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Strategic Location

Gujarat has a strategic location - it is well connected to the major cities of the world, both by air and sea routes. The state has direct international flight connectivity to cities across Europe, Middle East, East Asia and America. Gujarat has a coastline of 1,600 km with 42 ports that connect to major sea‐based trade routes and trade centres like Middle East, West Europe, Asia and upcoming destinations on the African Continent. The state also acts as a gateway to landlocked states of India connecting to them by road, rail and air thereby boosting their trading opportunities.


Strong Fundamentals

  • Gujarat has been ranked 1st as per ‘Economic Freedom of the States of India 2012’
  • The state has a population of 60 million and has one of the highest urbanization levels – 43%, as per census 2011
  • Gujarat’s contribution to India’s Exports is 25% (2011‐2012)
  • The state has a high and growing literacy rate of 79%, as per census 2011
  • It also has the highest share (27%) in investments (in terms of its value) under implemented projects in India (during August‐91 to April‐2011)
  • The state has double digit growth rates with gross state domestic product of USD 74 billion (2011‐12) growing at a five year average of 10%
  • Gujarat’s contribution to India’s GDP is 7.6%
  • The highly industrialized state gross state domestic product contribution from the manufacturing sector is 28%
  • Gujarat’s contribution to India’s fixed capital is 18%
  • 37% of total Indian port cargo is handled by Gujarat’s ports (2012‐13)
  • Gujarat has a strong demographic profile; more than 60% of the population is between the age group of 15‐59 years (as per census 2011)

Growing Infrastructure

  • The state is ranked 2nd in terms of value and number of PPP projects by the World Bank

Existing Infrastructure

  • 2nd largest road network in the world – 4.2 million km road network
  • 4th largest rail network in the world – 64,460 km long rail route which carries 22 million passengers everyday & 923 million tones of freight per year
  • 13 major and 187 minor/intermediate ports – handling 90% of international trade
  • 9th largest civil aviation market in the world – Total 125 airports (including 11 international airports)
  • 133 operational special economic zones
  • 18,637 km of new expressways
  • 11,220 km of 2 lane expressways
  • 24 cities are currently in various stages of planning metro rail
  • Pre‐feasibility study of 6 high speed rail corridors is being carried out with 10,000 km of new railway line, a 6,250 km railway network for eastern & western dedicated freight corridor etc.
  • Port sector capacity addition to the tune of 1 billion tons is planned in the next 7 years
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