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Gandhinagar is the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat, and its population (2001) was 195,891.

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Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat and an important city of western India. Gandhinagar lies on the west bank of the Sabarmati River which is about 32 kilometers from Ahmedabad. The commercial and cultural city of Gandhinagar is a well planned city. planned by two Indian City Planners H.K.Mewada and Prakash M Apte. Gandhinagar in Gujarat is spread over 6000 acres of land and divided into 30 sectors. Each sector of the well designed and architecturally integrated city of Gandhinagar have their own shopping complexes, health centers, housing colonies and community center.

In 1960, the old BombayState was bifurcated into the present States of Maharashtra and Gujarat, It was then decided to build and entirely new capital for Gujarat. Gandhinagar, Gujarat’s new capital city, rises on the west bank of the Sabarmati river, about 13kms. north east of Ahmedabad, Despite pressures from the industrialists and Architects from Ahmedabad who wanted an American Architect Louis Kahn to be given the job of planning the new city, the government of Gujarat was very determined that the city should be planned by Indian Planners well versed in the history and heritage of town planning in Gujarat. The government therefore selected H.K.Mewada to design the city Mewada invited Prakash M Apte to be the Planner for the city who studied the local architecture, and "Pole" culture of Gujarat cities and tried to emulate the character in the planning of residential clusters in the various sectors of the city.

The commercial and cultural heart of Gujarat. Gandhinagar presents the spacious, well-organized look of an architecturally integrated city.Around the Central Government compels, stretch 30 sectors into which the city has been divided. Each sector has its own shopping and community center, primary school, health center, Government and private housing. Apart from which there is a generous provision for wide open green parks, extensive planting and a large recreational area along the river giving the city a lush green garden-city atmosphere.Gandhinagar, named after the father of the Nation is the new capital city, It is the second planned city in India after Chandigarh and presents a spacious, well-organized look of an architecturally integrated city.

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