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Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970. The capital was later shifted to Gandhinagar. It is the biggest city in Gujarat. Ahmedabad is steeped in tradition and culture, yet has a modernity that brings people from everywhere.

The architectural landscape of Ahmedabad stretches across the millennium. Fusion of Hindu craftsmanship with Islamic architecture is a marvelous achievement. The government institutions and military base near the city also bring peoples from across India. The city's growing population is also due to increasing economic expansion and modernization.

Ahmedabad enjoys strategic location advantage of proximity to Mumbai, commercial capital of the country. Western, Middle East and African markets are also accessible. The city also arouses a sense of entrepreneurship and business.

The city earlier established its name as the home of a booming textile industry. It soon became a rising centre of education, information technology and scientific industries. Ahmedabad has always been the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat. Going by the ever growing construction of skyscrapers, shopping malls and multiplexes, the city has moved on to overcome the painful patches of natural calamities, political instability and outbreaks of communal violence.
Ahmedabad is quite at the forefront, sharing in the collective ambition of Gujarat becoming an industrial powerhouse. It is the state that has the largest number of SEZs actually setting up operations.

A tourism site has been established with base as Ahmedabad exclusively for medical tours, alternative therapies and medical assistance to cater to Gujarat and other parts of the country and the world. It is well equipped with video conferencing facilities to aid online consultation and therapy.

There has been a slew of investments in textiles and apparel, engineering, dairy industry, chemicals and petrochemicals, information technology, gems and jewellery, tourism and biotechnology. Investors and NRI Gujaratis have been attracted due to its mega city status and the strides it has made in terms of healthcare, cuisines and malls. There are upmarket locations that offer luxury living at a competitive rate.

Strong economic growth, rising income levels, urbanization and improving transparency has made for a robust Indian real estate market. The property prices in Ahmedabad show an upward trend. Ahmedabad has found a favor for retail, real estate and financial services. Leading private banks and nationalized banks have branches in the city.

Retail and information technology are the upcoming sectors in the state. IT parks are being set up. Projects in the auto parts industry are being planned for the city. An arterial road network of 155 kms has been identified for a Rs. 950 crore Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Ahmedabad.

Apartment hotels are coming up at Ahmedabad. Successes have come in various forms. LNG handling project at Hazira, Sardar Sarovar Nigam Ltd generating power, improved roads and port facilities are a few of the examples.

Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board invited private participation in building roads, ports, power, railways, airports, urban infrastructure, water supply, information infrastructure and industrial parks, amongst many other identified infrastructure sectors.

The current focus is on infrastructure by privatizing ports and building integrated townships. The government is encouraging in a big way, technology parks, education based townships, medical and healthcare townships, tourism-related townships, Logistics Park and residential townships. The Sabarmati river front development (SRFD) project has its sights set on improving environment, infrastructure development, public amenities and land development.

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport serves both as a domestic and an international airport for the city and neighboring states. It operates direct flights to all other major cities of India. The National Highway 8 which connects Delhi to Mumbai passes though Ahmedabad. The Metro Rail Project is being planned with private sector participation.

The Apollo Hospitals Group will invest nearly Rs 100 crore to set up a new Oncology (Cancer) centre in Ahmedabad.

Some of the prominent schools include St Xavier's Loyola and Mt Carmel School. Some of India's big research centers like Physical Research Laboratory and Space Applications Centre of the Indian Space Research Organization have their base here.

Institutes for higher education in the fields of arts, design, management, agriculture, engineering and technology are valued for their focus on excellence. There are world class institutions such as Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and National Institute of Design, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, to name a few.



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