Guntur

Guntur

Guntur (pronunciationⓘ) is a city and the administrative headquarters of Guntur district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Guntur is a central part of the state and [3]: 9 city is spread across 198.7 km square and is the third-largest city in the state. It is situated 64 kilometres (40 mi) to the west of the Bay of Bengal, on the Eastern Coastal Plains. The city is the heartland of the state, located in the centre of Andhra Pradesh and making it a central part connecting different regions. It serves as a major hub for exports chilli, cotton and tobacco and has the largest chili market yard in Asia. It is a major transportation, education ,medical and commercial hub for the state.[4][5] Guntur City is a municipal corporation and also the headquarters of Guntur East and Guntur West mandals in Guntur revenue division.[6][7] The city region is a major part of Amaravati Metropolitan Region. As of 2011[update] census of India the city is the third most populous in the state with a population of 743,354.[3][8] It is classified as a Y-grade city as per the Seventh Central Pay Commission.[9] It is the 24th most densely populated city in the world and 11th in India.[10] Guntur is estimated to have current population of around 0.9 million.[11]