New Delhi: The Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah has congratulated countrymen on the inclusion of India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad in the list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Places of 2022” by Time Magazine.
In a series of tweets, Shri Amit Shah said “Matter of immense pride for every Indian, especially the people of Gujarat that India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad has now been included in the list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Places of 2022″ by Time Magazine. Congratulations to everyone!”.
Shri Shah said that “Since 2001, Shri Narendra Modi visionary ideas laid the foundation for creating world-class infrastructure in Gujarat. Be it the Sabarmati Riverfront or the Science city in Ahmedabad, Shri Modi has always stressed on creating Next-Gen infrastructure and making India future ready.”
History of Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is the largest city of Gujarat. It is also the seventh largest urban agglomeration in India. Ahmedabad is a residence to a population of almost 74 lakh. The city is located o the banks of Sabarmati river. It served as the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970. The capital was later shifted to Gandhinagar.
Ahmedabad was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century. Some of the major campaigns that led to India’s independence like workers’ right, civil rights and political independence all brewed under the garb of civil disobedience movement. Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi established the Sabarmati Ashram on the bank of the Sabarmati river. He also recognized Ahmadabad as his ‘Karmabhoomi’.
The city was founded in 1411 to serve as the capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat, by its namesake, Sultan Ahmed Shah. Under British rule, a military Cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernized and expanded. It was part of the Bombay Presidency during the British rules in India.
Kankaria Lake, in the neighbourhood of Maninagar, is an artificial lake developed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the Sultan of Delhi, in 1451 A.D. The city is also called Karnavati, a name for an older town that existed in the walled area.