GORAKHPUR: Gorakhpur follows the suit of IT



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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Majoe resellers

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

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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