Indore is the the most populous city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.It serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. Indore was described by the Economic Times as the commercial capital of the state. It is also considered as an education hub of the state and houses campuses of both, Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management.Located on the southern edge of Malwa Plateau, the city is located 190 km west of the state capital of Bhopal. With a census-estimated 2011 population of 2,170,295 (municipal corporation) and 3,254,238 (urban agglomeration), The Indore Metropolitan Area’s population is the state’s largest, with 3.2 million people living there. It is the 9th largest city in India and 76th largest city in the world.The city is distributed over a land area of just 530 square kilometres, Indore is the most densely populated major city in the central province. It comes under Tier 2 cities in India.
Indore traces its roots to its 16th century founding as a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. The city and its surroundings came under Maratha Empire on 18 May 1724 after Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I assumed the full control of Malwa. During the days of the British Raj, Indore State was a 19 Gun Salute (21 locally) princely state (a rare high rank) ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty, until they acceded to the Union of India.Indore served as the capital of the Madhya Bharat from 1950 until 1956.
Indore’s financial district, anchored by central Indore, functions as the financial capital of the Madhya Pradesh and is home to the Madhya Pradesh Stock Exchange, India’s third oldest stock exchange. Indore’s real estate market is among the most expensive and fastest growing in India .
Indore has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission, it is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology.It has also qualified the first round of Smart Cities Mission and has been selected as one of the first twenty cities to be developed as Smart Cities.