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36 cities that will shape India's future

Last updated on: October 12, 2011 09:55 IST

India's large metropolises are struggling to cope with rapid growth and the rising demand for urban facilities, but smaller cities -- that have vast treasures of natural resources -- now have the opportunity to unlock their value and rival the country's mega cities.

The Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment & Management (GIREM), in its bid to give shape to this grand concept of building future cities, has identified 36 prominent Tier-II cities in India which in recent times have been nudging for recognition with their inherent strengths but still display muted promise of becoming great modern cities.

GIREM 36 focusses on a new strategy to develop smaller cities as magnets for allied investments in development of key areas of infrastructure, education, and research and industry.

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36 cities that will shape India's future

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From top clockwise: Napier Museum, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, University of Kerala, Government Medical College, Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhavani building in Technopark.

Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Population (2011) - 957,730

Education/colleges - 64

Size of the city - 214.86 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, research, tourism, IT, medical and bio-technology

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The Tejomaya building at InfoPark, Kochi.

Kochi

Population (2011) - 601,574

Education/colleges - 20

Size of the city - 94.88 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - trading, education, and IT.

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Calicut International Airport.

Kozhikode (Calicut)

Population (2011) - 432,097

Education/colleges - 84

Size of the city - 128.00 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - port, education, training, trading

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The Infosys campus in Mangalore.

Mangalore

Population (2011) - 399,565

Education/colleges - 36

Graduates - 20,888

Size of the city - 132.45 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - port, education, trading, and IT.

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Kamala Basati at fort Belgaum.

Belgaum

Population (2011) - 4,816,947

Education/colleges - 31

Size of the city - 13,415 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, STPI, heavy machine tools, automotive manufacturing, and tourism.

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Mysore Infosys.

Mysore

Population (2011) - 755,379

Education/colleges - 12

Graduates - 53,000

Size of the city - 128.42 Square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, tourism, small scale industry, IT, research, and silk.

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Meenakshi temple.

Madurai

Population (2011) - 928,869

Education/colleges - 20

Graduates - 15,000

Size of the city - 51.82 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - rubber producing centres, sport goods, production of automobile rubber component, automotive, IT & ITES, textile, retail and malls.

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Trichy airport.

Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)

Population (2011) - 742,413

Education/colleges - 27

Size of the city - 146.70 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - industrial, engineering equipment manufacturing, software exports.

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Dr Nanjappa road opposite Gandhipuram Bus Stand.

Coimbatore

Population (2011) - 930,882

Education/colleges - 150

Graduates - 50,000 engineers

Size of the city - 105.6 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - engineering, textiles, hosiery and poultry industries, IT & BPO, manufacturing, auto components, wet grinders, pump manufacturing, gem manufacturing.

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Salem town.

Salem

Population (2011) - 696,760

Education/colleges - 19

Size of the city - 94 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - textile, steel, automotive, poultry and sago industries, fabric exports, and IT.

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Visakhapatnam seaport; harbour interchange fly-by road.

Vishakhapatnam

Population (2011) - 2,515,120

Education/colleges -139

Size of the city - 540 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - port city, seat of education, tourism, petroleum, steel, fertilizer industries, iron ore and other mineral exports of India. Other industries include ITES, banking, real estate, retail and entertainment.

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Prakasam Barrage view from Padmavati ghat.

Vijayawada

Population (2011) - 851,282

Education/colleges - 11

Size of the city - 119.8 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - trading center, agriculture, small scale industry, and garment business.

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Deekshabhoomi is a major center of the Dalit Buddhist movement.

Nagpur

Population (2011) - 4,653,171

Education/colleges -54

Size of the city - 218 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, banking, food manufacturing, logistics, trade, and cargo hub.

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Anand.

Anand

Population (2011) - 300,462

Education/colleges -17

Size of the city - 22.7 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - dairy industry (Amul), and education.

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Kargil Shaheed Chowk.

Surat

Population (2011) - 5,064,519

Education/colleges - 21

Size of the city - 326.515 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, trading and business centre.

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Nyay Mandir in the heart of Vadodara.

Vadodara

Population (2011) - 3,641,566

Education/colleges - 30

Graduates - 100,000

Size of the city - 100.95 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, industrial, petro, IT,Pharmaceuticals, cotton textiles and machine tools.

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City palace complex.

Udaipur

Population (2011) - 3,067,549

Education/colleges - 17

Size of the city - 37 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education and tourism.

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Heritage Village Resort and Spa Manesar.

Manesar

Population (2011) - NA

Education/colleges - 5

Size of the city - Manesar has been developed in four phases. HSIDC has developed 1,750 acres (7.1 km2) of land in Phase I, while work is in progress in Phase II (180 acres) and Phase IV (650 acres). HSIDC has allotted phase III (600 acres) to Maruti Udyog Limited for their expansion project.

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - education, hotels, industrial and commercial trade centre.

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Ambala Cantonment Railway Station.

Ambala

Population (2011) - 1,136,784

Education/colleges - 15

Size of the city - 1569 sq km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - scientific products market and clothing.

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Haveli Highway Punjabi fast food drive-in at Karnal.

Karnal

Population (2011) - 210,476

Education/colleges - 28

Size of the city - 2475 sq. km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - agricultural and dairy research.

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Rohtak.

Rohtak

Population (2011) - 1,058,683

Education/colleges - 10

Size of the city - 1668.47 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - industrial and education.


Cuttack

Population (2011) - 921,321

Education/colleges - 20

Size of the city - 398 square km

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - research centre, fishery, seat of education, food processing, and horticulture.

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Treasure Island Mall, 1st in Madhya Pradesh.

Pantnagar

Population (2011) - 35,820

Education/colleges - 10

Size of the city - 3,339 acres

Why future city:

Ideal for business in - seat of education, agricultural research, environment industry, cosmetics & allied, plastic & allied, apparel & allied, agro food & allied pharma, products, electrical, electronics & allied, furniture hub, institutional, commercial & allied.


Indore

Population (2011) - 1,474,968

Education/colleges - 50

Size of the city - 3,898 square kilometres

Why future city:

  • Enjoying the reputation of mini- Mumbai.
  • Enjoys the centre of trading, financial and manufacturing center, already boosting of cosmopolitan pretence, the city is in the centre of M.P.and retail, and IT.

    Ideal for business in - industrial city, education, trade, manufacturing & service industries, automobile, pharma, software

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    Maan Singh Palace at Gwalior fort.

    Gwalior

    Population (2011) - 2,030,543

    Education/colleges - 72

    Size of the city - 5214 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - education and tourism


    Ghaziabad

    Population (2011) - 968,521

    Education/colleges - 60

    Size of the city - 1933.3 square kms

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - manufacturing, healthcare, retail, small scale industries, medium scale industries, large scale and heavy industries.

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    New Yamuna bridge.

    Kanpur

    Population (2011) - 6,368,043

    Education/colleges - 42

    Size of the city - 1,040 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - Industrial town, textile and leather, fertilizer, chemicals, two wheelers, soaps, pan masala, hosiery and engineering industries, and ITES.


    Allahabad

    Population (2011) - 5,959,798

    Education/colleges - 21

    Size of the city - 63.07 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - commercial business, glass and wire based small scale industry.

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    Varanasi.

    Varanasi

    Population (2011) - 3,682,194

    Education/colleges - 14

    Size of the city - 1,550 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - education centre, textile, silk, IT potential, tourism, manufacturing.


    Puducherry

    Population (2011) - 973,829

    Education/colleges - 109

    Size of the city - 492 square kms

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - education, tourism, IT, and airline travel.

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    The Taj Mahal.

    Agra/Mathura

    Population (2011) - 1,275,134

    Education/colleges - 30

    Size of the city - Agra (188.40 square km) + Mathura (3800 square km)

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - small scale industries, education centre, tourism, hospitality, biotech, textile exporting, automobile, and real estate.


    Ludhiana

    Population (2011) - 1,398,467

    Education/colleges - 45

    Size of the city - 310 square kms

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - textile manufacturing, tooling centre, automobile parts, sewing machines, agri products, and malls.

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    Shimla Railway Station.

    Shimla

    Population (2011) - 392,542

    Education/colleges - 17

    Size of the city - 25 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - health tourism, IT, wine, horticulture (apples), forestry, hospitality industry, and healthcare.

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    XISS, Ranchi.

    Ranchi

    Population (2011) - 2,912,022

    Education/colleges - 10

    Size of the city - 175 sq km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - industrial, infrastructure, climate control equipment.


    Patna

    Population (2011) - 5,772,804

    Education/colleges - 29

    Size of the city - 109.218 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - FMCG industry, service sector, and IT.

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    Night view of IIT Guwahati.

    Guwahati

    Population (2011) - 809,895

    Education/colleges - 26

    Size of the city - 340 square km

    Why future city:

    Ideal for business in - manufacturing, petroleum, trade, commerce, transportation and services. There has been a huge potential in retail, real estate development, tourism and finance.