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.
Varachha is among the 12 Assembly seats in Surat city ...Despite the anger from Patidar reservation agitation, demonetisation and widespread complaints by the trading community over GST implementation, Surat chose BJP and rejected Congress ... JagrutiSurati in Mahidharpura, the oldest diamond trading centre in Surat, has made up her mind to vote for AAP.
It is around 2.40 pm on Thursday and the streets of Mahidharpura, the oldest and famous diamond trading centre in Surat, are busy, and noisy ... It importantly coincides with the GujaratAssembly election to be held on December 1 and 5, and Surat will vote on December 1 in the first phase.
The boy was rescued from a flat in Surat. The main accused, F FRafai (26), has offences like double murder and illegal liquor trade registered in his name in Gujarat, the police said ...The police said that Rafai, who owns and drives a tourist cab, had rented two flats – one in Palghar and another in Surat to be used in the crime.
Nathaniel Tan, Sinar Daily... These are not mutually exclusive categories ... Given the dynamics of internal party politics, party leaders often rely on these votes, and are often willing to trade the ‘surat watikah’ (letters of commission) that determine one’s candidacy in a particular seat in exchange for political support ... Twitter. @NatAsasi, Email ... .
SURAT ...Welcome to Surat, home ... "Ninety per cent of the world's diamonds are manufactured in Surat but for trading, we have to go to Mumbai. We needed infrastructure as a trading hub ... "To make Surat the hub of diamond trading, an office of this size has been developed.
The occasion was the launch of Rs 29,000 crore worth projects and the opening of National Games, but during his visits, Modi took part in road shows in Surat and Bhavnagar in the presence of thousands of ecstatic supporters.� ... Surat to be one of safest diamond trading hubs in world after DREAMCity completion.
India of the 21st century will get a new momentum from the cities in the country, he said while stressing the need to develop twin cities ...Calling speed an important factor in development, Modi said the system of transport should be modern with seamless connectivity ... PM says DREAM city project to help Surat emerge as safest diamond trading hub ... .
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Thursday said once the Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) city project is completed, Surat will emerge as the safest and convenient diamond trading hub in the world ... “Surat will emerge as the safest and convenient diamond trading hub in the world once the DREAM city project is completed,” Modi said.
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Thursday said Surat will emerge among the world’s safest and most convenient diamond trading hubs once the Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City project is completed ... He also laid foundation stones and inaugurated projects worth over ₹3400 crores in Surat.
He held a roadshow in Surat and said the city will emerge as the safest and convenient diamond trading hub in the world once the Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City project is completed ... "When the DREAM City project is completed, Surat will emerge as the world's safest and convenient diamond trading hub.
SURAT ... The DREAMCity project has been launched with the vision to meet the growing demand for commercial and residential space for the rapidly growing diamond trading sector in Surat ... Prime MinisterModi laid the foundation stone of a biodiversity park, being built over 87 hectares, besides inaugurating the Khoj Museum at ScienceCentre in Surat.
On the first day of the visit, Modi inaugurated the Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City project that aims to establish Surat, where more than 80% of the world’s rough diamonds are processed, as the world’s largest diamond trading hub ... “Surat will emerge as the safest and ...