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Meghalaya: Receives highest amount of rainfall in India- 12 m annually

Meghalaya, located in the Northeast India, shares its border with Assam and Bangladesh. Meghalaya is endowed with abundant natural resources in terms of flora, fauna, coal and limestone. The state provides excellent institutional support through various central and state government agencies viz., North East Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation. The state receives the highest rainfall in India and Cherrapunji is the wettest region in the world.

Key upcoming projects include:

  •  Proposed hydroelectric power projects with a total capacity of 687 MW 
  •  Smart Cities Mission, for which Shillong is the city identified in Meghalaya

Highlights

  • Producer of one of the finest varieties of turmeric, the Lakadong turmeric
  • One of the highest producers of strawberry in India
  • Shillong: 'Rock capital of India' has received visits from world famous rock bands
  • GSDP (Current price)

    USD 4 bn (2015-16)

  • GSDP growth rate (YoY)

    11% (2015-16)

  • Per capita income

    USD 1,080 (2015-16)

  • Arable area for horticultural crops

    111.23 ('000 ha)

Demographics

About 55% of the population of Meghalaya lies in the working age group of 15-59 years.

The total population of Meghalaya is 2.9 mn, recording highest decadal population growth rate (27.95%).

  • 20%

    Urbanisation rate

  • 986

    females/ 1000 males

Skilled manpower
  • Central universities

    2

  • Private colleges

    57

  • Engineering colleges

    2

  • Polytechnic institutes

    3

Key Sectors

Meghalaya has an installed hydroelectric power capacity of 356.58 MW as of June 2016 and the total potential for hydropower is estimated to be around 3,000 mw.

81% of the state's population depends on Agriculture. Besides the major food crops of rice and maize, the state is also known for various horticulture crops and fruits. Meghalaya's turmeric, grown in Jaintia hills, is considered best in the world.

Endowed with rich natural resource base of coal, limestone, uranium and granite, the state offers immense investment opportunities in this sector.

Meghalaya is one of the most picturesque states in the country. The state is home to Nongkhnum Island, India's largest and Asia's second largest river island. There are two national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in Meghalaya. It offers many adventure tourism opportunities like mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking & trekking, water sports, etc.

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