(Last Updated on : 23/07/2010)
Economy of Amreli District
is chiefly dependent on cement, ports, metallurgical, electrical equipments, and ship building industries. Owing to the presence of great reserves of limestone, a number of major cement conglomerates, such as Larson and Toubro and Ultra Tech Cement Co. Ltd have established their manufacturing facilities in Amreli. Excellent port connectivity with the presence of Pipavav port makes port and ship building industry the most important industry in the district. More than 5,455 units of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) are present in Amreli district. Savarkundla taluka is known for the production of engineering equipments (weighing materials and machines) in Gujarat.
Major crops which are being produced in the district are sesame, groundnut, cotton, jowar and bajra. Limestone is the most important mineral found in the district. Besides limestone, the district is also known for gypsum, natural clay, salt, and black stone. In the ten talukas of the district, over 5,455 units generate 17,845 jobs. Maximum numbers of small scale industries are occupied in embroidery products, textiles and wooden boxes. Savarkundla taluka has witnessed the highest number of SSI units with a healthy investment.
Amreli District is emerging as a center for port-based, minerals, engineering and cement industries. The development of Pipavav port to handle Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and developed port infrastructure of handling 22 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) of general cargo and containerised cargo has made it a gateway port. The port facility present at Pipavav would help in attracting investments in the future as well. Emergence of an LPG terminal, quite a few new power projects and captive jetty industries in Pipavav by industries such as GSPC, Torrent Power, Ultratech Limited and Videocon are likely to further fuel the economic development of the district.
Rise of new sectors in the district, such as electrical equipments, engineering, and infrastructure projects has led to the expansion of Amreli as a flourishing industrial belt. The Government of Gujarat has started a road project connecting Pipavav to Ahmedabad directly. This is expected to boost the commercial activity and easy movement of logistics in the district, due to the propinquity of Ahmedabad with Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).