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Japan plan Rs 5,000-crore eco-township in Gujarat

After deciding to develop a mini-Japan in Dholera special investment region (SIR) as a feeder township for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), the Japanese have shown interest in developing a Rs 5,000-crore eco-township project at Dahej.

Planned on a 500-acre land, the proposal, put up before CM Narendra Modi on Wednesday, includes a dozen-odd satellite eco-towns across Gujarat — each on 10 to 15 acres in polluting industrial areas of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vapi, Panoli, Jamnagar, Kutch and Alang.

To be jointly developed with Gujarat Environment Protection and Infrastructure Ltd (GEPIL), a private company promoted by Luthra group, the proposal aims at recycling and recovering 90 per cent of the industrial waste and reuse it as raw material. Details of the Japanese funding are being finalised. “They have already developed Kitaykyushu eco-town in Japan. They are planning a similar model for Gujarat. The aim is to recycle and reuse everything – waste water and sewage to electronic waste and end-of-life vehicles,” said a senior official.

Girish Luthra of GEPIL told TOI, “Besides eco-townships, the Japanese government has offered to turn Alang into an eco-friendly destination. The aim is to make Gujarat a zero disposal and a landfill-free state. They have agreed to be our knowledge partner.”

Modi had met Japanese Prime Minister Y Hatoyawa in Mumbai a few days back.

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