Which is a better smart city – Dholera SIR or Jalandhar?

Jalandhar originates way back during the time of Gods and Demons and its history is so long that it has been divided into ancient, medieval and modern age. The last few years have been transformative one for the city causing rapid urbanization and making it an industrial hub for Punjab. The city sees much commercial activity happening on a regular basis.

Speaking about Dholera, it is quite opposite of the hustle and bustle of Jalandhar. A quite city located 30 kilometers from the Dhanduka village of Ahmedabad district, the town hosts about 2,500 residents. Commercial activities are negligible with people involved in farming and small occupations for their livelihood. The pattern has however witnessed a major change since it has been declared a smart city with the farmers becoming rich overnight by selling their formerly invaluable land to the real estate developers like Smart Homes who are willing to now pay a hefty amount for it. The making of smart city has already begun.

Government has sanctioned Rs. 2,800 crores and trunk infrastructure is being built with the funds. Dholera shall soon have Roads and Services, ABCD building complex (Phase-1), Water Treatment Plant, Sewage Treatment Plant and Common Effluent Treatment Plant as trunk infrastructure components. This is bound to attract global investors to invest their money in Dholera SIR. Master Planners have been lucky to plan Dholera as the first smart city of India since Dholera currently carries no burden of existing infrastructure giving designers the freedom to shape up their dreams and making it a world class city with state of art amenities. The land is currently available at low prices due to it mainly being farmer owned. People who aspire to build huge villas and Bungalows may find their dreams coming true in Dholera at negligible prices. It is being planned as a city with excellent connectivity through 6 lane highway , metro and International airport. Besides it being an important node on the DMIC corridor makes it a value proposition for investors since it shall soon emerge as a global industrial hub.

Jalandhar on the other hand offers less flexibility to designers due to vastly spread existing infrastructure limiting development. The cost of land is much appreciated and much higher than Dholera making it a less lucrative Investment option. Government shall sanction it an amount of Rs. 96 crore over year for 5 consecutive years once its master plan is built and approved. There is way to go before that and the fund amount is peanuts as compared to that available for Dholera’s development.

It is evident that Dholera shall reap better returns on investments as compared to Jalandhar and shall probably be the best planned city of India.

My Name is Soniya Singh, I am working with SmartHomes Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Which deals in Real Estate Development Project, such as Residential Plots in Dholera SIR& Dholera Smart city.

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Hard Rock Cafe Darling Harbour Media And Celebs Event; Sydney, Australia by Eva Rinaldi

The world famous Hard Rock Cafe has returned to ‘Sin City’ Sydney with a vengeance, based on tonight’s launch event at the brand new Darling Harbour venue.

Hard Rock put on quite a show and rolled out the celebrities and live music including: Hamish Dodds, Matt Sorum, Dave Rich, DJ Lethal, Stan Walker, Angry Anderson, L Huntly, Sarah McLoed, Hamish Rosser, Altiyan Childs, Kris Peterson and Stim McLean. Most of them had turns smashing guitars, which is a trademark of opening new Hard Rock Cafes.

We all know that the cost of living and setting up a business in Sydney is considerable, but Hard Rock is certain their latest Australian venture will be a smashing (as in guitar) success. Sydney is one of the busiest markets anywhere globally for the Hard Rock Cafe, says the global chief of the music-themed burgers and ribs franchise.

Hamish Dodds, prez and chief exec of Hard Rock International, advised staffing costs down under in Australia make Hard Rock’s Sydney operations expensive compared with other global locations, and they are comparing to its other 172 venues which include cafes, hotels and even land based casinos. Yes, casinos, but Australia’s The Star and Crown Casino need not worry, as they have no plans for gaming in Australia – at least not any they are talking about.

Hard Rock International is owned by the well known and respected Seminole American Indian tribe, which purchased the global Hard Rock brand in 2007 after successfully running two Hard Rock hotel and casino operations in Florida in the U.S.

"For us this is an English-speaking country and people understand the history of rock," Mr Dodds said in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of the grand opening of the 500-seat venue in the Darling Harbour entertainment hotbed.

"Part of the downside of this market is it’s a mature economy – staffing costs in this market are very different to what we would experience in India.

"I would say the price mark-up here is about 50 per cent higher than the US – this is probably one of the most expensive markets we have in our portfolio."

Mr Dodds advised the Sydney Hard Rock Cafe was priced at a similar level to comparable restaurants in the area and he expected business to be brisk, averaging between 300 to 700 main meals a day.

Sydney would be among the top ten performers in the global network, he said, and among the top five of franchised outlets.

Tonight signified a return to Sydney for the Hard Rock franchise, which closed its previous venue in East Sydney in 2007.

Mr Dodds said Hard Rock had returned to Sydney with a revised and smarter strategy.

He said the former business was in a great location for the 1980s when the brand was fresh and people would go to the Hard Rock Cafe.

"Copycats harmed Hard Rock’s own business and the market changed to the point where we found ourselves in a B minus location and to a degree we lost a bit of relevance", Mr Dodds said.

The firm bought back its Sydney franchise in 2007 and has been revived by director and franchise holder Lennie Huntly, former GM of the Sydney business during the 90s.

Mr Huntly, who also holds the franchise for the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise, said he had been thinking about re-opening a Sydney Hard Rock Cafe since the last one closed.

The waterfront location and views over Darling Harbour are a huge plus and soon a live music stage and 600-person music area will be rocking and rolling.

"We are focused on not only being about lunch and dinner," he said.

Mr Huntly also has the rights to open venues in Melbourne, Cairns and Perth. Melbourne’s former venue closed in 2007, but that doesn’t mean it will return with a hit.

Well done to the good folks at Hard Rock Cafe and we look forward to meeting up with the great guys and girls there again soon. Rock on.


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