Tobacco, chilies, paddy and cotton are the main agricultural products cultivated in Guntur district. The city is a centre for business, agriculture and industry. It is also considered as the textile hub of the country. The irrigation needs for agricultural activities is fulfilled by the small rivers and the Guntur Branch Canal (GBC). Industries like textile mills, cement, diary, fertilisers, diamond and granite contribute towards the industrial development of the city. Export of chillies, tobacco and cotton is also an important activity.
Mineral resources are found in abundance in the region. The city is blessed with natural resources such as:
- Copper and Lead Ores
- White Clays
There are many schools, colleges and higher education institutions in Guntur which provide education in different fields like management, medicine, engineering, arts and agriculture. It is considered as a centre for learning and houses many renowned colleges and universities like K L University, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University and Vignan University to name a few. The Acharya Nagarjuna University is one of the largest universities of India, while Vedic University offers teachings in Vedic Sciences. Authorities have also proposed to set up AIIMS in Guntur. The city also houses research centres like Regional Station of Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI), Regional AGMARK laboratory and Agricultural Research Centre.
Places of interest
The city has many museums, parks, forts and temples which serve as places of interest. The Amareswara temple and the Mahachaitya stupa in Amaravati are the most visited tourist attractions. The Ethipothala Falls and the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam are located about 100 miles away from Guntur. The dam is an irrigation project on Krishna River and the water fall is used as a breeding ground for crocodiles. The Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, a conservation located in the Uppalapadu village near Guntur, provides shelter to many endangered species of birds. Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Anjaneya Swami Temple, Ayappa Temple and Guntur Museum are some other places of interest in the city.
Guntur does not have an airport although the Airport Authority of India has planned to build one in the city. However, Hyderabad International Airport is the nearest international airport and the Vijayawada Airport is the nearest domestic airport. The Guntur junction serves as a major transit point for many trains. The railway station is well connected to other cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Visakhapatnam among others. The National Highway 5 (Kolkata-Chennai) passes through the city, and there is also State Highway 2 which connects the city on Hyderabad - Nalgonda route. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs intercity buses connecting Guntur to the neighbouring areas.
Last Updated on : December 15, 2015
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