About Ludhiana Punjab | Ludhiana's Brief Profile
|Ludhiana (Punjabi: ਲੁਧਿਆਣਾ) is a city and a municipal corporation in Ludhiana district in the Indian state of Punjab. It is the largest city in Punjab, with an estimated population of 1.4 million. The city stands on the Sutlej River's old bank, 13 km south of its present course.
Ludhiana is centrally located on the Grand Trunk Road from Delhi to Amritsar, and is connected to the Indian capital city of New Delhi by road and frequent train service.
It is a major industrial and educational center of northern India, and is the crossroads of many different cultures.
IndustryLudhiana is known as the "Manchester of Punjab" because it is the industrial hub of Punjab. There are 8 large integrated knitwear factories, roughly 6,000 small to medium sized knitwear factories, 10 big hosiery yarn mills and 150 small- to medium-sized worsted and woolen yarns. There are also firms manufacturing bicycles (Avon Bicycles, Hero Cycles Ltd, Eastman Industries Ltd), motorcycle parts, machine tools, sewing machines, generators, diesel engines, tires & tubes, and other consumer goods. The export market in Ludhiana is worth $40 million USD.
Ludhiana is also home of communication tycoon Sunil Mittal (CEO of Bharti Airtel).
Ludhiana is becoming a hub of auto parts manufacturing, with Bajaj sons and Emson Tool being two examples.
Ludhiana City is also famous for cast iron industries & for other foundry materials.
Students from and around Ludhiana City are also inclined towards pursuing there education abroad. VIEC operated by Girnar Group are examples of the firms dealing in the consultancy services.
AttractionsLudhiana has many attractions to visit. The most famous is the Nehru Rose Garden in Civil Lines, Rakh Bagh, Hardy's world, PAU artistic meuseum, Planetorium, Guru Nanak Stadium,Tiger Safari,Maharaja Raja Ranjeet Singh Port and many more.
MarketLudhiana is home to branches of various international franchises such as Nike, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Subway. Also, Ludhiana is notable for its numerous markets such as the Chaura Bazaar, Mall Road, Ghumar Mandi, Model Town Market, Kochhar Market, Sarabha Nagar Market, Gole Market (Jamalpur) Westend Mall and Ansal Plaza. Gaydi route connects Mall Road to Ghumar mandi, and is very famous for hawker food. Feroze Gandhi market is a big financial area, and has bank branches of the major international banks.
Ludhiana City CentreA new world-class 25-acre commercial center is under construction in the heart of Ludhiana. This will provide space for shopping, entertainment, business, hospitality amongst other amenities. About a dozen new shopping malls cum entertainment centers are under construction including MBD Mall Plaza and a Reliance venture on Ferozepur Road. With Ludhiana construction occurring all over, a modern financial centre is under plans, this means a city full of skyscrapers is also something the city will see in the near future. Another big project is penthouses in Ludhiana, construction has already started for these buildings.
The Next Level of Shopping ( state of Art Shopping Destinations / Destination Malls ) are now attracting the top most retailers of the country to this city. The Ludhiana City is also known as Merc Capital of India , as most of the Mercedes Cars are sold in this City .
The Bigger Shopping Malls under Construction / about to start are Aerens Festival City , Gold Souk , MBD , and biggest among all Supercenter .
EducationLudhiana is home to the largest agricultural university in Asia, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) . The College of Veterinary Sciences at PAU has recently been upgraded to the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU).
Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College & Ludhiana College of Engineering & technology are two main colleges offering quality education in the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, IT, electronics and production engineering.
Graduate and Post Graduation education colleges in Ludhiana consist of the S.C.D.Government Colleges for Boys & Government College for Women which has the distinction of being the oldest in the region. These institutes are spread in 70 acres and 45 acres of land respectively in the heart of the city. and Other well known colleges are the Khalsa College for Boys, Khalse College for Girls in Ghumar Mandi, Arya College, Kamla Lohtia, and Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management (the latter being the latest to be established in the city with great emphasis on quality education and having the best infrastructure).
Ludhiana also has one of the top law schools of the northern region, The University Institute of Laws, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana was established during the Academic Session 2003-04. Admission to LL.B. (Three Year Course) was started during 2003-2004 session and 5 years Integrated B.A.LL.B (Hons) course was started during 2006-2007 session. The Institute is situated on the campus of P.U. Extension Library, Ludhiana having its own building with spacious Class rooms, Faculty rooms, Administrative staff rooms, Director's Office, Computer Lab. and Library.
Ludhiana is also home to some of the region's best medical institutions like the Christian Medical College (CMC), Christian Dental College (CDC), Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Apollo Hospitals, and the BJS Institute of Dental Sciences.
Local private schools are considered the best in the State, with Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar being one of the oldest and most reputed schools in Punjab having the most experienced faculty responsible for producing some of the best academic and sports performers in the state. It also won the second price in the fuel cell competition held internationally at Honolulu. Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar topping the list of overall quality education centers with D.A.V Public School topping the list in academics.
BCM Senior Secondary School of Shastri Nagar provide the most well balanced and quality education with equal priorities to studies and extra Curricular activities.
G.S.S.Model.School,P.A.U campus is one of the best government schools of punjab. There are several other very good schools like U.S.P.C Jain Public School Chandigarh Road, Tagore Public School and St.Thomas School which is known for its quality education in the old city area and one of the top most school Ryan International School which have 50 branches in all over world
TransportationBus, car, and train are the main forms of transportation used to get in and out of Ludhiana.
Morning and evening fast trains (called shatabdis) connect Ludhiana to New Delhi and Amritsar.
The Government of Punjab has announced that they will be adding a light railway system that would connect Ludhiana with other major cities in Punjab.
An international airport has been in planning for years. Unfortunately, one legacy of the British Raj is that approvals for new airports are required to go through the Central Government in Delhi, which can take many years. There is a small airport at Sahnewal, about five miles southeast from the city center, and there have been commercial flights in the past from Delhi.
On April 10, 2007 the Airport Authority of India has publicly said  that plans for an international airport at Halwara are canceled, and a new location has been chosen at a small airport 5 miles outside the Ludhiana city centre. Sahnewal Airport will be the new site of the airport. The government is looking at purchasing another 500 acres of land to construct the new international airport. The runways at the airport will be extended to more than 7,000 feet, but it is said if the city wants big aircraft to land here, they will need to extend the runway to 10,000 feet.
Ludhiana's status as a large industrial hub is cited as a reason for another international airport in Punjab. An international airport may also benefit the neighbouring states and boost the Economy.