300-400 metres) and most distinctive landmark — Diamond Tower — on the banks of Sabarmati at Shahpur village between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
    The project, slated to commence construction by March 2008, is being developed by the Gujarat Finance City Development Company Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the Gujarat government and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS).

    http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/1417/gift2hg5vf5.th.jpg (http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gift2hg5vf5.jpg)

    [TOI-Ahmedabad]
    - IU, a year ago
  • Um... holy CRAP! Didn't see this one coming! Great friggin find gents!!

    This surely deserves a new thread in the SSC India Projects forum!
    - Jai, a year ago
  • Can you upload screencaps and/or transcript of the whole TOI article (with date/issue number) as well?
    - Jai, a year ago
  • Official website:
    Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) (http://gujintlfintecity.co.in)

    Check out their PDF (download fast!)
    Presentation about GIFT (http://gujintlfintecity.co.in/GIFT_PPT_15_10_07.pdf)

    Some more renderings, taken from PDF and website:
    http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/8175/dsc0171kt2.jpg

    http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/6274/dsc018gk7.jpg

    http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/1998/dsc019df6.jpg

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    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/338/05ne9.jpg http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8274/06ef6.jpg

    Perspective view on the entire CBD:
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/7452/10pw6.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/1287/02jq2.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/7632/07jp2.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/4301/06ly0.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/4404/05qr5.jpg
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9311/11ka9.jpg


    3 Signature Towers:
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/4357/03nd9.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/3316/04yw7.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9171/08al4.jpg

    I tried to enlarge and clarify the overall master plan rendering:
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/7798/38067741ag0.jpg

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/4294/01ur4.jpg
    - Jai, 8 months ago
  • Created new thread on subject. Please continue discussions there:
    Megaproject: Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) -- 80 storey 'Diamond Tower' + commercial tower-laden CBD (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=552518)
    - Jai, 8 months ago
  • http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/6023/modiriverfrontsmalldl6.jpg


    This is the illustration behind Narendra Modi-

    http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/8551/pc0021100yw6.jpg
    THE RIVER SUTRA: Visitors walk past a plan of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project

    [TOI]
    - IU, 7 months ago
  • Sai Info plans Rs 100 cr IPO (http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?leftnm=lmnu1&subLeft=1&autono=314589&tab=r)

    Ahmedabad-based Sai InfoSystem (India) Pvt Ltd (SIS), which has set a target of Rs 200 crore as consolidated investment till 2009, is looking to raise funds in the region of Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore through venture capital or private equity.

    A manufacturer of servers, networking products and software solutions, SIS is yet to begin talks with venture capitalists and private equity players.

    Among other options, the company might also go for an initial public offering of Rs 100 crore in the financial year 2008-09 , said Sunil Kakkad, chairman and managing director of SIS, on the sidelines of the launch of 'SIS Blade Server', an in-house developed blade server.

    “The SIS Blade is a server chassis housing multiple thin, modular electronic circuit boards, known as server blades. A blade server is a computer on a motherboard, which includes processor, memory, and sometimes storage," said Kakkad.

    The server, which is priced between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, is expected to bring down power costs by 40 per cent. Targeted at enterprises with huge IT infrastructure, Kakkad hopes the product would increase the company's turnover to Rs 350 crore in 2007-08, as against Rs 234 crore in the previous year.

    The company is also looking at having a global presence in at least 15 countries including the US and Europe by 2010. SIS has also set a target of Rs 1,000 crore turnover by 2010, apart from being a dominant player in IT retail and gaming.
    - mukeshworld, 7 months ago
  • http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6350/i3jy9.th.jpg (http://img246.imageshack.us/my.php?image=i3jy9.jpg)

    Im starting to think Hafeez is losing the will to live. :ohno:

    new gandhinagar offices for ICICI (slightly different frm their upcoming hyderabad offices...but only slightly), as apart of the new IT 'infocity' coming up in the area. apparently the bhoomi puja was done in Aug 2007, so constuction should be in full swing.
    - Nitro, 5 months ago
  • Sai Info plans Rs 100 cr IPO (http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?leftnm=lmnu1&subLeft=1&autono=314589&tab=r)

    Mukesh, please be more choosy about what you are posting. This has nothing to do with the infrastructure in Ahmedabad. Its just a city based company with a 100 crore IPO.

    I dont mean to single you or this post, but I hope everybody listens to this because this is happening in many threads. Maybe many people do it to raise their thread count.There is a discussion in the Chaibar about being more choosy with the news and info we post here. And I totally agree with them.
    - kronik, in 7 months
  • Cinemax India to open 4-screen multiplex (http://www.businessofcinema.com/news.php?newsid=7934)

    Mumbai: Cinemax India will be opening its four screen multiplex in Ahmedabad.

    The company's new property is situated at Dev Arc Mall, S C Highway, Opp. Big Bazar, Satallite.

    The multiplex chain will be open to the audiences with movies like Krazzy 4, U Me Aur Hum and The Water Horse.

    This multiplex has a capacity of 1037 seats in total, which includes one Red Lounge screen with 115 recliner seats.

    With this the Cinemax India chain will have a total of 19 theatre properties, 56 screens and 15041 seats operational across the country.
    - IU, in a year
  • MUMBAI: Realty major Parsvnath Developers today said it has launched its first integrated commercial mall project at a cost of Rs 120 crore in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

    Parsvnath Developers launched its first integrated group housing and commercial mall project in Jamnagar, which is being developed on total land area of 13,200 sqm with an expected realisation value of Rs 120 crore spread over three financial years, the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

    Parsvnath has two projects in Ahmedabad where the company is developing mall cum hotel project at Vejaipur and commercial project in Vastrapur.


    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Markets/Real_Estate/Parsvnath_launches_commercial_mall_project_in_Jamnagar/articleshow/2980158.cms
    - cncity, in a year
  • Render for Corporate Park being developed by Iscon Group.

    http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/9500/upcomingcommahdul6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/811/itfutlarge2ab2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/4308/itfutlarge3mw2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8140/itfutlarge4dx5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

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    http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/8924/itfutlarge8cv6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
    - vibs89, in a year
  • Highlights

    * Located in the most commercially viable area of SG Road in sprawling area of 10,700 sq. yards
    * 250 rooms along with 12,000 sq ft banquet area, 100 seater restaurant and a 150 seater coffee shop
    * World class luxury hotel with Business centres, Swimming pool, Health club, Spa, Disco, etc
    * Target catchment areas of Gandhinagar, Sola, Gota, etc.

    Render by Iscon Group

    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/3810/hotelsgroadhc8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
    - vibs89, in a year
  • With a total land area of 2,97,000 sq. feet, ISCON Platinum Mega Mall will stand out as the largest mall in the whole of Gujarat. The mall will be located on 200 ft. S.P. Ring Road, Bopal, the fastest developing location in Ahmedabad.

    Along with a huge central atrium of 50,000 sq. ft., the mall will offer all facilities of parking, escalators & travelators from the parking mall & a 10 Screen Multiplex.

    Star India bazaar, Westside, Croma, Landmark & Adlabs would serve as anchor stores along with over 50 leading brands flooding the mall for an exclusive shopping journey.

    A proposed hotel of a sprawling area of 13,700 sq. ft. & as a world class luxury hotel with Business centres, Swimming pools, Health Club, Spa, Disco etc., the hotel will add to the beauty of the mall.
    Target catchment areas of Bopal, Satellite, Thaltej, Bodakdev, Prahladnagar, Drive-in etc.

    Render by Iscon Group

    http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/897/futuremmahdtn0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
    - vibs89, in a year
  • very nice. looks like legoland.

    Render for Corporate Park being developed by Iscon Group.

    http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/9500/upcomingcommahdul6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/811/itfutlarge2ab2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

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    http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/6783/itfutlarge6qf1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7773/itfutlarge7js3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/8924/itfutlarge8cv6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
    - Hindustani, in a year
  • Bakeri to bring Rs 1kcr township

    THE RECENT flourish in Gujarat’s realty sector has evoked interest of the oldest and well-known names in the construction business in the state. City-based Bakeri Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd has chalked out a comprehensive plan for implementing a Rs 1,000-crore integrated township project which attempts to cash in on the realty boom by reaching out to both the high-end and middle-income groups. The project, taking shape on 65 acres of land within the city, will not only have high-end villas and apartments, but will also house a mall, a budget hotel, office-parks and high-rise buildings.
    “The township project, which is still at a rudimentary stage, will have about 7 million square feet of saleable space and will cost about Rs 1,000 crore”, Pavan Bakeri, one of the key officials in the management team of the company, told ET about the project that will be completed over a period of seven years.
    The project, to be executed near the posh Prahlad Nagar locality of the western Ahmedabad, will allocate about 60% of the space to residential structures while the rest will be used for commer cial purpose.
    Talking about funding of the project Bakeri said, “Though (real-estate players like) DLF and Delhi-based Alfa G:Crop had approached us, we will be going alone on this project. We have a land bank, we have a strong and reputed brand and funding is not a problem”.
    About 4,000 apartments will be con structed as a part of this project. The hi end section will have luxury villas, row houses and 1,500 service apartments “In this project we are focusing on the middle, upper-middle and high income groups”, he said.
    Pavan Bakeri also said that the com pany will also be looking to expand into other cities of Gujarat like Vadodara in the coming years. “However, for the next two years, we are not overextend ing ourselves”, he remarked.

    source economictimes epaper
    - phaedrus, in 2 years
  • The Pune-based Vascon Engineers Limited has started construction of the state's first Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) SEZ at Sanathal village off the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway.
    The project is being jointly developed by Vascon, Agrawal Estate Organisers of Gujarat and Pristine Properties of Pune at a cost of Rs 350 crore. It will cover an area of 26 acres and will be complete in a period of four years. However, the first phase will come up only by May 2009.

    The project is expected to create approximately 20,000 jobs. The developers claim that more than half a dozen IT companies have agreed to open their operations from this SEZ in the first phase, thereby providing employment to about 6,000 people.

    Vascon is chiefly involved in real estate and construction business and has only recently diversified in the development of IT parks in Pune. It chose Ahmedabad for its SEZ after a NASSCOM survey showed the project would be successful in the city.

    R Vasudevan, the company's managing director told mediapersons on Wednesday that he was hopeful that Ahmedabad would emerge as an IT hub as the state government has extended all kinds of assistance in bringing investment to the state.

    He said the company's plans include the construction of a hotel and shopping facilities to meet the demands of the customers as also sufficient parking spaces, adding that this was their first venture in western India outside Maharashtra.

    "We are excited about this project given its location, excellent connectivity and the very positive attitude shown by the authorities. We are confident of Ahmedabad emerging as a cutting edge IT infrastructure venue," Vasudevan said.

    Vascon president C V Shah said the development would be so planned that the work on the next phase would progress smoothly without affecting the efficiency and comfort of the users of the ready phase.


    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Gujarats-first-IT-SEZ-to-come-up-at-Sanathal/306878/
    - cncity, in 2 years
  • ^^ some renderings from their website (http://www.vascon.com/property/ahmedabad_sez.html):
    http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/3417/ahmedabadsezsmallmt7.jpg

    http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/9112/ahmedabadsezbignewtz4.jpg
    - IU, in 2 years
  • Hospitality and real estate conglomerate Phoenix Group has announced plans to develop a luxury-class business hotel in Ahmedabad. The group, promoted by West Asia-based investors, has identified land in the city and work on the project is expected to begin by the end of this year.

    “We plan to invest Rs 1,500 crore over a span of six years in hospitality and real estate projects. Hotels targeting business travellers will be developed in Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai. Our realty subsidiary is also developing a villa project in Goa, the land for which has already been acquired. Our focus is on unexplored potential in these business centres” said Priti Chand, director, communications. “The Ahmedabad project has been designed as a hotel with more than 150 rooms. Gujarat is also an important market, as a lot of out bound tourist are from the state.”

    In the hospitality sector, Phoenix has properties in three cities — two Radisson resorts and a Country Inns and Suites — all franchises of Carlson hotels.

    Its first luxury business hotel, which is being opened in Bangalore, is expected to become operational over the next few months. The group's first luxurious villa project in Goa, Phoenix Palms, will consist of more than two hundred high-end villas, as well as 100 apartments. The group has also recently acquired a plot of about 250 acres in Goa, where it intends to start a villa project, which would include a golf course.

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    The group, which has its headquarters in Bangalore, is considering an initial public offer (IPO) and private equity options to fund its expansion. Phoenix operates through Radisson hotels, and is looking for more franchises for their upcoming properties. The group, however, denied the possibility of a tie-up with local developers for the construction or management of the hotels


    http://sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?id=14678077
    - cncity, in 2 years
  • Alpha One

    Renders:
    http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/1592/amd9ks8kp2.th.jpg (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amd9ks8kp2.jpg)http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/6340/amd2ms9ao7.th.jpg (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amd2ms9ao7.jpg)http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7425/amd1uu6ig3.th.jpg (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amd1uu6ig3.jpg)


    Updates from April from their website:

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    http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/6271/63838699ra1.jpg

    http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9849/18328425zi4.jpg

    http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/4950/88511215jc3.jpg
    - IU, in 3 years
  • Riverfront development project
    June 6
    Copyright beckham333
    http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/5821/2555118507c8c0ec29fcbyw0.jpg
    - IU, in 3 years
  • Riverfront development project
    June 6
    Copyright beckham333
    http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/5821/2555118507c8c0ec29fcbyw0.jpg

    woah, they're actually doing this. if it were mumbai, it'd never be done...
    - bhopalus, in 4 years
  • great update IU.
    the completed riverfront would be quite a view.
    - phaedrus, in 5 years
  • Edit - Double Post
    - GJ10, in 5 years
  • Singapore shows interest in Ahmedabad Metro Rail (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Singapore_shows_interest_in_Abad_metro_rail/articleshow/3143429.cms)

    TOI - Jun 19



    GANDHINAGAR: The metro rail dream was revived once again for Ahmedabad on Wednesday, when a high-level delegation, led by Singapore minister of state for foreign affairs Balaji Sadasivan, told top Gujarat officials that it was interested in investing in the project in a big way. A senior state official, who participated in the meeting, told TOI: “The metro rapid transport system (MRTS) in Singapore is perhaps the best in the world. There is a need to clinch the opportunity.”

    Other members of the delegation included chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) Vijay Iyangar, diplomat Chin Hock Seng, apart from senior businessmen and officials. However, recently there have been indications that the Gujarat government was not so keen on a metro because it thought the BRTS was enough.

    The metro project was initially approved by the Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDB) in 2003. A detailed project report and feasibility study for the project, which is estimated to cost around Rs 3,200 crore, has been undertaken. These reports propose to install metro lines between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and north-south and east-west corridors of Ahmedabad as an answer to the transportation problems.

    Officials believe the Vibrant Gujarat business summit of January 2009 may see Singapore coming up with a detailed proposal to develop a metro for Ahmedabad. “We have offered them to participate in the summit as partner country. They have agreed to be at the summit, but they told us they would need to consult the government before deciding on whether to accept the offer for the status of partner country,” a senior official said.

    The Singapore delegation, which met Chief Minister Narendra Modi, took particular interest in urban and industrial projects, including Gujarat International Finance Tech-city near Gandhinagar and townships to be developed as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.



    I really do hope they decide to implement a metro rail system in the end. BRTS isnt a bad idea by any means, but surely cant be enough for a city with a population like that of Ahmedabad, a Metro and a BRTS complementing each other would be great!

    A metro to connect Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar (via GIFT) is a must. And depending on the exact alignment of the NS/EW lines, I guess those 2 lines may just about be sufficient...
    - GJ10, in 5 years
  • it feels so weird for ahmedabad to be getting all this stuff so early in it's development when places like bangalore delhi mumbai and kolkata are struggling to create basic, basic infrastructure.

    it seems like ahmedabad will win in the long run because it's creating infrastructure and renovating the city BEFORE the big boom unlike india metros, so it won't have the same problems that other cities aren't able to cope with.
    - bhopalus, in 5 years
  • Reliance Retail launches sixth Super store in Ahmedabad (http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Reliance-Retail-launches-sixth-Super-store-in-Ahmedabad/327790/)

    Reliance Retail Limited (RRL) on Thursday launched its sixth Reliance Super store, a Minimart format in Ahmedabad.

    Shoppers will have the option to choose from a wide variety of products in every category including fresh produce food and grocery, home care products, apparel and accessories, non-food FMCG products, home appliances and automotive accessories and lifestyle products, a company release said.

    Reliance Super, which will carry a range of over 13,000 products across 15,000 sq ft area. The store will also host Reliance's own apparel brands in select categories along with products that will be exclusively available in Reliance Super stores only, the release added.

    "The launch of Reliance Super is yet another step by RRL towards providing an international shopping experience to customers," said President and CEO-operations of RRL Raghu Pillai, after the launch.

    RRL is a subsidary of Reliance Industries Limited and operates 590 stores in 57 cities in 13 states.
    - zhiemi, in 5 years
  • Sabarmati Riverfront Redevelopment Pics

    Courtesy of Tapsboy @ Flickr

    Nehru Bridge

    http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/6641/nehrubridgeif5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    General Site Pics

    http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/6715/sabarmatisy2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/7050/sabarmati3hw7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/2719/sabarmati5aq1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9010/sabarmati6qr4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/60/sabarmati7bm2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    Also – from the same photographer, check out the FIRST GLIMPSE of the GIFT project site in the GIFT thread also here in the Central/West Section!

    :cheers:
    - GJ10, in 5 years
  • wow, what are they even building? that wall seems ridiculously high for that river's water level

    oh well, nice to know at least one major indian city has a govt that actually begins implementing stuff in a timely manner...
    - bhopalus, in 5 years
  • wow, what are they even building? that wall seems ridiculously high for that river's water level

    oh well, nice to know at least one major indian city has a govt that actually begins implementing stuff in a timely manner...

    I think the wall is this...

    http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/4859/riverfrontpo9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
    - GJ10, in 5 years
  • Sweet! Nice finds man.
    - IU, in 5 years
  • now if only those real pics had BUILDINGS that looked like the buildings in the rendering...ahmedabad buildings look old and crappy
    - bhopalus, in 5 years
  • brilliant pics GJ10!
    i wish they clean up the yamuna and do something similar in Delhi. aah well..
    - phaedrus, in 6 years
  • GJ10

    those are excellent images. looks like they are serious about Sabarmati redevelopment.
    - Hindustani, in 6 years
  • This was originally posted in the GIFT thread, but I think it probably should be posted here too, especially as the MRTS is being reconsidered.

    Planned MRTS route, from when project was first proposed

    http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/7928/10fi0.jpg

    I don't really think there is any need for any major changes to those lines, but would really like to see the inclusion of a seperate Eastern Line that integrates with the mainline rail in places.

    Something along the lines of:

    Gift-NIDC-Naroda-Airport-Asarwa-Kalupur Bus Station-Ahmedabad-Kankaria Lake-Maninagar

    (Bold = Existing Mainline Rail)

    This would have a lot of benefits such as Straight-Line MRTS connectivity between Airport and Rail/Bus Stations and also Traffic Reducing impact on travel to/from Mainline Stations to/from rest of the City.

    As well as that I guess I just like the Idea of a single Metro Line that runs from the Historic Heart of Old Amdavad all the way to GIFT! ;)

    Anybody else familiar with the City have any suggestions?
    - GJ10, in 6 years
  • is the MRTS the same as the BRTS?
    - bhopalus, in 6 years
  • No, BRTS, as would be expected, is a much more extensive network

    Pic originally posted in BRTS Thread:

    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5115/artroutemap4yx.jpg
    - GJ10, in 6 years
  • Sabarmati Project Realty Development Next Year (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Markets/Real_Estate/Sabarmati_project_realty_development_next_year/articleshow/3185840.cms)



    AHMEDABAD: Real estate development at the Rs 800-crore Sabarmati River Front project is all set to begin by the end of this financial year, reports Avinash Nair.

    About 22% of the total 168 hectares of land reclaimed as part of this key landmark project will be open for developments in both commercial and residential segments, states a report from Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj (JLLM), a global real estate consultancy firm.

    “About 22% of the land (34 hectares) will be released for sale for the development of commercial and residential properties on the riverside. These developments in the centre of the city will result in the expansion of the city’s already established business districts like Ashram Road, the walled city, Shahibaug, Kalupur and Relief Road,” says the report.

    According to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the civic body handling the project, the reclaimed land would be available for real-estate developments as early as December 2008.


    So Apr 09 at the latest, but if the AMC really think they can get it done by Dec 08, thats all the better!

    Wonder how much a Riverfront Apartment would go for....
    - GJ10, in 7 years
  • so when they say "reclaimed", does that mean their taking privately owned land and replacing the old crappy buildings with cool taller ones?
    - bhopalus, in 7 years
  • I think by "reclaimed", they mean after Slum Clearance.

    A few stretches of the River had large slums along the sides, already looks a million times better!

    There are bound to be a decent number of Residential Towers coming up offering Riverfront Views etc, so I don't think you need to worry about the old buildings spoiling the view permanently!
    - GJ10, in 7 years
  • Sabarmati Riverfront Development Construction

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/River-Sabarmati-2.jpg/796px-River-Sabarmati-2.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/River-Sabarmati-2.jpg)

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/River-Sabarmati-1.jpg/796px-River-Sabarmati-1.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/River-Sabarmati-1.jpg)
    - bhopalus, in 7 years
  • I found these pics while browsing the net..
    From Santosh... land being reclaimed.
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2658088876_89a20103a3_b.jpg

    From ArchSanjay.. during kite festival
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/2657262619_694a7f61e8_o.jpg

    From Krupal... Work in progress even at night..
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3012/2657262495_1b174e8c81_o.jpg

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3119/2658088834_9117ef9d7a_o.jpg
    - rajugentleman80, in 8 years
  • Anyone attending AAINA celebrations in NJ. Please attend the infrastructure showcase.

    I am planning to attend the small event in Chicago...
    - rajugentleman80, in 8 years
  • Hi Gentleman

    My maternal uncle (mama) "Mr. Bhavanisinh Mori" from Wadhwan (Surendranagar) is going to come there to attend the function, he is being awarded for the contribution in Wild Life.

    Regards,
    Kirpalsinh

    Anyone attending AAINA celebrations in NJ. Please attend the infrastructure showcase.

    I am planning to attend the small event in Chicago...
    - malka, in 8 years
  • Govt Allots 26 Acres of land for Satyam SEZ (http://sify.com/finance/equity/fullstory.php?id=14719916)


    Satyam Computers Services Ltd, one of the software giants in the country, has been allotted over 26 acres of government land for setting up special economic zone (SEZ) dedicated to information technology (IT) sector.

    The captive special zone would come up in the state's capital Gandhinagar near Infocity. "On July 16, the company's officials formally received possession of the land from the district collector," said a senior Gujarat government official on the condition of anonymity.

    Satyam is the country's second IT consultancy firm to plan a SEZ in the state after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The TCS has already been approved over 10 acres of land in Gandhinagar.

    Confirming the latest development, Capt H R Prasad, global head, corporate services, Satyam Computer Services Ltd, said Satyam was in the process of planning the campus in Gandhinagar. The company would now soon initiate the process of obtaining the formal nod from the board of approval and notification from the Centre."

    According to government sources, the process of notification should not take very long, given the fact that the special economic region is to come up on a government land.

    The company, listed on BSE as well as New York Stock Exchange, was expected to set up a software development centre in its captive SEZ, said a government official.

    The Secunderabad-based company's officials, however, expressed inability to provide investment and employment figures for the project, saying that it was still in the early stages of planning.

    This would be the 11th IT sector-specific SEZ in the state when approved. So far two IT-dedicated special zoneshave been notified: one is Ahmedabad and the other in Gandhinagar.

    Interestingly, all the IT SEZs in the state, except one by Nipiam Infotech in Vadodara, are housed in the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. While Ahmedabad has 4 of them in different stages of approval, Gandhinagar accounts for the rest.
    - GJ10, in 8 years
  • Some Ahmedabad Residential/Commercial Projects by Satyam Developers Ltd:

    Satyam Corporate Square (2008-Onwards)

    Walkthrough Video
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    http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/9717/corporatesquare1lc3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/7170/corporatesquare4zc1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/9930/corporatesquare6vy4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    Satyam Crystal (Completed)

    http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/8586/27dsc0031yr6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/5159/27dsc0043ep3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/9130/dsc8060cop27yaf7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    Satyam Status (completed)

    http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/4864/dsc5009zb1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

    Satyata Heights (Completed)

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    Sentosa Greenland (2007-Onwards)

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    Satyam Mall (Completed)

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    - GJ10, in 8 years
  • can anyone update pics of new kakaria lakefront and ring road that was opened today.
    - rajugentleman80, in 8 years
  • everybody's favorite...the VHP. oh well, at least we know that kankaria lake front developments ARE occuring

    VHP men go on rampage at AMC headquarters (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/VHP_men_go_on_rampage_at_AMC_headquarters_/articleshow/3508360.cms)

    Ahmedabad: It was high drama at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) headquarters at Danapith on Saturday.

    A mob of about 30 persons ransacked and vandalised AMC property in a ruckus that lasted for almost 20 minutes at the AMC office.

    According to eyewitnesses, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists attacked the chambers of office-bearers of elected wings from ruling BJP at AMC. However , none of the office-bearers were present in their chambers when the mob attacked.

    The goons brandishing wooden pieces ran amok in the AMC corridors , smashing glass windows, upturning flower pots and also damaging computer sets in the offices of mayor, deputy mayor and standing committee chairperson.

    However, security personnel deployed at AMC headquarters remained mute spectators to the whole drama.

    On hearing about the incident, Mayor Kanaji Thakor rushed to the headquarters but refused to divulge reasons for the attack. Thakor said, "We were having a co-ordination meeting with AMC officials at West Zone office when I came to know about the incident. I rushed down here."

    About the reasons for the attack, he said,"It is under investigation and we will take necessary steps in this direction."

    One of the AMC officials, however , said, "The mob was shouting slogans against recent demolition of around 10 temples on Kankaria Lake Front Development Project on Thursday midnight."

    Later in the evening, security incharge of AMC filed a police complaint at Karanj police station. Inspector of Karanj police station,VD Gohil, told TOI that police authorities have registered a complaint. "We are getting more details about the attackers premises who damaged public property. They will be traced by night," added Gohil.
    - bhopalus, in 8 years
  • 30-storey ICICI hub cleared (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/30-storey_ICICI_hub_cleared_/articleshow/3515771.cms)
    30-storey ICICI hub cleared
    23 Sep 2008, 0512 hrs IST, Rajiv Shah ,TNN

    GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has cleared ICICI's request for a high floor space index (FSI) of 3.3 to enable it to build a 30-storey building next to Infocity. ICICI proposes to set up its regional business hub here on 17 acres of land.

    The regional hub, proposed at Vibrant Gujarat business summit in early 2007, is expected to cater to three states - Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. ICICI expects that over 30,000 people will be employed here.

    The hub will not have residential blocks and it is still not clear where all these employees will live. ICICI proposes to shift all its regional operations to Gandhinagar. An ICICI source said, "The proposed office will accommodate existing employees along with additional recruits for ICICI and its group companies. The new office space will house around 10,000 employees in first phase."

    A senior official said, "We have still not received a final word from ICICI as to when construction activity will start." Bhoomi pujan for the hub was held in August 2007, but the project did not take off due to pending FSI clearance." ICICI decided to go ahead with a separate hub instead of buying space in Gujarat International Finance Tech-City (GIFT).
    - Jai, in 8 years
  • Ahmedabad's Newest Flyover Completed (http://deshgujarat.com/2008/10/09/ahmedabads-newest-chanakyapuri-crossing-flyover-is-ready/)

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    Ahmedabad’s newest Chanakyapuri flyover is ready and will open for commuters on this Saturday, 11th of October, 2008.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will innaugarate this much awaited new flyover in Ahmedabad on Saturday evening. Flyover is located at Chanakyapuri railway crossing in Ghatlodia area of West Ahmedabad.

    Constructed by Ahmedabad Urban Development authority(AUDA) this flyover will connect Ghatlodia and Sarkhej-Gandhinagar road areas in a better way. Rs 19.95 crore flyover is 798 meter long and 16.50 meter wide.
    - GJ10, in 8 years
  • Source TOI http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/Abad-Mum_expressway_racing_to_reality_/articleshow/3578571.cms

    AHMEDABAD: Soon, your speed zone will not end at Vadodara. You will be able to race down to Mumbai in five hours flat. Ahmedabad-Mumbai expressway
    is on the road to reality.

    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has called for bids from consultants for preliminary design , feasibility report for Vadodara-Mumbai stretch and estimate of the project which is much-awaited by both Gujaratis and Mumbaikars.

    The drive from Ahmedabad to Mumbai will take less time than Shatabdi journey, which takes over seven hours. For Barodians, Mumbai will be no more than four hours away, while it's euphoria time for Surti businessmen. Officials said expressway would be designed for a speed of 120 km per hour. Amenities are proposed at 50-km , and smaller parking areas with toilet facilities at 25-km intervals.
    The tender bid said firm awarded contract for study would be given just nine months from November. The expressway would definitely touch all major cities en route to Mumbai. The 400-km Vadodara-Mumbai expressway project is under phase VI of National Highway Development Project (NHDP). Sources said the decision took final shape last week.
    It will be on BOT (build-operatetransfer ) basis where designing, financing , building and operating will be responsibility of the party chosen . According to officials, the stretch carries one of the highest volumes of traffic among existing national highway routes.

    The consultant would have to study feasibility of expressway corridor on technical and financial grounds. The proposal also states that natural environment , human habitation and heritage sites have to be fully protected while designing the project.

    The tender bid posted on NHAI website says safety in design, construction and operation has to be integrated in planning. Infrastructure for user amenities, operation and maintenance, incident management and user information system will also be part of the study.

    A break-up of traffic using expressway - in terms of cars, public transport vehicles and freight carriers - and projected traffic will have to be prepared.

    "The firm will have to give four to five proposals for purchase of land. Selection of expressway alignment will be after weighing pros and cons of each alternative. Government of Gujarat has earmarked a corridor for this and if chosen alignment falls into this, project can be completed quickly," said officials.
    - k4ran, in 8 years
  • Realty firm Parsvnath Developers Ltd said on Wednesday it would build a five-star hotel comprising 152 rooms in Ahmedabad.

    Parsvnath Hotels, a subsidiary of Parsvnath Developers, has undertaken construction of hotel at Vejalpur, Ahmedabad, the company said in a statement.

    The project has received five-star category approval from the Ministry of Tourism and is expected to be operational by 2010-end, it added. The hotel project would also have a shopping mall and multiplex.

    Currently, Parsvnath's ongoing project in Ahmedabad includes two retail projects - Parsvnath City Centre and Parsvnath Mall.

    Parsvnath Hotels is presently developing 17 hotels across the country comprising about 2,400 rooms. It is coming up with nine 5-star, two 4-star, five 3-star and a service apartment. The construction of six hotels are in progress and is expected to be completed by 2010.

    Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Hotels__Restaurants/Parsvnath_to_develop_a_5-star_hotel_in_Ahmedabad/articleshow/3628502.cms
    - Rasnaboy, in 8 years
  • AHMEDABAD: You have dreaded the traffic snarls on way to Kalupur as you rush to catch a train. Now, you fear Nano may add to congestion. Bury your wo
    rries — simply fly over them.

    An elevated corridor system, exclusively for the BRTS fleet and city buses, will help glide over the chaos below and reach right at the doorstep of Kalupur railway station. And, if you wanted to turn towards Soni Ni Chali or Prem Darwaza, do it mid-air with three elevated rotary round-abouts.

    The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to construct this in about two years at a cost of Rs 130 crore.

    A recent study by CEPT University pointed out that the road skirting the railway station limits vehicular speed to 10 kmph.

    "The 4.25-km-long elevated corridor system will take average speed of vehicles to 20-22 km per hour along Kalupur, Sarangpur, Relief and Gandhi roads," says city municipal commissioner IP Gautam.

    The elevated corridor will start from New Cloth Market and extend to Sarangpur, which will have an elevated rotary round-about.

    This round-about connects Soni Ni Chal, while another rotary near railway station connects the road to Prem Darwaza, Dariyapur Darwaza and Kalupur Darwaza.

    A third rotary behind the railway station will provide access to Saraspur.

    An artist's impression of the elevated BRTS corridor was recently submitted to the AMC by CEPT.

    "The elevated network will have eight bus bays in either direction. The bus stops will be connected to pedestrian overbridges leading to the railway station. To get down, there will be escalators," says CEPT associate director Shivanand Swamy.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/Glide_over_Kalupur_to_catch_train/articleshow/3630636.cms
    - ankushgupta, in 8 years
  • Ahmedabad, Oct. 24 The Pride Group of Hotels, which has added 60 rooms to its Ahmedabad property, on Friday said it plans to acquire Five Star properties in London, Mumbai and Delhi.

    The company said it has added 60 rooms to its existing 110-room property in Ahmedabad, thereby making it one of the largest Five Star hotels in Gujarat. Continuing the expansion plans next year, the group plans to add 150 rooms at Pune and Nagpur, making a total of 750 rooms. This will be further increased to 1,250 rooms by the end of 2010.

    “We are also planning to add 750 rooms in the cities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Surat, Jaipur and Navi Mumbai by 2015. The total expansion cost for these hotels is Rs 750 crore and after completion of expansion, we will have 10 hotels under Five Star luxury categories by 2015,” Mr S.P. Jain, Managing Director, Pride Group of Hotels, said here on Friday.

    Fund tab

    The group is now focusing more on its Biznotel (business hotel) brand and is also negotiating to acquire three Five Star properties in London, Delhi and Mumbai. The group’s expansion-cum-renovation plan of Rs 750 crore would be met from internal generations and term loans from banks and financial institutions,” Mr Jain added. ‘Pride Biznotel’ (business hotel) and ‘Pride Resort’ brand has three operating hotels each, and the group is negotiating for three more properties which will be added during this year. The group is also planning to add a total of 15 properties under the brand name of Biznotel in the cities of Nashik, Mysore, Indore, Coimbatore, Raipur, Madurai and Goa.

    Pride Hotels is negotiating for properties in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. By adding these hotel properties, Pride Hotel will have a pan-India presence with 1,500 rooms in the business hotel category. Thus the group will have a total of 4,000 rooms across its three brand categories, the Pride Hotel (Luxury Hotels), Pride Biznotel (Business Hotels) and Pride Resorts (Holiday Resorts).

    The Pride Hotels has also become a member of World Hotels.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/10/25/stories/2008102551622300.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
  • Nano Charged AUDA puts Sanand on fast track (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Nano-charged_AUDA_puts_Sanand_on_fast_track/articleshow/3634258.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: When a Nano-charged Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) on Wednesday paved way for an ambitious development plan for
    Ahmedabad Metropolitan Region at its board meet, it was Sanand that raced away with most of the goodies.

    The AUDA board approved plans for a 300-ft Ring Road for Sanand, including plans for Metro rail, a regional rail and a possible mass rapid transit bus service for Sanand as well as three town planning (TP) schemes.

    Officials admit that while the map for Sanand Ring Road was conceptualised at least six months ago, it was put on the fast track only after the Nano project drove into Sanand, which was hitherto a sleepy industrial town housing small units.

    At 300-feet wide, Sanand Ring Road which will be Gujarats widest will run 12.75 km around the town area, encircling almost 640 sq km of residential R1 zone for Sanand town.

    The road will start 300 mt from Gibpura village in Sanand taluka and skirt most of Sanand nagarpalika area.

    It will terminate just 100 mt from Narmada main canal that passes tangentially across the town area. The existing Ahmedabad-Viramgam highway, that originates from Sarkhej crossroads, will touch Sanand Ring Road almost at 17 km. This ring is in near proximity to Ahmedabad-Rajkot expressway, officials said.

    Likely to be almost oval in shape, officials say that after a proper alignment study and site survey, the road would probably take the shape of a hexagon. "A 300-ft road offers space for nearly 25 lanes, with each lane being 3.5 mt. But, we have plans of laying civic networks, space for multi-modal transport, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway," a senior AUDA official said.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • Will SP Ring Road be A'bads Queens Necklace? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Will_SP_Ring_Road_be_Abads_queens_necklace/articleshow/3638363.cms)

    Ahmedabad: While realty markets across the country fret, sweat worry and react to recent stock market slump, Aapnu Amdavad may well have its own dazzling queens necklace SP Ring road to fall back on.

    Already city realtors are pinning their hopes on this 70-km-long ring road, where nearly 23 major residential, commercial and township projects have been lined over the past one year. For despite fresh deals coming to a screeching halt along the stretch for past three 3 to four months, realty prices have remained stable fuelling hopes that this is where the next realty boom will happen. These hopes have also been stoked by recent arrival of Nano to Sanand, transfer of Shilaj, Bopal and Ambli to AUDA, proposed mini-Japan project along Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor (DMIC), sanctioning of Fedara international airport and frantic pace at which civic infrastructure was laid down in Nikol-Naroda and Odhav.

    "Each portion of Ring Road offers something to look forward to. If its Nano on its western part, its GIFT city on the north that has fuelled residential areas in Zundal and Chandkheda, while to its south, areas like Changodar and Bavla gained prominence with mini-Japan, DMIC and sanctioning of Fedara airport. On its east, civic infrastructure laid by AMC in Nikol and Odhav led to a number of schemes in the area," explains former GIHED president Vijay Shah. Realtor Jaxay Shah feels that realtors dont want to play their cards now, which explains why land rates have remained stagnant for past three months instead of slumping.

    "Instances of distress selling on this stretch were practically negligible, even when stock markets bled. With its strategic and logistic links with south and north Gujarat as well as Saurashtra, new investment opportunities will open up along this stretch and SP Ring Road will also emerge as an anchor to satellite townships," he adds.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • AHMEDABAD: Planning to catch a train at the Kalupur railway station? You could be spoilt for choice. For, Kalupur is on the verge of having a
    seamless, multi-modal transport — the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) that will run on an elevated corridor, the metro rail and a regional railway network that will also connect Sanand, which will soon see the Nano plant coming up.

    And, not only will a bus rush to the station every minute on the dedicated the elevated corridor and the metro roll right up to the station’s doorstep, one can buy a single smart card and travel in any of these modes.

    Planners at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation have planned a two-km stretch of metro rail from Dilli Darwaza towards the railway station. The proposal is being put up for approval before the state government.

    "The elevated BRTS corridor will not only help commuters escape traffic near the railway station, it will also have a-bus-a-minute service stopping at six to eight bus bays along the 4.25-km-long corridor," says an AMC official.

    "Right now, there are around 2,000 bus trips in a day to Kalupur alone, with two lakh commuters using the service. The number of bus stops will help us distribute the BRTS buses coming from different directions at one go. This will ensure our a-bus-a-minute system," he adds.

    Work on the Kalupur elevated bus corridor is expected to begin from December 2009 and will take two years to complete. A validation study is on about the metro rail project and work is expected to begin by 2013.

    The third mode — sub-urban rail network — will provide rail connectivity to commuters from the station.The number of stations will be increased on sub-urban rail routes to Kalol, Sanand, Mehmedabad, Dehgam, Gandhinagar and Bareja. This process will begin by 2014.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Take_a_Metro_BRTS_or_local_train_to_Kalupur/articleshow/3644366.cms
    - ankushgupta, in 9 years
  • US Giant Picks Ahmedabad over 6 Cities for Plant (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/US_giant_picks_Ahmedabad_over_six_other_cities_for_its_plant/articleshow/3687114.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: When the world’s leading R&D equipment maker, supplier and services provider ThermoFisher Scientific Inc decided to set up Asias
    first clinical trial supplies manufacturing and distribution plant, it turned to Ahmedabad.

    The $11-billion US giant chose Ahmedabad after a rigorous analysis of multiple pharma and biotech SEZs. "We considered six other locations including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Mohali," says Fisher BioPharma Services India
    Pvt Ltd president and managing director Ram Gupta.

    The company has acquired 15 acres at Zydus Cadilas Pharmez at Matoda and is putting up a 1.5 lakh sq ft facility to cater to global markets. In the first phase it is injecting $17 million in the greenfield facility that will commence production in the third week of November. Plans are afoot to invest another $50-odd milllion over the next five years in quadrupling capacities.

    Incidentally, the Ahmedabad facility is ThermoFishers sixth clinial trial supplies facility and the first of its kind in Asia. The US company has three such plants in US and one each in UK and Switzerland.

    With over 30,000 employees, the NYSE-listed ThermoFisher caters to nearly 3.5 lakh customers in the pharma and biotech space across 150 countries.

    "With pharma and biotech MNCs increasingly looking at India as a human clinical trials destination for new drugs, there was tremendous pressure from clients to set up base in the shortest possible time and Ahmedabad was the only city with completely approved pharma SEZs," explains Gupta.What also swung things in Ahmedabads favour was the good manpower availability, superior quality of life and affordable living. "Someone renting a 2BHK apartment in Mumbai or Bangalore can in the same budget easily get a 4BHK apartment or bungalow with a bit of greenery thrown in here," he says.

    "Being a pharma and CRO hub, manpower with good technical capabilities at the middle level is easily available here. Its also easier to move top talent from cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad here because of the quality of life," he adds.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • AMC draws up plan to revamp solid waste management in city (http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/amc-draws-up-plan-to-revamp-solid-waste-management-in-city/383522/)

    The Solid Waste Management (SWM) of Ahmedabad is slated to get a major boost with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) planning to invest Rs 141.89 crore for the total revamp of SWM in the city.

    The project comes under the umbrella of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and has contributions by the Union Government, the Gujarat government and AMC.

    Prashant A Pandya, Deputy Director, Solid Waste Management, AMC said: “Ahmedabad produces about 2200 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) everyday. To manage it properly, this project is the need of the hour. AMC will bear about 50 per cent of the cost, while the Centre would defray 35 per cent and the state government would bear rest of the cost.” He further said that the AMC has prepared a detailed project report and submitted it to the state government for final approval.

    Along with a proposal to segregate non-biodegradable waste and draw up transportation routes for the Dumpers, AMC has also submitted the details of infrastructure facilities to be constructed at the new Secured Landfill Site at Gyaspur. The site, with an area of about 1084 hectares, is proposed to have a 2800 metre-long wire fence around the landfill area. This has been done to prevent the city rag pickers from accessing the garbage area.

    Among other measures, AMC has also signed a formal engineering, procurement and construction contract with a company called Solid Waste To Electricity Company (SELCO) International Limited for setting up a 700 tonnes per day capacity MSW processing unit at the new landfill site. The plant covering an area of three hectares proposes to produce about 4.5 lakh units of electricity every month.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • Is riverfront project inclusive? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Is_riverfront_project_inclusive/articleshow/3692590.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: Whatever grandeur and pomp the coveted Sabarmati riverfront project may promise Amdavadis in the coming years, it now faces an unusual
    dilemma.

    Will this multi-crore project remain a mere eyecandy in city’s urban history and turn into an indulgence of the rich and the land sharks or can it integrate the citys bustling culture and its poor towards the citys ethos.

    A three-week seminar and workshop at CEPT university, starting November 24 would see a number of architecture scholars and involve workshops for students from across the country on the subject. Environmental issues too would be discussed. The workshop would focus on ways of architectural expression of civic choices that can be integrated fully in the riverfront design to uphold the citys social values.

    These values, according to architecture scholars, can have a direct influence on design decisions of the riverfront which must answer to how well it appeals to all citizens equally, especially the poorest. The workshop would also study the regional aspects of Sabarmati river development.

    What architects fear today is that an uncontrollable biased growth of the riverfront will only bring developers, high-rise buildings, and limit free access to the river for people belonging to various classes. Besides the idea of realising parks, greenways for the city, places for people to sit around, children, strolling, sport and leisure activities along banks, would only take a back seat. Also the consequences of roads that would only act as a thoroughfare for fast traffic for the wealthy, would limit the Sabarmati to a few.

    "Buildings, however, impressive or even beautiful they may be, fail, if they do not embody what Louis Kahn expresses as a search for meaning in community. This is the principle of the workshop," says a senior professor at CEPT.

    Among other issues, the workshop would work on consequences of the development of the river, both upstream and downstream. The workshop would also look at the social, economic and cultural identity of the riverfront in the coming years. Besides a model of an "all green" alternative of the riverfront, minus the traffic would be featured at the workshop.

    ^^


    Ok... personal view, which others will def disagree with, but I honestly feel that Ahmedabad is the only major city in India where a project like this would even get underway. Yet even then, idiots are claiming that by removing slums and giving a facelift to the whole riverfront, Ahmedabad will somehow be losing something!

    Back in the days when Shakespeare was putting on plays at the Globe, the South Bank of the Thames was teeming with slums, prostitution, potent blindness-causing alcohol and all manner of crime and filth.

    It was only the Great Fire that gave London a chance to completely rebuild, redesign and emerge as the most efficient and therefore important city in the world for many hundreds of years.

    Sometimes these socialist-minded people need to realise that the decisions that India needs to make right now aren't all that different to what the West had to do albeit a few hundred years ago! They should really stop having a go at the people who are actually trying to make a difference.

    A nice Riverfront isn't an essential by any means, but it's something that will improve the image of the City for investors and improve the quality of life and general civic pride of the local population, its not Ahmedabad's fault that it is one of the few cities in India that actually has adequate infrastructure (roads/water/electricity etc), therefore allowing it to develop some of the seemingly more "frivolous" aspects of city planning such as riverfronts and parks.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • Residential zone to come up around Sanand Ringroad (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Residential_zone_to_come_up_around_Sanand_Ring_Road/articleshow/3696880.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) has put on a fast track the proposal for Sanand Ring Road. In a hurry to submit a report on the 300-feet-wide ring road for Sanand town, survey work on the road has begun and a report will be submitted to the state urban development department in two-and-half months.

    Sanand Ring Road will be Gujarat’s widest and will run for 12.75 km around the town area, consisting of almost 640 sq km of residential R1 zone.

    AUDA sources add that expecting speedy work on the Nano plant in Chharodi village, feasibility studies, survey work and measuring of land necessary for acquisition have been initiated. A team of officials has already set base in Sanand for survey works.

    "We have initiated contour studies, alignment studies of the road and measuring built-up area of residential and commercial areas. Besides, we have initiated procedures for ring roads for other growth centres around Ahmedabad like Kalol, Dehgam and Mehemdabad," said a senior AUDA officer in the town planning department. He added that all these growth centres would get a 300-feet ring road to divert highway traffic. "In case of Sanand, our survey reports will be sent to the UD department for approval in two-and-half months time," he said.

    The AUDA board has earlier approved plans for Sanand, including those for metro rail, a regional rail and a possible mass rapid transit bus service as well as three town planning (TP) schemes.

    Sanand Ring Road will start 300 mt from Gibpura village in Sanand taluka and skirt most of Sanand nagarpalika area.

    It will terminate just 100 mt from Narmada main canal that passes tangentially across the town area. The existing Ahmedabad-Viramgam highway, that originates from Sarkhej crossroads, will touch Sanand Ring Road almost at 17 km. This road is in near proximity to Ahmedabad-Rajkot expressway, officials said.

    The road will be almost oval in shape. Officials say that after a proper alignment study and site survey, the road will probably take the shape of a hexagon.

    "A 300-ft road offers space for nearly 25 lanes, with each lane being 3.5 mt But, we have plans of laying civic networks, space for multimodal transport, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway," a senior AUDA official said.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • NEW DELHI: SKF India, a global solutions and technology provider of bearings and seals, would invest Rs. 450 crore to set up manufacturing units in Ahmedabad and Hardwar. The company has also signed an agreement with Suzlon Energy to supply mainshaft bearings. The Ahmedabad facility would focus on industrial bearings and the Hardwar plant on automotive bearings.

    Source: http://www.hindu.com/2008/11/20/stories/2008112061361800.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
  • $17-m project to begin work in January; this is its 20th centre.

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    Project complements its existing clinical services operations in the US, Europe and Asia.
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    Ahmedabad, Nov. 19 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, the Fortune-300 $10-billion global leader serving science, on Wednesday announced commencement of its new, full-service clinical packaging and distribution facility here, which is expected to commence operation in January 2009.

    This is Thermo Fisher’s 20th facility in India, called Fisher Clinical Services, on which the company has invested $17 million. The facility, located in the Zydus Cadila-developed Pharmez, the pharma SEZ near Ahmedabad, would support the growing demand for bio-pharma services.

    The 1.50-lakh sq ft facility would focus on packaging global distribution and logistics management of tightly regulated pharmaceutical samples to patients participating in clinical trials across the globe.

    It complements the company’s existing clinical services operations in the US, Europe and Asia, said Mr Marijn E. Dekkers, President and CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Employee base

    The company now has the largest presence in India of any company in its industry, with more than 600 employees and 20 facilities. It has invested $100 million in India since 2000, made two acquisitions, and built the Ahmedabad facility.

    It hopes to attract 10 to 15 major global pharmaceutical companies for clinical trials in the next 3 to 5 years, and is expecting $125 million worth of revenue in 2009-10.

    Already, Thermo Fisher commands a 40 per cent share globally in this sector, having about 900 trials in progress, being conducted by different companies.

    Sister concern

    In the next couple of years, it would set up another arm, Lancaster Laboratories, at the same premises here as a sister service organisation to take up either design service, project management or IT services.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/11/20/stories/2008112051762100.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
  • Thanks GJ10 and Rasnaboy for the updates. I think you are doing a great job as this forum is underrepresented by people who reside in Gujarat to get all the news we can.

    Btw, GJ10...I am GJ11. :-)
    - gradybush, in 9 years
  • Nice. thats a good looking flyover. they should have added the streetlights on both sides if not in the middle to avoid accidents. amazing how some basic safety measures are just left out despite spending all this money. :ohno:


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    - Hindustani, in 9 years
  • ^^ Bhaisaab, thats quite obviously an U/C pic posted along with the article to give a general perspective.

    You can tell it was still U/C by the fact that even the side-barrier is incomplete.

    Most people would be able to appreciate that this is just a case of a website not having a completely upto-date picture.

    I guess others will only ever see what they want to see.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • Is riverfront project inclusive? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Is_riverfront_project_inclusive/articleshow/3692590.cms)

    I think this seminar and workshop will be a waste of money like many others of this type.

    In India, some of the elite class (left and right) weeps for the poor, attends expensive seminars to "help the poor or express solidarity with the poor". Then they have a grand buffet luncheon/dinner and then move on to the next seminar. Nothing constructive. They also have an award circle where they award each other and pat each other on the back and declare themselves as experts.

    This section of people have been planning for the upliftment of the poor for ages now. Nothing seems to have worked except status quo. So Dharavi has become many Dharavis as the leaders of the poor and the weepers for the poor keep drawing out new plans with new names. In the end it just a vote for status quo.
    - Suncity, in 9 years
  • I think this seminar and workshop will be a waste of money like many others of this type.

    In India, some of the elite class (left and right) weeps for the poor, attends expensive seminars to "help the poor or express solidarity with the poor". Then they have a grand buffet luncheon/dinner and then move on to the next seminar. Nothing constructive. They also have an award circle where they award each other and pat each other on the back and declare themselves as experts.

    This section of people have been planning for the upliftment of the poor for ages now. Nothing seems to have worked except status quo. So Dharavi has become many Dharavis as the leaders of the poor and the weepers for the poor keep drawing out new plans with new names. In the end it just a vote for status quo.

    Im sure what you're saying is true

    But my main problem with such "events" is that they only happen in opposition to projects/companies/leaders who are actually doing something

    India would probably be a much better place if they hounded the people who do nothing rather than the ones who actually have a plan and a vision for the future.
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • But my main problem with such "events" is that they only happen in opposition to projects/companies/leaders who are actually doing something


    Well the people who oppose have to oppose something that is happening. What will they gain by opposing something that is not happening?

    :lol:

    I think the opposition to "development" projects is an India wide phenomenon. It is the bread and butter of all opposition parties and upcoming leaders. Plus there are "social" organizations who make a living out of opposing anything that goes beyond their ideological view point - whether it is opposing dam construction or opposing township construction or opposing industrialization and so on.
    - Suncity, in 9 years
  • Ahmedabad, Nov. 25 The Munich-based Oncology Services Europe (OSE), a full service Contract Research Organisation (CRO), specialising in clinical drug development in oncology, on Tuesday announced the launch of its India operations with the establishment of independent clinical services company, Oncology Services India (OSI) in Ahmedabad, to offer a complete clinical service range from Phase I to Phase IV trials.

    With this, the basis of a new international oncology specialist within the global CRO business has been established. The new entity in India combines the best of clinical research capabilities of Europe and India, according to a company statement here.

    Announcing the initiative, the OSI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Vimal Sanghavi, said OSI would replicate the success of its European experience of multi-centric global trials in the Indian sub-continent.

    Clinical trials

    Clinical trials have grown increasingly global, larger and more complex. Government regulations are progressively more stringent, requiring more studies with larger patient populations, especially in oncology.

    OSE would tap the high growth potential of clinical services sector in oncology segment of India. The company is looking at the lion’s share of the country’s $300-million clinical trials market, which is expected to grow at an annual growth rate of 15 per cent over the next four years. By 2011, this would bring nearly 15 per cent of the total global clinical trials to India and generate annual revenue of $1 billion, according to market studies and research statistics, Dr Sanghavi said.

    The CEO of OSE, Dr Wolfgang Beier, said pharmaceutical and biotech companies are looking to outsource their clinical trial management to partners who know how to work within the changing regional and global clinical trial regulations.

    OSE is a specialised CRO in oncology clinical trials, providing technical expertise in terms of professional project management, and inter-disciplinary consulting competence regarding the clinical development of anti-cancer drugs.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/11/26/stories/2008112652142100.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
  • Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, inaugurated its first showroom in Gujarat here on Friday, displaying super sports car, Audi R8'. Audi Ahmedabad will also be the third showroom in the western region, said Mr Benoit Tiers, Managing Director, Audi India, in a release. The Audi R8 has won several awards in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, along with the double victory at the 2008 World Car of the Year awards, winning both the `World Performance Car" and `World Design Car of the Year' awards. It was launched in India last month. The Audi R8 is available along with the entire Audi model range in India consisting of the new Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A8, Audi Q7 and Audi TT at 12 dealerships across the country.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/12/08/stories/2008120850341501.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
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    Ahmedabad has proposed around 82 BRTS stations across the city, as against the current AMTS buses plying between 115 stations.
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    After a delay of about eight months, the first phase of the much-talked-about Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), which was to commence operation in October 2008, is now likely to start in June 2009 as work is progressing at a faster pace in the financial capital of Gujarat.

    The fears expressed in various quarters were mainly due to the escalated costs unlike the traffic mess the experimental project created in the national capital, New Delhi, in recent times.

    The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had earlier cancelled the tenders it had invited for its ambitious BRTS project, saying contractors were demanding high rates to run buses. The Municipal Commissioner, Mr I. P. Gautam, had said that the contractors had quoted between Rs 65 and Rs 72 per km to run public transport buses in the proposed system, but the rates were unacceptable and needed revision. So, tenders were invited afresh.

    The high rates, if accepted, could have made the BRTS project economically non-viable as that would lead to higher fares, forcing people to opt for the existing Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) buses which would be considerably cheaper, officials said.

    Predictably, the AMC was anxious to ensure that there was no significant difference in the fares of AMTS and BRTS services. Only 9 per cent of the city’s population uses the AMTS bus service at present, causing vehicle pressure on roads.

    Until now, BRTS has been implemented in 34 cities across countries such as the US, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, China, Japan and Thailand, with varying degrees of success.

    To begin with, the Centre had approved BRTS in Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Indore, in 2005 and added Bhopal and Jaipur thereafter. The main feature of a BRTS is to have dedicated bus lanes operating separately from all other traffic modes. These buses will be specially-designed, high-speed, low-floor vehicles.

    Grant from Centre

    The new service is also expected to create passageway for passengers, bus stops and bus interchanges, just like a metro. This would allow the new buses to operate at a high level of reliability, given that only professional motorists would be allowed on this designated busway.

    Ahmedabad has proposed around 82 BRTS stations across the city, as against the current AMTS buses plying between 115 stations.

    For this purpose, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) was formed to implement the first, 50-km-long, phase of the project, involving an investment of Rs 500 crore.

    The civic body (AMC) would get a grant from the Centre, equivalent of 35 per cent of the project cost from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), 15 per cent from the State Government and the rest through internal accruals or debts.

    AMC had made a budgetary provision of Rs 100 crore in 2007. The project comprises creating a 155-km long two-way corridor for 70-seat buses to ply after widening the existing circular and some arterial roads crisscrossing the city, removing encroachments from some areas along the way.

    Easing congestion

    While the pros and cons of BRTS are being debated in Ahmedabad, Mr Gautam is optimistic that the project would modernise this city in more ways than one, mainly by introducing the new-age commuting. It would ease traffic congestion, particularly in rush hours, and streamline problems such as parking of vehicles, easy movement of pedestrians and movement of cyclists. Critics, however, say the total cost of the entire project could go as high as Rs 2,000 crore, excluding the cost of buses.

    As per BRTS estimates, 75,000 passengers are likely to use this bus service daily. If they are charged Rs 10 per trip, it would take some 30 years to recover only the principal and interest, excluding the costs of fuel, salaries and maintenance. Sky bus would have been a better proposition, they say.

    Second, BRTS has been planned only for the AMC’s municipal limits, while Greater Ahmedabad has already moved beyond the new main artery of Sardar Patel Ring Road.

    Third, while BRTS in other countries serves mainly towns with less than one million population, Ahmedabad already has a five-million-strong population.

    Commuters would have to cross heavy traffic every time to catch a BRTS bus. But given the pace of developmental works and the enthusiasm of the common man about the dream project, the BRTS may, after all, become yet another feather in Ahmedabad’s cap.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/01/05/stories/2009010550220600.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 9 years
  • Sky is the Limit on the Riverfront (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Sky_is_the_limit_on_the_riverfront_/articleshow/3961648.cms)

    Ahmedabad : Finally, it's time to witness the changing skyline of the city. On the eve of the Vibrant Gujarat global summit, the
    Sabaramati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) has revealed the building footprint for the 10.5 kilometre stretch of the riverfrront for both the east and west banks for the first time. Going by convention, one can imagine buildings as high as 100 to 150 metre on the riverbanks.

    A total of nearly 50 individual building footprints, with sizes varying between 5,000 square metres and 8,000 square metres on either side of the river, have been readied and would be put on display during the summit. A special information kiosk has been set up on the riverfront near Gujarat Sahitya Parishad to display the footprint and take suggestions from investors to improvise on the existing footprint design.

    However, only 15 per cent of the total 172 hectares, reclaimed for the riverfront on both banks would be reserved for commercial development. SRFDCL would sign an MoU with the state urban development department of Rs 10,000 crore.

    "We have reserved 85 per cent of the total reclaimed 172 hectares for public use, the 15 per cent reserved for commercial purposes would only help us recover the estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore that we would have invested in the riverfront by December 2010. From September this year, we plan to lay roads on either side. The effective width of the banks on either side achieved is close to 100 metres," says Ahmedabad municipal commissioner and SRFDCL chairman IP Gautam.

    To achieve 85 per cent for public use, SRFDCL made several improvements in the earlier plans for riverfront. For instance, a large portion of land reserved for residential plots behind Torrent power plant was scrapped and the land was reserved for a green zone. Several such patches have been identified on the two banks.

    A senior SRFDCL official adds, "Our riverfront building footprint has many parallels elsewhere in the world. For instance, Vadaj portion of the riverfront can be compared with that of the Dubai waterfront, the Sardar Bridge portion can be compared with Louvre museum riverfront portion in Paris, while Gandhi bridge portion can be compared to that of Chicago riverfront, and Nehru Bridge portion can be compared to that of Hong Kong."
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • State back to DMRC for Rs 10,000 Crore Metro Project (http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/state-back-to-dmrc-for-rs-10-000cr-metro-project/411306/)

    Ahmedabad: IF THE government claims are to be believed, the proposed Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Dholera metro rail project will soon be a reality.

    The Gujarat government has once again approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for a modified detailed project report (DRP), as it wishes to extend the network to new residential areas being developed.

    The Rs 10,000-crore project will connect railway stations (Kalupur, Sabarmati, Gandhigram), bus stands (Paldi, Vadaj, Income Tax), International Airport and other destinations like Sachivalaya, Akshardham and Sabarmati Ashram.

    It may be mentioned here that the DMRC had prepared and submitted a DRP dealing with all the aspects of the project, including the corridor selection and the impact on the environment, four years ago. The government had accepted the same in October 2004.

    According to the Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC), the nodal agency for the project, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for this will be set up this year, and the project will be implemented within three years from its commencement. GUDC officials said that various modes, including

    public-private partnership, are being studied.

    The DMRC is at present studying the impact on the cost and profitability estimates due to the various additions and modifications. It is expected to submit the revalidated report soon, officials said. The project will be developed in two phases. Initially, there will be trains at every five minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes otherwise.

    The metro service is expected to carry 40,000 passengers per hour per direction traffic . According to the government estimates, about 6.75 lakh commuters are expected to use the metro rail daily soon after its commissioning. The figure may shoot up to 17 lakh by 2031. The project will have the state-of-the-art facilities, like air-conditioned coaches, ballastless tracks, automated fare collection, parking facilities, destination indicators, GPS-based rail tracking system, and traction system among others.

    Route map

    Phase I

    North–South Corridor: Vasna to Akshardham, a 32.65-km stretch with 31 stations

    East–West Corridor: Kalupur Junction to Thaltej, a 10.90-km stretch with 11 stations

    GIFT and Airport Link: N-S link to Gujarat International Finance Tech (8.3km) and international airport (eight km)

    Phase II

    * Sarkhej to Indroda Circle (32.4 km)
    * Vasna to Sarkhej (5.5 km)
    * Sarkhej to Dholera (120 km)
    - GJ10, in 9 years
  • Now you can walk on this Wall Street (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Now_you_can_walk_on_this_Wall_Street/articleshow/3985796.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: As the city's history collapses in bits into oblivion with crumbling walls, the Sabarmati riverfront project has incorporated plans to
    save the old city's fort wall so that people can actually walk over it, just like 600 years ago.

    The project involves making a walkway on the 500 metre length of the last remaining city wall stretches behind Khanjaan Darwaza and Indulal Yagnik park on the riverside. With some street fares to pepper the trip upon the wall, the walk will be an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Ahmedabad's heritage.

    The ambitious plan will be taken up as part of a joint exercise between Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A

    detailed project report is being prepared with relative cost estimates.

    "For strengthening the fort wall, we have the retaining wall of SRFDCL that would come up alongside. Some base structures of the wall too will be strengthened. We are consulting heritage experts. We will have a three to four metre wide walkway on top of the wall. A major part of the project will be part of SRFDCL," says AMC commissioner IP Gautam.

    SRFDCL authorities say the project is integrated into the pedestrianisation plans of Bhadra fort and Teen Darwaza. The stretch will boast of a 'pedestrian only' zone, on the lines of Marienplatz of Europe. Earlier, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by AMC with the Euro-India centre forum for urban heritage conservation, for this project.

    The 500-metre city wall falls just behind Bhadra fort and Pankor Naka and promises an enriching experience. The stretch will have a web of streets meant only for pedestrians.

    The main roads in the plan, which will be declared pedestrian zones, include Relief Road, Sardarbaug approach, Teen Darwaza pass and Bhadra Court approach.
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3187545604_3bb00962a6_b.jpg

    Latest works that are going on

    -Work up to walk way level has been completed from Railway bridge to Vasna
    -Retaining wall work has been 40% completed
    -For clean river water, suez diversion work is on. Pipeline work is nearly completed from Dafnala to Sardar bridge. Intermediate pumping station, Terminate pumping station and rising pipe line works are on. Work in Sardar bridge to Vasna barrage stretch has been started recently. A duct is being created in this stretch to facilitate sue to reach up to the suez treatment plant near Vasna barrage.
    -For work on level upper than walk way special 7 to 20 metre wide earth fill work is being done on both the sids of the river bank from railway bridge to Vasna barrage. General earth filling work is on from Railway bridge to Sardar bridge on the western side of the river. General earth filling work is nearly completed from Gandhi bridge to Nehru bridge.

    Source: http://deshgujarat.com/2009/01/11/amc-opens-the-sabarmati-riverfront-information-centre/
    - vibs89, in 10 years
  • Bakeri Announces Rs 1000 Crore Mega Township (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Bakeri_announces_Rs_1000-crore_mega_township/articleshow/4013676.cms)

    Affordable housing is all set to get major boost with Ahmedabad-based realty player Bakeri Engineers & Infrastructure
    Limited unveiling plans for a Rs-1,000 crore, 65-acre township at Makarba in Vejalpur.

    The township is planned to have nearly 7,000 homes spread across 7 million sq ft ranging, from one-bedroom flats for Rs 8 lakh to bungalows for Rs 50 lakh.

    Of this, 1,300 one and two-bedroom homes in the Rs 8-lakh to Rs 16-lakh range are slated to come up in the first phase, Bakeri group director Pavan Bakeri told newspersons here on Wednesday.

    The 8-million sq ft township will also include 1 million sq ft of commercial development and community spaces like a temple, day-care centre, park and pre-primary school.

    The township is part of the over Rs 3,775 crore worth of MoUs inked by Bakeri group with Gujarat government at the recent Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2009.

    Talking about USPs of the project, Bakeri said the company was offering a three-year maintenance and a unique Capital protection guarantee till occupation' and a three-year maintenance.

    This means that if the company reduces property prices at the township after a buyer has booked a home there, it would refund the excess amount to the buyer.

    "This new township project has been aimed at the discerning buyer who not only values aesthetics, functionality and quality, but also wants to live in a proximate location, and yet doesn't want to pay premium," Bakeri said.

    "The first 350 apartments which includes 830 sq ft, 2 BHK apartments and the 1 BHK, 630 sq ft apartments, are slated for completion between May 2009 and December 2009," Bakeri added.

    Set up in 1959, Bakeri group has developed nearly 25 million sq ft of realty in past 50 years.
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • Pacifica Companies, the San Diego-based real estate and asset management group, has marked its foray into the Indian hospitality sector. The company is focused on building its hospitality portfolio in the country. Presently, it is developing hotels in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Baroda. It is developing two properties in Bengaluru. The properties in Ahmedabad and one in Bengaluru will be developed under the Courtyard by Marriott brand. The group is yet to sign an operator for the other three properties.

    Speaking exclusively to Hospitality Biz about the development, Sumit Bhasin, V P Land Acquisitions & Asset Management - Hospitality Division, Pacifica Companies states, “We are strongly looking to establish our presence in the Indian market. Internationally, we work with brands like Marriott, Hilton and Radisson and aim to synergise our alliances for the Indian market as well.” The 164 room property in Ahmedabad is expected to start operations by March 2009; it is as per an MoU signed by the company with the Gujarat government during Vibrant Gujarat 2007. The Courtyard by Marriott in Bengaluru is slated to be ready by early 2011. Currently, the company is in the process of tying up with international developers for its other properties. It is also scouting for locations to add more properties to its portfolio.

    The company recently signed an MoU with the Gujarat government worth Rs 180 Crore to develop hotels in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The first of the two properties, at an investment of Rs 100 Crore, is a 150 room hotel with a total development of approximately 250000 sq ft; it is located on the S G Highway opposite the Gujarat High Court. The other, which will see a Rs 80 Crore investment, is a 100 room star category hotel with retail and commercial space, spread across approximately two acres on Genda Circle, Baroda.

    The company perceives huge potential in the hospitality sector’s mid market and budget segment and aims to develop properties under this category. “India’s budget segment needs a price correction. The Rs 2000 to Rs 4000 per room night segment is a huge market in India, with a large domestic market to cater to as well as international travellers,” he adds. Besides hospitality, the company will also develop residential and commercial projects in India. It has earmarked an investment of USD 600 million across the three verticals.

    Source: http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=3307&sid=1
    - Rasnaboy, in 10 years
  • Hirco Group Launches Hiranandani Palace Gardens, Ahmedabad (http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090119005705&newsLang=en)

    Hirco Group, India’s largest residential builder and developer of prestigious mixed-use townships, is pleased to announce the launch of Hiranandani Palace Gardens, Ahmedabad.

    The Ahmedabad project consists of mixed-use commercial and residential space. 3 million sq. ft. will be developed in the first phase. This project is similar to its projects in Chennai and Panvel which are co-invested with Hirco Plc (AIM: HRCO). The project has received approval as an IT special economic zone (IT SEZ). Hirco Developments, a Group company, will be responsible for project delivery and marketing.

    Hiranandani Palace Gardens, Ahmedabad will be strategically located with easy connections to Changodar and Belwa, the two main industrial belts of Ahmedabad. The township will be in the Ahmedabad development zone which also houses the Nano factory of Tata Motors. The site is 17 kilometers from the City centre and CBD at Ashram Road. The township will comprise of mixed use residential and commercial properties together with the social infrastructure such as entertainment, shopping, clubhouse etc.

    “We are very pleased to announce the launch of our next development in Ahmedabad. The project is very much in line with our strategy of building integrated townships for India’s rising and increasingly affluent middle class in well-connected suburbs of major cities. The township will be modeled on the same successful formula as our townships in Powai and elsewhere, providing high quality real estate with world class infrastructure,” commented Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, Hirco Group.

    Mr. Hiranandani further added “We continue to execute our strategy, it is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to buy real estate in India. The current global credit crisis has significantly impacted the Indian real estate sector not only in land prices but also other raw materials. We also see a lot less competition in the market from small developers the flight to quality established brands like ours. Through the latter part of 2009 and early 2010 we will see the market steadily bottom out. We are also seeing demand from investors who are reallocating their asset portfolios and look at current values as a asset protection tool to preserve capital and fight inflation .We continue to cautiously take advantage of these once in a generation opportunities.”

    Ahmedabad is the major city in the state of Gujarat – a leading industrial state in India, noted for its rapid growth and business-friendly environment. Gujarat accounts for 14% of India’s exports and 16% of investments, and the state GDP has been growing at the rate of 9%. On many indicators such as power consumption, cellular connections, car ownership Gujarat outperforms the national average by 2 to 1.

    With a population of approximately 4.5 million people, Ahmedabad is the 7th largest metropolis in India. Ahmedabad has many educational institutions, the most famous of which is Indian Institute of Management, a world-class business school. The information technology industry has also developed significantly in Ahmedabad. A NASSCOM survey on the "Super Nine Indian Destinations" for IT-enabled services ranked Ahmedabad fifth among the top nine most competitive cities in the country.

    Many large Indian companies, such as the Nirma Group, are headquartered in Ahmedabad. In recent years a number of foreign companies have set up facilities in Ahmedabad. Amongst them are Bosch Rexroth of Germany; Stork, Netherlands; Rollepaal, Netherlands and Johnson Pumps of Sweden. Ahmedabad is also the largest supplier of denim cloth in the country and one of the largest exporters of gems and jewelry in India.
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • Cross Posted in Indian Stadia Thread

    Team of Coventry Businemenn lead £30Million building of India's answer to Wembley (http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2009/01/20/coventry-businessmen-lead-30m-building-of-india-s-answer-to-wembley-92746-22732459/)

    http://images.icnetwork.co.uk/upl/covtelegraph/jan2009/7/0/F34D520D-95C7-BBAD-A2849E694EFCC5C1.jpg

    A TEAM of Coventry businessmen are leading the building of India’s answer to Wembley stadium.

    The £30million project is being spearheaded by Paul Fletcher, who oversaw the Ricoh Arena project.

    Mr Fletcher, the former chief *executive of the Ricoh and later the Sky Blues, joined forces with *Coventry’s Cassidy Group to form *StadiArena two years ago. Their *vision was to transform the way football stadiums work.

    The company, which is based in Meriden, near Coventry, is ready to start work on the state-of-the-art stadium in the city of Ahmedabad, in the Gujarat region of India.

    As well as hosting football matches the stadium will also boast corporate function rooms, space for major events as well as restaurants and hotel accommodation.

    The seating area at one end of the stadium will also be collapsible to provide further space for indoor sporting events, performances and fashion shows.

    Mr Fletcher, who was awarded the MBE for services to football in 2006, said he was very excited about the project.

    “This will be the first one in the world for StadiArena. I had anticipated the first would be in the UK but with the credit crunch there is no money to fund it. But India has the fastest growing economy in the world,” he said.

    “These stadiums are about more than football and we are convinced they will work. The whole community can use them rather than just football fans on a Saturday. It’s a no brainer. Using £30-40million on a stadium which is used so rarely is ludicrous, we’ve had to think of new ideas.”

    Mr Fletcher believes the Indian stadium, which is due to be completed by next year, is far more advanced than any of the stadiums he has already worked on, which include The McAlpine Stadium, in Huddersfield, The Reebok, in *Bolton, and Wembley.

    “The Ricoh, with its casino and hotel rooms is probably fifth or sixth generation. The StadiArena is probably eighth or ninth. It’s only right that each new idea is a little bit better than the last.

    “The Ricoh, with all its fantastic innovations still had something missing in that you can’t use the seats for anything when there’s no football match.”

    Patric Cassidy, fellow managing partner of *StadiArena, said: “Paul very much had a UK vision but ours was global. India is looking to expand football. The country has a population of 1.2billion and there are 60million in Gujarat itself so there is a huge market. It’s already been touted as the new Wembley of India.”

    THE 33,000-seater stadium in Gujarat will, at the push of a button, be able to convert into an indoor arena within six minutes which will be able to host audiences of between 2,000 to 20,000.

    The stadium will be used for a range of sporting events as well as football, including rugby, cricket and hockey.

    It will also host a training academy.

    It is expected the costs of the stadium will be recouped within three to five years.

    For Anyone Interested:


    McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield (http://www.fullflow.com/images/casestudies/Huddersfield%20Stadium.jpg)
    Reebok Stadium, Bolton (http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/sports/gallery2/d/819-1/reebokstadiumaerial-ba05845.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/sports/gallery2/v/football-stadia/bolton/reebokstadiumaerial-ba05845.jpg.html&usg=__UkuQmfOveCzWJY3yrFpuIdb9k6g=&h=550&w=800&sz=159&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=ThQquc9OmJwyfM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3DReebok%2BStadium%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26sa%3DN)
    Ricoh Arena, Coventry (http://www.cvone.co.uk/images/Gallery_Landscape/Outskirts/RicohArena.jpg)
    Wembley Stadium, London (http://www.ichauffeur.co.uk/a/i/wembley-stadium.jpg)

    On a side note, seeing as Wembley-Harrow is the Gujarat of London, it makes sense for Gujarat to have the Wembley of India :laugh:
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • Ahmedabad to be 2nd Biggest Metro (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad_to_be_2nd_biggest_metro/articleshow/4050139.cms)

    Call it the big bang effect. Soon, aapnu Amdavad will be second only to Delhi and way bigger than Hyderabad, Mumbai and
    Bangalore.

    For, size matters and metropolitan Ahmedabad is set to touch the magical 10,000 sq km mark. On the anvil is an Ahmedabad Metropolitan Region (AMR) plan that will stretch the city’s limits up to as far as Viramgam, Mehsana, Prantij, Petlad, Umreth, Tarapur and Nalsarovar. A big leap, given that just two years ago Ahmedabad was just a 198 sq km city when it gobbled up another 300 sq km to emerge as a mega city spread over 498 sq km and housing 55 lakh people. In the 19th century, Ahmedabad was just a 10 sq km walled city. But today, AMR is set to emerge as a mammoth metro encompassing parts of five districts — Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Anand and Mehsana — conceptualised on the lines of the National Capital Region that’s carved out of three states — Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

    And just like NCR Development Authority lords over 30,000 sq km area as a policy making and planning body, Ahmedabad Metropolitan Region Development Authority will be responsible for planning growth in the region without confronting the authority and functioning of panchayats. Sources said while the AMR Bill is being drafted, a notification would be enough to kickstart the process.

    With big ticket projects like Tata’s Nano parking next door, special investment regions (SIRs) in Dholera set to take off and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor gearing up to drive through, Ahmedabad is dreaming big. For a metro emerging as the new centre of gravity for global investments, Ahmedabad is set to spread its wings from being a one-airport city to a metro boasting of five airports at Fedara, Matar, Vataman, Tarapur and Bagodara. To begin with, Ahmedabad metro will be powered by four immediate growth centres — Sanand, Dehgam, Kalol and Mehemdabad. Later, it would also encompass seven new urban centres — Anand, Tarapur, Nadiad, Matar in the south-east of the metro region and Kadi, Viramgam, Detroj in the north-west
    region.
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • Multi-Modal Transport for a Bigger Ahmedabad (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Multi-modal_transport_for_a_bigger_Abad_/articleshow/4049231.cms)

    With Ahmedabad Metropolitan Region (AMR) becoming a reality, there are a number of goodies in store sprucing and widening
    of all state highways extending up to Dholka special investment region. The region will see multi-modal transportation hubs with Metro rail, BRTS, regional rail and the mass rapid transit system in the next seven to 10 years.

    The new proposed regional plan recently submitted in August by Gujarat Urban Development Corporation (GUDC) has not only proposed five airstrips within 65 kilometres radius from Ahmedabad city, but also four multi-modal transport stations in the same vicinity. AMR will cover an area of almost 10,000 square kilometres and a separate authority called Ahmedabad Metropolitan Authority (AMA) will be formulated.

    The regional plan also proposes to put an additional 113 kilometres of rail line in the region to the existing three lines. Not only this, the government has three such new plans to spruce up the state highway network in AMR that will link to main Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor (DMIC). At least eight state highways will be refurbished and increased in width for freight carriers assisting the transportation logistics in AMR.

    Three multi-modal transit hubs will integrate various modes of transport in AMR. These hubs will act as a single station that will help commuters shift from one mode of transport to the other. Three multi-modal hubs have been planned in Matar, Vataman and Tarapur.

    Five new airstrips have also been proposed in AMR in the regional development plan which includes Matar, Vataman, Tarapur, Bagodara and Fedara. Fedara, according to urban development officials, will be developed as an international airport.
    - GJ10, in 10 years
  • Crossposted in Airports/Aviation Thread

    GMR, GVK, Changi in Race to Pilot Fedara Airport (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/GMR_GVK_Changi_in_race_to_pilot_Fedara_airport/articleshow/3996083.cms)

    GANDHINAGAR: Top infrastructure firms like GMR, GVK and Changi of Singapore are learnt to be in the race to develop the proposed world class
    international airport at Fedara village, 85 km from Ahmedabad, near Dholera.

    The airport, which was first mooted a year ago, is on the fast track and evoking keen interest among airport developers, thanks to the recently concluded Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2009, government sources said.

    A top bureaucrat close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi told TOI that the summit saw top infrastructure groups making a beeline for developing the international airport, of which these three biggies seemed to be more serious. The three giants are believed to be keen on developing the airport in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

    "Executives of the three groups participating in the summit showed keen interest in developing the greenfield airport, for which 1,690.22 hectares of land has been reserved next to Fedara," a senior official said.

    "We have, however, asked them to hold on as the proposal has been sent to the Airports Authority of India
    (AAI) for preparing a detailed project report. Once we receive the AAI nod for the site, we will get down to the job of zeroing in on a developer for the airport."

    According to sources, AAI officials present at the summit, including AAI's technical and financial director, were urged by the state government to expedite the DPR preparation.

    The Fedara airport is strategically located between Ahmedabad and Dholera, the nearest point from Ahmedabad (110 km) in the Gulf of Cambay, where the Adani group is planning a private sector port. The airport is expected to be part of the 350-sq km Ahmedabad-Dholera special investment region that forms part of the second phase of Japan-supported $77-billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

    The need for a new international airport was felt because of rising international passenger traffic at the existing airport at Hansol, which despite a new upcoming world-class international terminal, is expected to face expansion constraints in the future.
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • With Ahmedabad Metropolitan Region (AMR) becoming a reality, there are a number of goodies in store sprucing and widening
    of all state highways extending up to Dholka special investment region. The region will see multi-modal transportation hubs with Metro rail, BRTS, regional rail and the mass rapid transit system in the next seven to 10 years.

    The new proposed regional plan recently submitted in August by Gujarat Urban Development Corporation (GUDC) has not only proposed five airstrips within 65 kilometres radius from Ahmedabad city, but also four multi-modal transport stations in the same vicinity. AMR will cover an area of almost 10,000 square kilometres and a separate authority called Ahmedabad Metropolitan Authority (AMA) will be formulated.

    The regional plan also proposes to put an additional 113 kilometres of rail line in the region to the existing three lines. Not only this, the government has three such new plans to spruce up the state highway network in AMR that will link to main Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor (DMIC). At least eight state highways will be refurbished and increased in width for freight carriers assisting the transportation logistics in AMR.

    Three multi-modal transit hubs will integrate various modes of transport in AMR. These hubs will act as a single station that will help commuters shift from one mode of transport to the other. Three multi-modal hubs have been planned in Matar, Vataman and Tarapur.

    Five new airstrips have also been proposed in AMR in the regional development plan which includes Matar, Vataman, Tarapur, Bagodara and Fedara. Fedara, according to urban development officials, will be developed as an international airport.

    five airports at Fedara, Matar, Vataman, Tarapur and Bagodara.

    This is great idea but it seems there is an error in reporting by TOI. Just check google maps... and you will notice that all of these cities are south of the AMD... 4 of this cities Fedara, Vataman, Tarapur and Bagodara are located around the new proposed greenfield airport site near fedara village close to the SIR/SEZ. Ideal solution for 5 airports would be one at current site 1. HASNOL, 2. mahemdavad (right of amd-vadodra expressway or the proposed 400 meter RING EXPRESSWAY) 3. Fedara 4. Prantij 5. somewhere between kalol and mahesaha...

    WHAT SAY?? .. any comments?
    - rajugentleman80, in 11 years
  • This is great idea but it seems there is an error in reporting by TOI. Just check google maps... and you will notice that all of these cities are south of the AMD... 4 of this cities Fedara, Vataman, Tarapur and Bagodara are located around the new proposed greenfield airport site near fedara village close to the SIR/SEZ. Ideal solution for 5 airports would be one at current site 1. HASNOL, 2. mahemdavad (right of amd-vadodra expressway or the proposed 400 meter RING EXPRESSWAY) 3. Fedara 4. Prantij 5. somewhere between kalol and mahesaha...

    WHAT SAY?? .. any comments?


    I think in the next 5-10 years Gujarat will be the most developed state...
    - vidya, in 11 years
  • I think in the next 5-10 years Gujarat will be the most developed state...

    Haha... you're about 8-13 years late with that prediction ;)

    Rajugentleman

    From my understanding, its no mistake, the Fedara Airport will be a Greenfield International Airport, whereas all the others will simply be Industrial Airbases (I have no idea what the correct terminology for this would be!)

    What I mean is they will probably be there to serve Air-Cargo/Freight needs of the upcoming Special Investment Region in Dholera + Ahmedabad/Saurashtra region, rather than being for passenger services.

    Current Ahmedabad International Airport + Fedara International Airport should be able to work in tandem.
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • Ahmedabad : When Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) prepared final report for ambitious metro rail project for city, it predicted almost 50,400 passengers alighting and boarding from Sabarmati-Motera station daily. This was the highest passenger count from a station in city and reasons are palpable. Chandkheda-Motera, which will be residential hub for most white-collared professionals, will have direct connectivity to western part of city, major transit points and a direct access to Gandhinagar.

    Besides, Chandkheda-Motera will be one of the few areas in city that will see both BRTS and Metro rail service running alongside each other. This is not to mention regional rail planned at Sabarmati railway station. Metro route passes through Sabarmati, Motera, Koba circle connecting to Gandhinagar.

    But it does not end here. Phase 3 of BRTS project is aimed at connecting proposed GIFT city to Chandkheda-Motera. The 32-km stretch in third phase will connect Motera-Chandkheda area to main BRTS network involving 90 km which also offers direct access to kalupur railway station. If this is not enough, this area will get a regional rail transport placed just a km away. The link would be Kalupur-Barejadi-Kalol line that plans to go across core city and connect to places in greater Ahmedabad region. Sources in Gujarat Urban Development Corporation (GUDC) say Sabarmati station can become next integrated public transport hub of city after Kalupur, where one can board a BRTS bus, regional rail or a metro rail from a single station to desired destination in city. Potential of the area is being looked into by the state government.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Metro_BRTS__regional_rail_a_big_bonus/articleshow/4067151.cms
    - ankushgupta, in 11 years
  • Highlights of Ahmedabad Civic Budget 2009-2010 (http://deshgujarat.com/2009/02/03/highlites-of-ahmedabad-civic-budget-2009-10/)


    Here are some highlights of The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s year 2009-10 budget that was announced yesterday.

    Bhadra Chowk development

    The road from Tran Daewaza to Bhadra’s Mahakali temple will be developed under the guidence of an architect with walkways, fountains, benches, lighting, beautification and landscaping at a cost of Rs. 2.5 crore.

    Gujarat’s history on Kankaria lake wall

    The paintings depicting the history of Ahmedabad and Gujarat, success stories of the Gujarati people will be painted on the Kankaria lake wall with the help f architects and artists at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Roads leading to Kankaria will be modernised at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.

    Streetlights for new west zone

    New west zone areas(between SG Highway and SP Ring Road) will get new streetlights at a cost of Rs 2 crore.Rs 10 crore have been allotted for sewage network for new west zone.

    100 new feeder buses

    100 feeder buses with an investment of Rs 5 crore will be introduced at a cost of Rs 5 crore.With increase in the area under the AMC and the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit System(BRTS) feeder buses would be useful to ferry the commuters from various areas to BRTS bus stops and vice-versa. The buses would be in addition to the present fleet of 750 AMTS buses and 50 BRTS buses.

    Law Garden food street will be regularised

    The Law Garden eatery market would be regularised. The standing commitee has asked the municipal commissioner to get the design and policy prepared. The regularisation will help generate employment and will help the civic body to keep a close watch on the quality of food served there.

    Gandhi Ashram to become a Silence Zone

    Gandhi Ashram would be developed as a heritage complex and will become a silence zone. The AMC plans to spend Rs 152 crore approved by the government of India in this project. The Dandi bridge will also be developed. The AMC has allotted Rs 2 crore for design of this project.

    Plot walls will have a designer look

    Walls of all the vacant plots under AMC, Gujarat Housing Board, Slum Clearance Board and AUDA will be designed newly. The project has been implemented in a plot neat Jahanvi Restaurant. 8 feet high compound walls will cover water and drainage pumping stations.Rs2 crore are allotted for this.

    Rathyatra route development

    Footpaths on traditional Rathyatra route will be interlocked. The AMC has allotted Rs 50 lakh for this.

    Housing for urban poor

    The AMC will construct more than 2,000 houses for urban poor in addition to the planned 18,000 residences.

    New indoor stadium

    New indoor stadium will be developed at the backside of the Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura.

    Thaltej lake development

    A lake located at Thaltej area will be developed.

    Kitchen at Tagore hall

    A kitchen would be set up in the open plot of Tagore hall in Paldi area. New commuinity halls will be developed in Isanpur, Girdharnagar and Naroda road wards.

    New civic centres

    New civic centres will be set uup at Chandkheda, Ramol and Viratnagar. Civic centres are useful for procedures such as issuing a birth certificate etc.

    New over bridge in Gota

    An over bridge at Gota has been planned in the budget at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. The proposed bridge would connect Chandlodiya, Jagatpur, Chenpur and Ghatlodiya and new areas like Gota, Ognaj, Vadsar and Lapkaman to Gandhinagar
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • Cross Posted in Airports Thread

    Fedara Airport Gets Airspace Clearance (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Fedara_airport_gets_airspace_clearance/articleshow/4093977.cms)

    GANDHINAGAR: The proposed second international airport at Ahmedabad is inching closer to takeoff with the Centre learnt to have given airspace clearance to 1,690 hectare area reserved at Fedara, 85 km from Ahmedabad.

    Sources told TOI that Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel has already cleared the file on airspace clearance based on which details of landing and takeoff of planes can be worked out for the project.

    The airspace clearance follows talks held by Gujarat government officials with Airport Authority of India officials, including its technical and financial directors, during the Vibrant Gujarat summit. “The clearance means the proposed site is not an obstruction to the existing airport at Hansol in Ahmedabad. As per international norms, airspace clearance is a must for any airport project to take off,” a senior official said.

    Airspace clearance is based on specifications laid down by Jeppesen, an American subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which specialises in aeronautical charting and navigation services, flight planning, pilot supplies and aviation training. “The existing Ahmedabad airport has a 11,000-feet runway, making it uncomfortable to land Airbus-380. However, the Fedra airport has space for two runways of 12,000-feet each, putting it on the international map for Airbus-380s,” the official explained.

    The Fedara airport, coming up on the northern tip of Dholera Special Investment Region and close to the proposed mini-Japan township, is being put up keeping in mind requirements of over a decade from now.
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • if ahmedabad is to become 2nd biggest metro in india there will be a need for a metro rail system.
    - inus2663, in 11 years
  • if ahmedabad is to become 2nd biggest metro in india there will be a need for a metro rail system.

    Dude, read through the thread (last mention of it was only 3 posts up from your own!!!)

    Ahmedabad Metro Rail System, in association with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is already planned for Gandhinagar-Gift City-Ahmedabad-Fedara Int Airport-Dholera route plus East-West route within Ahmedabad.
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • Haha... you're about 8-13 years late with that prediction ;)

    Rajugentleman

    From my understanding, its no mistake, the Fedara Airport will be a Greenfield International Airport, whereas all the others will simply be Industrial Airbases (I have no idea what the correct terminology for this would be!)

    What I mean is they will probably be there to serve Air-Cargo/Freight needs of the upcoming Special Investment Region in Dholera + Ahmedabad/Saurashtra region, rather than being for passenger services.

    Current Ahmedabad International Airport + Fedara International Airport should be able to work in tandem.

    Honestly speaking, Modi is over hyping Gujarat now. What the hell we want to do with 5 Airports? Speaking of Fadera Airport its 85km far from Ahmedbad, so whats use of that Airport? When I left India close to 14 yr ago via Air India from Hasol Airport, Luggage Cart were not working properly, (jam/broken wheel etc), last year when I landed Ad int Airport, still those carts are not working! Once you out of Airport, and want to walk to car parking area, you find no proper road. Its all dusty-rocky rough road. If we can't fix luggage cart & parking road in 14 years, Should we expect 5+ Airports in few years? May be in few centuries. Come on guy be realistic. TOI just need some daily material thats all.
    - Wallst, in 11 years
  • Honestly speaking, Modi is over hyping Gujarat now. What the hell we want to do with 5 Airports? Speaking of Fadera Airport its 85km far from Ahmedbad, so whats use of that Airport? When I left India close to 14 yr ago via Air India from Hasol Airport, Luggage Cart were not working properly, (jam/broken wheel etc), last year when I landed Ad int Airport, still those carts are not working! Once you out of Airport, and want to walk to car parking area, you find no proper road. Its all dusty-rocky rough road. If we can't fix luggage cart & parking road in 14 years, Should we expect 5+ Airports in few years? May be in few centuries. Come on guy be realistic. TOI just need some daily material thats all.


    ^^
    The actual article talked about 5 "airstrips", out of which one at Fedara would be developed into an International Airport.

    The section that Rajugentlemen put into quote marks that talked about 5 Airports was not part of any official report and was probably just an honest mistake by him.

    Like I said before, these are just going to be the Air Freight versions of Cargo Jetties, there is no indication whatsoever that anywhere other than Fedara will be developed into an actual Airport (handling passengers)

    Why choose Fedara which is in the middle of nowhere? Well, the answer to this is all to do with the long term plans for the future of the Greater Ahmedabad Metro Region.

    Fedara is right next to Dholera, Dholera being the Special Investment Region that will be extensively developed as part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, featuring HCCs Waterfront City along the lines of Lavasa, featuring Metro Rail link from Gandhinagar-GIFT-Ahmedabad-Fedara-Dholera, Mini-Japan Township and Greenfield Port amongst other things.

    For Full details see below:

    Full Dholera Masterplan - 5609KB (www.vibrantgujarat.com/sector-presentation/pdf/sir/mr_mark_brown_dholera_sir_12an09.pdf)

    Its a massive project that I get the feeling is maybe too large for some people to grasp, but whatever your opinions are on it, nobody can deny that it is extremely well planned. Look around India, look around this forum even, the number of people moaning about how their Cities just havent been able to grow rapidly enough due to the lack of suitable infrastructure is clear to see and is the recurring nightmare of Indian Urban Development.

    I think its a real shame that when the Govt of Gujarat is actually showing some foresight and vision with regards to large scale Urban Planning, there are people who choose to deride it as "overhyping". 20 years ago, similar things would have been said when the Masterplans for Shenzhen and Shanghai were laid out... hasnt exactly turned out too badly for them.

    If the debate of "should Ahmedabad get another Airport?" goes to a matter of opinion between major internationally renowned urban planners such as Halcrow vs the Aam Junta who believe that one Crumbling AAI-Owned building with 3rd-World Facilities is reason enough not to warrant a new Airport... I know which side Id have more faith in.

    If everything was to be judged by the state of Govt Owned Airports (or even worse... Railway Stations) then surely nothing in India would be deemed worthy of deserving development.
    - GJ10, in 11 years
  • Dude, read through the thread (last mention of it was only 3 posts up from your own!!!)

    Ahmedabad Metro Rail System, in association with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is already planned for Gandhinagar-Gift City-Ahmedabad-Fedara Int Airport-Dholera route plus East-West route within Ahmedabad.

    my bad... misunderstood that for some reason.
    - inus2663, in 11 years
  • Honestly speaking, Modi is over hyping Gujarat now. What the hell we want to do with 5 Airports? Speaking of Fadera Airport its 85km far from Ahmedbad, so whats use of that Airport? When I left India close to 14 yr ago via Air India from Hasol Airport, Luggage Cart were not working properly, (jam/broken wheel etc), last year when I landed Ad int Airport, still those carts are not working! Once you out of Airport, and want to walk to car parking area, you find no proper road. Its all dusty-rocky rough road. If we can't fix luggage cart & parking road in 14 years, Should we expect 5+ Airports in few years? May be in few centuries. Come on guy be realistic. TOI just need some daily material thats all.

    Airports comes under central goverment. We should be asking about the luggage carts to Praful Patel.
    - shohm, in 11 years
  • The actual article talked about 5 "airstrips", out of which one at Fedara would be developed into an International Airport.

    Airstrip make sense, but wonder what kind of cargo will be airlift.

    Fedara is right next to Dholera, Dholera being the Special Investment Region that will be extensively developed as part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, featuring HCCs Waterfront City along the lines of Lavasa, featuring Metro Rail link from Gandhinagar-GIFT-Ahmedabad-Fedara-Dholera, Mini-Japan Township and Greenfield Port amongst other things.

    That is very interesting, and I am also following these projects from long time. My only concern is will Gujarat have opportunity (job creation) to digest this type of infrastructure project? I mean we are talking about building new Ahmedbad or Gadhinagar. Day by day Global market is getting weak, how we will fund these projects? Specially When credit crunch is spread all over the world now.

    Its a massive project that I get the feeling is maybe too large for some people to grasp, but whatever your opinions are on it, nobody can deny that it is extremely well planned.

    Do not consider me pessimist or over enthu, I am trying to be more realistic. I am not saying nothing will happen. But I am also not buying that everything will happen. If it happens I will be first one to open champaign bottle, becasue I have vested interest in Sanand area which is closer to this project.

    I think its a real shame that when the Govt of Gujarat is actually showing some foresight and vision with regards to large scale Urban Planning, there are people who choose to deride it as "overhyping". 20 years ago, similar things would have been said when the Masterplans for Shenzhen and Shanghai were laid out... hasnt exactly turned out too badly for them.

    There is nothing to shame about, in democracy we should have check and balance on our elected govt. Shenzhen and Shanghai is located in China. Communist regime can run bulldozers in matter of minutes on slums like Dharavi. Here we are talking about fractured Indian democracy, where to remove 5*5 wall is pain in neck for govt, because someone will put stay on it, or Megha patakar & co will come up with some new drama.

    If the debate of "should Ahmedabad get another Airport?" goes to a matter of opinion between major internationally renowned urban planners such as Halcrow vs the Aam Junta who believe that one Crumbling AAI-Owned building with 3rd-World Facilities is reason enough not to warrant a new Airport... I know which side Id have more faith in.

    I don't know much about state govt paid Halcrow or even Aam Junata. I am all for new Airport, but first we need to fix existing airport. Also what kind of int traffic Ad airport will get? I mean we will keep 2 int Airport or 1 will be domestic and new one will be int?

    If everything was to be judged by the state of Govt Owned Airports (or even worse... Railway Stations) then surely nothing in India would be deemed worthy of deserving development.

    No one against any development, I am also exited like you that something is coming to our state (assuming you are from Guj by your id). But don't you feel that Modi is giving too much of :cheers: to everyone now days.

    In recent time kid died in Ahmedbad because there was no main hole covers on gutter! We are talking about billions of $ projects around Ad, but within Ad AMC is missing main hole covers which may be costing them thousand rupees.
    - Wallst, in 12 years
  • Personally, I feel that if Modi's image outside of Gujarat wasnt still tarnished by what happened 7years ago in the aftermath of the Godhra incident, he would be heralded all around India (and possibly beyond) as a textbook examble of how to govern effectively in an emerging market nation.

    I can definately agree that Modi and the Govt of Gujarat in general are an excellent example of how to use the media to attract foreign investment, all the videos and presentations they produce are top notch, they really do a great job selling Gujarat to the outside world. Do i see this as a bad thing? Not particularly, in the global market there is so much choice nowadays in terms of where to invest, the world is a very small place all of a sudden. If Modi can continue to attract investment to Gujarat, thats all that matters, whether hes being too much of a showman or a salesman isnt particularly important to me or to anyone who will directly benefit from Gujarats continued growth.

    In terms of how Gujarat will fund these projects, if we can continue to underline our position as the number 1 investment location in India, simple economies of scale will help attract further investment. In the current global market, there is more fear than anytime in many years, if as Modi intends, Gujarat becomes recognised internationally as a "safe-bet" investment destination, investment flow may not actually be much of a concern.

    I also like to see myself as a realist rather than an optimist, I feel that India as a whole over the past decade or so has been putting an unhealthy amount of emphasis on a couple of shaky sectors, predominantly the IT Industry but also Luxury Real Estate and the Building of Shopping Malls. Aside from the failed experiment with Malls, Im glad that Gujarat as a whole has avoided this route.

    The focus on areas such as Downstream Oil Refining, Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Chemicals may not be as glamourous as having Microsoft etc in the state, but when it comes to times of global slowdown such as now, which sectors are better protected? The downturn is global, it is affecting Gujarat as it would affect anywhere, Diamond Industry is the prime example of this. But in times of downturn, i feel that the most important thing to keep in mind is not the relative effect of the downturn, ie how similar industries are doing in other parts of the world. Considering it in this sense, i think Gujarat is quite well positioned.

    The Development of infrastructure in the small cities, the towns and even the villages is in my opinion, the highlight of what Gujarat is today. Electricity, Water, Roads, these are the essentials for a modern lifestyle, I feel there is maybe a tendency in other parts of India to assume that a modern lifestyle is not possible outside a City. Its this sort of thinking that results in so much of the rural-urban migration that really kills Indian cities.

    I browse through the various sections of this site and look in awe at some of the fancy renders and u/c shots of upmarket apartment blocks that are springing up all across the rest of India... but am i convinced thats the type of development India needs right now? Not particularly. I dont believe the market is there for such developments, I dont even believe that the existing infrastructure in most Indian cities can cope with the extra demand for simple things like Water, Electricity and Roads... those same simple things that have been successfully provided across the whole of Gujarat

    Like yourself, im extremely excited by the development that is coming to Gujarat, thats why im happy with Modis leadership. Do I attribute all of Gujarats growth to him? Not at all, but I think hes got the right sort of attitude and outlook to continue steering the state in the right direction.

    In response to your points about the Fedara Airport in particular, I think that long-term it will be an International Airport for the upcoming Dholera City, whilst I would like to hope that in the medium term at least, it will take the strain off SVP Ahmedabad, so that it can be fully upgraded. The planned metro link between Fedara and Ahmedabad City should make this a low inconvenience possibility even if they decide to fully close SVP temporarily to carry out improvement works.

    You guessed correctly, Im Gujarati and currently live in London, but go back every year and am always impressed by the pace of change. But the other point that is important is that honestly, I can tell you that Kids get themselves killed in London and all over the world too. Airport Trolleys dont always work in Heathrow, Dubai or anywhere else! Such anecdotal evidence should not be read into in any detail. I could easily write a hundred stories about things ive seen in London that would make it sound like the most backwards place in world, but overall, a bit of perspective is needed.

    Gujarat is nowhere near perfect, but the difference between other states and ours is quite evident. This does not mean that Ahmedabad is more developed than Bombay, before anyone gets too hot under the collar, but in all honesty, if you compare our 3rd biggest city, 5th biggest city, 8th biggest city etc to their counterparts in other large states, MH, KA, TN, AP, RJ, UP etc then its obvious to anyone that we are many many years ahead and also accelerating away.
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Very good post, I don't think you are Gujju you have good command on English.:)


    I also like to see myself as a realist rather than an optimist, I feel that India as a whole over the past decade or so has been putting an unhealthy amount of emphasis on a couple of shaky sectors, predominantly the IT Industry but also Luxury Real Estate and the Building of Shopping Malls. Aside from the failed experiment with Malls, Im glad that Gujarat as a whole has avoided this route.

    Well you bring interesting point here, I was always surprised by crazy price of RE in Hyd-Pune- etc. They have 1-1.5 Cr apt, but have to keep generator because you will have power cut 3-4 hr in a day. Why you think IT industry is shaky sector? South has seen prosperity due to this sector in last few years. Personally I am happy that IT presence is not much in Guj, reason I believe due to business model of IT cos, they will always have healthy profit margin which can afford high salary for employee. And that high salary will increase price of everything around them. Take example of any city of south, local or even NRI can not afford to by RE there. Of course Ad RE also gone up but not like these cities. So Ad is still affordable city to live. You and me can buy decent place in Ad-Baroda while others have to think twice because high cost of RE in other states.
    - Wallst, in 12 years
  • Very good post, I don't think you are Gujju you have good command on English.:)

    Well you bring interesting point here, I was always surprised by crazy price of RE in Hyd-Pune- etc. They have 1-1.5 Cr apt, but have to keep generator because you will have power cut 3-4 hr in a day. Why you think IT industry is shaky sector? South has seen prosperity due to this sector in last few years. Personally I am happy that IT presence is not much in Guj, reason I believe due to business model of IT cos, they will always have healthy profit margin which can afford high salary for employee. And that high salary will increase price of everything around them. Take example of any city of south, local or even NRI can not afford to by RE there. Of course Ad RE also gone up but not like these cities. So Ad is still affordable city to live. You and me can buy decent place in Ad-Baroda while others have to think twice because high cost of RE in other states.

    Haha, well the unabridged version is that Im born and raised in England, both my parents were born in East Africa, but I like to think that Im still a Gujarati at the end of it!

    Calling the IT industry shaky was probably an exagerration, but nonetheless, I think its too early to view the South Indian IT Boom as a long-term trend. Its also equally important to remember that this boom has not penetrated into the rural areas of the Southern States particularly well at all. Bangalore and Hyderabad may look more prosperous than Ahmedabad, but in terms of statewide prosperity, the boom hasnt delivered in a widespread way.

    My main concern is with the whole BPO, IT services, Consultancy etc field is that in all cases the Indian Companies or Indian Employees of Foreign Companies are right at the bottom of the food chain.

    If everything is fine in the world, then thats not any sort of issue. However, with a global recession, my fear is that unemployment calming measures in the West may spell disaster for the more "dispensable" Indian operations.

    The number of companies in Britain that advertise using the slogan "UK Only Call-Centres" is quite worrying. When it comes to rising unemployment, any Western Govt employment initiative is naturally going to focus on encouraging the establishment of Service Sector Jobs, ideally the ones that have been "lost" to places like India over the past few years.

    Im fully aware that this is all complete speculation and am not trying to sound like I can predict the future, but with a name like "Wallst", Im assuming you will be familiar with the concept of "defensive stocks". Translated out to the real world, the Gujarati economy is quite heavy on the "defensive" sectors, which is exactly what leads to believe that we are well positioned during this slowdown. Oil, Energy (due to internal Indian demand at least) Pharma, Industrial Chemicals, Tobacco even, these are all good areas to be involved with right now.

    In terms of RE rates, def agree with you that the higher income population will tend to cause a localised area of inflation around them. However, I also think that in KA and AP in particular, the simple lack of a realistic alternative to investing in Bangalore or Hyderabad is also partly responsible for adding to the premium that is associated with the Metro Cities. Population will shift according to opportunities, prices will rise according to demand, net result is astronomical rises in Bangalore, Hyderabad RE, whilst economically the smaller towns suffer.

    Im glad thats not the way it has worked in Gujarat, in the immediate sense, its resulted in many Gujarati Cities spread across all regions of the State with increasingly prosperous economies and populations. Additionally, in the long term I truly believe that the relatively slower pace of development for Ahmedabad in comparison to Bangalore/Hyderabad will actually prove to be of great benefit to Ahmedabad, which in turn will be an example to follow for the future development of Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Bharuch, etc....
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Nice Posts GJ10, but I have to comment on one thing. When do you find time to write all these posts?
    - dhim100, in 12 years
  • Nice Posts GJ10, but I have to comment on one thing. When do you find time to write all these posts?

    lol... i ask myself the same thing whenever i notice my postcount... :ohno:

    truth is i can always find something to waste time when im meant to be revising... such as now :lol:
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Anant Rak to set up Rs 4k Crore Education City in Gujarat (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/anant-raj-to-setrs-4k-cr-education-city-in-gujarat/00/30/350313/)

    In a first-of-its-kind venture in the country, Anant Raj Industries, a Delhi-based real estate development company, is planning to set up an education city at Mehsana in Gujarat. At a total investment of Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 crore, the city will house the best educational institutes. Anant Raj has been allotted 750 acres by the Gujarat government.

    “The concept of education city is unique and similar to that of the only one in Wales. The education city will be a township, based on education and will welcome universities, schools, colleges and institute which cater to the education sector. We recently acquired the land and would begin construction soon.

    The education city should be fully functional in five months. It is too early to comment on the tie-ups with the educational institutes, which will be a part of this township but we are also in talks with international universities and are likely to come up with names in the next 30 days,” said Amit Sarin, ED, Anant Raj Industries.

    “We will provide all the infrastructure required to develop the education city, which will be located just 90 km from Ahmedabad. Facilities like services appartments, multiplexes and hotels, to name a few, will be a part of this educational city. The investment will be in phases and the total investment will be between Rs 3.500 and Rs 4,000 crore,” Sarin added.

    The company is in the process of building an array of special economic zones (SEZs), IT parks, hotels, commercial complexes, malls, residential, service apartments and other infrastructure projects.

    Have no idea what they could possibly mean by "fully functional in 5 months" :lol:

    But its good that education is being focussed on, its definitely the area that Gujarat lags behind in.
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Godrej to develop mega township in Ahmedabad
    Godrej Properties, a real estate arm of Godrej Group, is likely to develop a Rs 5,000 crore mega township project in Ahmedabad.
    The real estate company had signed an MoU with the Gujarat Government for the project during the Vibrant Gujarat summit 2009. The township project comprising a commercial and retail complex is likely to be spread across 300 lakh sq. ft. Most of the funds for the township project are expected to come through bookings and the rest is expected to be financed through internal accruals. Construction work is expected to begin shortly.
    - amco_in, in 12 years
  • Shapath V Hotel

    http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/2103/hoteljbt.jpg (http://img11.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hoteljbt.jpg)
    Link (http://axisfacadesdotcom.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-11-03T16%3A19%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=7)
    - India101, in 12 years
  • New firm to speed up Metro in Ahmedabad (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1252343)

    In an attempt to put the Metro Rail Project between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar on the fast track, the state government will set up a Rs200 crore company for the execution of the project.

    The company is likely to be christened as the Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA). Sources in the state government said the formalities for the formation of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) -- MEGA -- have already been cleared.

    Earlier, the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd) in its techno-feasibility report had suggested the need to establish an SPV for the Metro Link Express. "The company will help plan and implement the Metro Rail Project and its expansion," said a source. It will have the right to acquire land for the project and will act as a nodal agency for all future projects of the company, the source said.

    The formation of MEGA is expected to give a major boost to both the metro rail project and the regional rail project which aims to connect the peripheral areas of Ahmedabad with the dedicated rail link

    On an average, some 50,000 people commute between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar every day.
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Bopal facelift plan to get government nod soon (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1252498)

    Residents of Bopal will soon get a respite from burgeoning traffic, poor roads, drainage and similar other issues in the area, thanks to the state government who has in principle given approval to the Bopal Development Plan (BDP) and three Town Planning (TP) schemes for the area.

    Highly placed source in the state government informed that the BDP and three TPs, prepared by the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda), have been in principle cleared with necessary technical changes suggested by the chief town planner's (CTP) office and higher authorities of the state urban development department.

    The CTP had sent BDP and the three TPs to the state government long back for approval. However, because of the Lok Sabha elections and the implementation of the code of conduct, they were put on hold. Once the code of conduct expires, the proposed plans will be cleared by the government formally. Thereafter, Auda can also start with the implementation of the plans, said the source.

    Auda had submitted its final BDP to the CTP with a map of the area that showed that the existing land usage. It had also submitted details of the general development control regulation part II and a list of objections raised by the residents of the area and the general public.

    The CTP did a field study of the area, of the development plan put forward by Auda and the objections raised by the citizens. It was after thorough research that the CTP
    submitted its final report to the government.

    "We will ensure that roads in Bopal are improved and development plan executed without damaging the already existing structures. Roads will be realigned in such a way that they can be widened to the maximum and are user friendly," said the source.

    Only a few buildings will have to be demolished. The new BDP mainly focuses on the zoning in the different residential areas and creating wider road network. This will include widening of Ambali-Bopal-Ghuma main road, roads connecting Sardar Patel Ring Road Shilaj and realignment of internal roads, added the source.

    It is believed that the BDP and the three TPs are complimentary to each other. The new TPs will cover almost entire Bopal which includes, classification of residential zone (I and II), commercial zone, open spaces like gardens, development of main lake and eight other water bodies.

    Lakes and water bodies will be developed keeping in mind the water conservation requirements of the residents. A new road connecting ring road, Bopal, Sanand and Kalol is also under consideration. The final BDP and the three TPs are expected to be cleared by the urban development minister and chief minister Narendra Modi sometime around June-July.
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Solar Power Charges Amdavadis (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Solar-power-charges-Amdavadis/articleshow/4452492.cms)

    Imagine a house running only on solar energy. From water heater to every light bulb. This thought could turn into a reality soon, with a sharp rise in number of takers for this alternative and green power source.

    Advanced solar appliances have become popular among educational institutes and corporate houses to generate thermal and electric energy.

    School of Solar Energy, a constituent of Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar is researching photovoltaic cell - a device that directly converts sunlight into electricity which could bring down the cost of using solar energy. They are not alone. Indian Institute of Management in city (IIM-A )has installed solar street lights in the campus, Intas Biopharma has started with a borocell solar heating panel for their kitchen facilities and even Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has plans for solar powered street lights in AMC gardens.

    General Manager (projects- engineering) of Intas Biopharma, Satish Kolte says, "Not only is solar energy an environment-friendly option, it also cuts on costs in the long run. We started with this solar prototype two months ago in our kitchen and so far, it has given good results."

    "We will be using solar energy in all our upcoming plants. We believe industries can tap into this freely available large source of energy," adds Kolte.

    Recently, Gujarat government also announced Solar Power Policy, 2009, to promote solar power generation as an alternative source of energy.

    Satish Deshpande, a solar power expert, has been using solar energy in his home since the last 12 years and now prefers to cook his lunch in his solar concentrator. Deshapande says, "It makes economic sense to embrace it."

    Akshat Khare, a young entrepreneur has started a solar-based lighting system to promote the use of solar energy. "We have installed solar streetlights at IIM-A, SEWA and at other organisations in city," he says.
    - GJ10, in 12 years
  • Tatas planning "Nano" houses for Ahmedabad (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1254024)

    After shifting the main Nano manufacturing plant to Gujarat from West Bengal, the Tata Group is now planning a residential township in the state, the focus being on affordable housing.

    The proposed township, which is likely to come up in Sanand taluka, will have apartments in the price range of Rs3.9 lakh to Rs6.7 lakh. These will be a room kitchen (small and large) and bedroom hall and kitchen (BHK) apartments.

    Officials of Tata Housing, a subsidiary of the Tata Group of industries, told DNA on Wednesday that the company had plans to build a 'mixed residential township' near Ahmedabad. This announcement was made after Tata Housing launched its new venture - the first 'Shubh Griha' township - in Boisar near Mumbai. The company proposes to build affordable 'value homes' under the 'Shubh Griha' brand in several other cities of the country.

    The size of the flats in the Boisar township will be between 283 sq ft and 465 sq ft. "But the company may increase the size of the flats in the township it plans to build near Ahmedabad if it gets land at cheap rates," said a company official. He added that the officials of the company would be meeting state government officials after the elections, for land at subsidised rates.

    Tata Housing wants to acquire around 1 lakh sq yard land in Sanand taluka, somewhere within 4-5 km of Ahmedabad city for its 'mixed residential township' - 'mixed' because it will have houses for different segments of society, including the lower and middle income groups.

    In the first phase, the company plans to build around 1,500 housing units. It will decide how many more units it can build only after assessing the response to the flats built in the first phase.

    The flats of the first phase would be ready in two years from the day construction work begins. Tata Housing officials said work on the first phase will start by the end of this financial year.

    "It is not only because of the Nano plant coming up in Sanand that we want to build this integrated township in the state," Brotin Banerjee, MD and CEO of Tata Housing, told DNA over the phone from Delhi. "The main reason is that the state has good overall prospects for growth and development."

    The company is also exploring the possibility of tie-ups with local developers for the proposed township or of building it in public-private partnership (PPP) with the state government. This will enable the company to build affordable flats for potential buyers, company officials said.

    The township will be designed to be 'self-sustaining', i.e., it will have a hospital, mall, retail shops, school and all other amenities necessary for comfortable living. Facilities for recreation will also be available.
    - GJ10, in 13 years
  • City Realtor launches low-cost housing scheme (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1254389)

    Santosh Associates, a city-based real estate company, is set to launch an affordable housing scheme in city next week. This comes a day after the announcement by Tata Housing, a subsidiary of Tata Group, to build affordable houses in the range of Rs3.9 lakh to Rs6.7 lakh in Sanand,

    The company will be offering two- and three-room flats at the price of Rs3.5 to Rs6 lakh. The housing company has plans to construct around 1,000 homes in two years, at the end of this it also plans to come up with another 1,000 units of flats in the vicinity. Omshantinagar-2, the proposed scheme near Lambha-Vatva, a low-cost housing project for the middle-income group is said to be the first of its kind in Ahmedabad.

    "There are many players in the market claiming to be offering affordable homes to the people. However, our prices are very economical and no other company offers houses at such low prices," said Taral Bakeri, partner of Santosh Associates, adding, "We are also targeting lower-income groups for whom buying property is a dream come true."
    The two BHK flat will measure 522 sq ft (58 yard), while the three BHK will be built on 675 sq ft (75 yard) covering 25% of super built-up area.

    The company had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Gujarat Government at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2009 with a proposed investment of Rs70 crore for 2,000 units of flats.

    On being asked whether the company has tie-ups with banks which can offer housing loans, Bakeri said the housing project was situated in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) limit and was in the middle of a residential area. Loan from financial institutions like HDFC, SBI, IDBI, Mahila Bank and Gruh Finance were available for the scheme, he said.


    ^^ Im a massive advocate of these affordable housing schemes, I think the major players in Real Estate have been wrong to focus on the luxury end of the market so much, when we have such a huge (and ever growing) number of people in that middle income group.
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • Indiabulls Riverside (http://www.indiabulls.com/realestate/microsite/Indiabulls_Riverside/about_riverside.htm)

    http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4985/mainimage4.jpg http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/6710/riversidelocationmap.jpg

    Located strategically within walking distance of riverfront development, Indiabulls RIVERSIDE is easily accessible from all parts of Ahmedabad.

    Infrastructure Improvements are underway around proposed BRTS on 100ft wide Dudehswar Road and soon to be operational New Wadaj bridge over Sabarmati River will provide rapid connectivity to whole of Ahmedabad.

    A preeminent developing landmark, the Sabarmati Riverfront will be in walking distance. Onsite Temple Complex with 150 years old Shiv Temple. Commercial complex within the locality
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • AHMEDABAD: The Amdavadi dream for round-the-clock water supply may be realised soon. But, it will come at a price. The new west zone with areas like
    Bodakdev, Thaltej, Vastrapur, Nikol, Narol, Odhav, Ghatlodia, Jodhpurgam, Chandlodia happens to be the first one of the city that have been earmarked to have their water connections metered. Surat is the only city in Gujarat which boasts of a 100 per cent metered water supply.

    The Rs 275 crore proposed metering project proposal by Asian Development Bank (ADB) for new west zone is aimed at strengthening water distribution network in the zone and also include laying a 327-km-long pipe network. The project will also ensure replacement of old water-supply pipe lines to individual societies.

    "As per the plan, wherever there are flats, a main line to the concerned society will be metered to start with. The society then has to distribute the costs. In case of bungalows and individual tenements, the houses will be metered independently. An advantage of the metered system is that AMC will only charge you a basic amount if you happen to consume within the 143 litres per day per individual. Charges will escalate only if you exceed this limit," says a senior AMC official.

    The concept is being pegged to reduce electricity bills of individual societies who operate bore wells by at least 25-45 per cent depending on the number of housing units in each society.

    At least six new sub-distribution stations are being planned for the zone to meet the project demand for 13 lakh people living in the zone. And all of this to meet the daily water requirement of 143 litres per head per day. From installing new pipes, metres to collecting revenue, the ADB requires that it be outsourced to private individuals. ADB has a special fund for this.

    The two basic models thought for metered supply is to be distribute the new west zone into four or more segments for which collection or installing of metres will be outsourced to private contractors. The AMC will pay contractors for the bulk amount they have collected from individuals and the contractor will be given his share. The second model pertains to AMC just paying a share to the contractors for the collection job per household.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Water-supply24x7-soon/articleshow/4507240.cms
    - ankushgupta, in 14 years
  • New Govt Company Born to Deliver Metro (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1255272)

    Gandhinagar: With the formation of a new company, the metro project finally seems to be making some forward movement. The state government on Monday formed a new company for the development of Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail Project. The state industry and mines department has formally made an order for formation of the Rs200 crore company for the project. Though themoniker for the company has been proposed as the Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), it is pending approval by the company registrar.

    The company will be totally state-owned and the Rs200 crore share capital will be funded by the state government. The authorised share capital of Rs200 crore will be divided into 20 crore equity share of Rs10 each. Initially the paid-up capital of the company will be Rs10 crore. MEGA will have the principal secretary, urban development department as its chairperson, the managing director of Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) as its director, the principal secretary of the revenue department and other concerned officials as its members. The municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the chief executive officers (CEO) of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) and Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) will be the company's primary subscribers. Independent experts will also serve as the directors of the company.

    MEGA will work as the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the execution of the Metro Rail Project. In its techno-feasibility report, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) has given the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail project a positive report and has also proposed a route of the corridor. To implement the project as the DMRC has suggested there was a need of establishing a SPV, in order to create a world-class metro rail link between the two cities.

    The objectives of the MEGA will be to plan and implement the Metro Rail Project and its expansion in various phases, either directly or under suitable arrangements with the private sector or other concerned organisations. The MEGA will act as a nodal agency for all such future projects of the company. MEGA will act as a platform for such future projects. The MEGA will have a right to acquire land for the project and prepare and execute needed strategies.


    Excellent! :cheers:
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • Hello i am taking here new point what do you think about ahmedabad?how much potentiality and whether government will help to different projects?and whether IT sector will develpe fully or not?
    - smartlipo houston, in 14 years
  • Sabarmati riverfront by 2010 (http://www.projectsmonitor.com/detailnews.asp?newsid=15409)

    Renu Rajaram

    The Sabarmati riverfront development project in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is progressing at a fast pace. Phase-I of the project, extending from the railway bridge near Sabarmati Ashram to Vasna barrage, is over, and work on phase-II has begun. The project, located along 10 km of the river bank, is expected to be complete by 2010—and promises to give a new face to Ahmedabad. The total investment in the two phases is likely to touch Rs 700 crore.
    The scheme envisages comprehensive development of both the banks of the historical river which passes through the centre of the walled city. It involves river dredging, constructing retaining walls, providing storm water outfalls, ghats and jetties, reclaiming 162 hectares, providing interceptor sewers, creating parks gardens, designing new streets and promenades with better street lighting, and housing for economically weaker sections.
    Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation floated Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd in 1997, though the project was inaugurated only in April 2003, and actual work on the project started in early 2005. SRFDCL appointed Environmental Planning Collaborative, a city-based not-for-profit urban planning and development management consulting firm to prepare a comprehensive proposal for the development of Sabarmati riverfront.
    Anand Patel, Architect, HCP Design and Project Management, a sister concern of EPC, says that major works undertaken so far include construction of a two ft thick and 40-55 ft deep 'diaphragm' to separate the 30-ft wide promenade or walkway and a 'retention' wall which is being built along the promenade. Though the walkway is almost complete, it is not yet open for public as work on the wall is still in progress. SRFDCL has so far spent Rs 250 crore on phase-I.
    About 70 per cent work on laying 'interceptor' sewers on either side of the river has been completed. The two sewer lines will carry the city's sewage to the two treatment plants in Vasna and Pirana, thereby keeping the river clean, which remains polluted as sewage falls directly into it.
    SRFDCL officials said currently work is on for reclamation of about 162 hectares along the riverbank. This would help generate enough land for construction of roads, gardens, markets, commercial and residential space, public utilities, ghats and promenades on either side of the river. According to officials, the land would be available by April-May 2009. About 28 per cent land would be consumed for road development, 26 per cent for gardens and 22 per cent (4.62 hectares) for sale for development of commercial and residential purpose.
    River Sabarmati flows from north to south in the centre of Ahmedabad, splitting the city in almost two equal parts. Appropriate development of the riverfront can turn the river into a major asset and improve the quality of environment and life as well as infrastructure in the city.

    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
    - viedumonde, in 14 years
  • This was in today's DNA newspaper also, but I couldn't find any link.

    IT Powai to have campus in Ahmedabad

    2006-07-22 17:27:49



    Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

    Now Ahmedabad will have world class engineering institute also as IIT Powai has decided to open its campus here. The institute will be given 250 acres of land and the construction of building will be completed within two years. But IIT plans to start its first batch in 2007 at temporary premises.

    The institute will have courses like marine engineering, aeromechanics and aerospace engineering. Director of IIT Bombay Ashok Mishra met Chief Minister Narendra Modi and officials to conceptualize the proposal. The campus is likely to be set up in a plot on Gandhinagar-Sarkhej highway or near airport. The institute plans to start courses from next year in temporary premises either in L D Engineering or R C technical college.

    According to IIT Director that the institute’s plan was merely to extend its original Powai campus. The HRD ministry has permitted IIT Bombay to check neighbouring states to extend its campus to accommodate the rise in students.

    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
    - viedumonde, in 14 years
  • This is a fantasy network map made by me for Ahmedabad
    This is what I want the network to look like in 100 years.


    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/864/ahmedabadmetrofinal.jpg
    - viedumonde, in 14 years
  • Wow the map looks really good. :lol:
    - k4ran, in 14 years
  • ^^You're Welcome
    - viedumonde, in 14 years
  • Metro to ride realty rail (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Metro-to-ride-realty-rail/articleshow/4625882.cms)

    Unlike the Delhi metro, where government had provided land free of cost, the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro was modelled on the built-operate and transfer (BOT) on basis of which a part of the revenue was to generated by selling vast stretches of land between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

    The selected developer had to operate and maintain the metro system for 30 years before handing the project to the Gujarat government.

    For this purpose the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) feasibility report had suggested the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV), which was recently christened the MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA).

    This SPV is responsible for property development and provide the developer Rs 1,500 crore in phased manner spread over the construction period. Sources in Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board said that the seed capital would exceed by close to 35 per cent.

    The land was to be procured by the state government and provided to MEGA at the actual cost price. In addition, a commitment from the state and Central government was sought to be procured for a viability gap fund worth Rs 1,500 crore to help the metro system function without hiccups at the initial levels.

    A total of 33.33 per cent of the project funding was suggested to be generated through equity investments by the developer, while the balance funds were to be generated by the developer through debt. The pre-tax return to the developer was calculated to be 14 per cent after the concession.
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • Metro Rail for GIFT City (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Metro-rail-for-GIFT-city/articleshow/4625881.cms)

    The dialogue between metro king E Sreedharan and Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the Bombardier function in Savli has once again sparked off the possibility of a metro rail for GIFT city Ahmedabad-Dholera (SIR).

    The distance between Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Dholera is to be covered in two stretches from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad and the other being from Ahmedabad to Dholera. The 100-km metro route will be totally elevated. The said route has been principally approved by the Central government, according to Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDB) sources.

    "The government of Gujarat has requested the railway ministry to check up the possibility to extend it up to Dholera via GIFT near Gandhinagar," said a senior official of GIDB.

    Recently, a study for metro rail was assigned to Infrastructure Lease & Financing Services by GIDB. In fact, on August 29 last year , GIDB had re-appointed IL&FS for undertaking project advisory services for the Ahmedabad Metro project with the scope of services leading to selection of developer. Three days later, GIDB also appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for consultancy services to prepare the detailed project report for the Ahmedabad Metro extension from Gandhinagar to GIFT city.

    A steering committee was formed on September 5, 2008 under the chairmanship of principal secretary and urban development department to review and monitor the progress of the studies to be carried out for Ahmedabad Metro rail project.

    In a special meeting, the department called to review the progress of Ahmedabad Metro on December 15 last year. It was decided to form immediately an SPV under 100 per cent state government-owned company with initial objectives of land acquisition of the metro corridor, stations and depots. This also involved shifting of utilities and interacting with both the state as well as Central government for finalising funding pattern.

    In May this year, an SPV MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) was formed with an initial capital of Rs 10 crore and authorised capital of Rs 200 crore.

    A pre-feasibility study is being carried out by the ministry of railways for Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedbad high speed rail corridor or bullet train. A meeting was convened in this regard with the secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion last year.
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • Get set for metro trial (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Get-set-for-metro-trial/articleshow/4625884.cms)

    Contrary to popular perception of an underground tube' system for Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro, the Delhi Metro Rail
    Corporation (DMRC) had proposed an elevated corridor in 2005 as it will occupy less space and not prove to be a traffic hurdle.

    The north-south corridor connecting Ashram Road till Gandhinagar is wholly elevated and close to 26 per cent of the corridor will have curves up to radius as sharp as 130 metres. The 32.65-km corridor will start at the junction of Ashram Road on National Highway 8A near APMC Vasna. The route will move along the central verge of Ashram Road covering Vasna, Paldi, VS Hospital, Town Hall and reach Income-Tax junction.

    At this stage, the corridor will cross the east-west corridor of the metro rail. The intermediary stations will include Usmanpura, Vadaj, Subhash Circle and then pass in front of Gandhi Ashram. It is here that the alignment crosses Chimanbhai Bridge and the railway lines to reach Sabarmati Bridge, Motera Stadium till Radhasoami Satsang Vyas near Koba Circle. The line will then turn a little left and towards state highway 71 to Gandhinagar. Before the train reaches Indroda Circle, a connection is provided from Dhaula Kuva station near Infocity and GIFT city.

    The east-west corridor will start from Kalupur station and then take a periphery route skirting the walled city taking the Kasturba Gandhi road passing through Delhi Darwaza, Prem Darwaza and Shahpur Darwaza. The route will then turn south towards I-T Circle. DMRC has suggested that few buildings will have to relocated here in order to create an intersection for the north-south metro corridor. From here, the route will turn west towards Commerce Crossing, further towards Manav Mandir, Drive-In Road via 132-feet Ring Road before terminating at Thaltej Crossing. The total route length of the east-west corridor is 10.90 km.

    The report further states that a total of the 11 stations will be located on the east-west corridor while 31 stations located on the north-south corridor.

    Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDB) are yet to receive a final word on the route extensions up to Dholera SIR, which also includes an intersection with the Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor (DMIC). A possible route towards this region is a route extension Changodar Crossroads in the second phase of the metro rail.

    In summary, phase I seems to be all elevated

    N-S = 32.65km, 31 stations
    E-W = 10.90km, 11 stations

    Potential for expansion towards Dholera in phase II

    Nothing as fancy as provided by viedumonde, but heres an old map from when DMRC first conducted their feasibility reports, showing possible Metro routes along with BRTS.

    http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5115/artroutemap4yx.jpg

    It seems as though this original plan is still the one they are going to stick with.
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • I have now created a thread for MEGA in the Railways and Transportation section, please add any news, views or updates to that thread, cheers :cheers:

    Back to business.

    Pure Drinking Water is AMCs Golden Goal (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1260751)

    Ahmedabad: Pure drinking water will be available for everyone in Ahmedabad, but many will have to wait till 2010. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has vowed to provide basic amenities to everyone before Gujarat celebrates 'Swarnim Gujarat Varsh' in 2010.

    Responding to the Gujarat government's letter to spell out its plan for 2010, the AMC said it would renovate municipal schools, build more public toilets and upgrade chawls as part of its plan for the Swarnim Varsh.

    The golden goals, as the AMC named it, also include works like providing methane, generated from dumping yards, to industrial areas, providing computers to municipal schools, new buildings for Anganwadi and giving training to 10,000 beneficiaries under UMEED programme.

    Elaborating on the plan, municipal commissioner IP Gautam said, "As of now we have covered around 85% area where drinking water supply is available. By 2010, we aim to cover every part of the city, including the newly-merged areas like Chandlodia, Kali and Ranip. Similarly, drainage line network would also available across the city," Gautam said.

    Majority of the works included in the golden goals were also part of the city budget for this financial year. One such project is improving drainage network in more than 200 chawls.
    - GJ10, in 14 years
  • ^^^^
    Do you mean pure drinking water available from the Tap?

    Will they replace the Kotarpur and Dudheshwar Water tratment plants by Narmada Waters?
    - viedumonde, in 14 years
  • :edit:
    - India101, in 14 years
  • Savvy goes 'green' with projects in Ahmedabad

    Savvy Infrastructure is investing about Rs 400 crore in developing 'green' commercial and residential projects over the next two years.

    Currently, the company is setting up a commercial project worth Rs 300 crore -Shapath V on 20,000 sq yards. It will be a mix of ownership and lease and will also house the Intercontinental Crowne Plaza hotel. The company is aiming for a LEED certification in Gold by the Indian Green Building Council for Shapath V, which is located in the upcoming business area in Ahmedabad.

    Savvy has also begun construction on Solaris-a 400-flat 'green' residential complex in Ahmedabad entailing a cost of Rs 100 crore. It is expected to be ready by 2011.
    - amco_in, in 14 years
  • Times Property Expo a Huge Draw (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS-City-Ahmedabad-Times-Property-Expo-a-huge-draw/articleshow/4767386.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: The two-day Times Property Expo organised here from Saturday by the real estate developers received an overwhelming response.

    Over 3,000 people thronged the exhibition hall at Rajpath Club on the first day of the expo. There were numerous enquiries from people settled in Gujarat from other states about the ongoing and upcoming projects by the real estate developers.

    Though the large percentage of participants in the expo was that of local developers,there was also fair representation from national brands like Godrej Properties. The people were particularly keen about the conglomerate's upcoming residential township near Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway.

    According to a Godrej official, "We have showcased our under-construction projects in Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra and a residential complex in Bangalore. Interestingly, many enquiries for these properties were made by Gujaratis. However, migrants from other states were keen to know about Godrej's first real estate venture in the state."


    The development in question seems to be "Godrej Garden City"

    Godrejs Abad township makes it to Clintons CCI Programme (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Ahmedabad/Godrejs-Abad-township-makes-it-to-Clintons-CCI-programme/articleshow/4562199.cms)

    AHMEDABAD: Godrej group's proposed 270-acre Ahmedabad township Godrej Garden City has made it to the 16 founding projects being taken up globally by Clinton Climate Initiative's Climate Positive Development Programme (CPDP) for clean and green urban development.

    The 16 projects, which aim at providing one million people living and working opportunities in climate positive communities, include projects in Ahmedabad and Jaipur in India, Melbourne, Palhoca in Brazil, Toronto and Victoria in Canada, outside Panama City, Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa, Seoul, Stockholm, London, as well as San Francisco and Destiny (Florida) in the US.

    CPDP, launched by former US president Bill Clinton on May 19, 2009 in Korea, will support development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are climate positive'.

    "Climate Positive real estate developments will strive to reduce amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero. Along with other founding projects, Godrej Garden City will demonstrate Climate Positive strategies, setting a compelling environmental and economic example for cities to follow," a communiqu? said.

    To reduce net greenhouse gas emissions of their Climate Positive Development projects to below zero, property developers and local governments will work in partnership on specific areas of activity.

    This includes implementing economically viable innovations in buildings, the generation of clean energy, waste management, water management, and transportation and outdoor lighting systems, the release added.

    "Godrej Properties looks forward to working towards achieving the goal of a climate positive development in our upcoming Ahmedabad township," said Godrej Properties executive director Pirojsha Godrej.

    Despite that, there is nothing about this project on the Godrej Properties site. :nuts:
    - GJ10, in 15 years
  • ^^

    Found this...

    cnbc - green cities of the future (http://www.cnbc.com/id/31325671/?slide=6)

    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4538/godrejgardencity.jpg

    Could be a generic render, but I hope not :lol:

    This project at 270 Acres has a lot of land to play with, hopefully Godrej release more information soon!
    - GJ10, in 15 years
  • The site gives credit to Godrej Properties Limited and says it's the artist's impression. So it should be safe to conclude that that is indeed is how the township will look.
    - IU, in 15 years
  • Looks ok. The buildings have rather plain designs.
    - India101, in 15 years
  • Of late, Ahmedabad makes foray into Green Building construction (http://gujaratmoney.com/2009/07/18/of-late-ahmedabad-makes-foray-into-green-building-construction/)

    Shapath V, being developed by the Rs 600-crore Savvy Infrastructures Ltd on SG Highway in Ahmedabad will be the first green building of Gujarat. The building worth Rs 300 crore will be ready by December next year on 20,000 sq yards. The building will be a mix of ownership and lease and will also house the Intercontinental Crown Plaza hotel.

    Green buildings use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste and are healthier for occupants. Top soil removed while excavating for a foundation of Shapth V will be used in the terrace gardens of the building. This will insulate the building from direct heat cutting down cooling cost by a sharp 25-30 per cent. Materials being used include fly ash bricks and high performance glass that absorbs light but reflects heat. This glass has a unique property with which it selectively allows the light to come inside the building minus the heat. The heat gained by a building made of fly ash is less than other buildings, which reduces the use of air-conditioning in the room. The building will also have water harvesting tanks and an inbuilt sewage treatment plant.

    The cost of constructing a green building is around 8 per cent higher than that of a non-green building, but the breakeven period is as low as 2-3 years through savings on energy costs, etc, but the average annual cost of ownership of a green house can be 30-40 per cent lower than a non-green one and it makes more sense economically due to its high marketability and rentals.

    http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/9389/294400984273ee44bb9bo.jpg
    - Euromast, in 15 years
  • Looks ok. The buildings have rather plain designs.

    I agree, but Im guessing it must be a case of simple designs that were the most eco-friendly

    Glad to see a lot of Glass though.
    - GJ10, in 15 years
  • Kolkata, July 30 Air India, through its wholly owned subsidiary Alliance Air, will launch direct flights from Kolkata to Ahmedabad and Jaipur with effect from August 3, according to a press release from the company.

    The airline would increase frequency of service from Kolkata to Delhi and Hyderabad and re-introduce operations to Tezpur, with an ATR aircraft after the airport at Tezpur was opened for domestic civil aviation, it stated.

    Services in the Kolkata-Tezpur-Silchar-Kolkata sector and the Kolkata-Jaipur route will be extended on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Kolkata-Hyderabad and Kolkata-Ahmedabad services would be extended on all days of the week, the release added.

    Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/07/31/stories/2009073150882300.htm
    - Rasnaboy, in 15 years
  • I agree, but Im guessing it must be a case of simple designs that were the most eco-friendly

    Glad to see a lot of Glass though.

    I'm sure it will look quite nice when its built.
    - India101, in 15 years
  • Holiday Inn, Bopal, Ahmedabad

    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8804/hoinah.jpg

    Link (http://www.iscongroup.com/upcoming_hotel_holiday-in.htm)
    - India101, in 16 years
  • Hotel Hilton, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad

    (It will be located on the banks of the Sabarmati River)

    http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1086/hotelhilton.jpg

    Link (http://www.iscongroup.com/upcoming_hotel_hilton.htm)
    - India101, in 16 years
  • Indiabulls Riverside, Dudeshwar, Ahmedabad

    http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1017/indiabulls.jpg

    http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1001/1indiabulls.jpg

    Link (http://www.indiabulls.com/realestate/microsite/Indiabulls_Riverside/index.htm)
    - India101, in 16 years
  • I agree, but Im guessing it must be a case of simple designs that were the most eco-friendly

    Glad to see a lot of Glass though.

    I guess that was meant to be ironical
    - viedumonde, in 16 years
  • There will be no concept of Floor Space Index (FSI) on Sabarmati Riverfront for now. As the present plan stands, the 20-per cent of land reserved for commercial development has perfect pre-decided geometrical plot shapes that would define the shape of building coming on them and each shape has been assigned the number of floors to go with it. This is the new skyline of the riverfront. Shapes varying from a circle, square, rhombus, quadrilateral and a variety of geometrical forms line the riverfront. These shapes form the building footprint on the riverfront. The saleable built-up area is calculated as a multiple of the area of the footprint and the number of floors assigned to each of the plot shape. The concept of margin space would be completely eliminated from the design as there would be no compound walls encircling the buildings — mainly to save on public space. The owner of a building would have slot for parking within the premises and there would be public parking spaces also. “Our emphasis is on public space. We have reserved 20 per cent of reclaimed land for sale. If costs are recovered by selling building space within 16 per cent of the land, then the rest of the four per cent would be used as public space,” said a senior official of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL). Once finalised, the shapes and saleable built-up area would be thrown open for investors for discussions and suggestions. A separate development control regulation has been drafted by SRFDCL and is pending approval from the state urban development department. In Wednesday’s SRFDCL board meeting, the committee sanctioned two roads — a sixlane 30-m-wide road which is the ‘East River Drive’, while a four-lane 24-m-wide road, called the ‘West River Drive’. Civil utilities like drainage, electric lines, water and storm water drain utilities would be laid along side road. For now, the roads would extend from Dafnala to Sardar bridge on the east side and from Paldi to Usmanpura on the west side. Pedestrians would have direct access to the river on both banks, while on a small stretch on the eastern side the road will move away from the river because of the unusual topography. Nearly 42.8 hectares of parks and gardens have been envisaged along the river edge to host different recreational functions.
    - kenilabcl, in 16 years
  • ^^^^Thanks for Updates dude.

    Do you know any specific deadline? and if possible get some pictures.
    - ankushgupta, in 16 years
  • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4oBKlv5UVEA/SpY1DSAzPYI/AAAAAAAAHYM/M6Zhn-AYPuI/s1600-h/amd.jpg
    This is not a real image from SRFDCL, but an artists impression.
    No deadlines that i could find.
    i am going there in december, will snap some pics.
    - kenilabcl, in 16 years
  • There will be no concept of Floor Space Index (FSI) on Sabarmati Riverfront for now. As the present plan stands, the 20-per cent of land reserved for commercial development has perfect pre-decided geometrical plot shapes that would define the shape of building coming on them and each shape has been assigned the number of floors to go with it. This is the new skyline of the riverfront. Shapes varying from a circle, square, rhombus, quadrilateral and a variety of geometrical forms line the riverfront. These shapes form the building footprint on the riverfront. The saleable built-up area is calculated as a multiple of the area of the footprint and the number of floors assigned to each of the plot shape. The concept of margin space would be completely eliminated from the design as there would be no compound walls encircling the buildings — mainly to save on public space. The owner of a building would have slot for parking within the premises and there would be public parking spaces also. “Our emphasis is on public space. We have reserved 20 per cent of reclaimed land for sale. If costs are recovered by selling building space within 16 per cent of the land, then the rest of the four per cent would be used as public space,” said a senior official of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL). Once finalised, the shapes and saleable built-up area would be thrown open for investors for discussions and suggestions. A separate development control regulation has been drafted by SRFDCL and is pending approval from the state urban development department. In Wednesday’s SRFDCL board meeting, the committee sanctioned two roads — a sixlane 30-m-wide road which is the ‘East River Drive’, while a four-lane 24-m-wide road, called the ‘West River Drive’. Civil utilities like drainage, electric lines, water and storm water drain utilities would be laid along side road. For now, the roads would extend from Dafnala to Sardar bridge on the east side and from Paldi to Usmanpura on the west side. Pedestrians would have direct access to the river on both banks, while on a small stretch on the eastern side the road will move away from the river because of the unusual topography. Nearly 42.8 hectares of parks and gardens have been envisaged along the river edge to host different recreational functions.

    I hope to see some GIFT-like high rises along this waterfront.
    - irutavias, in 16 years
  • The Acropolis, S.G Road - Mall

    http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8981/acropolisahmedview.gif

    Link (http://www.saumyaconstructions.com/THE%20ACROPOLIS.htm)
    - India101, in 16 years
  • ^^ this is almost ready. I can see "opening soon" signs for different stores there.
    - HKumar, in 16 years
  • An update on the Godrej Garden City Township...

    Godrej Properties Acquires Land for Township in Ahmedabad (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/godrej-properties-acquires-land-for-township-in-ahmedabad/368867/)


    In what could be the first major land deal in Ahmedabad after Tata Motors parked their Nano project at Sanand a year ago, Godrej Properties - the realty vertical of Godrej Group has completed acquisition of over 100 acres near Ahmedabad for its 'Godrej Garden City' project.

    The township, proposed to be spread in about 250 acres, will offer affordable homes in the range of Rs 20-25 lakh. The company had proposed an investment of Rs 5,000 crore for the project to the state government earlier in January this year.

    The project was recently selected among 16 founding projects across the world for the Climate Positive Development Programme, launched by former US President Bill Clinton. Atleast two developers privy to the development confirmed the deal and said that Godrej Properties has completed transaction for over 100 acres of private land at Jagatpur near SG Highway. "The deal was brokered by a local developer who is setting up a hotel project in the area," sources said. The size of the deal was however not known.

    Industry experts believe that when the project materialises, it will be the largest ever of its kind in the city. The housing project will be spread across 30 million sq. ft of area and it will house residential as well as commercial properties, said sources close to the development.

    Godrej Properties aims to create an integrated township within the city limits of Ahmedabad by providing a mix of residential, commercial and public spaces, said a company spokeperson while refusing to divulge details about about the deal.
    - GJ10, in 16 years
  • Rail india proposes Amdavad Local (http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=2&contentid=20090928200909280252361094164b1f9&sectxslt=)

    The next big thing in public transport after BRTS: AC trains connecting key areas in city? Proposal sent to state govt

    You may soon be able to hop onto an air-conditioned train to Naroda or Chandkheda

    Delhi has a metro and Mumbai is serviced by local trains. Will apnu Amdavad keep pace? Most certainly if a Rs 1,655-crore project to build a local rail network gets government approval.

    When that happens, you will be able to hop on to a comfortable and speedy air-conditioned local trains instead of buses and autorickshaws. This is apart from a proposal to have a metro link between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

    The Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) presented a report on the multi-thousand crore project to the state government for approval on Thursday after verifying it itself. The project was initially conceptualised by the Delhi Metro Board and submitted to the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board in 2005 which later forwarded it to government agency RITES for verification.


    Group manager RITES, R P Singh, who along with general manager Bhagat Banga, presented the proposal, said, “The project will be a joint venture between the state government and the railways. The new service is aimed at benefiting short-distance travel in megacity Ahmedabad.”

    Sources said the project entails building a regional rail network in the city in three years from the time the state government and the railway ministry approve it. Under the project, key areas in the city will be connected by a network of air-conditioned trains — a luxury version of Mumbai locals.

    Sources said two routes have been identified where special tracks will be built for trains. The first, a 43.5 km stretch connecting Barajedi, Kalupur and Kalol, would have stops at Barajedi, Geratpur, Vatva, Maninagar, Kalupur, Sabarmati, Chandkheda, Khodiyar, Saij Sertha Road and Kalol.

    The second route is proposed on a 9.4 km stretch connecting Kalupur and Naroda, with halts at Kalupur, Asarva, airport, Saijpur, Sardargram and Naroda.

    The two routes see a lot of road traffic at present. Railway sources said about 57 lakh people travelled on the two routes in 2007. A new rail network could speed up travel in the luxury of AC coaches, ease congestion and facilitate better connectivity. The passenger traffic is expected to increase to 101 lakh on the route by 2035.

    The project cost, estimated at Rs 1,076 crore in 2004, has now ballooned to Rs 1,655 crore. But the latest proposal makes provision for the cost escalation. It suggests sharing of the cost by the state government and the railway ministry in equal proportion.

    The system operation and management can, however, remain with railways. Whatever the arrangement, a new intra-city train service is worth its while for so many who want to ditch two-wheelers and cars but find public transport too slow and inconvenient.
    - Kewl Batty, in 16 years
  • Does this envision an entirely new set of tracks on a new route, or is it using an already exisiting route and adding tracks to allow for local trains?
    - inus2663, in 16 years
  • Getting back to the point of this thread... but also linked to the prev discussion :lol:

    Calica Rolls out Rs 650 Cr IT/ITeS SEZ (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/calica-rolls-out-rs-650-crore-itites-sez/371434/)

    Ahmedabad-based Calica Construction and Impex launched its Rs 650 crore information technology (IT) and IT enabled Services (ITeS) special economic zone (SEZ)-'Third Eye Voice' on Sunday.

    While the first phase, spread over 12 lakh sq ft, will see an investment of Rs 300 crore, the company plans to come up with initial public offer (IPO) to fund the second phase.

    The 26-acre SEZ has attracted Gujarat-based IT companies like e-Infochips, Motif and Gateway TechnoLabs towards its fold.

    "As many as 40-45 companies have shown interest in setting up their business in our SEZ. We plan to come up with 10 buildings on an area of 36 lakh sq ft to accomodate the IT companies. While nine of the buildings are 10-storeyed, we have designed a 200 metre high 50-storey building, which may become one of the tallest buildings of Gujarat if we get the necessary permissions. We have already applied for the requisite permissions and are awaiting approvals," said Bipin Shah, director, Calica construction & impex pvt ltd.

    The company plans to complete first phase of the the project by December 2010 and the second phase by 2012. While the company has targetted local players for the first phase, it plans to approach companies based outside Gujarat for the second phase of its SEZ, Shah added.

    The company has tied up with banks as a major source of finance for phase I and will look at IPOs for phase II.

    "We are investing Rs 300 crore for phase I, for which banks will be our major source of finance. For phase II, we are planning an IPO, in order to raise Rs 350 crore for the project," Shah said.

    Whilst I rate the chances of them getting approval for a 50storey building as pretty much nil, Im sure many people will be happy to see more IT/ITes jobs coming to Ahmedabad.
    - GJ10, in 16 years
  • 80% Work on Sabarmati Riverfront Completed, claim AMC (http://deshgujarat.com/2009/10/01/80-work-of-sabarmati-riverfront-completed-claims-amc/)

    Ahmedabad’s ambitious Sabarmati Riverfront project is 80% complete according to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC) Commissioner I.P.Gautam and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Dilip Mahajan. According to them, the project will be completed in December-2010.

    “So far the AMC has spent Rs 552 crore for this project. Of this R 421 crore were spent on construction, while rest of the amount was spent on administrative expenses and interest payment. Most of the work of the walk way, drainage line and retaining wall has been completed in 10.5 km long stretch between Subhash bridge and Vasna. At this juncture the work is going on to connect the drainage line with the related pumping stations,” said Gautam and Mahajan.

    “A new 168 hectare land would be reclaimed through this project. Of this only 13.61 hector land would be auctioned to commercial developers, while 7.66% land would be auctioned for residential purpose. Rest of the land would be utilized for public good,” they added.


    So there go the plans for May 2010... oh well, still going to be a great boon to Ahmedabad when its completed! Just to recap, the bidding for land will happen in November, so hopefully we will see some big names getting involved with construction along the Riverfront

    Heres a good quality vid taken just after the first monsoon rains, with the Sabarmati in full flow.

    9-hld9WW92s
    - GJ10, in 16 years
  • Good pics on this site rgd Sabarmati Riverfront updates..

    http://www.r2iclubforums.com/forums/f29/mt-ahmedabad-gujarat-1179/index3.html
    - avikid, in 16 years
  • My first post here,

    I am a born Amdavadi, in my early 50s, qualified professional, matured in my thinking and seen outside world / economy / culture / development etc and out of Amdavad and India for years
    But, by heart and soul, live in Amdavad as many relatives and most friends live in my Amdavad
    Planning to return to Amdavad permanently within one to two years as I have my own house in Amdavad and then spend rest of my life here
    Following this forum for almost two years
    My sincere thanks and regards to all who are contributing to this forum
    My sincere appreciation to all of you (except few jealous non Gujaratis and non Indians) who are trying your best and taking such sincere interest in development of our Amdavad, Gujarat and India
    Do not get enough time to read all postings in forums for other states EXCEPT those involving our Gujarat
    My sincere thanks to all to take care of my Amdavad
    I will try to join you on regular basis and share my ideas for development of our Amdavad, Gujarat and India
    Once again, my sincere thanks to all the contributors
    Yours
    AmdavadLoverIndian
    - AmdavadLoverIndian, in 16 years
  • Welcome to the forum!

    Look forward to seeing more from you! Also let me take this opportunity to encourage any other people who follow the developments on the forum to sign up and participate as well!



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    India to set up Medial Device Park in Gujarat (http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=445472)

    The Indian government is planning to set up a dedicated zone for medical devices manufacturing and the first medical devices and equipment park would come up in India's western state of Gujarat.

    "We are taking a cluster approach for developing the medical device sector in the country and first such medical device park would come up in Gujarat," Indian Minister of State Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena told PTI on the sidelines of a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) conference.

    According to Ministry officials, the total investment in the park would be more US$65 million, and work construction on the park is likely to begin by November this year.

    According to industry estimates, the total market for medical devices in the world is estimated at around US$200 billion, which is growing at the rate of 4.5 per cent annually.

    India, however, accounts less than one per cent of the total global market for these products and imports accounts for 65 per cent of the domestic market.

    The pre-feasibility study for setting up the greenfield 'Medical Devices and Equipment Park' was carried out by the financial services firm, IL&FS.

    It has submitted a report to the ministry after the Gujarat government showed interest in setting up the park near Ahmedabad.

    The Department of Pharmaceuticals under the aegis of Chemicals and Fertilisers ministry has also ordered the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) to conduct a market study on the sector along with consultancy firm, Frost and Sullvian.

    "The study would act as a basis for the government's action in future," Department of Pharmaceuticals Secretary Ashok Kumar said.
    - GJ10, in 16 years
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    - shreyas1684, in 19 years
  • 1000 Bed First Phase of Ahmedabad Health City to be ready in 18 Months (http://gujaratmoney.com/2009/10/16/1000-bed-first-phase-of-ahmedabad-health-city-to-be-ready-in-18-months/)

    Work for first phase of Ahmedabad Health City project being constructed by Narayan Hrudayalaya will complete in 18 months, said the official involved in the project. The first phase part of the facility will cater the heart patients.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi last week performed ground breaking ceremony of first phase of 5,000-bed Narayan Hrudayalaya Health City in presence of Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Dr. Devi Shetty.

    The facility is being built on a 37 acre area at the site of Monogram Mills in Bapunagar, Ahmedabad. Once ready(considering all phases) it will be the longest hospital of Asia spread over half a kilometer, measuring 12.5 lakh sq. ft.

    Narayana Hrudayalaya, one of the largest heart hospitals in the world had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat Government to set up a 5000-bed Health City in January early this year during Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit.

    Under this agreement, Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City plans to invest Rs 480 crore and will begin operations with a 1000-bed heart hospital. This will be followed by cancer, kidney, neurosurgery and women & child welfare hospitals of 1000-beds each in subsequent phases. This will also include a nursing college and paramedical training centres to raise skilled manpower for this mega project. The management is aiming at an OPD load of 15000 patients per day.

    The project is likely to generate direct employment for 2000 people and indirect employment for 5000 people in the state. Moreover it would provide affordable treatment to the mass as Dr. Devi Shetty says, “Solutions are not solutions until they are affordable. This Health City will bring us a step closer to our vision of making world-class health care services and cutting-edge medical technologies available at affordable costs to the common man.”

    http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/2655/narayanhrudayalay.jpg
    - GJ10, in 19 years
  • Dear GJ10
    Thanks for breaking news
    After your info, I explored further and found on their web site, the pic of this Amdavad project, but I do not know how to upload it here
    Kindly upload the pic here
    Thanks
    The link for the pic is
    http://www.narayanahospitals.com/international.html#
    Thanks
    - AmdavadLoverIndian, in 19 years
  • The render of the project, from that site, is already posted!

    Anyway...

    ................................................

    Ahmdedabad to have a Rotating Steel Qutub Minar (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_ahmedabad-to-have-a-steel-qutub-minar-and-it-will-rotate_1301994)

    The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to gift a modern-day landmark to the city in form of a moving tower. The civic body has decided to erect a 25.2 metre-tall stainless steel tower with six blocks, each of which will rotate at 15 degree. The contract for this Rs5.25 crore project has already been given, but the location to house the exquisite tower is yet to be finalised.

    The blocks will be constructed in a way so that they can move freely on a rotational axis to change the shape of the tower according to the different angles of rotation of each block.

    The tower will have six structural blocks with stainless steel cladding and will use thrust bearings to transmit loads and robotic movements between adjacent blocks. The tower will also change colours with the help of exclusive software.

    The civic body is looking for a huge space for the tower to accommodate a large number of people wanting to enjoy the experience in the city's moving Qutub Minar.

    The Kankaria Lake Front is too busy a place and has been attracting a good number of people anyway, so the civic body is exploring the possibilities of setting up this modern-day landmark in areas such as Sabarmati River Front and Science City, said a source in the AMC.

    City-based National Institute of Design (NID) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, have worked on the details of this project and had submitted a feasibility report to the civic body. The civic body has allotted the contract for the project to Oriental Manufacturers.

    The design of the tower bears an influence of the world-famous Qutub Minar, Ashok Stambh (pillar) and some of India's ancient temples, but it still has a uniqueness of its own.

    Asit Vora, chairman of the AMC's standing committee, said that the municipal commissioner has been asked to shortlist places where this moving tower can come up. "The final decision will be taken once the municipal commissioner is back from his leave," he said.

    The project will take around six to eight months for completion from the date of commencement. Since the design of the tower is unique and one of its kind in the city, it is expected to attract a large number of tourists to the city.
    - GJ10, in 19 years
  • Would it be better to have an Ahmedabad discussions thread (like Hyd, Bom etc.) and keep this thread for project pics?
    - Suncity, in 19 years
  • Yes...Ahmedabad is a big enough city.
    - great india, in 19 years
  • ya i guess we need separate discussion section for AMD...
    - shreyas1684, in 19 years
  • Until we have a seperate thread for discussion, I'm continuing it in here... sorry abt that...

    My question is - Do we really need such a huge malls? Let me first say that I'm not a conservative person... I've got a good international exposure and been to few countries like s'pore, usa & canada for a long period of time (thanks to wipro)...

    Here are MY thoughts why WE people in india don't need malls. Malls are needed when there are some reasons like below:

    1. There are less people available for employment (less population)
    2. Local Economy is based on consumer spending
    3. Higher level of Per capita income of the people
    4. Availability of good infrastucture like proper electricity, proper water, good sewage system etc.
    5. Local weather goes severe (like winter in USA/Canada, summer in Gulf countires)

    So let's not encourage the idea of having a large/huge malls. They are also not environment friendly. Though we don't really need mall, we are going to have them more and more because we have a class in our society which has enough to afford such luxury and we have another class in our same society which can do anything just to show that it can afford such luxury.

    Anyway, I think Ahmedabad is in early stages of "MALL" culture. Still people are not pronouncing the word "MALL" properly... :lol: By the time all the people of ahmedabad start pronouncing the word "MALL" properly, we will definately have some proper malls... till that time, let's enjoy price negotiations in "EMPORIUM"s/"BHANDAR"s etc... :lol:
    - SimplyGujju, in 19 years
  • for your convenience i opened new thread specially for discussion on different matters of ahmedabad city..come and join..

    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=994793
    - shreyas1684, in 19 years
  • Hey Shreyas,

    Was just thinking, since this thread already includes everything... wouldnt it be easier to use the new thread solely for projects/pics?

    New thread is pretty much empty right now, so just needs one of the mods to change the title.

    Would just need a few X-Posts from this thread to give a summary of whats going on already, otherwise the projects that are already in this thread might get overlooked/lost

    What do you reckon?
    - GJ10, in 19 years
  • ^^GJ..for that matter..i like to get more suggestions from our users..about wat kind of title do we want or do we even need separate thread for AMD???
    - shreyas1684, in 19 years
  • Cool...

    My suggestion would be:

    Change the title of this thread to

    "Ahmedabad Development News and Discussions"

    Change the title of other thread to

    "Ahmedabad Projects"

    and just xpost some project pics from this thread into the new one

    Now that there seem to be more Amdavadi/Gujarati forum members who have their own views to share, it would probably be good to have seperate threads

    This way, people who just casually browse the forum who are mainly interested in construction will have an easier job finding project pics, kinda like a showcase gallery almost.

    Whereas this thread can continue to be where development/investment news articles are posted, along with Amdavad-centric discussions.

    But obviously, lets leave the floor open for everyone else to have their say.
    - GJ10, in 19 years
  • so i guess..u ultimately helped me to change things...
    - shreyas1684, in 20 years
  • I had post my vies here in this forum

    And I dont find it here now

    Can anybody tell me where all of them have gone, or removed by moderator because of somebody's complaints?

    Please, anybody doing this, atleast come forward

    I am ready to open up with my identity, and if you have enough courage, please come forward instead of playing games

    I am one Amdavadi ..... enough to challange hundreds of you....

    come on....
    - AmdavadLoverIndian, in 20 years
  • relax dude..they transferred it to discussion thread...
    - shreyas1684, in 20 years
  • There will be no concept of Floor Space Index (FSI) on Sabarmati Riverfront for now. As the present plan stands, the 20-per cent of land reserved for commercial development has perfect pre-decided geometrical plot shapes that would define the shape of building coming on them and each shape has been assigned the number of floors to go with it. This is the new skyline of the riverfront. Shapes varying from a circle, square, rhombus, quadrilateral and a variety of geometrical forms line the riverfront. These shapes form the building footprint on the riverfront. The saleable built-up area is calculated as a multiple of the area of the footprint and the number of floors assigned to each of the plot shape. The concept of margin space would be completely eliminated from the design as there would be no compound walls encircling the buildings — mainly to save on public space. The owner of a building would have slot for parking within the premises and there would be public parking spaces also. “Our emphasis is on public space. We have reserved 20 per cent of reclaimed land for sale. If costs are recovered by selling building space within 16 per cent of the land, then the rest of the four per cent would be used as public space,” said a senior official of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL). Once finalised, the shapes and saleable built-up area would be thrown open for investors for discussions and suggestions. A separate development control regulation has been drafted by SRFDCL and is pending approval from the state urban development department. In Wednesday’s SRFDCL board meeting, the committee sanctioned two roads — a sixlane 30-m-wide road which is the ‘East River Drive’, while a four-lane 24-m-wide road, called the ‘West River Drive’. Civil utilities like drainage, electric lines, water and storm water drain utilities would be laid along side road. For now, the roads would extend from Dafnala to Sardar bridge on the east side and from Paldi to Usmanpura on the west side. Pedestrians would have direct access to the river on both banks, while on a small stretch on the eastern side the road will move away from the river because of the unusual topography. Nearly 42.8 hectares of parks and gardens have been envisaged along the river edge to host different recreational functions.


    Hmm interesting. Do you have any stats on the highest building possible taking into consideration the dimensions of a plot? :)
    - 29A, in 21 years
  • Narendra Modi visits Sabarmati Rivefront (http://deshgujarat.com/2009/11/19/narendra-modi-visits-ahmedabads-sabarmati-riverfront/)

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi spent two hours at Sabarmati Riverfront project site today morning in a surprise visit. Two cabinet ministers including Urban development minister Nitin Patel, Mayor Kanaji Thakor, Municipal Corporation Standing Committee Chairman, Municipal Commissioner, Architect Bimal Shah, Deputy Municipal Commissioner and incharge of the project Captain Mahajan were present during Chief Minister’s visit.

    The Chief Minister visited 10.5 km walk-way on both sides of river Sabarmati between Subhash bridge to Vasna. He observed Diaphragm-wall and Retaining wall works that are completed and also watched Earth filing work in progress.

    Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare a presentation on the site so that the engineering students can visit the site and get knowledge about state-of-the-art engineering techniques being used in the project. He also directed to depict glimpses of Gujarat’s cultural heritage on the bridge-pillars and retaining wall.

    He directed the Municipal authority to plant one tree at every 20 ft distance on both sides of the river along the riverfront.

    Rs 702 crore works under Rs 1182 crore Sabarmati Riverfront project are undergoing presently. Of this Rs 587 crores are spent. Hudco has recently aproved Rs 350 crore loan for the project.

    http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/3808/13565179149877668623847.jpg

    http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/476/13565179150887668623847.jpg

    http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/6095/13565179151382668623847.jpg

    http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/7745/13565179158097668623847.jpg
    - GJ10, in 21 years
  • ^^MODI the cowboy...:lol:
    - shreyas1684, in 21 years
  • ^^ NNEEAAAH... he looks like the karamchand jaasus (a detective tv serial of pankaj kapoor which we used to see in our childhood on Doordarshan) :cool: :)
    - SimplyGujju, in 21 years
  • Vascon IT/ITES SEZ (http://www.vascon.com/property/ahmedabad_sez_details.html)

    http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/2223/ahmedabadsezbignew.jpg
    Sanathal, Off Sarkhej - Bavla Highway, Ahmedabad

    26 acres IT/ITES SEZ having 1.5 million Sqft development.
    Floor plate of 20,000 Sqft in 1st phase.
    - GJ10, in 21 years
  • [QUOTE=GJ10;46452643]Narendra Modi visits Sabarmati Rivefront (http://deshgujarat.com/2009/11/19/narendra-modi-visits-ahmedabads-sabarmati-riverfront/)

    Its great that Modi is taking interest and visiting sites. The directions he gave are really good (especially the presentation one where students can learn) and he certainly sounds creative with suggestion of heritage glimpses on pillars....however, I’m baffled about something....since when does an official decide on art and landscaping? Where are the architects? I guess my point is, how can he not know about all the plans? And how can you just change them on a whim just because a CM suggests it?:nuts:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like what he suggested and think that they should be implemented. However, aren’t there procedures to change things on a project?
    - desiguy66, in 21 years
  • There are pre-existing plans, very extensive ones at that. Modi is also well aware of them... (see below)

    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/6023/modiriverfrontsmalldl6.jpg

    Given that this is a Govt of Gujarat project, it makes sense that they should have an input on its look. None of the renderings released previously have ever shown anything to be on the Walls, so its possible that from a design point of view they had been left as a blank canvas until being built.

    Its better that politicians only get involved with the superficial aspects of projects, such as what should be depicted on the walls, rather than anything technical that is probably beyond their understanding.

    If Modi had turned up and started talking at this stage about building extra bridges or using different construction materials... then it would be something to worry about! :lol:
    - GJ10, in 21 years
  • There is a piece in the "International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design" on the Sabarmati Rivefront Project

    It is a good summary for anyone not familiar with the project from the outset. The pic below is one that I dont think has been posted before... (and I think looks quite cool!)

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7757/sabarmatirendering.jpg

    The other main point that I dont think have been mentioned before is that the area between Gandhi and Nehru Bridges is going to be developed as a CBD (the majority of the area seen in the pic above)

    Full article:IRLAUD piece on Sabarmati Riverfront Project pdf (2mb) (www.hcp.co.in/reviews/.../Water%20Resource%20and%20Threat_re.pdf)
    - GJ10, in 21 years
  • There are pre-existing plans, very extensive ones at that. Modi is also well aware of them... (see below)

    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/6023/modiriverfrontsmalldl6.jpg

    Given that this is a Govt of Gujarat project, it makes sense that they should have an input on its look. None of the renderings released previously have ever shown anything to be on the Walls, so its possible that from a design point of view they had been left as a blank canvas until being built.

    Its better that politicians only get involved with the superficial aspects of projects, such as what should be depicted on the walls, rather than anything technical that is probably beyond their understanding.

    If Modi had turned up and started talking at this stage about building extra bridges or using different construction materials... then it would be something to worry about! :lol:

    i think u r mistaken GJ:D this time..the wall were preplanned before they even started to landscaping the bank on the paper. because the average width of sabarmati river around that part of the region is about 550 meter while currently it is even less than 400 meters at some areas so it keep things in mind they have to built anything at certain height even though there were state of art British flood management system used.

    yes, everyone can understand tat certain technical aspect can not be ignored or left aside but as a chief minister or over site chief inspector i dont think anyone should mind him for givin some extra suggestions if it could prove useful overall.

    CBD is good thing to plan @ riverfront but i will be happy if they built highrise with some futuristic design.
    - shreyas1684, in 21 years
  • ^^ I just meant with reference to Modi asking for "Depictions of Gujarati Culture" on the Walls... in previous renderings, the Walls had always been blank.

    I guess I wasnt clear.
    - GJ10, in 21 years
  • tats alright GJ..its also my bad too..
    - shreyas1684, in 22 years
  • Due to forthcoming IPO, more details on Godrej Garden City are out, although both Articles have disparities between the Project Size and the length of time it will take to complete, I think the Second may be more accurate in terms of those details as it takes the new Township Policy into account...

    Godrej to build Indias first Green Township in City (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Godrej-to-build-Indias-first-green-township-in-city/articleshow/5306093.cms)

    Godrej Properties Limited (GPL), a real-estate arm of conglomerate Godrej Group, will launch India's largest and first green township
    project in January. The eco-friendly project is coming up near Nirma University on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar road.

    Adi Godrej, chairman Godrej Group, said that GPL has inked MOU with Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme for the Ahmedabad township project to be developed in a joint venture with local partner Siddhi Group on about 225 acres of land.

    Godrej was in town for the company's forthcoming IPO. Interestingly, Godrej Garden City' (GGC) is one of the 16 real-estate projects in the world selected by CCI, for climate positive development. Godrej group is also founder member of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The company will avail green building ratings for GGC from leading agencies.

    The project will completed in a phase manner over next ten years, ending with 20,000 dwellings in the price ranging from Rs 20 to 35 lakh during the initial phases. However, the company also plans to build smaller flats worth Rs 10 lakh in the later stages, he said. The work for the first phase is expected to finish in the next two years with 500 dwelling units, mostly two and three BHK.

    Apart from the use of solar power, water recycling and harvesting, GPL would use fly-ash bricks and develop many gardens, including a 10-acres park, said Milind Korde GPL, managing director. Amenities like sports complex, club house, schools, hospitals and high street shopping areas are also planned, he added.

    Hyderabad based MP Rao, a green building expert and member of IGBC steering committee, said that as of now there is not a single green-integrated township in the country. In fact, IGBC is working on a draft for Green Neighbourhood Rating System to give ratings to upcoming townships, said Rao.


    Godrej Township in Ahmedabad to have more residential space (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/godrej-township-in-ahmedabad-to-have-more-residential-space/550464/1)

    Godrej Properties, the realty arm of Godrej Group, will start its 330-acre (40 million square feet) township project in Ahmedabad in January. Godrej Garden City project, which will have nearly one lakh residents, will take about eight years to complete. In the first phase, which will start in January next year, Godrej will develop 10 lakh sq feet that will accommodate around 500 units, said Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej on Saturday.

    Godrej Properties had earlier planned an integrated township with more commercial properties. But the change in township policy—from integrated to residential—has affected the group’s plans. It has now no choice but to have more residential properties.

    “We are happy with the new residential policy announced by the state government. We hope to start work from January,” said Adi Godrej.

    He was in Ahmedabad to announce Godrej Properties’ initial public offering (IPO) to raise Rs 500 crore. The issue is open between December 9 and December 11, with a price band of Rs 490-530 per share. The company is banking on its unique realty business model. “We don’t buy land but get into agreements to develop land parcels,” said Milind Korde, MD, Godrej Properties Ltd.

    Of the total money raised, the township in Ahmedabad will receive Rs 132 crore, while the rest of the proceeds will go in the repayment of debts and land acquisition, and the development of rights for Godrej’s three major projects outside Gujarat.

    The Ahmedabad township is the second project in India to be selected for the Climate Positive Development Programme, which was launched by former US President Bill Clinton. The aim of the programme is to support climate-positive real estate development and reduce the net greenhouse gas emission.

    “They will issue us the guidelines as well as the expertise to make it more eco-friendly. It will have good water management facility, wastewater treatment and other such facilities,” Godrej added.

    Here is a rendering of the Project (that has been posted earlier) from CNBCs "Green Cities of the Future" (http://www.cnbc.com/id/31325671/?slide=6)

    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4538/godrejgardencity.jpg
    - GJ10, in 22 years
  • Update related to:


    Ahmdedabad to have a Rotating Steel Qutub Minar (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_ahmedabad-to-have-a-steel-qutub-minar-and-it-will-rotate_1301994)

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    - GJ10, in 22 years
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    - Euromast, in 22 years
  • That tower looks really ambitous, hope they'll pul it off.

    There is a piece in the "International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design" on the Sabarmati Rivefront Project

    It is a good summary for anyone not familiar with the project from the outset. The pic below is one that I dont think has been posted before... (and I think looks quite cool!)

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7757/sabarmatirendering.jpg



    Damn, how'd I miss that render. We'll be able to make awesome banners for Ahmedabad when all this id done.
    - India101, in 22 years
  • nice.. alteast gujrat is on track on its own.
    - Illusionist, in 22 years
  • Heres a vid with a really nice vantage point over the Sabarmati Riverfront Development, its shaping up well!

    This is taken during the Intl Kite Festival that is currently going on (Jan 2010)

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    - GJ10, in 22 years
  • realyy alll ur project is veryy nice
    - dosty, in 22 years
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