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Heritage Buildings & Places

1. Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad

2. Ahmed Shah Tomb
3. Bhadra Fort & Darwaja
4. Sidi Saiyad Mosque
5. Hathesing Jain Temple
6. Raj Babri Mosque
7. Jhulta Minar
8. Rani Sipri Mosque
9. Kankaria Lake
10. Vastrapur Lake
11. Calico Museum
12. Sabarmati Ashram
13. Adalaj Vav
14. Sarkhej Roza
15. Heritage Houses of poles
16. Vaishnovdevi Temple
17. ISKCON Temple
18. Science City
19. Law Garden


Port Pipavav is located in Saurashtra in the state of Gujarat

Port Pipavav is operated by APM Terminals, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, one of the largest
container terminal operators in the world. APM Terminals has operations spread over 49 terminals in
32 countries on five continents. With a 57.9% stake, APM Terminals is the largest shareholder in
Port Pipavav.

A successful public-private enterprise, Port Pipavav is emerging as an important gateway port on

the West Coast of India for containers, bulk and liquid cargo. Located just 152 nautical miles from
the Nhava Sheva Port in Mumbai, Port Pipavav provides excellent access to the main trade lines in
the northwestern region of India.

In addition to APM Terminals, other key shareholders in Port Pipavav include: New York Life
International India Fund (Mauritius) LLC; IDFC Infrastructure Fund; The Infrastructure Fund of
India; IL&FS Trust Company Ltd.; Jacob Ballas Capital India Pvt. Ltd.; Unit Trust of India; Industrial
Development Bank of India; and India Infrastructure Fund.

Port Pipavav operates a Container Freight Station (CFS) within the port limits for consolidating cargo
moving to or from the immediate hinterland. The port has dedicated 11,000 sq. mts. of covered,
custom bonded warehouse space, and an area of paved stackyards to handle the CFS operations. In
addition to the on-site CFS facilities, there are two fully functional CFS facilities within the vicinity of
the port. Logix Park and Contrans Logistics together have 170,000 square feet of custom
bonded warehouse area and modern facilities capable of handling container and reefer cargo.
Unlike many other ports where the CFS is located several kilometers from the quay, the CFS at Port
Pipavav is in very close proximity – approximately 200 metres – to the container berths. As a result,
containers can typically be moved from the CFS to the vessel in just ten minutes, a clear time and
cost savings advantage for both cargo owners and shipping lines.
The CFS at Port Pipavav currently handles a wide range of cargo generated from the Saurashtra belt
and other parts of northwest India. These include cotton, wood pulp, sesame seeds, cattle feeds,
agricultural products, ceramic tiles and soda ash, among others.
Port Pipavav’s CFS is certified according to European Union standards, and also affiliated with and
approved by several trade associations.

Mudra Port

Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (MPSEZ), India’s largest private port
and special economic zone, was incorporated as Gujarat Adani Port Limited (GAPL) in
1998 to develop a private port at Mundra, on the west coast of India. The company
commenced commercial operations in October 2001. Mundra Special Economic Zone
Limited (MSEZ) was incorporated in November 2003, to set up an SEZ at Mundra.
MSEZ was merged with GAPL in April 2006. The company was renamed as Mundra
Port and Special Economic Zone Limited, to reflect the nature of business. Mundra Port
provides cargo handling and other value-added port services. Mundra SEZ is India’s first
port-based multi-product SEZ.

Mundra Port is strategically located for global trade (Latitude: 22º 43’ 88’ N; Longitude:
69º 42’ 34’ E). Located on the northern coast of the Gulf of Kutch on the west coast of
India, Mundra Port provides a convenient international trade gateway to Europe, Africa,
America and the Middle East. Mundra has a deep draft (12.5 Meters – 17 Meters) which
enables large vessels like panamax and super post panamax carriers to dock alongside its
berth. It also has a large land area available for development, part of which is now the
Mundra SEZ which proposes to attract port-led industrial development. Mundra Port is
situated in Gujarat, one of India’s most industrialized, investor friendly and commercially
successful states.

It is one of the closest ports to the huge hinterland of northern and central India which
comprises Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand,
Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, accounting for about 2/3 of
India’s cargo. The port has excellent in-land connectivity thru rail track, road net work,
and airport and cross country pipelines. The port has associate facilities like
warehousing, container freight stations, storage tanks etc. To add value to your logistic
needs. These wide range of options helps in opting for most cost and time effective
logistic solution

• The port has 7 railway sidings and two dedicated diesel locomotives
• It can handle double stack container trains
• A 64 km private railway line has been developed which connects the port with the national network
at Adipur

Mundra Port is about 65 km from Bhuj and 400 km from Ahmedabad. It is easily accessible by the national
highway network (NH 8A and NH 15).
The nearest commercial airports to Mundra Port are at Bhuj (65 km) and Kandla (60 km). Mundra Port itself
has a private operational airstrip that is suitable for landing mid-size jets.
Industries located in SEZs get a host of fiscal advantages over those located outside them. The SEZ Policy
of the Government of India lays down a number of financial benefits for manufacturing units in the SEZ. The
advantages include:

 Direct Tax Benefits – Income Tax

o 100% exemption for the first 5 years
o 50% exemption for the sixth to tenth (next 5) years
o 50% exemption on the ploughed back profits, for an additional 5 years, after ten years
o Exemption from Minimum Alternate Tax
 Indirect Tax Benefits - Perennial exemption in all taxes including
o Excise Duty
o Custom Duty
o Service Tax
o Value Added Tax (VAT)
o Stamp Duty / Lease Tax
o Entry Tax and various other State levies that would otherwise be applicable on operations
 Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) supplier is eligible for export benefits on SEZ sales making the sourcing
cost competitive.
 External Commercial Borrowings up to US $ 500 Million without any specific approvals. Cost
competitive financing can be availed from Offshore Banking Units (OBUs).

Industrial Developments

Tata nano:

• Benefit to component Vendors

• New Investment Opportunities
• Benefit to real estate
• Additional Jobs to people of Gujarat

River front project

In May 1997, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation established the Sabarmati River Front
Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL).
Industrial growth
Gujarat's major cities include Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda (Vadodara) and Rajkot. Surat is the
fastest growing city[and Ahmedabad is the third fastest growing city in India. Major resources
produced by the state include cotton, peanuts, dates, sugarcane, and petrol. The state is rich
in calcite, gypsum, manganese, lignite, bauxite, limestone, agate, feldspar and quartz sand, and
successful mining of these minerals is done in their specified areas. Gujarat produces about 90%
of India’s required amount of Soda Ash and gives the country about 66% of its national
requirement of salt. It is one of India's most prosperous states, having a per-capita GDP
significantly above India's average. Kalol Khambat and Ankaleshwar are today known for their oil
and natural gas production. Dhuvaran has a thermal power station, which uses coal, oil and gas.
The Tarapur nuclear station in Maharashtra supplies the main power. Also, on the Gulf of
Khambat, 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Bhavnagar, is the Alang Ship Recycling Yard (the
world's largest). General Motors produces theAstra car at Halol near Vadodara. Jalalpur is a large
town of Gujarat, where several small and large textile industrial units have been established.
Surat, a city by the Gulf of Khambat, is a hub of the global diamond trade. In 2003, 92% of the
world's diamonds were cut and polished in Surat.[12]

During the period of 1960–90, Gujarat established itself as a leader in various industrial sectors
including textiles, engineering, chemicals, petrochemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, dairy,
cement and ceramics, and gems and jewellery, amongst others. A post-liberalization period saw
Gujarat's State Domestic Product (SDP) rising at an average growth rate of 14% per annum in
real terms (from 1994–2002). Gujarat achieved as much as 35% of augmentation in its power
generation capacity during the periods 1995–96 and 2000–01. The producers (IPPs) have
contributed significantly in this addition. Gujarat is one of the first few states in India to have
encouraged private sector investment, some of which are already in operation. In addition, the
liquid cargo (chemicals) handling port at Dahej is also set up in joint sector and made operational.
At an investor's summit entitled "Vibrant Gujarat," arranged between 10 January 2007 to
13 January 2007, at Science City, Ahmedabad, the state government signed 104
Memoranda of Understandings for Special Economic Zones worth a total of Rs 2.5 lakh
crore. However, most of the investment was from domestic industry. In the fourth Vibrant
Gujarat Global Investors' Summit held at Science City, Ahmedabad, in January 2009, there
were 600 foreign delegates. In all, 8668 MOUs worth Rs 12.5 lakh cr were signed, estimated
to create 25 lakh new job opportunities in the state. Gujarat government has a front runner
in development of solar energy in the state. It has allotted 716 MW of Solar Power capacity
to 34 national and international solar project developers in 2009; against the planned 500
MW capacity under its Solar Power Policy. This is expected to bring in investments of INR
12000 crore and generate employment for 5,000 people.