It is the biggest election in history - and on Wednesday, in the seventh phase of India's general election, 140 million people are eligible to vote in seven states and two union territories.
One of those states is Gujarat - whose Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is a front-runner to lead the next Government.
TRADE, COMMERCE AND PORTS
Since times immemorial, Gujarat has had some of the finest ports in the country. From the ancient maritime hub – Lothal to one of the major ports of textile trade – Surat to the country’s largest port in terms of volume – Kandla. Today Gujarat has 41 ports out of which four ports including the Mundra Port (which is the largest private port in India) are operated by the private sector. For decades, ports in Gujarat used to receive goods from manufacturing units across the country that would be sent abroad from here. Things changed with the Narendra Modi government as the government’s approach towards trade and ports changed. The Government realized that modern ports could be major attractions for companies to open plants in Gujarat. A perfect example of this would be the recent decision of Maruti Suzuki to open a 4000 Crore facility in Gujarat at Mehsana district. Out of the many options that were provided to the company they chose this location due to its proximity to the Mundra Port. As Shri Narendra CM pointed out “Our progress and development is not just limited to ports. Our vision is for port led development with port based Special Economic Zones, warehouses, cold storage networks, railroad connectivity and related infrastructure facilities being established” ,