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DHOLERA : SPECIAL INVESTMENT REGION

From the dawn of Indus Valley Civilization to the current times, Gujarat has registered an impeccable presence. It was the first to give refuge to the survivors of religious persecution in Iran and faced the very initial brunt of foreign invaders who made an attempt to abrogate its indigenous culture & prosperity of its industrious populace. The Gujarati resilience never gave in. It erected a strong resistance time and again and emerged victorious despite all odds. The astounding progress made by the people of Gujarat in the last decade has become a global talking point. It has become one of the most industrialized states of the country with a per capita income above the national average. The accomplishments on several other developmental parameters have been mesmerizing as well. What is it in Gujarat that makes it such a vibrant place and how can its success story be replicated in other parts of the country? To understand the same our Director Relationships, Ravi Pokharna underwent a 3 day educational tour to Gujarat aptly named as "Prakash Yatra", along with a group of 10 select youngsters who were chosen from a pool of 200 applicants from across the country. Engineering India, the Gujarat Way is thereby a compilation of the first hand experiences of these youngsters. Hope this booklet would somewhat help in understanding the innate DNA of Gujarat's success.

JANMARG :: AHMEDABAD BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM

GUJARAT MARITIME BOARD

GUJARAT INTERNATIONAL FINANCE TEC-CITY (GIFT)

GUJARAT SOLAR PARK

KANKARIYA LAKE FRONT, AHMEDABAD

GUJARAT STATE PETROLEUM CORPORATION

NARMADA CANAL

SABARMATI RIVER FRONT

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Prakash Yatra - Glimpses This Governance tourism trip was meant for the individuals interested in seeing the developmental work of Gujarat. More than 200 young students and professionals applied to be the part of the trip. Finally a group of 15 was selected by an academic jury. During the three day trip the group got an opportunity to meet and hear from the leadership of the a) Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam- The Sardar Sarovar project built on Narmada, known as the lifeline of Gujarat is benefitting the irrigation, drinking water supply situation, power conditions, wild life conservation along with flood control; b) Gujarat International Finance Tech City better known as GIFT - being built as a global financial hub with the support of world class infrastructure and resources; c) Dholera Special Investment Region – being developed as a global manufacturing and trading hub. It is a very ambitious project aiming to double the employment potential, triple the industrial output and quadruple the exports from Gujarat in the next five years; d) Water and Sanitation Management Organization - the highly successful community managed program of water management and sanitation; e) GMB Ports The BRT bus ride of Janmarg which is awarded as the Best Mass Transit Project by GOI and also bagged the Award of excellence in the Best ITMS project category by GOI, made everyone realize what visionary planning and effective governance can achieve. A model which has tragically failed in States like Delhi has been executed so well and efficiently in Gujarat goes on to say that the leadership does matter. The group also visited the Sabarmati River Front and the Kankariya Lake Project which is one of the highly acclaimed and awarded urban development project nationally. Longest trip in the 3 days was to Charanka (130 km) which houses a huge solar park which produces 600mw of electricity, a project which has helped Gujarat put itself as an energy surplus state from being an energy deficit one few years back. Visit to Mahatma Gandhi Ashram brought into light the rich cultural and historical role Gujarat plays on the national map. The warm reception by the senior team at Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) was very appreciated by everyone in the group. The last but certainly not the least, visit was at BISAG (Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo- Informatics). The group was pleasantly shocked to see what a small team at BISAG is able to achieve which remains a distant dream in the other states of country. With the effective use of space technology and its innovative usage in solving regular rural and urban issues sets high benchmarks for the other India states to achieve. The group couldn’t have asked for more. One hour free flowing unrestrained chat with one of the most popular leaders of the country, Hon Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi. And what inspiring aura that he carries, everyone got awestruck with his presence. Rather than choosing to hear laurels of his government he instead kept on insisting everyone to give him feedback and suggestions to further improve the governance of the state. Towards the end he appreciated RMP for its efforts and invited more such group for the governance tour of Gujarat. Indeed the trip was a memorable one for all of us.

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It’s envisioned to be a global manufacturing and trading hub i.e. "The engine for economic resurgence of the country" which is supported by world class infrastructure.

Located some 140 km from Ahmedabad at the Gulf of Cambay, Dholera has been approved as the destination for the first Special investment region on Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

Dholera had been a flourishing port in Gujarat with a prosperous trade till early 18th century.

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The project has created a unique identity for Ahmedabad by creating a unique skyline for the city. Being a landmark project with far reaching impacts, it has become the backbone for rejuvenating inner city neighborhoods adjacent to the riverfront project, thereby spurring future developments within the city.

The Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project began as an urban renewal project to significantly improve the spatial structure and habitat conditions of the river and adjoining areas. This project aimed to transform Ahmedabad’s historic yet neglected river into a vibrant and vital focus for the city.

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The milestone achieved by the State of Gujarat in the port sector is by a virtue of its 1600 kms long coastline, its innovative strategic initiatives, proactive measures by the Government and above all a competent and channelized guidance provided by its regulatory body named ‘Gujarat Maritime Board’.

Gujarat is a pioneering, futuristic and entrepreneurial state of the country. In particular, Gujarat's maritime sector is considered to be the most proactive and well developed sectors of India. During the year 2011-12, ports in Gujarat handled about 259 million tonnes of cargo compared to 231 million tonnes handled during the previous year making a 12.12% increase in the traffic handled. Capacity of 39 MT was added during the current year 2011-12 augmenting the capacity of Gujarat ports to 323 MT.

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The Narmada Canal brings water to the North from the Sardar Sarovar Dam 460 kilometres in Gujarat and 74 kilometres in Rajasthan.

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Pawan Kumar Mesmerised By The ownership spirit of Gujaratis for their state. Most of the people whom we interacted with, owned Gujarat as their state and its development as their duty. This was exciting to see people putting their state before their self interests.

3 Differentiators Of Gujarat Industry oriented planning and development. Punjab is an agricultural state. However, Gujarat has more focus on Industry. Use of technology in different spheres of life was more. Technology is welcomed in government offices in Gujarat as an aid to work, however, in Punjab it is taken as challenge.

Pawan is a research analyst and has served with Grail research, Evalueserve. He also served as Global Co-President ShARE (an international student think tank with presence in 15 countries). He is currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Indore.

Food was in more variety but less nutritious in Gujarat than in Punjab.

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Opinion about replicating the Gujarat growth story to other states of the country Others state can copy the 'willingness' and 'approach' of Gujarat to development. Copying the model might be challenging keeping in view different contexts for different states. My state, Punjab, should learn the adoption and implementation of technology in agriculture. Guj-Sat project aimed at mapping agricultural information through database is worth copying by other states. This will help us in re-distribution and optimization of scarce resources in our country.

One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute Gujarat Solar Power Project producing 500 MW power is really very ambitious, sophisticated and fascinating to visit. Private-Public partnership at such a scale and with such a futuristic approach is appreciable. I loved the vision, planning and implementation of this project. It reminded me of my visit to Wind Farms in Germany last year.

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Trust and backing of Gujarat people on their political leadership allows the government to function and perform. It generates a strong political will and vision for the government. This becomes a vicious circle over time. People trust government, government strengthens, strong government performs, people trust the performing government more.

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A total of 84 developers have registered to build a total of 968.5 MW, from 1 to 40 MW. An increase to 1,000 MW is expected to be completed by 2013.

The solar park is expected to save around 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere and save around 900,000 tonnes of natural gas per year.

Gujarat Solar Park is the name used for a group of solar parks being constructed in Gujarat. Certificates of completion were issued on April 19, 2012, for a total of 605 MW, which included some sections that were already operational, and 702.3 MW had been completed by December 1, 2012. One is the Charanka Solar Park, a group of 17 thin-film photovoltaic (PV) power systems, on a 2,000-hectare (4,900acre) site in the district of Patan.

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Anand Shekhar Mesmerised By The Ownership and Pride demonstrated by different departments of their role and contribution to the development of Gujarat.

3 Differentiators Of Gujarat World Class Infrastructure Motivated work force Team work and conjoint action (bureaucracy and polity)

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Works with DFID - UK aid from the Department of International Development Single most important factor which has led to the immense progress which Gujarat has made

Political leadership and committment of Mr. Narendra Modi.

Gujarat has demonstrated a feasible and doable model of development comprising of conjoint planning and action by bureaucracy & polity facilitated by IT and technology to monitor progress and performance. One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute GSPC :: They seem to be emerging as a national trendsetter and setting benchmarks for the sector.

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GSPC has notched several milestones that have become important landmarks in India’s energy scene as well.

The GSPC Group companies collectively enjoy a presence in both the upstream and downstream segments of the energy value chain - Starting from exploration and production, gas transmission, city gas distribution, power generation and even information technology.

Over the last few years the GSPC Group has characteristically been responsible for several milestones in the hydrocarbon sector and has successfully redefined the E & P (exploration and production) scenario in the country.

GSPC has evolved strategically as a multidimensional highly integrated conglomerate and a leading energy enterprise taking fully into consideration the changing graph in the power sector. It spearheads the energy business in the state of Gujarat and works relentlessly in its key endeavour of developing the state into a futuristic power based economy.

Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation

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Naitik Vyas Mesmerised By Satellite education

3 Differentiators of Gujarat Bureaucrats’ attitude Marketing strategy Leadership quality of Chief Minister

Opinion about replicating the Gujarat growth story to other states of the country More interaction with youth of the same state to find new ways of doing things. Also doing the marketing for their project in better way. May be use of social media. One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute Gift city Single most important factor which has led to the immense progress which Gujarat has made

Leadership quality of Chief Minister and vision as well.

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GIFT City aspires to cater to India's large financial services potential by offering global firms a world-class infrastructure and facilities. It aims to attract the top talent in the country by providing the finest quality of life all with integrated townships, IFSC and multi speciality special economic zone (SEZ).

A Global Finance Hub GIFT city is located 12 KM from the Ahmedabad International Airport and 8 KM from Gandhinagar.

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)

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Jagriti Chhateja Mesmerised By The Economic growth and the percolation of benefits till the lowest class and villages unlike in many other states.

3 Differentiators of Gujarat Organised Government work Support to businesses that in turn leads to economic growth Facilities even in villages (such as 20hr plus electricity which is difficult even in cities in my home state of UP)

University Topper, Second & Third Year-B.Com. (Hons.), Faculty of Commerce, Banaras Hindu University, 2010-11. PGDM, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad

Single most important factor which has led to the immense progress which Gujarat has made

Stringent laws against corruption and bribery. A professional & progressive work environment even in Government.

Opinion about replicating the Gujarat growth story to other states of the country I think it is not going to be easy, but it is possible. But what it needs more than anything else is the willingness from the political parties/leaders and stringent actions against bribes. One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute Kids City, Kankaria Lake.

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The central garden and the walkway had been revamped and utilities are enhanced. Upon completion of the renovation the lake was officially inaugurated in a week long event known as "Kankaria Carnival". The inauguration ceremony for renovated Kankaria lakefront was held on December 25, 2008.

Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Kutubuddin in 15th century. The work was completed in 1451 CE and was known as "Qutub Hojj" or "Hauj-e-Kutub". It was used for bathing by the kings. It had a water purification system but it has been lost with the time. At one point of the circular lake, there opens a walkway which later merges into a garden called Nagina Wadi (which means beautiful garden in Urdu) that is located in the centre of the lake. With an approximate circumference of 1.4 miles (2.3 km), it represents the regale history of Ahmedabad. It is a 34-sided polygon having steps which leading down to water level.

Kankaria Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Ahmedabad. A lakefront was developed around it which has many public attractions like zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides and water park, food stalls and entertainment facilities. Kankaria Carnival is a week long festival being held here in last week of December. Many cultural, art and social activities are organised during carnival. It is located in the southern part of the city, in Maninagar area.

Kankariya Lake Front, Ahmedabad

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Ankur Sharma Mesmerised By Roads(Highways)

3 Differentiators of Gujarat Peace(Law and order) Uninterrupted Power Supply Roads(Highways)

Opinion about replicating the Gujarat growth story to other states of the country It requires a Strong will power of a State head, so I don't think my state(Uttar Pradesh) can replicate this‌..atleast in next 5years.

One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute Gujarat Solar Park

Director at VIYAT CLEANERS PVT LTD ; Bachelors Of Technology (B.Tech) in Electronics & Communication; Studied and Tested various components of IFF RADAR at Bharat Electronics Limited Sahibabad(Ghaziabad)

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Besides giving priority to buses, the system is designed to provide dedicated lanes for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicles like cycles and rickshaws etc.

Designed by CEPT University, Janmarg also known as Ahmedabad BRTS, is a bus rapid transit in Ahmedabad, India operated by Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited, a subsidiary of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Janmarg :: Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System

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RACHIT SHARMA Mesmerised By The vision of the Government of Gujarat which is not thinking of just the 5 year political terms but undertaking ambitious projects like BRTS and GIFT which will create immense value in the long run.

3 Differentiators of Gujarat Commendable law & order Professional Management of public service points No lags or corruption faced by the citizens in getting issues resolved.

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PGDM, IIM Ranchi Worked with the Planning Commission of India in the capacity of a student intern and assisting on the12th Five year Plan of India.

Single most important factor which has led to the immense progress which Gujarat has made

The clear, concise political will which instated by Shri Narendra Modi. The leader defines the path on which the office bearers tread.

It will be very difficult unless the leadership desires it. Gujarat has been able to create an atmosphere where development has become the core and it will be extremely hard to replicate unless similar leadership is shown by other states. One project you visited made you feel like visiting a facility of global scale and repute The solar project in its scale, novelty and ambition is absolutely world class.

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The Sardar Sarovar Project provides irrigation facilities to 18,45,000 ha. of land, covering 3112 villages of 73 talukas in 15 districts of Gujarat. It also irrigates 2,46,000 ha. of land in the strategic desert districts of Barmer and Jalore in Rajasthan and 37,500 ha. in the tribal hilly tract of Maharashtra through lift. It provides drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9633 villages (53% of total 18144 villages of Gujarat). The project provides a total power generation of 1450 MW shared by three states - Madhya Pradesh 57%, Maharashtra - 27% and Gujarat 16%. This provides useful peaking power to western grid of the country which has very limited hydel power production at present. A series of micro hydel power stations have also been planned on the branch canals where convenient falls are available. The canals are also being covered with solar power panels to generate further electricity. The project also provide flood protection to riverine reaches measuring 30,000 ha. covering 210 villages and Bharuch city and a population of 4.0 lac in Gujarat.

Sardar Sarovar Project

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