Bharuch today is one of India’s most industrialized districts. Shri Ahmed Patel, who has represented the region in Parliament, has had a substantial contribution in the district’s development.
- In 1985, he began the Ganesh Sugar factory in Bharuch. In due time, 4 sugar factories were opened which had a tremendous impact on the district’s agricultural productivity.
- In 1989, he brought IPCL to Dahej village . Then Prime Minster Shri Rajiv Gandhi attended the inauguration of IPCL in Dahej and the Valia Petrofac Foundation .Thereafter Shri Ahmed Patel played a crucial in transforming Bharuch district as a major petro-chemical hub.
- Ahmed Patel is also credited with developing the local railway network in Bharuch district. Shri Madhavrao Scinida, the then Railway Minister inaugurated Ankleshwar station in 1989. Thereafter the Ankleshwar to Rajpipla & Bharuch to Dahej railway route was upgraded from narrow gauge to broad gauge. Expanding the rail network in the district had a multiplier effect on the region’s economy in terms of movement of goods and labor.
- In the 1980’s Shri Ahmed Patel undertook several initiatives to expand the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) township in Ankleshwar. Today Ankleshwar GIDC is one of Asia’s largest industrial townships.
- In 2005, Ahmed Patel had got Bharuch included as one of the first five districts to be covered under the Rajiv Gandhi Vidyut Karan Yojana, to boost electrification in the district.
- During the UPA tenure, Shri Ahmed Patel managed to secure additional funding from the Central Government, over and above his MPLAD fund, for improving the district physical and social infrastructure. The Sardar Patel Bridge and the Jambusar bypass bridge were initiated during the tenure of the UPA government. He has also been responsible for initiating the ESIC Hospital and the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) projects in Bharuch district. The FDDI institute will be the first of its kind institute in Gujarat.