Maharashtra is India’s third largest state, its financial capital and the most important industrial region. It stretches over 307,713 square kms and is bordered by Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa that are all industrially progressive states. Maharashtra also has extremely picturesque countryside with the Western ghats running alongside the Arabian Sea (average elevation 4,000 ft). The major rivers of the state are Godavari, Krishna and Narmada. To their west are the Konkan coastal plains and to the east is the Deccan Plateau. Maharashtra’s capital city is Mumbai.

The state was best positioned to take advantage of the liberalized Indian policies in 1991, and attracted around 15,408 proposals between August 1991 and August 2009 with a promised investment of $117.8 billion in all state-of-the-art industries. The state has made serious commitments to developing infrastructure to make even its remotest regions accessible and to ensure balanced regional growth.