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GORAKHPUR: Gorakhpur follows the suit of IT

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Gorakhpur, more popular as the hub of eastern UP, owes its name and fame to the renowned, ascetic 'Gorakshnath', an eminent profounder saint of 'Nath Sampradaya'. His samadhi at Gorakhpur attracts a large number of pilgrims every year. A famous shrine 'Gorakhnath' was built in his honor on the same spot where he practiced austerities.

It is bounded by districts Mahrajganj in the north, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh and Mau in the south, Kushinagar and Deoria in the east and Sant Kabirnagar in the west situated on the basin of rivers Rapti and Rohini the geographical shape of the Gorakhpur City is of bowl. 

The west of the city is guarded by cool Rapti river while the east is associated with excel Sal forest, giving the divine sense of peace with cool breeze every moment. The south is showered with the power of excellence, in shape of greenish Ramgarh Tal and north is the plinth of city's advancement. The ancient Gorakhpur, in addition to modern, comprised the districts of Basti, Deoria, Azamgarh and parts of Nepal tarai. These region, which may be called as Gorakhpur Janpad, had been an important center of Aryan culture and civilization. 

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Gorakhpur was a part of the famous kingdom of Koshal, one of sixteen mahajanpadas in the sixth century BC. It remained an integral part of the erstwhile empires of Maurya, Shunga, Kushana, Gupta and Harsha dynasties.

In medieval period, when the entire northern India lay prostrate before the Muslim ruler, Mohammad Ghori, the Gorakhpur region was not left out. For a longer period it remained under the sway of the Muslim rulers, from Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak to Bahadur Shah. Tradition has it that Ala-ud-din Khilji (1296-1316) ordered the conversion of old shrine of Goraksha (a popular deity) of Gorakhpur into a mosque. However, on Akbar's reorganization of the empire, Gorakhpur gave its name to one of the five Sirkars comprising the province of

Avadh.

The transfer of this region marked Modern period by the Nawab of Avadh to the East India Company in 1801. With this cession, Gorakhpur was raised to the status of a district. In 1829, Gorakhpur was made the headquarters of a division of the same name, comprising the districts of Gorakhpur, Ghazipur and Azamgarh. The new district Basti was carved out from Gorakhpur. The latter was further split up in 1946 to form new district Deoria. The third division of Gorakhpur led to the creation of district Mahrajganj in 1989.

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The communication infrastructure of the district consists of well-served road and rail links. Livestock plays a better role along with agriculture. A big fertilizer unit named Gorakhpur fertilizer is running in the district and producing a good quality of chemical fertilizer, which has an impact on agricultural development. Besides it, Gorakhpur enjoys an Industrial Estate also.

Small-scale industries also play vital role in the economy of a district and handloom is one of the important among them.

To relate the tale of this city is to say that Gorakhpur is not a city as yet from the point of view of all such aspects as morphology and economy. The urban design is fast emerging and the rural form has still not disappeared. Its passage through the ages has been remarkable in the sense that their various influences still survive and the periodical changes have proved to be too meager to transform its spatial expansion. If we look into the pages of its history, we are likely to be surprised to know its various nomenclatures and their diverse addinities. From Ramgarh to Gorakhpur, from Gorakhpur to Muazzamabad and finally from Muazzamabad to Gorakhpur is an interesting line of its evolution. It has in its evolutionary repertory, the sacred tales of avatars, the legends and mythologies, the historical feats of military heroes, the exploits of self-styled rulers and the brief biographies of empires. They are immanent in the romance of its evolution and yet the city seems to be fast transcending them together.

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Gorakhpur has its own cultural and historical importance. It is here that the founder of Buddhism, the Great Lord Buddha, renounced his princely costumes at the confluence of rivers Rapti and Rohini and proceeded further in the quest of truth in 600 BC. 

Gorakhpur is equally associated with Lord Mahavir, the 24th tirthankar, and the founder of Jainism. 

Electronics and IT sector is the fastest growing sector of the Indian Industry. Uttar Pradesh is ideally positioned to take the lead in India's emergence as a Software Super Power. It is already the second largest producer and exporter of Software in India after Karnataka. The State has developed excellent infrastructure for the proper growth of IT Industries in the State.

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While Uttar Pradesh is poised to consolidate its position as the leader in the field of Software, it offers unlimited opportunities in the area of IT enabled services. Knowledge has been a tradition in UP. The State also an excellent network of schools and colleges, which produce brilliant young students, in numbers, larger than entire population of many States of India. And Gorakhpur is no exception to this.

In order to develop a model for Municipal Geographic Information System (GIS) in Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur was taken as a model city. The first use of the new Gorakhpur Geographic Information System was to facilitate the municipal property assessment. Gorakhpur strives for E-Governance through GIS that will increase transparency and accountability and reduce complacency in the system.

When the Gorakhpur GIS came into being, the only other much talked about GIS for a city was that of Mirzapur. The Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is financially stable, unlike most Urban Local Bodies in India. Thus the fact that a Municipal GIS is self-generating, and the adulation that the Mirzapur GIS had received, acted in its favor and the pilot phase of the Gorakhpur GIS was underway. 

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In order to further augment the coffers of the GMC, Planning and Research in Sustainable Management (PRISM) developed a successful intervention package that included immediate property identification and reassessment. The primary program objective was the proper enumeration and mapping of all properties, using GIS as a tool. The Municipal Corporation employees had already computerized the billing system, as stated earlier. This system, which had been created in FoxPro, was adapted into the project for faster execution and easy understanding of the GMC employees.

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Aarya Distributors


Dharamshala Computer Sales & Service Bazar


Gorakhpur


Tel: 0551-344175


ABC Computers & Communication


Shop # 1, Health Officer Building


Behind Petrol Pump Town Hall, Gorakhpur


Tel: 339376


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ACE Computers


Phase II, Shahi Market


Cinema Road, Gorakhpur


Tel: 343229


Computer Zone


14, Pushpanali Complex


Shahi Market Cinema Road, Gorakhpur

Cyber Computers & Communication


10, Pushpanjali Complex


Shahi Market Cinema Road, Gorakhpur


Tel: 340505


Digitech Services


Opp. Indrolok Cinema


Cinema Road, Gorakhpur


Tel: 335558, 332114


IDM Infotech Pvt. Ltd.


"Ambuj" Behind Cantt Police Station


Gorakhpur


Tel: 338840


Jalan Distributors


2, Health Officer Building


First Floor, Townhall, Gorakhpur


Tel: 0551-344253/336152


M.M. Vyapar Limited


Golghar


Gorakhpur


Tel: 333598, 337898


N.M. Enterprises


Jalkal Building, Golghar


Gorakhpur


Tel: 0551-337021


Nucleus Computer Services


Rajendra Motor Market, Behind Mecedos Restaurant


Golghar, Gorakhpur


Tel: 335645, 334328


P.B. Intemationallst


Floor, Phase II, Shami Market


Cinema Road, Golghar, Gorakhpur


Tel: 335805


Rashi Peripherals Pvt. Ltd.


10, Parklane


Civil Lines, Gorakhpur


Tel: 334981


Shahi Building


First Floor, Cinema Road


Gorakhpur


Tel: 0551-340672


Simcom Computers


Second Floor, Walia Complex


Cinema Road, Golghar, Gorakhpur


Tel: 346331


Solutions


First Floor, Phase II


Shahi Market, Gorakhpur


Tel: 313905


Tayal Computer & Service


9th Pushpanjali Complex, Shahi Market


Golghar, Gorakhpur


Tel: 335805, 349326


Xsell Computers


First Floor, Jubilee Complex


Near Jubilee Cinema, Gorakhpur


Tel: 344858


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