Latest update: May, 2019
Manipur is situated in the eastern-most corner of Northeast India. The state shares borders with other north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam and the neighboring country of Myanmar. Due to its wealth of flora and fauna, Manipur is described as a ‘flower on lofty heights’, ‘a jewel of India’ and ‘Switzerland of the East’. Its breath-taking scenic beauty makes it a tourist’s paradise.
Manipur has the advantage of acting as India's 'Gateway to the East' through Moreh town, which is the only feasible land route for trade between India and Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. With about 3,268 square km of area covered by bamboo forests, Manipur is one of India’s largest bamboo producing states and a major contributor to the country’s bamboo industry. In 2017, the state accounted for 10,687 square km of bamboo bearing area.
Manipur has the highest number of handicrafts units as well as the highest number of craft persons comprising skilled and semi-skilled artisans in the entire north-eastern region. Handlooms is the largest cottage industry in Manipur and the state ranks among the top five in terms of the number of looms in the country.
The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was about Rs 231.67 billion (US$ 3.59 billion) in 2017-18. Total merchandise exports from Manipur increased from US$ 0.19 million in 2014-15 to US$ 2.65 million in 2018-19 (up to February 2019).
As of March 2019, Manipur had a total installed power generation capacity of 258.90 MW. The state has a potential to generate hydropower equivalent to about 2,200 MW.
Imphal has one airport and Air India provides air cargo services. Eleven national highways, with a total length of 1,750 km, run through the state. The railway line under construction on the Manipur-Assam border is a national priority project. Manipur has a land area of 22,327 sq km and a pollution free environment.
Government of India has undertaken construction of a 125 km railway line connecting Jiribam, Tupul and Imphal. The railway line will provide railway connectivity to the state’s capital and is expected to be completed by 2020.
According to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), cumulative FDI inflows into the northeast states, during April 2000 to December 2018 amounted to US$ 113 million.
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