Located on the Nepal border, Gorakhpur is an important city of Uttar Pradesh. Named after renowned ascetic saint, Gorakshanath, the chief disciple of yogi Matsyendranath, the place is the administrative headquarter of Gorakhpur district and Gorakhpur division.
The city is home to many historic Buddhist sites, including the 18th century dargah Imambara, besides various temples like Gorakhnath Temple, famous for its month-long Makar Sankranti mela, Vishnu temple which pulls in number of pilgrims for its very famous Ramleela, or the enchanting Geeta Vatika popular for its Radha-Krishan statues.
The city also houses the very famous Geeta Press which has all 18 parts of Shree Madbhagwat Gita written on its marble-walls, besides various other wall-hangings and paintings revealing the events of life of Lord Rama and Krishna. All types of Hindu religious books and handloom-textiles are sold here on subsidised rates.
Blessed with umpteen gifts from the nature, like the Ramgarh Tal lake, Rapti and the Rohini rivers, this birthplace of king Chandra Gupta Maurya is also known for hathkargha (a type of hand operated loom) industry.
Throwing light on its IT market, the city has been doing average business in the last two months in the sector. The festive season and the launch of much-awaited Windows 8 pumped the business but not to the extent that was expected. "The business has improved from October but overall there has been a dip of 30% from the last year," said Abhishek Singh from Pearl Computers. Nitin Srivastava from ABN IT Store also has similar views. Dealers also hold financial crunch as one of the main reasons for the slowing market.
Partners have now pinned hopes on the coming times for a better scenario. However, there are few who see a bleak future of the IT industry. Srivastava said, " I don't see much respite in the future. I feel the companies or the vendors are only benefited in the business. Dealers are on the losing side since investment is very high for us as compared to the output. This is a major reason why many partners are switching business or are entering into the solutions segment."
The city also has an IT association with the name Gorakhpur Information Technology Welfare Association (GITWA). While some dealers say it is active to a great extent, some are of the view that the body has failed to solve many of their issues. "GITWA has not been very active. We have some problems with the vendors like the loyalty issue, where the companies are not loyal to their partners," highlighted Srivastava.
Notebooks of HP and tablets of HCL are currently the best selling IT product of the Gorakhpur market that runs with approximately 132 registered dealers.
Market Name: Gorakpur
Market Location: Uttar Pradesh
Surrounding Market: Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Agra
Computer Association: Gorakhpur Information Technology Welfare Association (GITWA)
Prominent Dealers: ABN IT Store, Pearl Computers, Jalan Distributors, KI solutions, Microdot Computers
Business Verticals: Education