Ahmedabad: 28 firms keen to bid for Sabarmati riverfront plots – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: After two failed attempts since February 2017, now authorities have found 28 companies bidding for real estate and recreational development at Sabarmati riverfront. The last date for submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) was February 20.

It was in February 2017 that the state government had approved the volumetric general development control regulations for the riverfront.

The SRFDCL project is being developed on approximately 500 acres of land. Nearly 85 % of the project area will be utilised for public infrastructure, recreational parks, sports facilities and gardens claimed the official proposal. The remaining 14% of the land is proposed to be sold to private parties for constructing high-quality buildings. There are 51 plots on either side of the riverfront.

SRFDCL officials are tight-lipped about the bidders, but reveal that a significant number of bidders are from outside Gujarat. “The information about the bidders cannot be shared owing to the confidentiality involved. But since 2017 we have seen more companies outside the state bid for the project,” says a senior official at SRFDCL.

The riverfront authorities had appointed Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), international property consultants, for providing consultancy services for preparing land monetization strategy and sale and auction of development rights of built-up area of the plots in SRFDCL project area. By the end of 2016 the state revenue department had assigned revenue numbers to 185 hectares of reclaimed land on the riverfront.

Apart from recovering the project cost of Rs 1,400 crore, the civic body expects to earn profits from the sale of land. Sources in the AMC said that the civic body expects to earn about Rs 3,500 crore through the sale of the reclaimed land.

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Ahmedabad development body readying 6,800 hectares for utilities – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: When Auda announced its budget of an estimated Rs 929 crore on Wednesday, a 125% jump over last year, it indicated the amount the apex planning body was ready to invest in developing large public land by 2022. This would not have been possible had Auda not reorganized land around Ahmedabad’s periphery by an art which planners call ‘land reconstitution.’

For the first time AUDA revealed that since 1999, 83 major Land Reconstitution (LR) plans totalling an area of 51.6 sq miles or 13,376 hectare had been completed and that additionally 48 new local area plans totalling to 26.3 square miles or 6,803 hectares are under various stages of preparation in the AUDA region. “On an annual basis, this is equivalent of supplying 3.9 sq miles per year of services land,” said a senior AUDA official.

The Land Reconstitution (LR) process was used extensively according to Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act for SP Ring Road in 1999.

“In the initial days of the SP Ring Road AUDA wanted a 52m-wide corridor with 120m-wide road and 200m-wide green belt on both sides of the road,” said the AUDA official. He added, “Initially the plan was to acquire a 1,640 feet wide and about 31 mile long corridor using compulsory purchase for reserving the rights of way.” This according to the AUDA official would have caused huge displacement with large scale acquisition.

“The very first notification for land acquisition for SP Ring Road invited 40,000 public objections,” said the AUDA official in the town planning division.

Most of the land parcels were irregular and devoid of access . These plots were painstakingly reconstituted to avoid land acquisition and disputes. The acquisition ranged from smaller land holdings that together accumulated into 185 acres in more populated areas like Ambli and Shilaj villages while layouts involving large land parcel holdings together constituted 2,770 acres. these large land holdings had less population and were around areas like Sarkhej and Okaf-Makarba.

“In all some 22,700 acres of service land was available to us around SP Ring Road in a self-financing manner,” said the AUDA official. Today this same technique is being used to make available some 6,803 hectares of land for development purposes.

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Housing scheme for labourers to be launched on PPP basis in Gujarat – ET RealEstate

GANDHINAGAR: Waking up to the need of housing for labourers, the state government on Wednesday announced that a scheme will be launched for providing housing to labourers near their factories.

The announcement comes after an unprecedented migration of labourers to their home states soon after the lockdown was announced last year. Migration of workers had crippled production at industrial units in the state.

“In order to ensure that the labourers get their dwellings nearby the factories where they work, our government is going to launch Mukhyamantri Audyogik Shramyogi Ane Industrial Housing Aawas (MASIHA) scheme,” Nitin Patel, deputy chief minister who also holds the finance portfolio, said while presenting the state budget for 2021-22.

Under the scheme, housing for labours will be constructed at concessional rate on the public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The state budget made a total provision of Rs 1,502 crore for the labour and employment department.

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Why did Ahmedabad grow on periphery? – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: Just why did Ahmedabad expand in the periphery? A new World Bank report traces the history of the city’s expansion to the development plan of 1965 when a 240 metres wide area on private agricultural land covering an area of 8.4 sq km was proposed in the new plan.

This was the year when the total municipal area of the city was 93 sq km. Today, the urban agglomerate area of the city, including AUDA area, is around 1,900 sq km with a green belt covering 9% of the total land cover.

“The main objective of the green belt was to restrict urban sprawl and regulate and balance open versus built development and act as a sink for urban pollution,” claims the paper authored by Madhu Bharti and Shagun Mehrotra.

But this proposal met with resistance as land owners were unhappy with AMC’s compensation and challenged the plan in the court.

In the 1980s and 1990s the report states, the city rapidly expanded beyond the municipal corporation limits, leading to fragmented urban expansion, particularly along the western fringes of the city.
Why did Ahmedabad grow on periphery?“This fragmented development outside the city limits was partly attributed to the Urban Land Ceiling Act, 1976, which led to an artificial increase in land prices within the city limits.

“Over time, many encroached on these green belt reserves to build houses,” states the WB paper.

The Sardar Patel Ring Road was conceptualized in the 2001 revised development plan to facilitate integrated urban development along the metropolitan periphery of Ahmedabad.

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