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History of Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar got an identity of its own when the state of Mumbai was divided into two separate states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. After Independence, the territories in India were divided based on linguistic lines and former Bombay state was divided into two states, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

In the beginning, Ahmedabad - a commercial hub of Gujarat was chosen as the state capital and it was proposed that a new capital should be constructed along the line of other new state capitals, particularly Chandigarh. Therefore two well-known Indian architects, H.K. Mewada and Prakash M. Apte (who worked as beginner for the Chandigarh city) designed the new state capital. Named after Mahatma Gandhi the foundation stone of this city was laid on 1965 and in 1971 the capital was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar.

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