Gujarat has always made the headlines for its investor friendly policies, fast paced industrial development and widening industrial base. Now, the state’s industrial progress is being showcased in a unique manner. Ahmedabad-based Akshar Tours Pvt. Ltd recently launched a tour package covering several key industrial destinations in the state.
Supported by Gujarat Tourism, the 11 nights/12 days industrial tour includes visits to the Tata Nano factory in Sanand, Ajanta Clock factory and the ceramic industry hub in Morbi, Reliance Petroleum refinery in Jamnagar, Tata’s salt factory in Mithapur and cement factory in Okha, Alang Shipbreaking yard, Pipavav Port in Amreli, Arvind Mills in Ahmedabad, Amul Diary in Anand, Asian Paints factory in Ankleshwar, and the diamond cutting, polishing and crafting hub in Surat.
Manish Sharma, Managing Director of Akshar Travels, told Projectmonitor that the industrial tour has also been segmented region-wise covering Saurashtra, South and Central Gujarat keeping in mind those visitors who are keen on witnessing the state’s industrial growth but cannot spare much time. The industrial tour package can also be customised for visitors, he added.
“Industries in Gujarat have achieved excellence in a large number of sectors such as petroleum, fertiliser, textile, cement, automobile and ship breaking among others. The objective of the industrial tour is to showcase this excellence before the world. At a time when India is well on the way to becoming a major manufacturing hub and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is strongly focusing on ‘Make in India’, this initiative will go a long way in facilitating flow of investment in to the country. Visitors will get the opportunity to see the capabilities and expertise of the industries located in the state from close quarters. Such tours are quite common in countries like Germany and China,” Sharma said. He further claimed that the industrial tour package had been receiving very good response from both domestic as well as international visitors since its launch in January this year.
Gujarat’s rapid industrial development is attributed to several factors. These include judicious exploitation of natural resources, discovery of oil and gas in the state, establishment of a strong institutional network by the state government, setting up of industrial estates, pro investor policies and easy availability of infrastructure facilities like power, roads, ports and water supply.
At the time of inception of the state in 1960, industrial development was mainly confined to the four major cities of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and Rajkot and a few isolated locations such as Mithapur and Valsad. Today, almost all districts have witnessed industrial development in varying degrees.