Rank 2009: 8
Rank 2007: 8
Ahmedabad is the commercial capital of Gujarat. Historically, Ahmedabad has been one of the most important centers of trade and commerce in western India. The city was once well known as the Manchester of India on account of its flourishing textile industry. The city is considered as a major industrial and financial center contributing about 14% to the total investments in all stock exchanges across India and 60% to the total productivity of the state of Gujarat.
The city is an industrial base for sectors such as chemicals, textiles, drugs and pharmaceuticals and agro and food processing industries. Four major industrial estates within the city’s municipal limits, namely Naroda, Odhav, Vatwa and Behrampura, house various manufacturing, chemical and petrochemical products, metallurgy, food products, textile, paper, and leather companies.
Prominent business conglomerates such as the Adani Group, Reliance Industries, Nirma group of industries, Arvind Mills, Claris Life Sciences, Cadilla Pharmaceuticals, Shell, Vadilal Industries Ltd, Rasna, Bosch Rexroth (Germany), Stork and Rollepaal (the Netherlands) have set up their operations in these industrial estates.
Rank 2009: 9
Rank 2007: 10
Chandigarh has moved up from 10th to the 9th rank in this year’s EY City Ranking. Known internationally for its architecture and urban planning, it is the first planned city of India.
The government is a major employer in Chandigarh with three governments having their base here.
Chandigarh has a well developed market and banking infrastructure.
Nearly all the major banks in the country have registered their presence in Chandigarh. The economy of Chandigarh depends for its revenue on the agricultural, industrial, animal husbandry, fishing, IT, and tourism sectors.
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Rank 2009: 10
Rank 2007: 9
Surat, the second largest city in Gujarat, is a port city situated on the banks of the Tapti river. The city is largely recognized for its textile and diamond businesses.
It is also known as the diamond capital of the world and the textile capital of India. Surat is also the third cleanest city in India after Chandigarh and Gandhinagar.