DREAM CITY [Khajod]: Diamond Research and Mercantile City in Surat

Surat is known as the world’s largest diamond block with over 3,500 diamond processing units. According to the Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council, the DREAM city will encompass more than 2,000 acres and will have an international diamond trade. There will be 10,000 diamond dealer offices nationally and internationally.

DREAM City – Diamond Research and Mercantile City is estimated to be ready in the next few years and is likely to cost Rs 125000 crore. According to the Council’s estimates, the formation of City of Dreams will generate a turnover of Rs 90,000 crore annually. Gujarat accounts for about 85 percent of the jewelry industry.

About DREAM City – Diamond Research and Mercantile City

DREAM City

The Gujarat government has started the planning process for the construction of Diamond Research and Mercantile City (Dream-city) in Surat. The smart city is placed in the southern part of Surat in an area of ​​681 hectares, next to Khajod city, next to Outer Ring Road, and close to Dumas airport.

An international trade center is being built near Surat in Gujarat to increase the local diamond trade and exports. The center is named after the city of DREAM (Diamond Research and Mercantile) city.

Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) has appointed a consultant team of HaskoningDHV Consulting Pvt Ltd is a consortium with HaskoningDHV Netherlands BV and Knight & Frank India Pvt Ltd, which started its services in 2015 after the signing of the contract on 19 December are off.

DREAM City Master Plan

The preparation and planning of Dream City are based on a process developed by GIDB as part of the mission.

The Master Plan team is in constant touch with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), Surat Development Authority (SUDA), and other stakeholders.

The important reference study is the feasibility study of “Development of the City of Dreams in Surat, Gujarat”, prepared by Darashaw & Co Pvt Ltd in 2015. This study identifies the economic and financial potential of Dream City and was the basis for the Government of Gujarat’s decision to set up Dream City Limited as a master developer.

The Dream City Limited master plan area covers about 42% of the Urban Development Authority area in Khajod And since the powers of the Urban Development Authority in Khajod were delegated to Dream City Limited, the stakeholder consultations conducted at Dream City Limited are considered to be directly within the domain of the Khajod Urban Development Authority.

Dream City plan

Concept of Dream City

The global trend is towards the development of mixed-use with safe, attractive, vibrant, and freely accessible public spaces. The concepts of ‘Work, Live and Play’ or ‘Work at Home – Recreation’ are generally considered attractive and sustainable over the long term.

A cosmopolitan environment with cultural and entertainment services is a prerequisite for attracting foreign companies. Urban governments make up for the reduction by building dedicated sites for different types of commercial development and avoiding similar development elsewhere.

Only a comprehensive master plan for integrated urban development will succeed. All aspects and regional issues involved in building a whole city must be addressed.

Program and planning should be flexible and adjusted from time to time to adapt to changing conditions and market preferences. Long-term blueprint plans will not work. Temporary land use can also be used to support the normal development of a new city.

We are in the process of developing a world-class infrastructure facility. In the first phase, the main road (North-South) will be developed with street furniture. The entire Dream City project will be developed in five phases.

A public participation and stakeholder consultation process was carried out on the DP-2035 Khajod Urban Development Authority. This chapter details the involvement and level of involvement of various actors.

Several discussions and various meetings were held to understand the views and opinions of the stakeholders for the revision of the development plan.

The stakeholder participation included an expert consultation, in which they participated through a focus group discussion to review and assess the current situation and future needs.

The consultation was more participatory and collaborative, with a series of working group meetings and more specific suggestions from the stakeholders involved to improve the current situation.

The Dream City Limited master plan area covers about 42% of the Urban Development Authority area in Khajod. And since the powers of the Urban Development Authority in Khajod were delegated to Dream City Limited, the stakeholder consultations conducted at Dream City Limited are considered to be directly within the domain of the Khajod Urban Development Authority.

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