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Surat is an emerging city in the state of Gujarat, is known as the textile city of Gujarat. And, the epithet is perfectly suited to the city. Textile industry is one of the oldest and the most widespread industries in Surat. A major part of the city’s population is associated with the textile industry. Nearly 30 million meters of raw fabric and 25 million meters of processed fabric are produced in Surat daily. The city has several textile markets that exist since times immemorial. Zampa Bazaar, Bombay Market, JJ Textile Market and Jash Market are among them. Katat Gam, Magdalla and Udhana are the areas of Surat where manufacturing is mainly concentrated. In the course of time, people from various other places like Rajasthan and Kolkata settled in Surat in order to carry out their textile business.
Apart from the textile in Surat, it is also most famous leading diamond polishing industry of India. Diamond cutting has a history of over 100 years now and after a 100 years, it was confirmed that a whopping 92% of world’s diamonds were cut in Surat and that gave India a lot of revenue. Now the Surat diamond cutters are eyeing the bigger diamonds and are expanding from small pieces.
Though Surat had to go through a lot of natural disasters in past few years, like floods each year and earthquakes, but there is a go-get-it attitude in Surat people to keep on moving ahead in life- that’s what is probably keeping it as an economic powerhouse of India.
Roopali Paramjeet is working as an accountant in a textile mill in Surat. Roopali has done B.Com from Metas Adventist College.