Category: Focus Cities

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Vibrant Varanasi: Towards cleanliness, connectivity & conservation

by June Mukherjee Varanasi, the holy city of India is in the fast lane of development ever since the Prime Minister has vowed to place it on world stage as a vibrant city. Being Prime Minister’s constituency is a matter of immense importance and Varanasi is all set for a radical transformation as the Narendra […]

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Urban development transforms Jaipur into a modern city

Introduction Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. During the regime of Sawai Ram Singh, the whole city was painted pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales from that time onwards Jaipur is also known as pink city.  This […]

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Indore: The commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh

Indore, situated on Malwa Plateau at an altitude of 553 metres above sea level, is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh. It is a tier-II city, which along with its satellite towns of Pithampur and Dewas is one of the fastest- growing regions in India. The proximity to the Gujarat- Mumbai grid has been especially advantageous […]

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Ahmedabad: Gujarat’s core of technological development and innovation

Ahmedabad, located on the banks of River Sabarmati, is the largest city in Gujarat with a population of 5.8 million. It has ranked third on Forbes’ list of fastest growing cities over the past decade. The city is divided by River Sabarmati into two main zones. The first being the old city on the eastern […]

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Surat: More than a diamond city

Surat, situated on River Tapi with a 6 km coastline stretching  along the Arabian Sea, has emerged as a vital city in the state of Gujarat. It is popular as a destination spot for immigrants not only from within the state but also from other regions of India. According to Census 2011 figures, Surat tops […]

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Vadodara: Gujarat’s urban culture capital

Vadodara, located on the right bank of the River Vishwamistri is popularly known as the ‘cultural capital’ of Gujarat. It is the third largest city in the state after Ahmedabad and Surat with  a total area of 148.95 sq km. Much of the cultural and economical heritage of the city has often been attributed to […]

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Guwahati: The urban hub of North East India

Guwahati, the former capital of Assam has a rich history dating back to 6th century AD and it was earlier known as ‘Pragiyotishpura’. Situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, this city is also the most developed and important city of not only Assam  but also North East India. The name Guwahati is comes […]

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New Towns of India

The term ‘new town’ refers to planned communities of the new towns movement in particular, mainly in the United Kingdom. This term has its roots in the Garden City Movement, founded by Ebenezer Howard in the late 1800s, as an alternative to the over-crowded, polluted, chaotic, and industrial cities that had appeared in Britain. Such […]

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Puducherry: A showcase of built heritage

Puducherry is a city, an urban agglomeration and a municipality in Pondicherry district in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. Puducherry has a flourishing maritime history. Excavations at Arikamedu, about seven kilometres to the south of the city, show that the Romans came here to trade in the 1st century AD, and references to it […]

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Gandhinagar: The upcoming business hub of India

Gandhinagar stands in stark contrast to Ahmedabad with broad roads and abundant greenery. The capital city of Gandhinagar is located approximately 23km north Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat.  Named after Mahatma Gandhi, it is India’s second planned city after Chandigarh. Thirty sectors, into which the city has been evenly divided, spread around the central […]

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