Surat used to be a large seaport and is now the commercial and economic centre in South Gujarat, which is famous for its diamonds and textile Industries and as a shopping centre for apparels and accessories.
Surat was selected in 2015 for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.
Surat was founded by a man called Gopi, who named the area Surajpur or Suryapur.
Surat won the Netexplo Smart Cities Award 2019 with UNESCO in the resilience category.
Built-in 1860, Surat railway station falls under the administrative control of Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. In early 2016, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation rated the facility the best large station in India based on cleanliness.
Surat is listed as Second cleanest city of India as of 21 August 2020 according to the Swachh Survekshan 2020 on Aug 20.
Surat will be the world’s fastest-growing city from 2019 to 2035, according to a study conducted by Economic Times.
Surat economy is ranked 9th in India. Surat GDP in 2020 will be around $57 billion estimated by The City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank on urban affairs.
Surat has been awarded the best city award in the year 2013 by Annual Survey Of Indian City System.