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Nickname: 
Diamond City of India [1]
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Location of Surat in Gujarat, India
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Surat (India)
Coordinates: 21°10′12.864″N72°49′51.819″E / 21.17024000°N 72.83106083°E / 21.17024000; 72.83106083 Coordinates: 21°10′12.864″N72°49′51.819″E / 21.17024000°N 72.83106083°E / 21.17024000; 72.83106083
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Gujarat
District Surat
Zone7
Government
  Type Mayor–Council
  Body
   Mayor Hemali Boghawala (BJP) [2]
  Municipal CommissionerShri Banchhanidhi Pani, IAS
  Police CommissionerR. B. Brahmbhatt, IPS [3]
Area
  Total474.185 km2 (183.084 sq mi)
Elevation
13 m (43 ft)
Population
 (2021) [4] [6] [7] [8]
  Total6,936,534
  Rank 2nd in Gujarat
  Density15,000/km2 (38,000/sq mi)
  Metro rank
9th
   Demonym
Surati
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Pincode(s)
394 XXX, 395 XXX
Area code 91-261-XXX-XXXX
Vehicle registration GJ-05, GJ-19, GJ-28 [9]
Sex ratio 1.27 [10] /
Coastline35 kilometres (22 mi)
Literacy rate86.65% [11]
Language Gujarati
Website www.suratmunicipal.gov.in https://surat.nic.in/

Surat is a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Located at the mouth of the Tapti River, it used to be a large seaport. It is now the commercial and economic center in South Gujarat, and one of the largest urban areas of western India. It has well-established diamond and textile industries, and is a shopping centre for apparels and accessories. About 90% of the world's diamonds supply are cut and polished in the city. [12] [13] [14] It is the second largest city in Gujarat after Ahmedabad and the eighth largest city by population and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India. It is the administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is located 284 kilometres (176 mi) south of the state capital, Gandhinagar; 265 kilometres (165 mi) south of Ahmedabad; and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Mumbai. The city centre is located on the Tapti River, close to Arabian Sea. [15]

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Surat will be the world's fastest growing city from 2019 to 2035, according to a study conducted by Economic Times. [16] The city registered an annualised GDP growth rate of 11.5% over the seven fiscal years between 2001 and 2008. [17] Surat was awarded "best city" by the Annual Survey of India's City-Systems (ASICS) in 2013. [18] 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. [19] The city has 2.97 million internet users, about 65% of total population. [20] Surat was selected in 2015 for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. [21] [22] Surat has been selected as one of twenty Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. [23]

Surat is listed as the second cleanest city of India as of 21 August 2020 according to the Swachh Survekshan 2020 on 20 August. [24] [25] It suffered a major pipeline fire which caused some damage. [26]

Surat, famous for its diamond cutting and polishing, is known as the Diamond City of India. [1] The city has various engineering plants like Essar, Larsen and Toubro and RIL. Surat won the Netexplo Smart Cities Award 2019 with UNESCO in the resilience category. Surat's mayor will receive the award at the UNESCO House in Paris, France in March next year. [27]

History

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Surat growth map

Etymology

Surat was founded by a man called Gopi, who named the area Surajpur or Suryapur. [28] Duarte Barbosa described Surat as Suratt. Jacob Peeters referred to Surat as Sourratte which is a Dutch name. [29] There are many other names of Surat in history. Surat is referred to as Surrat, Surate or Soorat in some literature. [30]

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Surat in 1690
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Surat in 1877
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Dutch-Armenian Cemetery of Surat

Surat before the Mughal Empire

From 1297, Gujarat was gradually conquered by Allauddin Khilji, the ruler of the principal state in north India at the time, the Delhi Sultanate. The Delhi Sultanate appointed Governors to control Gujarat, but this had to be forcefully imposed, notably in 1347, when Muhammad bin Tughluq sacked Surat, among other cities. [31]

As control from the Delhi Sultanate waned at the end of the 14th century, pressure grew for an independent Gujarat, culminating in the then Governor Zafar Khan declaring independence in 1407. Surat was controlled directly by the nobles of the Rajput kingdom of Baglana who fell either under the Gujarat Sultans or the Deccan sultanates. However, following the fall of the Gujarat Sultanate in 1538 it was controlled by more local nobles starting with Chengiz Khan who enjoyed absolute authority over Surat, Broach, Baroda and Champaner. [32] However, in 1637, Aurangzeb fully annexed Baglana into the Mughal Empire. [33]

In 1514, the Portuguese traveler Duarte Barbosa described Surat as an important seaport, frequented by many ships from Malabar and various parts of the world. By 1520, the name of the city had become Surat. It was burned by the Portuguese (1512 and 1530) and conquered by the Mughals (1573) and was twice raided by the Maratha king Shivaji (17th century). [28]

During the Mughal Empire

It was the most prosperous port in the Mughal empire. [34] Despite being a rich city, Surat looked like a typical "grubby" trader's town with mud-and-bamboo tenements and crooked streets, although along the riverfront there were a few mansions and warehouses belonging to local merchant princes and the establishments of Turkish, Armenian, English, French and Dutch traders. There were also hospitals for cows, horses, flies and insects run by religious Jains, which puzzled travelers. [34] Some streets were narrow while others were of sufficient width. In the evening, especially near the Bazaar (marketplace), the streets became crowded with people and merchants (including Banyan merchants) selling their goods. Surat was a populous city during the Mughal era but also had a large transient population: during the monsoon season, when ships could come and go from the ports without danger, the city's population would swell. [34] In 1612, England established its first Indian trading factory in Surat. [28] The city was looted twice by the Maratha king Shivaji, with the first sacking occurring in 1664. [15] [28] Shivaji's raids scared trade away and caused ruin to the city. [34]

Later, Surat became the emporium of India, exporting gold and cloth. Its major industries were shipbuilding and textile manufacture. [28] The coast of the Tapti River, from Athwalines to Dumas, was specially meant for shipbuilders, who were usually Rassis. [15] The city continued to be prosperous until the rise of Bombay (present-day Mumbai). Afterward, Surat's shipbuilding industry declined and Surat itself gradually declined throughout the 18th century. [15] [28] During 1790–1791, an epidemic killed 100,000 Gujaratis in Surat. [35] The British and Dutch both claimed control of the city, but in 1800, the British took control of Surat. [15] [28]

By the middle of the 19th century, Surat had become a stagnant city with about 80,000 inhabitants. When India's railways opened, the city started becoming prosperous again. Silks, cotton, brocades, and objects of gold and silver from Surat became famous and the ancient art of manufacturing fine muslin was revived. [28]

Modern period

British colonial rule

Later, Surat became the emporium of India, exporting gold and cloth. Its major industries were shipbuilding and textile manufacture. The coast of the Tapti River, from Athwalines to Dumas, was specially meant for shipbuilders, who were usually Rassis. By the middle of the 19th century, Surat had become a stagnant city with about 80,000 inhabitants. When India's railways opened, the city started becoming prosperous again. Silks, cottons, brocades, and objects of gold and silver from Surat became famous and the ancient art of manufacturing fine muslin was revived

Post Independence

After India gained independence on 15 August 1947, Surat became part of India. At that time it was a part of Bombay State. Later it became the part of Gujarat state. Along with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Vadodara, Surat became one of the fast growing cities and major commercial and industrial centers of Western India. During the post-independence period, Surat has experienced considerable growth in industrial activities especially textiles and chemical along with trading activities. [36] On 2 October 2007 Surat district was split into two by the creation of a new Tapi district, under the Surat District Re-organisation Act 2007.

Geography

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Tapi river

Surat is a port city situated on the banks of the Tapi river. Damming of the Tapi caused the original port facilities to close; the nearest port is now in the Magadalla and Hazira area of Surat Metropolitan Region. It has a famous beach called 'Dumas Beach' located in Hazira. The city is located at 21°10′N72°50′E / 21.17°N 72.83°E / 21.17; 72.83 . [37] It has an average elevation of 13 metres. The Surat district is surrounded by the Bharuch, Narmada, Navsari, to the west is the Gulf of Cambay and the surrounding districts. The climate is tropical and monsoon rainfall is abundant (about 2,500 mm a year). According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the town falls under seismic zone-III, in a scale of I to V (in order of increasing vulnerability to earthquakes). [38]

Climate

Surat has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen: Aw), moderated strongly by the Sea to the Gulf of Camboy. The summer begins in early March and lasts until June. April and May are the hottest months, the average maximum temperature being 37 °C (99 °F). Monsoon begins in late June and the city receives about 1,200 millimetres (47 in) of rain by the end of September, with the average maximum being 32 °C (90 °F) during those months. October and November see the retreat of the monsoon and a return of high temperatures until late November. Winter starts in December and ends in late February, with average mean temperatures of around 23 °C (73 °F), and negligible rain.

Since the 20th century, Surat has experienced some 20 floods. [39] In 1968, most parts of the city were flooded and in 1994 a flood caused a country-wide plague outbreak, Surat being the epicenter. In 1998, 30 per cent of Surat had gone under water due to flooding in Tapti river following release of water from Ukai dam located 90 km from Surat and in Aug 2006 flood more than 95 per cent of the city was under Tapti river waters, killing more than 120 people, stranding tens of thousands in their homes without food or electricity and closing businesses and schools for weeks. [39] [40] The city is expected to experience more flooding and extreme weather as climate change becomes worse, so has invested in flood protection and climate resilience infrastructure. [41]

Climate data for Surat, Gujarat (1981–2010, extremes 1877–2012)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)38.3
(100.9)
41.7
(107.1)
44.0
(111.2)
45.6
(114.1)
45.6
(114.1)
45.6
(114.1)
38.9
(102.0)
37.2
(99.0)
41.1
(106.0)
41.4
(106.5)
39.4
(102.9)
38.9
(102.0)
45.6
(114.1)
Average high °C (°F)30.8
(87.4)
32.3
(90.1)
35.4
(95.7)
36.7
(98.1)
35.8
(96.4)
34.0
(93.2)
31.2
(88.2)
30.8
(87.4)
32.3
(90.1)
35.1
(95.2)
34.1
(93.4)
31.9
(89.4)
33.4
(92.1)
Average low °C (°F)15.2
(59.4)
16.7
(62.1)
20.7
(69.3)
24.0
(75.2)
26.8
(80.2)
27.0
(80.6)
25.9
(78.6)
25.5
(77.9)
25.4
(77.7)
23.3
(73.9)
19.6
(67.3)
16.5
(61.7)
22.2
(72.0)
Record low °C (°F)4.4
(39.9)
5.6
(42.1)
8.9
(48.0)
15.0
(59.0)
19.4
(66.9)
20.2
(68.4)
19.9
(67.8)
21.0
(69.8)
20.6
(69.1)
14.4
(57.9)
10.6
(51.1)
6.7
(44.1)
4.4
(39.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches)1.9
(0.07)
0.3
(0.01)
0.7
(0.03)
0.5
(0.02)
2.4
(0.09)
255.9
(10.07)
466.3
(18.36)
281.7
(11.09)
186.7
(7.35)
40.7
(1.60)
5.1
(0.20)
1.1
(0.04)
1,243.3
(48.95)
Average rainy days0.20.10.10.10.28.015.012.38.12.00.50.146.7
Average relative humidity (%) (at 17:30 IST)41343342587080797052444353
Average dew point °C (°F)9
(48)
10
(50)
10
(50)
14
(57)
19
(66)
23
(73)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
19
(66)
14
(57)
11
(52)
17
(62)
Average ultraviolet index 6778876677767
Source 1: India Meteorological Department [42] [43] [44] Time and Date (dewpoints, 2005-2015) [45]
Source 2: Weather Atlas [46]

Demographics

Religions in Surat [47]
Hinduism
85.31%
Islam
11.63%
Jainism
2.31%
Buddhism
0.28%
Christianity
0.25%
Others/not stated
0.23%
Includes Sikhs (0.10%).
Historical population
YearPop.±%
1810 73,000    
1871 107,100+46.7%
1881 109,800+2.5%
1891 109,200−0.5%
1901 119,300+9.2%
1911 114,900−3.7%
1921 117,400+2.2%
1931 98,900−15.8%
1941 171,400+73.3%
1951 223,200+30.2%
1961 288,000+29.0%
1968 368,900+28.1%
1971 492,700+33.6%
1981 912,600+85.2%
1991 1,519,000+66.4%
2001 2,811,614+85.1%
2011 4,591,246+63.3%
2013 5,300,000+15.4%
Source: [48]

A resident of Surat is called Surati. According to the 2011 India census, the population of Surat is 4,467,797. Surat has an average literacy rate of 89%, higher than the national average of 79.5%, male literacy is 93%, and female literacy is 84%. [47]

Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. In Surat, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Politics

Darshana Jardosh, of BJP is the MP from the Surat Lok Sabha constituency.

The Assembly constituencies of Surat district are

No.ConstituencyNamePartyRemarks
155 Olpad Mukesh Patel BJP
156 Mangrol (Surat) Ganpat Vasava BJP
157 Mandvi (Surat) Anandbhai Chaudhari INC
158 Kamrej V. D. Zalavadiya BJP
159 Surat East Arvind Rana BJP
160 Surat North Kantibhai Balar BJP
161 Varachha Road Kumarbhai Kanani BJP
162 Karanj Pravinbhai Ghoghari BJP
163 Limbayat Sangita Patil BJP
164 Udhna Vivek Patel BJP
165 Majura Harsh Sanghavi BJP
166 Katargam Vinodbhai Moradiya BJP
167 Surat West Purnesh Modi BJP
168 Choryasi Zankhana Patel BJP
169 Bardoli (SC) Ishwarbhai Parmar BJP
170 Mahuva (Surat) (ST) Mohanbhai Dhodia BJP

Civic institutions

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Muglisarai SMC Surat

The Surat Municipal Corporation is responsible for maintaining the city's civic infrastructure as well as carrying out associated administrative duties. At present, BJP is the ruling party with a majority. Under the Provisions of Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, Section – 4, the powers have been vested in three Distinct Statutory Authorities: the General Board, the Standing Committee, and the Municipal Commissioner. It ranked 7 out of 21 cities for best administrative practices in India in 2014. It scored 3.5 on 10 compared to the national average of 3.3. It is the only city in India to disclose municipal budgets on a weekly basis. [49]

Public Safety

Surat began the 'Safe City Project' in 2011 aimed at keeping the city safe using surveillance cameras. The project was headed by Sanjay Srivastava (IPS) who was then the Joint-Commissioner of Surat Police. The 280-square-foot video wall claimed to be the largest surveillance screen in the country, is being installed in the control room of Police Commissioner Mr. Rakesh Asthana (IPS). This will help the police view the entire city live through 10,000 CCTV cameras across the city. Surat police have decided to install 5,000 CCTV cameras at sensitive points across the city. While 1,000 cameras will be night vision cameras, 4,000 others will be simple CCTV cameras. This has been installed on PPP base with the help of the city's businessmen, the city's social persons, Surat Municipal Corporation, and the Surat City Police. [50]

Economy

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ONGC plant in Hazira
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Metropolitan Surat economic centers and industries map

Surat ranked 9th in India with a GDP of 2.60 lakh crore in fiscal year 2016 ($40 billion in 2016). Surat GDP in 2020 will be around $57 billion estimated by The City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank on urban affairs. [51] [52] Surat is a major hub of diamond cutting and polishing. [53] The first diamond workshops in Gujarat appeared in Surat and Navasari in the late 1950s. The major group working in this industry is people from the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Because of demand in the American market from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s (with only a brief recession in 1979), Surat's diamond industry grew tremendously. Currently, most of the diamond polishing workshops are running in the Varachha area of Surat, mostly by the people of the Patel community. [54] Around the world, 8 out of 10 diamonds on the market were cut and polished in Surat. This industry earns India about US$10 billion in annual exports. That declined by about 18% in 2019 due to reduced demand for diamonds. The decline continued in 2020 when the industry closed for some months because of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. [55] A legacy of old Dutch trade links, it began after a Surti entrepreneur returned from East Africa bringing diamond cutters. The rough diamonds are mined in South Africa and other regions of the African continent, and go from here as smooth gems to Antwerp, Belgium where the international diamond trade is run mainly by Hasidic Jews and Jains from Palanpur in North Gujarat. [56] Surat's economy drives from a range of manufacturing and industry fields such as diamonds, textiles, petrochemicals, shipbuilding, automobile, port etc.

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Surat's Textile District Ring Road in 2007

Since it is known for producing textiles, including silk, Surat is known as the textile hub of the nation or the Silk City of India. It is very famous for its cotton mills and Surat Zari Craft. Surat is the biggest center of MMF (man-made fiber) in India. It has a total of 381 dyeing and printing mills and 41,100 power loom units. There are over a hundred thousand units and mills in total. The overall annual turnover is around 5 billion rupees. There are over 800 cloth wholesalers in Surat. [57] It is the largest manufacturer of clothes in India, and Surti dress material can be found in any state of India. Surat produces 9 million meters of fabric annually, which accounts for 60% of the total polyester cloth production in India. Now the city is focusing on increasing the exports of its textile. [58]

There are many SME Domestic IT Companies present in Surat. MNC IT companies like IBM, [59] HCL have satellite or virtual branches in Surat. On 14 February 2014, Government of Gujarat DST had handover STPI Surat [60] [61] at Bhestan-Jiav Road, Bhestan Near Udhana-Sachin BRTS Route. Surat city administration will demand for setting up of an information technology (IT) hub and an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) on the outskirts of the city. [62] Microsoft CityNext initiative has tied up with IT services majors Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro to leverage technology for sustainable growth of cities in India. The first smart IT city in India is being constituted by the Microsoft CityNext Initiative in Surat, Gujarat. [19] In 2011, Surat hosted India's first Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra (a tech event) with speakers from Microsoft Headquarters at Redmond, Washington. The event was organised by Ex-Microsoft Student Partner Samarth Zankharia. [63] In May 2015, Tech giant IBM has chosen Surat among 16 global locations for its smart cities program to help them address challenges like waste management, disaster management and citizen services. Under the program, IBM will send a team of experts to each of the chosen cities where they will spend three weeks working closely with city staff analysing data about critical issues faced by its local bodies; [22] [64] the co-operation continued into 2016. [21]

Surat is being a port city, it has turned as a major commercial and industrial hub in India. It is home for many companies such as Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Reliance Industries (Hazira Manufacturing Division), Essar Steel, Larsen & Toubro, Krishak Bharati Cooperative, NTPC Limited, Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, UltraTech Cement, Shell, GAIL, GSEG, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, Hero MotoCorp etc. [65] Hazira Port is located in Hazira, an industrial suburb where most of the industries are located while other region is Magdalla which is also developed as Port of Magdalla. [66]

The government of Gujarat plans another project near Surat similar to Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT). The Chief Minister has suggested that the government wishes to develop DREAM to have a five-seven star hotel, bank, IT, corporate trading house, entertainment zone and other facilities while the Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) will be based there. Allotment of Khajod land for the project is convenient for the state government because they have 2,000 acres (810 ha) of available land. The Trade Centre, located near Sarsana village, will have a 100,160-square-metre (1,078,100 sq ft) pillar-less air-conditioned hall with a 90-by-35-metre (295 by 115 ft) pillar-less dome. [67] [68]

Transport

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Surat International Airport

Built in 1860, Surat railway station falls under the administrative control of Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. In early 2016, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation rated the facility the best large station in India based on cleanliness.

The Sitilink or Surat BRTS is a bus rapid transit system in the city. Initiated by Bharat Shah, additional city engineer of Surat Municipal Corporation. It is operated by Surat Municipal Corporation and as of August 2017, had a network of 245 buses connecting major localities. [69]

Surat International Airport located in Magdalla, 11 kilometres (7 mi) southwest of Surat. It is the 2nd busiest airport in Gujarat in terms of both aircraft movements and passenger traffic. Currently, airlines such as Air India, Alliance Air, AirAsia India, SpiceJet, IndiGo Airlines, Air Odisha, Ventura AirConnect provide flight services from the Surat to various major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam. There are also running international flights for the Sharjah route of Air India Express. Apart from the main city, Surat Airport also caters to various localities of south Gujarat including Navsari, Bardoli, Valsad, Bharuch, Ankleshwar.

Surat Metro is a under construction rapid transit rail system for the city. [70]

Culture

Food

Surat is known for its food and has its own list of cherished street foods. There is a famous saying in Gujarati language "સુરતનું જમણ અને કાશીનું મરણ", meaning Eat in Surat and Die in Kashi for the ultimate experience of the soul. [71] [72] [73] [74] [75] [76]

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Locho and Idada

The unique dishes of surat includes Locho, Ghari (sweet), Surti Bhusu, [77] Alupuri, Kavsa, Ponk, Undhiyu, Dhokla, Khaman, Sev Khamani, and so forth.

People's love for food in Surat is so much that there is a lane called as " Khaudra gali" which means foodie's lane which has all stalls of various types of dishes specialty being Mysore Dosa.

Education

Universities

Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat is one of 31 National Institutes of Technology that are recognised as Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Surat started in 2017. [78]

Most of the regional colleges are affiliated to Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU, named after the poet Veer Narmad), which has headquarters in the Surat Metropolitan Region. Colleges are also affiliated to SNDT, Gujarat Technological University and other universities. Government Medical College, Surat is a more than 50 years old medical school of 250 yearly student admission capacity with attached tertiary care hospital, New Civil Hospital. Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research (SMIMER) is a Municipal Medical College affiliated with the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Auro University has also started to provide education in Surat. [79]

Science Center

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Science Center And Science Museum

Science Center, Surat is a multi-facility complex built by the Surat Municipal Corporation in 2009, the first of its type in western India. The complex houses a science center, museum, an art gallery, an auditorium, an amphitheater and a planetarium.

Sports

Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Indoor Stadium

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Pandit DinDayal Upadhyay Indoor Stadium, Surat

With a seating capacity of 6800, Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Indoor Stadium is the first of its kind in the Western Region of India. The stadium frequently organizes national and international indoor games such as volleyball, table tennis, gymnastics, handball, boxing, wrestling, badminton, basketball, and tennis. It has a central arena of size 63 m x 33 m, rooms for participants and team officials, and other essential facilities including snack bars. This is also a convenient venue for organizing cultural programs, music concerts, drama, fashion shows, seminars, conferences, and many more. The Indoor Stadium also hosted TEDxSurat 2018 on 7 October 2018 which is the largest TEDx conference in Gujarat and one of the largest TEDx conferences in the world. [80]

Lalbhai Contractor Cricket Stadium

Lalbhai contractor cricket stadium has a capacity of more than 7000 and hosted several Ranji, Irani and Duleep Trophy matches. The stadium also serves as a primary destination for local budding cricketers and enthusiasts. The stadium has hosted several benefit matches for international cricketers as well.

Surat in literature

Notable people

See also

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Ahmedabad is the most populous city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the administrative headquarters of the Ahmedabad district and the seat of the Gujarat High Court. Ahmedabad's population of 8,253,000 makes it the fifth-most populous city in India, and the encompassing urban agglomeration population estimated at 6,357,693 is the seventh-most populous in India. Ahmedabad is located near the banks of the Sabarmati River, 25 km (16 mi) from the capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, also known as its twin city.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rajkot</span> Metropolis in Gujarat, India

Rajkot is the fourth-largest city in the state of Gujarat, India, after Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat and is in the centre of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Rajkot is the 35th-largest metropolitan area in India, with a population of more than 2 million as of 2021. Rajkot is the 6th cleanest city of India, and it is the 7th fastest-growing city in the world as of March 2021. The city contains the administrative headquarters of the Rajkot District, 245 km from the state capital Gandhinagar, and is located on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers. Rajkot was the capital of the Saurashtra State from 15 April 1948 to 31 October 1956, before its merger with Bombay State on 1 November 1956. Rajkot was reincorporated into Gujarat State on 1 May 1960.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Burhanpur</span> City in Madhya Pradesh, India

Burhanpur is a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the administrative seat of Burhanpur District. It is situated on the north bank of the Tapti River and 340 kilometres (211 mi) southwest of the state's capital city of Bhopal. The city is a Municipal Corporation.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bhavnagar</span> Metropolitan City/Urban agglomeration in Gujarat, India

Bhavnagar is a city in the Bhavnagar district of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, a state of India. It was founded in 1724 by Bhavsinhji Takhtasinhji Gohil (1703–1764). It was the capital of Bhavnagar State, which was a princely state before it was merged into the Indian Union in 1948. It is now the administrative headquarters of the Bhavnagar district.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Valsad</span> City in Gujarat, India

Valsad, historically known as Bulsar, is a city and a municipality in Valsad district of the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the district headquarters of Valsad district. The city of Valsad is located in the south of Navsari and Surat.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Palanpur</span> City in Gujarat, India

Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Palanpur is the administrative headquarters of Banaskantha district. Palanpur is the ancestral home to an industry of Indian diamond merchants.

Surti indicates relationship with the city of Surat in India. It may refer to:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hazira</span> Hazira Town in Gujarat, India

Hazira is a suburb and a transshipment port in the Surat City in the Gujarat state of India. It is the west most end of Surat.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gujarati people</span> Indian ethnic group that is traditionally Gujarati-speaking

The Gujarati people or Gujaratis, are an Indo-Aryan ethnolinguistic group who reside in or can trace their ancestry or heritage to the present-day western Indian state of Gujarat. They primarily speak Gujarati, an Indo-Aryan language. While Gujaratis mainly inhabit Gujarat, they have a diaspora worldwide. Gujaratis in India and the diaspora are prominent entrepreneurs and industrialists and maintain high levels of social capital. Many notable independence activists were Gujarati, including Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, and Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India.

The term Gujarati Muslim is usually used to signify an Indian Muslim from the state of Gujarat in western coast of India. Most Gujarati Muslims have Gujarati language as their mother tongue, but some communities such as the Momin Ansari, Memons, Gujarati Shaikh (Hansotis) and others, have Urdu as their mother tongue. The majority of Gujarati Muslims are Sunni, with a minority of Shi'ite groups.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Gujarat</span> Region in Gujarat, India

South Gujarat, also known as Dakshin Gujarat, is a region in the Indian state of Gujarat. The region has a wetter climate than other regions of Gujarat. The western part is almost coastal and is known as Kantha Vistar, and the eastern part is also known as Dungar Vistar, which ranges from 100 to 1000 metres, with the highest peak at Saputara in the Dang district.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Abid Surti</span>

Abid Surti or Aabid Surti is a painter, author, cartoonist, journalist, environmentalist, playwright and screenwriter from India. He was given a National Award by the government of India in 1993 for writing a series of short stories called the "Teesri Aankh".

Diamond Research and Mercantile City, also known as DREAM City, is an upcoming business district in Surat, India. It will be built on 2,000 acres (810 ha) of land near Khajod, along the lines of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City and Dholera Smart city near Ahmedabad. Expected to open in 2017–2018, it will be Gujarat's third smart city.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ventura AirConnect</span>

Ventura AirConnect is an Indian nonscheduled airline operating flights in the state of Gujarat with Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft in its fleet. Initially operating flights within Madhya Pradesh, the airline shifted to Gujarat upon being acquired by a group of Gujarati diamond merchants in 2014. The airline underwent a change in ownership and had to suspend operations in 2015. After winning a contract from the Government of Gujarat to start flights in the state, Ventura AirConnect resumed operations in June 2016 and made Surat Airport its operating hub.

The Surat Zari Craft is a textile product of Surat district in Gujarat, India, which is made from yarns of silk and cotton mixed with gold, silver or copper. The zari threads are used to make intricate designs by weaving into generally silk fabrics. Its use is extensive in textile industries and handicrafts. The Surat Zari is either woven on cloth or hand embroidered to form fabric borders or used as part on the body of the cloth. The zaris are used in fabrics made in Varanasi and a few other places in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Banarasi saris made in Varanasi and Kanjivaram Saris of South India use Surat Zari extensively.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">History of Surat</span> City in India

It is a port city located on the coast of Gujarat.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nagindas Sanghavi</span> Indian political writer and columnist (1920–2020)

Nagindas Sanghavi was an Indian political professor, author and columnist writing in English, Hindi and Gujarati. He received Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2019.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cable Bridge (Surat, India)</span> Bridge in Gujarat, India

Cable Bridge, Surat or Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Tapti River that connects the Athwa and Adajan areas of Surat, Gujarat, India. The bridge is named after Indian politician and thinker Deendayal Upadhyaya. A connected 3-way interchange flyover bridge was constructed on the Athwalines side to facilitate easy flow of the traffic.

Mehul Surti Music composer and singer

Mehul Surti in an Indian music composer and singer from Gujarat, India, known for his work in Gujarati cinema and Gujarati theatre. He has composed music for several successful Gujarati films including Kevi Rite Jaish (2012), Vitamin She (2017), Montu Ni Bittu (2019), Short Circuit (2019), and Hellaro (2019).

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