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Coordinates: 22°14′53″N 72°11′42″E / 22.248°N 72.195°E / 22.248; 72.195
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Dholera is located in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat, India
Dholera is located in India
Dholera (India)
Coordinates: 22°14′53″N 72°11′42″E / 22.248°N 72.195°E / 22.248; 72.195
Country India
 • OfficialGujarati
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationGJ

Dholera is a town in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat state in India.[1]


Dholera was also an ancient port-city in Gulf of Khambhat, 30 km. from Dhandhuka village of Ahmedabad district. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera is one of the nine temples built by Swaminarayan.

Since 2011, the Government of Gujarat has been making plans to develop a smart city at Bhal area.[2][1] The economic viability of the project has been questioned by farmer organisations.[2][3] Several investors who initially signed the Memorandum of Understanding to develop the project, have withdrawn and refused to invest.[3]


The region is located in a low lying area and is flood prone.[2][3] In August 2019, the area was waterlogged and remained cut off from other cities for three days.[2]

Planned infrastructure[edit]

Gujarat Government has proposed a new International Airport for Ahmedabad city at Fedara. The proposed international airport is to be strategically located near the planned SEZ project of the Adani Group at Dholera. A new seaport was initially proposed, but the plans have been abandoned.[3]

In January 2021 a monorail project to link Ahmedabad and the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) was approved. The 60 billion (US$720 million) Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) will run parallel to the expressway and have seventy stations.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Gujarat elections: Modi's Dholera dream is a tale of delay, progress and resistance". Hindustan Times. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dholera waterlogged, reconsider Smart City project: Farmers". DNA India. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Datta, Ayona (17 April 2014). "India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start?". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Ahmedabad-Dholera SIR monorail gets green signal - Times of India". The Times of India. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Ahmedabad Dholera Mono Rail project approved for seacle at Dholera Airport: PM Modi". Dholera Prime. 21 January 2021. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022. Retrieved 29 June 2021.