Latest update: January, 2019
Himachal Pradesh is one of the fastest-growing states in India. Being a sub-Himalayan state, Himachal Pradesh has a varied climate that changes with altitude.
Known as the Land of Gods, is famous for its topographic diversity and pristine natural beauty. Domestic tourist inflows in the state reached 12.60 million in 2018 (up to September) while foreign tourist arrivals reached 286,698.
Between 2011-12 and 2017-18, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.02 per cent to Rs 1.36 trillion (US$ 21.13 billion). Total merchandise exports from Himachal Pradesh were US$ 1,221.66 million in FY18. Between Apr-Dec 2018, merchandise exports from the state stood at US$ 991.56 million.
According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), during April 2000 to June 2018, FDI inflows in the state^ totalled to US$ 1.47 billion.
With a hydro power potential of 27,436 MW (of which just 9,755 MW has been harnessed), Himachal Pradesh accounts for 25.9 per cent of the country’s total hydro power potential. As of December2018, Himachal Pradesh had a total installed power generation capacity of 4,049.34 MW. Hydro power accounted for 2,910.48 MW of total installed power generation capacity.
Himachal Pradesh has made significant achievements in the field of industrialisation in the past few years. The rich natural resources of the state are favourably suited for investments in major sectors such as procurement of agricultural produce, hydroelectric power, cement and tourism. Himachal Pradesh has made significant achievements in the field of industrialisation in the past few years.
The four agro-climatic conditions in the state support cultivation of multiple crops, vegetables and fruits around the year. The state government is focusing on increasing productivity levels besides diversification towards high-value crops. Production of food grains is targeted at 1.67 million metric tonnes in 2018-19.
In an effort to provide infrastructure support to entrepreneurs, the Himachal Pradesh government has developed 41 industrial areas and 15 industrial estates. Solan, Sirmour, Kangra and Una districts lead in terms of investments attracted
Note: ^ - including Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana
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