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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar
Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Ajitgarh, Punjab
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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Ajitgarh (formerly Mohali) is a town which is a commercial hub lying adjacent to the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, India. It was officially named after Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh as SAS Nagar ("City of Sahibzada Ajit Singh"). In 2012, the name was shortened to Ajitgarh ("Fort of Sahibzada Ajit Singh"). Ajitgarh, along with Chandigarh and Panchkula, forms a part of the Chandigarh Tricity. It was earlier a part of the Rupnagar District, and was carved out as a separate district in 2006.
There are various projects which are under construction and it is said that Ajitgarh will be the first smart city of Punjab.
- 1 Background
- 2 Climate
- 3 Demographics
- 4 City design
- 5 Transport
- 6 Sports
- 7 Corporate investment
- 8 District administration
- 9 Politics
- 10 Places of interest
- 11 Religious places
- 12 Education
- 13 Healthcare
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Ajitgarh was conceived after the trifurcation of Punjab and its capital Chandigarh becoming a Union Territory in late 1966. Today, Ajitgarh and Chandigarh are contiguous areas with only the boundary of Punjab and UT of Chandigarh dividing this area. The original plan of Ajitgarh is in fact a mere extension of the road and design system of Chandigarh without any unique planning. The development earlier was only up to Phase VII. The development of sectors and phases from Phase 8 onwards started in the late 1980s, and the city got its own bus stand in Phase 8 in the mid 1990s. The region has been targeted by an increasing number of outsourcing IT companies, who look to capitalize on the rich investment opportunities the city offers.
Ajitgarh has a sub-tropical continental monsoon climate characterized by a seasonal rhythm: hot summers, slightly cold winters, unreliable rainfall and great variation in temperature (−1 to 44 °C or 30 to 111 °F). In winter, frost sometimes occurs during December and January. The average annual rainfall is recorded at 617 millimetres (24.3 in). The city also receives occasional winter rains from the west.
- Summer: The temperature in summer may rise to a maximum of 47 °C (117 °F) @2014. Temperatures generally remain between 30 and 40 °C (86 and 104 °F).
- Autumn: In autumn, the temperature may rise to a maximum of 36 °C (97 °F). Temperatures usually remain between 16 and 27 °C (61 and 81 °F) in autumn. The minimum temperature is around 13 °C (55 °F).
- Winter: Average temperatures in winter (November to February) remain at (maximum) 7 to 15 °C (45 to 59 °F) and (minimum) 1 and 5 °C (34 and 41 °F).
- Spring: spring temperatures vary between (min) 16 and 25 °C (61 and 77 °F) (max).
As per provisional data of 2011 census Ajitgarh's urban agglomeration had a population of 176,152, out of which males were 92,407 and females were 83,745. The literacy rate was 93.04 per cent.
Following the success of Chandigarh's sector design, Ajitgarh was similarly planned into identical 800-by-1200 m sectors. Many have yet to be fully developed, as is the case of sector 62, which is earmarked for a future commercial City Centre. Its proximity to the PCA Stadium, as well as unrivaled transportation links to Chandigarh makes it a suitable choice. Ajitgarh has also been divided into phases.
The recent Master Plan of Ajitgarh has been extended up to 114 sectors. The iconic PUDA Bhawan official headquarters of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority , initiated by KBS Sidhu, an IAS officer, signifies the towering role of PUDA vis-a-vis Ajitgarh. Now, PUDA's functions of planning and urban development have been transferred to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). Earlier, the DC of Ajitgarh served as its Chief Administrator. Now a separate and full-time IAS officer has been appointed to the post.
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) provides bus connectivity with the rest of the Tricity. Auto-rickshaws ply throughout the city. SAS Nagar railway station has two platforms and connects the city with several important locations in the region such as Delhi, Ludhiana, Amritsar and even other parts of the country.
In 1990, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) unveiled a plan to build a state-of-the-art facility complete with a separate practise ground—to be built in a swampy area in the city. The PCA invested heavily in the ground, a swimming pool, health club, tennis court, library, restaurant, and bar and outdoor & indoor cricket practice nets were incorporated into the plans.
The construction of the stadium took around INR 25 crore and 3 years to complete. The stadium has an official capacity of 30000 spectators. The stadium was designed by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula and constructed by R.S. Construction Company, Chandigarh. The lights here are unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This is to avoid aircraft from the nearby airport colliding with the light pillars. The stream passing through the central part of Chandigarh, called N Choe, also passes alongside the stadium. PCA stadium is home of Kings XI Punjab (IPL Mohali franchisee). The current pitch curator for the PCA Stadium is Daljit Singh and the design consultant is Ar. Sufyan Ahmad.
While the village houses many state-local companies like PTL (Punjab Tractor Limited), ICI Paints, and the Godrej Group, its reputation as a home for large, multinational corporations is growing.
Infosys, the well-known Indian IT services major, has a development center in Ajitgarh. Global tech giants like Dell, Quark, and Philips have followed. Denver-based Quark, Inc. has created the $500M, 46-acre (190,000 m2) QuarkCity in Ajitgarh, complete with a residential complex comprising 30% of the 'city'; the shopping, entertainment, medical, and educational district consume another 10%. It is expected to generate 25,000 direct, and 100,000 indirect jobs.
QuarkCity is a 51-acre (210,000 m2), multi-use development city that includes a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). QuarkCity is located in the district, 265 km (165 mi) north of India’s capital city of New Delhi.
The Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, is the overall in-charge of the General Administration in the Districts of India. Currently Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu is serving as Deputy Commissioner.
Ajitgarh is a Municipal Corporation, with the elections for the General Body last in June–July 2013. Currently the Municipal Council is looking after the matters under the supervision of Current Administrator Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner (IAS). Ajitgarh is part of Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary Constituency, currently represented by Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP. Prior to 2012, Ajitgarh was part of the Kharar Assembly Constituency. In 2012 State Assembly Elections, New Assembly Constituency was carved out in the name of Mohali(as Ajitgarh was known during Assembly Elections 2012) and Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLA is representing it in State Assembly. Ajitgarh is also represented in Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) by Paramjit Kaur Landran and Hardeep Singh. The seat was reserved for women during 2011 SGPC Elections.
Places of interest
Places of tourist interest in and around this region include the following:
- North Country Mall, Kharar
- Main Market, Phase - 7, Ajitgarh
- Amb Sahib Gurdwara, Ajitgarh
- Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Ajitgarh
- Main Market, Phase - 3, Ajitgarh
- City Park, Sector 68, Ajitgarh
C&C Mohali Junction is an integrated Project: Mall with 10 Screen Multiplex, Corporate Offices, Hotel Hyatt Place & India’s 1st Air Conditioned Inter State Bus terminus all under 1 Roof .There will be automatic footfalls for the Mall as there would be 60,000 people per day from the ISBT alone besides the footfalls from Corporate offices, the Hotel and the Mall itself. Entertainment will be at its best with 10 Screen VIP Multiplex by Cinépolis & Play Areas. Also with Multi-Level Fully Automated Car Parking. The business Hotel will be The Hyatt Place with 150 Rooms, Roof top Swimming Pool, Spa and Restaurant.
This will be tallest Building in the Region with a Helipad, 100% Power Back-Up, Internet & Wi-Fi Facility.
Gurudwara Shri Amb Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Amb Sahib is situated in the city. Seventh Guru, Shri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji visited this place to fulfill the wish of his devotee. Bhai Kuram Ji of Lambia village, visited Amritsar Sahib to pay homage to Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Guru Arjan Dev Ji's darbar was going on everyone was paying gifts according to their status and capabilities. Sangat from Kabul gifted amb (Mango) to Guru Sahib, Bhai Kuram Singh felt bad on his part that he being from the land of amb could have also served Guru ji with amb, In the evening the darbar was closed and every body was given prasaad of amb, Bhai Sahib didn't eat amb. In the morning Bhai Sahib Presented the same amb to Guru Arjan Dev Ji.
Guru Ji called upon Bhai Sahib and asked that this amb was given to him in prasaad, then why did he had given back to him. Bhai Sahib politely said its true that i got this amb(Mango) as prasaad but i being from the land of mangos felt right to present it to you. Then Guru Sahib said that you can have this as prasaad, we have felt your feelings and we will have amb in our seventh life span. Seventh Guru Shri Harrai Sahib Ji came to this place from kurukshetra in mid December and asked Bhai Kuram Ji for amb, Bhai Sahib politely said to Guru Sahib that in this season there are no amb, so I am unable to present amb, but you are almighty you can do and get done what ever you want. Guru Sahib asked Bhai Sahib that trees are loaded with ambs. Bhai Sahib when looked up that the tree Guru Sahib was standing under was full of ambs, Bhai sahib laid down on the feets of Guru Shri Harrai Sahib Ji and served everyone with amb in dec month.
Gurudwara Singh Shaheedan - Sohana
This Gurdwara is situated in Village Sohana which is very close to the City. This Gurdwara is in the memory of martyrdom of Jathedar Baba Hanuman Singh and 500 Sikhs who won martyrdom at this place fighting against British forces during Anglo-Sikh Wars. Wooden shoes of martyrs have been preserved here. A Sarovar also exists inside Gurdwara Complex.
- Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, which is one of the most best site and the most visited site by the tourists in the city.
- Gurudwara Angitha Sahib, Phase - 8
- Gurudwara Puddha Sahib Gurudwara Puddha Sahib - Zirakpur
- Gurudwara Nabha Sahib - Zirakpur
- Chandigarh University, Gharuan
The Indian School of Business provides Post-Graduate programme (PGP) across two locations – Ajitgarh and Hyderabad. The city campus is spread across 70 acres, facilitating education to 200 students.
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER), Knowledge City
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
- Army Institute Of Law Sector 68, adjacent AWHO
- CMC (A TATA ENT.) Subsidiary Of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), at Phase 10 Ajitgarh
- IIPM, Mohali
- Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing, Chandigarh-Kharar Highway, Balongi, Ajitgarh (MSKCON)
- Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering & Technology, Tangori, Ajitgarh
- Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC),Landran
- Chandigarh College of Education (CCE), Landran
- CGC College of Engineering (CGCCOE), Landran
- Chandigarh College of Pharmacy (CCP), Landran
- Chandigarh College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (CCHM),Landran
- Chandigarh Business School(CBS),Landran
- Chandigarh College of Hospitality,(CCH),Landran
- Punjab college of Engineering & Technology 
- GGS College of Modern Technology, Kharar
- SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research (SASIITR)
- C-DAC, that is engaged in research on state-of-the-art topics including Telemedicine.
- The British School, Sector 70. Affiliated with University of Cambridge International Examination Centre and C.B.S.E., Delhi
- ISB, Sector-66, Mohali
The city has a number of specialty hospitals. Government dispensaries also are present in some sectors. Government Hospital Of Phase-6 is oldest Hospital of the city.
The city have many multi facility private hospitals like Max Super Speciality Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Silver Oak Hospital, Ivy Hospital, Indus Super Speciality Hospital, Cheema Medical Complex, Mukat Hospital and Heart institute, Cosmo Hospital, Amar Hospital, Grecian Super Speciality Hospital, Sohana Hospital, Ace Heart and Vascular Institute, SGHS Hospitals, ESI Hospital & Regional Spinal Injury Center (Sector 70)
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