The Cultural & Historic city of Gwalior is the Tourist Capital of the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior -A million-plus city situated 320 Km south to Delhi, has been identified as a Counter-magnet City to the National Capital Region (NCR). The city has potential to develop as an independent growth center and attract migrants moving to Delhi.
RICH HERITAGE AND CULTURE
- Awarded as the “Best Heritage City” in National Tourism Award 2013-14.
- About 400 tangible heritage structures exist in the city. Gwalior Fort and Tomb of Tansen are the two ASI monuments of National Importance which falls with-in the city limits. Apart from these Gwalior District houses 6 other ASI sites. Also, there are 12 other State Protected monuments in city.
- World longest existing narrow gauge network, The Gwalior Light Railway (GLR) has been proposed for inclusion as UNESCO World Heritage Sites by GoI.
- Gwalior is major tourist destination & part of 4 tourist circuits planned by GoMP. It is also part of Delhi-Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi-Orchcha-Khajuraho circuit of central government. Additionally Gwalior falls within Ganga Hinterland Tourism Plan of UP Tourism.
- The very first occurrence of zero as a written number in the world has been recorded at Ganesh temple of the Gwalior Fort.
- The richness of Gwalior is further enriched by its Museums. Archeological Museum, Sarod Ghar- A Museum of Music , Jai Vilas Palace, Gujarat Mahal, Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum are some the famous museums.
- Gwalior Gharana (oldest Khyal Gharana) is a famous school of Indian Classical Music.
- Tansen Sangeet Samaroh is a National Music Festival celebrated every year. The four day musical extravaganza attracts art and music lovers from all over the world.
STRATEGIC LOCATION AND CONNECTIVITY
- Gwalior is one among the eleven Counter-Magnet Cities to the National Capital Region.
- Gwalior Junction is a major railway junction in the Northern central region. It lies on Delhi-Chennai & Delhi-Mumbai line of central railways. About 1000 trains passes through the city every day, 36 Trains have scheduled halts & 11 trains originate from the junction. (The prestigious tourist train, Taj Express halts at Gwalior Junction.)
- Gwalior Airport connects Delhi and Indore with regular domestic flights.
- The City has excellent road connectivity. The four-lane NH-3 connects Gwalior to Agra (119Km) in just 2 hours. Other National Highways NH-92 and NH-75 connects Gwalior with Odisha and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Also, there are regular inter-state buses to Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Jhansi and others buses to Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Khajuraho, Jabalpur, Chanderi, Rewa and Shivpuri.
- Gwalior lies on North-South Corridor & about 50 Km north of the East-West Corridor.
- The Delhi- Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) influence area lies about 50 Km to the west of the city. Also presence of Delhi Mumbai Dedicated Freight Corridor to the West & the Ludhiana- Kolkata Dedicated Freight Corridor to the east of the city would further strengthen movement of cargo in the region.
VIBRANT ECONOMIC BASE
- Trade, Commerce and Service sector are the major drivers of the economy of Gwalior. Historic markets of Maharaj Bada, Sarafa, Patankar Bazaar are thriving economic hubs.
- Popular handicrafts of Gwalior like hand-woven Carpets & Stoneware are produced by more than 20,000 carpet units & 1,000 sandstone units operating informally in the city. Other famous handicrafts are lacquer ware, sculpture, Chanderi & Maheshwari Saris.
- The Gwalior Trade Fair is India’s second largest trade fair with over 100 participating artisans & visitor footfall above 150 Lakhs; making an estimated sale of about 500 Cr.
- In context to Counter-magnet to NCR, GoMP has proposed 30,000 hectares of SADA(Special Area Development Authority) Area which is also referred as Gwalior west.
- With the fast growing Industrial pace, investment in MSME has doubled in last ten years by adding more than 6,000 MSME units. WFPR surged to 31% (2011) from 25.9%(2001).
- Stone mining is one of the significant economic activities of Gwalior Region. There are total 132 mineral stone mines and 77 Farsi stone mines in Gwalior district.
- GoMP has established a Garment Park and an IT Park at Gwalior in 2012. The city also houses Stone Park in Hazira and Industrial Park at Rairu.
REGIONAL MEDICAL AND ECONOMIC HUB
- Gwalior has a versatile Education Base providing specialization in the field of Music, Sports, Agriculture, Management, Medical and Technical Education.
- More than 181 institutions of Higher Education attract talent from all around the world. Also, about 1128 private and 433 government schools serve the entire region.
- Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University and Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNUPE) adds versatility to the education at Gwalior.
- National level institutions like LNUPE, ABV-IIITM, IITTM, OTA (NCC Women’s), Amity, DPS & GD Goenka are here. The famous Scindia School is at Gwalior.
- Gwalior is already serving as a medical hub in the entire region. As per census 2011; City has 3.5 Beds per 1000 persons; much higher to the national average of 0.7 beds.
- Gwalior houses Administrative Headquarters of many Central & State Level Institutions. Some of the prestigious Central Institutions are BSF Academy; NCC Training Academy; Indian Air Force Station; Central Bureau of Narcotics; Central Intelligence Bureau HO etc.
- State level Institutions in the city are High Court (Gwalior Bench); Offices of Accountant-General (AG); President-Board of Revenue; State Excise Commissioner etc.
Innovative Public Service Management & Credit Worthiness of ULB
- GMC has an experience of innovative models of Public Service Management. It has PPP projects for Affordable Housing, Greenfield Hospital DFBOT basis, LED street lighting project, Restarting-Waste to Energy Plant & other solar city programmes.
- As per GoMP credit worthiness report, GMC has capacity to procure loans of ₹944Cr
- With Strategic Location between the major tourist circuits and considering the presence of number of historical monuments, tourism potential of the city can be further explored.
- Some of the privately owned Heritage buildings are deteriorating. Opportunity of Adaptive Re-use of such buildings can be leveraged.
HARNESSING SOLAR POWER
- Being a part of Solar City Initiative of GoI, Gwalior has tremendous opportunities to harness solar energy. Annual Average of Solar Irradiation Index is 5.49 kWh/m2/day (max. 7.23 in the month of May) which is very good for harnessing solar energy.
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- With a vibrant economic base there are ample of business & employment opportunities. Gwalior can be developed as a Regional Economic Centre as there is no major city within in the radius of 100 Km. SADA development will further boost economy.
- Opportunity of tapping international cargo trade through Delhi- Agra- Mumbai Corridor by establishment Freight Complex, Warehouses, Storage go-downs, Cold-storages etc.
DEFENCE SECTOR INDUSTRIES
- Gwalior can leverage the presence of defence Research & Development Organization, Army Cantonment, Air Force Base, Border Security Force Academy & the SAF battalion.
- Its strategic location and the recent increase in FDI limit to 100% in defence sector can help Gwalior emerge as a defence industry manufacturing hub.