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Vadodara (Baroda) Shipbuilding Centre

Vadodara (also called Baroda) is a city of east-central Gujarat state, west-central India. There are several shipyards present in Gujarat such as ABG Shipyard, Alcock Ashdown and the Vipul Shipyard. The infrastructure available for development of the shipbuilding industry includes: Availability of raw materials such as ship building plates and engines, Stillness of water and deep draft, Proximity to ancillary industries, Sufficient anchorage space, Gujarat has nine shipbuilding yards in operation, three under the process of approval and Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has envisaged for thirteen more notable shipbuilding projects, GMB is promoting the strategy of cluster form of Shipyards development known as Marine Shipbuilding Parks (MSP).

India decided to construct at least four nuclear-powered Arihant-class submarines. Three submarines of this class are under construction (possibly dubbed S-2, S-3 and S-4), as of January 2012. One submarine was constructed at Visakhapatnam and two at Vadodara (on India's west coast, north of Mumbai). India plans to built six of these submarines in long term. The first four vessels were all expected to be in commission by 2023.

Vadodara is the industrial capital of Gujarat. Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de-facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Archaeological findings indicate that human habitations existed here since prehistoric times. Vadodara passed through the hands of, the Guptas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakudas, Solankis, the Sultans of Delhi and the Mughals before passing on to the Marathas. It owes its present day grandeur to Maharaja Sayajirao, a great patron of art, architecture and music.

Gujarat is located on the Western coast of India and has the longest coastline of 1,600 km in the country. The state shares its border with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The Arabian Sea borders the state both to the West and the South-West. Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar are some of the key cities of the state.

Gujarat contributes nearly 17% to the industrial output of India country. There are 12 major industry groups that together account for around 86% of total factories, 96% of total fixed capital investment, 94 % of the value of output and 95% of value-addition in the states industrial products. Gujarat contributes 16.91% to the industrial output of the country. There are 12 major industry groups that together account for around 86% of total factories, 96% of total fixed capital investment, 94 % of the value of output and 95% of value-addition in the states industrial products.



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