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Introduction - Ahmedabad is the largest city of the Gujarat, situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River. It is one of the largest urban agglomerations in India having population approximately 52 lakhs (5.2 million). The city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district and in the colloquial Gujarati, it is called Amdavad. From 1960 to 1970, Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujarat.
History - According to the Archaeological evidence, the area around the Ahmedabad was inhabited in the 11th century. After the rule of Solanky in Gujarat, in 1411 Muzaffarid dynasty established its empire. As per the legend, Sultan Ahmed Shah saw a hare chasing the dog on the banks of the Sabarmati River. After looking this act of bravery, he was impressed, decided to relocate the capital on the banks of Sabarmati River. This forest area near by Karnavati was christened as Ahmedabad. Until 1573, Ahmedabad was ruled by the Muzaffarid dynasty and after that, the Akbar, a Mughal Emperor, conquered it. In his reign, Ahmedabad had experienced immense growth in the sector of textiles. It was the provincial headquarter of the Mughals until 1758 and after that Marathas governed the city. In 1818, the British East India Company invaded the city and in 1824, a military cantonment was established. Besides this, in 1864, a railway link was also established between the Ahmedabad and the Mumbai (then Bombay) by the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI). During the Indian independence movement, the Mahatma Gandhi established two ashrams; one was Kochrab Ashram near Paldi in 1915 and the Satyagraha Ashram on the banks of the Sabarmati River in 1917. Theses ashrams played an important part in the movement of independence as, they both were the centers of nationalist activities. Following independence, Ahmedabad was marked by communal violence of Hindus and Muslims.
Contemporary Ahmedabad - In 1960, with the establishment of the Gujarat state, Ahmedabad became the political as well as its commercial capital. With rapid boom in the industrialization, the city has witnessed splendiferous growth in the construction sector. A great contribution of Ahmedabad in the domain of construction is Dr. Balkrishna Doshi, a well-reputed architect. Due to such progress, Real Estate business has been growing in leaps and bounds in the Ahmedabad. Today, the city has become one of the major attractions for all looking for the industrial, commercial as well as residential premises. Ahmedabad city has been witnessing a series of infrastructural development and has already emerged as one of the most promising cities in the country in terms of economic prosperity in real estate sector. It is said that the city boasts of the credibility of a focused approach towards development from the Gujarat State Government. In January 2009, the government hosted Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit in Ahmedabad and in one go, it has signed over hundred leading national and international players for various projects to be developed across the state. Thus, considering the huge potential the city has to offer, retailers and real estate developers consider Ahmedabad as one of the prospective locations for strategic expansion and keep it on the radar next to metros like Delhi and Mumbai.