Surat, previously known as Suryapur, is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is located 284 kilometres (176mi) south of the state capital, Gandhinagar; 265 kilometres (165mi) south of Ahmedabad; and 289 kilometres (180mi) north of Mumbai. The city center is located 22km (14mi) south of the Tapti River.
Surat had a population of 4.6 million at the 2011 census, making it the second largest city in the state of Gujarat, after Ahmedabad. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest metropolitan area of India. Surat is the 34th-largest city by area and 4th-fastest developing cities in a study conducted by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank on urban affairs. The city registered an annualised GDP growth rate of 11.5 per cent over the seven fiscal years between 2001 and 2008. Surat was awarded "best city" by the Annual Survey of India's City-Systems (ASICS) in 2013. Surat is selected as the first smart IT city in India which is being constituted by the Microsoft CityNext Initiative tied up with IT services majors Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro. In May, 2015 Tech giant IBM has chosen Surat among 16 global locations for its smart cities programme. The city has 2.97 million internet users which is about 65% of total population.
Surat Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 26 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Gujarat. Veteran BJP strongman Kashiram Rana has been an MP from this seat for 6 terms. Surat was also the constituency of the 7th Prime Minister of IndiaMorarji Desai, who has been an MP for this constituency for 5 terms. Surat has elected BJP leaders as MP since 1989 with overwhelming margins.
Diamond factories of Surat have resumed operations from Monday after a recession-induced Diwali vacation of 36 days - the longest ever ... The diamond trading markets in Surat's Mahidharpura and Varachha were open Monday,' Surat Diamond Association president Jagdish Khunt said, hopeful that the sector will slowly pick up its lost momentum.
The bourse, set up at a cost of Rs 3,200 crore with an aim to shift and expand diamond trading business from Mumbai to Surat, has been built on an area of 66 lakh square feet at DREAM (Diamond Research and Mercantile) city.
This groundbreaking software aims to assist countries in efficiently managing and trading carbon credits ... The inauguration of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) in Surat was marked by enthusiasm, with claims of a 24% reduction in pollution and an anticipated 36% savings for the plant since its initiation.
... small towns are usually less savvy than in trading hubs like Mumbai or Ahmedabad.Despite the risks, many young investors remain fired up.SiddharthJoshi, a 36-year-old from Surat in western India, said he lost ₹2,00,000 trading options on Adani Enterprises shares in January.
Jojie said industry players in these sectors in Thailand's southern province of Surat Thani are eager to share their knowledge and expertise in order to collaborate ... Meanwhile, Kasien said Jojie’s working visit had opened up new opportunities for collaboration in trade and investment between Surat Thani and Malaysia.
The fourth ship of the indigenously designed and constructed Project 15B (VisakhapatnamClass) destroyers, 'Surat' represents a remarkable leap in naval technology and capabilities ... He recalled that Surat was an important maritime trade link between India and many other countries between the 16th and 18th centuries, and has a rich maritime heritage.
The crest unveiling ceremony of the Indian Navy’s ‘Surat,’ the latest indigenous under-construction guided missile destroyer under ‘Project 15B,’ was a momentous event held in the city of Surat on November 6, 2023 ... Historically, Surat played a crucial role as a maritime trade link from the 16th to the 18th century.
Around 90 per cent of the world’s diamonds are cut in Surat and now the city is all set to add another feather to its cap with the newly-opened Surat DiamondBourse... For the unversed, the Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) is a diamond trade centre and it will be inaugurated by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi in December.
\u201cI have spent 30 years in the diamond trading industry in Surat and the present recession in the industry is worse than 2008 ... to make an offer to diamond and jewellery manufacturers to set up businesses in their free trade zones where they would get rough diamonds easily.