Longest road, rail and river network in India

Uttar Pradesh is the fourth largest state in India and has the largest population. The state's population of 200 mn is equivalent to the population of Brazil.

The state falls under the influence area of key industrial corridors such as North-South and East-West (NS-EW) Corridor and several expressways and highways, conveniently connecting it with remote parts of the country. Twelve major rivers pass through the state including the Ganges, India's largest river.

Uttar Pradesh is a popular tourist destination due to the presence of Taj Mahal, Buddhist places of pilgrimage such as Sarnath and Kushinagar and prominent Hindu pilgrimage places such as Allahabad and Varanasi. The state was ranked second and third in terms of domestic and foreign tourist arrival, respectively, in 2017.

Uttar Pradesh has very fertile land and its economy is largely driven by agriculture. The key industries in the state include food processing, information technology (IT), tourism, mineral-based industries, auto components, textiles, handlooms and handicrafts, biotechnology, leather-based and sports goods industries. The state has an oil refinery in Mathura, operated by Indian Oil Corporation. High livestock population in the state makes it one of the leading producers of leather products.

Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest milk-producer, second largest producer of hydel power and third largest producer of thermal power. The state is also a leader in the production of multiple food and horticulture crops such as wheat, sugarcane, potato and mango, among others. Noida-Greater Noida region in the state is home to eight operational IT SEZs. The state saw over 143,000 MSMEs and heavy industrial units set-up their base during the 12th five-year plan. The state has the highest number of cities identified under the Smart Cities Mission of the Indian central government.


Largest producer of milk in India

Horticulture crops

Largest producer of horticulture crops - gooseberry, guava, mango, peas, potato


2nd largest producer of leather products in India


Uttar Pradesh is home to a large pool of suppliers, majorly located in Noida and Ghaziabad. In 2016-17, car and two-wheeler sales in the state reached 2.6 mn units and 21.1 mn units, respectively.

In July 2016, Ford India announced its plans to expand retail distribution of Ford genuine parts in Uttar Pradesh.

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The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is the biotech capital of the state and has the presence of over 3,000 highly qualified scientists working in drug research labs.

The state government aims to reduce the gap between potential and actual yields through the application of biotechnology.

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Food Processing

Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of food grains in India and accounted for about 18% of the country’s total food grain output in 2015-16.

With 9 agro-climatic zones, the state is a leader in the production of wheat and sugarcane. The state produced 134 mn tonnes of sugar in 2015-16. Also a leader in milk production, the state accounts for 21% of the country's total production.

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Uttar Pradesh has about 25 SEZs for IT and ITeS and over 40 IT and ITeS parks. Noida has emerged as one of the key IT clusters of the country.

The state also has the presence of an IT City in Lucknow and IT parks in Agra, Meerut, Gorakhpur and Kanpur. The state is the fourth largest exporter of software; exporting services worth $ 4 bn in 2014-15. 

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Uttar Pradesh is the 2nd largest producer of leather goods and contributes about 25% to the total production of leather and leather products in India.

Items of major exports are finished leather, leather footwear, saddlery and harness items. Kanpur and Agra districts are respectively the major saddlery and leather shoe manufacturing hubs in India. The state is also the largest exporter of saddlery goods in India.

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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Uttar Pradesh contributes about 6% to India’s total production of chemicals.

Chemical manufacturers like Tata Chemicals, Kanoria Chemicals and Jubilant Life Sciences have their presence in the state. There is a huge availability of raw materials for the production of fertilizers in Bundelkhand area and rock phosphate in Lalitpur. The state is also the leading state in the production of alcohol (from molasses) and of molasses with a share of 29.4% and 26.8%, respectively.

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Uttar Pradesh ranks 9th in the production of cement in India.

The state is home to over 12 large cement plants with a cumulative capacity of over 7.2 mn tonnes. The production of limestone in the state stood at 3 mn tonnes in 2014-15.

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Uttar Pradesh ranks 3rd in total tourist arrivals in India. The state was ranked 2nd and 3rd in terms of domestic and foreign tourist arrival, respectively, in 2017.

The state is home to the first of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. It is also a popular tourist destination due to the presence of Buddhist places of pilgrimage such as Sarnath and Kushinagar and prominent Hindu pilgrimage places such as Allahabad and Varanasi. In 2017, around 3.6 mn foreign tourists and around 234 mn domestic tourists visited the state.

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About 63% of Uttar Pradesh's population is in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in India, is home to 16% of the country's total population.

Upcoming Projects

Upcoming projects:

  • Shaktiman Mega Food Park, in over 30 ha, in Jagdishpur    
  • Integrated Industrial Township (IIT) in Greater Noida, spread across 303 ha
  • 3 Integrated Manufacturing Clusters (IMC) of about 1,010 ha each are proposed at Kanpur, Allahabad and Aligarh-Agra
  • Smart Cities Mission, for which Aligarh, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Bareilly, Moradabad and Saharanpur are the cities identified in Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) passes through Uttar Pradesh, with the presence of two industrial nodes at Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region (DNGIR) and Meerut-Muzaffarnagar Industrial Area (MMIA)   
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    Film Policy of Uttar Pradesh 2018 (Hind…

    To promote tourism and employment in the state through filmm…

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    UP Defence & Aerospace Manufacturin…

    To promote defence and aviation manufacturing, and build a c…

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    Tourism Policy of Uttar Pradesh - 2018

    To achieve growth of Brand Uttar Pradesh, and establish part…

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    UP Biotech Policy 2014

    To develop knowledge based economy in biotechnology and prom…

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    UP Civil Aviation Promotion Policy 2017

    To provide adequate incentives for the development of robust…

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    UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2017

    To provide Single window assistance for successful establish…

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    UP Food Processing Industrial Policy 201…

    To promote setting up of food processing industries while en…

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    UP Industrial Investment & Employmen…

     To leverage the inherent strengths of the state while devel…

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    UP IT & Startup Policy 2017-22

    To create a conducive environment for the growth of investor…

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    UP Pharmaceutical Industry Policy, 2018

    To expedite industrialisation in the State and boost investm…

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    UP Solar Energy Policy 2017

    To encourage participation of private sector and provide inv…

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    UP Sugar Industry, Cogeneration & Di…

    Aims at establishing new sugar mills and setting up of co-ge…

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    UP Textile Policy 2014

    To attract investments in Uttar Pradesh's textile sector.

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    Uttar Pradesh Bio Energy Policy 2018

    To define the Bio - Energy Enterprises promotion program.

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    Uttar Pradesh Dairy Policy-2018 (Hindi)

    To boost production of processed milk and milk products, and…

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    Warehousing and Logistics Policy of UP 2…

    To strengthen the logistics sector, promote investments and …

Investible Projects

Investment Opportunities in Uttar Pradesh

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  • Opportunity

    $9.6 bn

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  • Govt. Projects



$1.7 bn

Coal Based Power Project [Karchana]

State (s) Uttar Pradesh

$780.3 mn

Solar Power Project [Bundelkhand & Purvanchal]

State (s) Uttar Pradesh

$624.2 mn

Integrated Manufacturing Cluster Project [Bhaupur]

State (s) Uttar Pradesh

$468.2 mn

MRO Complex Project [Jewar Airport]

State (s) Uttar Pradesh

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