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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the BIG Document today in the presence of the Minister of State for Industries and planning, Mr Saurabh Patel and M.D.(G.I.D.B) Shri A. K. Sharma and Principal Secretary of Industries Shri M. Shahu also present.

The Vision of BIG 2020:

To make Gujarat a globally preferred place to live in and to do business through accelerated, balanced, inclusive and sustainable growth driven by robust social, industrial and physical infrastructure.

The Blueprint for Infrastructure in Gujarat 2020 (BIG 2020) is an integrated plan for the state's infrastructure development. The Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) undertook this comprehensive planning exercise in consultation with all line Departments / Agencies of the State Government and also the private sector. The consultancy services of CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory Services was obtained by the GIDB to prepare this Blueprint. A key reason for Gujarat's prosperity is its holistic approach to infrastructure development. The implementation of BIG 2020 will further improve the state's already commendable infrastructure and provide a fillip to its economic growth. It will accelerate Gujarat's development process and envisions Gujarat with a per capita income in the league of top fifty countries of the world. Ultimately, BIG 2020 is expected to have a deep social impact and assure a better quality of life to Gujarat's citizens.

The BIG 2020 has been prepared after detailed consultations in the backdrop of numerous developments that present a large opportunity for Gujarat. The state has made impressive all-round progress and its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has been growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 10.4 percent, compared to 7.6 percent for India for the five year period 2002–07.

The BIG 2020 reflects the keenness of the Government of Gujarat to continuously think bigger, and keep striving for more while capitalising on the opportunities being thrown up by various developments at the national as well as at the state level. Substantial interest in setting up coastal thermal power plants, setting up of the 4000 MW thermal power project at Mundra by the Tatas, 1.6 trillion cubic feet gas find in the K G Basin, development of Gujarat International Financial Tec-City (GIFT) -- a global financial and IT centre -- and the quantum increase in the number of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), successful implementation of many Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects across various sectors are some of the significant developments that reflect the widespread change in the planning and policy environment. Developments like the USD 243 bn MoUs signed at the Global Investors' Summit 2009; 38 percent share of Gujarat in the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC); the proposed six Special Investment Regions (SIR) around DMIC; and the relocation of the Tata Nano car factory to Gujarat present significant investment implications for Gujarat, requiring infrastructural support.

The BIG 2020 outlines investments in infrastructure areas. The creation of infrastructure is expected to attract investments in manufacturing and service facilities which will significantly increase employment and per capita incomes. Gujarat's five-pronged strategy ‘Panchamrut' comprising knowledge, security, water, energy and power along with the BIG 2020 is expected to make significant impact on the state's human development index. The result would be all-round development touching all citizens, including those living in the remotest parts of the State.

The Strategy in BIG 2020:

Gujarat's economy today has reached a critical size which is strong platform to launch itself on an accelerated and high growth trajectory. Gujarat will provide robust infrastructure that will form the base for sustaining high growth. Robust infrastructure includes infrastructure that is benchmarked and competing with the best in the world to provide a competitive edge for Gujarat to attract and sustain investments in various sectors of the economy. The infrastructure will be reliable, well spread and balanced to ensure that the fruits of development reach all in furthest corners of the state.

The framework of action for achieving the vision comprises of infrastructure sector visions, strategies and a shelf of projects. These will guide the infrastructure sectors in an orchestrated manner considering sector priorities and interlinkages with other sectors. The key strategies are:

1. Achieving UMI[1] countries per capita power generation and consumption benchmarks by building large capacities in power generation;

2. Making gas a preferred fuel across the urban and industrial landscape of Gujarat;

3. Accelerating industrialisation by developing world class and globally competitive industrial infrastructure;

4. Developing seamless, efficient and high speed integrated transport networks conforming to global standards;

5. Becoming a major international player in sea freight logistics;

6. Developing cities that are safe, efficient, clean and green, and offer a high quality of life;

7. Ensuring safe, reliable and affordable drinking water across Gujarat, and provide stable water supply for agriculture;

8. Making Gujarat a global tourist destination;

9. Creating good healthcare infrastructure to achieve healthcare indices and to reach UMI benchmarks;

10. Creating widespread network of educational institutions to make Gujarat a globally recognised knowledge society;

11. Creating a network of post harvest agriculture infrastructure to ensure better access to markets.

The BIG 2020 will make Gujarat's infrastructure the pride of its citizens and a benchmark for the nation. People living in the farthest corners of Gujarat would have access to safe and affordable drinking water, electricity, sturdy roads and telecom services. Substantial investments will be made in securing energy, maximising growth opportunities, enhancing connectivity, managing growing urbanisation, providing water for all and ensuring higher quality of life through employment generation, health care and education. This high investment in infrastructure will sustain high economic growth over the decade. All the three sectors of the economy will register sound growth with industries and services growing in double digits and the agriculture sector recording consistent and stable growth. The ultimate goal of BIG 2020 is to create robust social, industrial and physical infrastructure network ensuring accelerated inclusive and sustainable growth. Rapid and balanced GSDP growth on the one hand and investments in social services and upgradation of health, education and other critical services on the other would ensure this objective is achieved.

This integrated infrastructure investment plan will ensure high investments in infrastructure, increase productivity, expand the industries and services sector and hence propel Gujarat's per capita income into the league of top fifty countries of the world while making it globally preferred place to live in and do business.

BIG 2020 Shelf of Projects (Rs. crores)

No.

Sector

Total Rs Crores

Phasing - Rs Crs

2010

2012

2017

2020

1

Energy - Power Sector

225,254

36,676

47,661

36,760

104,158

2

Energy - Gas Sector

123,366

10,097

16,363

81,235

15,672

3

SIR Dholera

108,520

0

4,201

104,319

0

4

Industrial Nodes & Sezs within DMIC & other than SIR Dholera

33,521

0

5,671

27,850

0

5

Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones outside DMIC

25,736

0

15,876

9,860

0

6

Roads

73,443

22,254

33,995

12,162

5,031

7

Ports

119,957

9,562

43,989

42,230

24,176

8

Railways

85,609

2,093

6,238

77,278

0

9

Logistics parks & services

4,248

2,104

2,144

0

0

10

Airports

15,898

2,874

8,573

4,452

0

11

Urban Infrastructure

111,924

11,603

13,362

65,122

21,837

12

Water Supply

136,435

27,769

18,596

49,953

40,117

13

Information Technology Related Projects

4,289

288

1,200

1,563

1,239

14

Tourism

48,656

17,058

17,886

13,712

0

15

Agro infrastructure

19,417

0

3,285

5,142

10,991

16

Education

15,879

4,435

3,183

4,642

3,620

17

Health

16,117

0

3,385

7,666

5,066

18

Human resource requirement and development

200

70

70

60

0

19

Environment

12,443

0

2,855

6,878

2,710

Total

1,180,912

146,883

248,532

550,882

234,615


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