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Gandhinagar, Tuesday: The Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) at its review meeting here today decided to development Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) as a global model for urban and economic development.

Gujarat's preparations for the Dholera SIR on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) have come in praise from the Government of India, too. The SIR has all the potentials to be developed as a model for construction as well as management in town planning

GIDB was the first entity in the country to enact an SIR Act in 2009, as the state has issued notification for developing four more SIRs at PCPIR-Dahej Halol-Savli, Aliabet and Santalpur. GIDB will be the apex authority to develop the SIRs.

The highlights of the Dholera SIR are 110-km long Ahmedabad-Dholera expressway, a new international airport, as it is sure to set world record in modern town planning and economic developments.

Twenty-two villages falling under 903 sq km of its brackish water area, falling under Dholera SIR are to be transported. Several private investors signed 20 MoUs for setting up projects in the SIR during Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit during 2009 and 2011.

Speaking at the meeting, Chief Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need to set up a global model for optimum utilization of water and other natural resources in the development of the SIR.

Looking to the Dholera SIR alone creating jobs for eight lakh people, he said, efforts should be made to take care of human resources and management. Its growth would develop the neighboring areas beyond Bhavnagar and Pipavav, he said.

Other related projects included desalination plant, solar power plant on Narmada Canal on PPP model and Ro-Ro ferry service between Dahej and Ghogha by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).

Today's GIDB meeting was attended by Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala, Revenue Minister Anandiben PAtel, Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel, Minister of State for Energy Saurabh Patel and Chief Secretary A.K. Joti, among others. GIDB CEO A.K. Sharma presented details plans of Dholera SIR.

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April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.