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Information About Gujarat – Industries, Economy, Ports, Exporters & Geography

May, 2018

Gujarat is located on the western coast of India and has the longest coastline of 1,600 km among all states in the country. The state shares its borders with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The Arabian Sea borders the state both to the west and the south-west.

Gujarat is one of the leading industrialised states in India. At current prices, Gujarat's Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was about Rs 11.58 trillion (US$ 172.63 billion) during 2016-17. Average annual GSDP growth rate from 2011-12 to 2016-17 was about 13.47 per cent. As of April 2018, Gujarat had a total installed power generation capacity of 30,794.32 megawatt (MW).

Gujarat is considered the petroleum capital of India due to presence of large refining capacity set up by private and public sector companies. As of December 2017, Gujarat had total refining capacity of 101.9 MMTPA, accounting for 41.54 per cent of the country’s capacity.

The state is the world’s largest producer of processed diamonds, accounting for 72 per cent of the world’s processed diamond share and 80 per cent of India’s diamond exports. With a contribution of 65 to 70 per cent to India’s denim production, Gujarat is the largest manufacturer of denim in the country and the third largest in the world. There are 45 ports, 18 domestic airports and one international airport. There are 106 product clusters and 60 notified special economic zones (SEZs). Large scale investment is expected in Gujarat as part of the US$ 90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

Gujarat has a total of 74 SEZs, comprising 19 operational SEZs, 28 SEZs having formal approvals, 24 notified SEZs. 1 Central government SEZ set up prior to SEZs Act, 2005 & 2 state government/private sector SEZs set up prior to SEZs Act, 2005 as of March 2018.

According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) inflows in the state of Gujarat reached US$ 17.44 billion during April 2000- December 2017. Gujarat accounted for about 4.97 per cent share in the overall FDI inflows in India.

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  • During 2016-17, state held 218 agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) and there were 218 main yards and 182 sub-market yards operational in the state.
  • The state government has announced plans for the setting up of brown and green field projects to facilitate environment friendly processing standards in the textile units of the state.
  • As per state budget 2017-18, Government of Gujarat announced plans to invest US$ 4.25 billion in 2018-19 under planned and non-planned expenditure for the education sector to improve education infrastructure.
  • Eight out of 10 diamonds in the world are polished in Surat.
  • During 2017-18, Kandla port handled maximum cargo amongst major ports, estimated at 90.99 million tonne. During April 2017 – April 2018 it has handled 93.23 million tonnes of cargo.

MMTPA – Million Metric Tonnes Per Annum