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Gandhinagar stands in stark contrast to Ahmedabad with broad roads and abundant greenery. The capital city of Gandhinagar is located approximately 23km north Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat.A? Named after Mahatma Gandhi, it is Indias second planned city after Chandigarh.

Thirty sectors, into which the city has been evenly divided, spread around the central government complex. Each sector has its own shopping and community centre, primary school, health centre, government and private housing.

Housing

Gujarat Housing Board is responsible for carrying out housing projects in Gandhinagar.

The state government has recently given the go-ahead to four low-cost housing schemes under the Mukhyamantri Aavas Samruddhi Yojana for the lower income group (LIG), the middle income group (MIG) and the urban poor.

Families with an annual income of Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,50,000 will benefit under the LIG scheme.

These schemes are likely to boost the states real estate market for affordable houses.

Transport

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport located in Ahmedabad serves the metropolitan areas of two cities in the state of GujaratAhmedabad and Gandhinagar. It provides domestic flights connectivity to the metros and other major cities of India. It also offers international flight connectivity to major countries across the world.

Capital Railway station in Gandhinagar is a recent development by Capital Project Division and Gandhinagar Road and Building Department. Most trains running on the western zones pass through Gandhinagar.

Gandhinagar is well connected to the metropolitans of western India. Many trains with Mumbai as their destination pass through Gandhinagar or Ahmedabad, which facilitates an easy flow of tourists from all over the western India.

Gandhinagar is connected to Surat, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai through National Highway 8A. It is connected to Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, New Delhi and Chandigarh via National Highway 8C.

Gandhinagar is soon to get metro connectivity with neighbouring Ahmedabad city. The Design Advisory Committee of the Ahmedabad Metro project recently accepted the findings of a report that suggested broad gauge for the Rs 21,000-crore project that aims to connect the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

Core infrastructure works will begin in the fourth quarter of year the 2013 and Phase I is scheduled to be completed by August, 2017. The entire project including Phase II will be fully operational in March 2021.

Metro Expresslink for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) project will see implementation of latest technology, cutting edge civil infrastructure and futuristic control mechanism. It will be Indias first driverless metro system, resulting in low operations and maintenance costs, increased frequency and safety.

There is also a plan for Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) to connect Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.

Energy

The Government of Gujarat has launched the ambitious Gandhinagar Solar Rooftop Programme to encourage utilisation of green energy sources like solar energy and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by use of conventional sources. It also aims to increase public participation for generation and utilisation of clean and everlasting energy sources.

Azure Power is currently in the process of constructing a 2.5 MW rooftop solar project in Gandhinagar that will be connected to the state electricity grid.

The state government owned Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has set up a Thermal Power Station in Gandhinagar. The Power Station also has a colony wherein the employees of the power plant are given residences.

Gujarat International Finance-Tec City

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Newgen Holdings Private Limited for the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) project.

Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat has emerged as one of the fastest growing industrial regions in the country. In addition to the hub of one of the largest manufacturing bases in India, Gujarat also accounts for a large share of the investor and entrepreneurial population in the country. Keeping this in mind, the government of Gujarat envisioned GIFT as a mega project to make the capital of Gujarat one of the top industrial hubs of the country. Thus, a land of 550 acres in administrative capital of the state has been allotted for the development of a Central Finance and Business District (CFBD).

GIFT is designed as an environmentally friendly region that will have the lowest per capita energy consumption of any Indian metro. The project will have a green area covering 65% of the total land.

Tourism

Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar is one of the largest temples in Gujarat. The temple has pink stones with beautiful carvings and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. It also has laser-water show, a favourite among tourists.

The plan ahead

The Gujarat government is to spend Rs 75,000 crore on urban development over five years (2012-17), Chief Minister Narendra Modi recently said.

Gujarat is fast pacing towards urbanisation with over 42% of the population residing in urban areas, Modi said in an urban development-related seminar.

As per the census of 2011, Gujarats total population was around 6 crore. If we consider those living around the urban areas, then by rough estimate it seems nearly 50% of the population will change the face of urbanisation in days ahead, he added.

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