Surat, earlier known as Suryapur is an ancient city of India. It has been important economic hub since that ancient time as it was a port. And following the same tradition, Surat has become an equally important city in the present time too. This article is An Open Letter to People Who Still Think that Surat is a Small City so that they can clear their doubts. And appreciate the glory of Surat.
1. Economic Capital of Gujarat
With so many industries around, there is so much money in Surat. Making it the Economic Capital of Gujarat. Their GDP is estimated to touch $57 Billion by the year 2020.
2. Fourth Fastest Growing City of the World
As per the survey conducted by City Mayors Foundation, which is an international think tank on Urban Affairs. Surat is the Fourth Fastest Growing City of the World.
3. Eighth Largest City of India
According to the Census of 2011 done by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India Surat is the Eighth Largest City of India.
4. Surat is a Small City, Really? Our GDP is 11.5%
Per Capita GDP of Surat was $8000 in the year 2010. It is the largest Diamond Hub of the World.
5. First Smart IT City of India
There are many Small and Medium IT Industries in Surat. Apart from that, there are large IT Corporates too such as TCS, IBM, HCL, Wipro etc. Apart from that, The first smart IT city in India is being constituted by the Microsoft City Next Initiative in Surat.
6. Smart City Surat
Source: Smart Cities Council
Surat is in the list of Cities to be developed as Smart City under an initiative carried out by Government of India.
7. 90% of the World’s Total Diamond Polishing Takes Place in Surat
Source: Reuters India
It began in the 1970’s when Surat first exported Diamonds to the US. Now Surat incorporates over 90% of the World’s Total Diamond Polishing.
8. Silk City of India
Surat is a Small City, Really? It is a textile hub of India, known for the production of Silk. Surat is the Silk City of India.
9. Surat is also a Home for Many Corporate Industries
Many Corporate Giants are located in Surat such as ONGC, GAIL, ABG Shipyard, Narmada Cement, Ambuja Cement, Ultratech Cement, NTPC-KGPP Power Plant, ESSAR, L&T, Reliance Industries etc.
Do you still think Surat is a Small City? Think again!
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