02712 / Prefix 082 from Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad was entitled to be the capital of Gujarat state when the old
state of Bombay was split into Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, a new
capital was planned 32km north-east on the West Bank of the Sabarmati
River. Named Gandhinagar after Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat,
it is India's second planned city after Chandigarh and, like that city,
is laid out in numbered sectors and preplanned areas. Construction of
the city commenced in 1965 and the secretariat was moved there in 1970.
Gandhiji was born and brought up in Gujarat. There are many institutions
named and associated with the Mahatma. His statues have been erected all
over the town. A whole town has been named 'Gandhidham' near Kandala.
The Ellisbridge area of Ahmedabad has also been named 'Gandhigram' and
the new capital of state is also given the name 'Gandhinagar'.
was build under a planned scheme and it was to be made the centre for
administration, hence all the arrangements were planned accordingly. The
buildings, roads, gardens and other amenities were established, keeping
its utilities in view.
Maharashtra and Gujarat were parted in 1960 Ahmedabad was made a
temporary capital of the state. Hence it was decided to develop a whole
new town afresh, which would meet all priorities and parameters of a
capital. The foundations of the new capital near Ahmedabad were laid in
1964-65. The planning was based on Chandigarh blue prints, the first
ever-whole new town in post independence era, developed by French
architect La Corbusier.
30 sectors in the town. The secretariat, assembly, other government
offices and residential complexes were built. The roads are broad
enough. The electricity, water supply and other amenities have been
established. A special care has been taken to avoid pollution. There are
plenty of trees in the town. The parks of Gandhinagar have become
tourist attractions. It seems that a whole new town has all of a sudden
grown in agricultural fields.
the villages around Gandhinagar have been included in the district of
Gandhinagar. Adalaj near Gandhinagar is world-famous for its stepwell.
The architecture of the stepwell is extra-ordinary. The multistoried
stepwell has many underground rooms and each pillar is a piece of art.
tourist attractions are also there in and around Gandhinagar. The deer
sanctuary and serpent-house in Indroda, a nearby village is one of them.
The festival of 'Palli' in Roopal village during Navaratri festivals is
one more tourist attraction. Vasaniya Mahadeo at Vasan village is also
worth a visit.
has seen rapid growth and development in eighties. The administrative
centre is slowly turning into a trade centre and the efforts of
establishing Electronic industries near Gandhinagar will soon change the
face of the town. Private buildings, hotels and co-operative societies
have come up. It has enlarged its limits to a considerable extent in
recent years. Private institutions, service organisation, religious
centres and educational institutions have also come up during the last
There & Away
Buses from Ahmedabad cost Rs 5. They leave from Lal Darwaja, or from one
of the numerous stops along Ashram Rd.