(Last Updated on : 19/07/2010)
Economy of Bharuch district
in the state of Gujarat
is dependent on diversified sectors such as textiles, drugs, chemicals and petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals and ports and ship building. Quite a few private business conglomerates have their presence in Bharuch. Some of them include Guardian Corporation, Videocon, Welspun-Stahl Rohrren, Aventis, Badische Anilin - und Soda- Fabrik (BASF), Reliance, Rallis, Pfizer, Larson and Toubro (L & T), Bayer, Tatas, Aditya Birla Group, Wockhardt, Glenmark, Lupin and Gujarat Fluoro chemicals Ltd. Outstanding port connectivity with the presence of Dahej port makes it an investment destination in port and ship building activities. Several key private players have developed their facilities in and around Dahej port, including Indo-Gulf, Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Limited (GCPTCL) and Petronet LNG Ltd.
More than 11,500 units of small and medium enterprises, involved in diverse sectors, such as chemicals and petrochemicals, textiles etc. are present in the district. With over seventy medium and large scale industries, Ankleshwar is the most important industrial center in Bharuch witnessing a large number of business activities. Ankleshwar being a most important industrial center has shown substantial contribution in the economic development of the district. Chemicals, engineering and textiles are the three major Small Scale Industry sectors present in Bharuch district. Major horticulture crops being produced in the district are mango, cucurbits, banana, papaya and brinjal. 52 percent of the State's lignite is found in Bharuch district. Besides lignite, the district is also well-known for its reserves of Fuller's Earth, Silica, Agate, Limestone and Calcite.
Emergence of PCPIR region, Dahej SEZ and passing of DMIC are likely to further fuel the industrial and financial growth of the district. Centrally located within the industrial belt, Dahej is an ideal site in Asia to serve north, west and central India and international destinations such as, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Bharuch district is the exclusive producer of Silica sand and presence of a large number of Lignite has made the district a flourishing industrial base for a number of industries. The district witnesses a large number of industrial estates and Special Economic Zones (SEZ). Leveraging the existing industrial base, Bharuch attracts a large number of business conglomerates, such as, Sanofi Aventis, Glenmark, Lupin, BASF, Bayer Crop Science and EI DuPont etc.