|Area in Northwest Ahmedabad|
Motera at dusk, as seen southward in 2013
|Named for||Motera village|
|• Type||Civic authority|
|• Body||Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation|
|• Official||Gujarati, Hindi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||GJ 01|
Known as the luxury hub for the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Motera is a suburban neighbourhood in the area of Sabarmati near Chandkheda in the North-West region of the metropolitan city of Ahmedabad in India. It lies west to Sabarmati River. It falls under the West Zone of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and under the Gandhinagar South constituency of Gujarat Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) and under the Gandhinagar constituency of the Lok Sabha. The chief attraction in Motera is the Sardar Patel Stadium. This stadium is the venue for the international cricket matches held in Ahmedabad.
It was earlier a part of the Gandhinagar district. January 2008 onwards, it is in the limits of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in the Daskroi Taluka. It is included in the West Zone as per AMC, though it is the northern most and the closest to the twin city and the capital of the Gujarat state, Gandhinagar.
As of 2001[update] India census, Motera had a population of 21,150. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Motera has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 67%. In Motera, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Famous Vishvakarma Temple is situated in Motera.
Rapid development and increasing importance
Motera has gained considerable importance in recent years in the property sector of Ahmedabad. The location of Motera is very favourable as it doesn't face traffic woes being on the periphery of Ahmedabad. Also, it is connected with the 6-lane Visat - Gandhinagar Highway, starting from Visat and ending at Infocity, Gandhinagar. The prestigious Knowledge Corridor is located off the Visat - Gandhinagar Highway, a few km ahead of Koba Circle on the way to Gandhinagar. The Corridor comprises Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Institute of Seismic Research (ISR), Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) and Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI). The SP Ring Road encircling Ahmedabad is easily accessible via Tapovan Circle.
Also the Ahmedabad Airport is located in Hansol which is on the opposite bank of Sabarmati River to that of Motera. Unfortunately, there's no direct bridge to Hansol. However the Phase-I Extension of Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro has a direct link over Sabarmati from Hansol to Motera leading to the airport. Motera can also be accessed through SP Ring Road either through Tapovan Circle or Koteshwar - Bhat Road and then through the Indira Bridge.
With the advantages of the international cricket stadium known as Motera Stadium, connectivity to the famous city bus service of BRTS (apart from the old AMTS bus service), a proposed strategic metrorail station for Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro, IIT Gandhinagar and the buzzing commercial complexes and multiplexes around Visat area with national and international retail/food chains like Dominos, Cafe Coffee Day, Subway, U. S. Pizza, Mirch Masala, TGB Bakery, Gwalia Sweets, Puma, Woodland; Motera has now turned into the luxury hub of twin cities - Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Most of these outlets are located in the area sandwiched between Gandhinagar-Visat highway and Motera stadium road. This area which is known as V.K. Nagar (Vishwakarma Nagar) has excellent housing schemes, meticulously planned wide roads, lake, famous shopping malls like Sangath Mall 1 & 2, 4D Mall etc., meeting both luxury and essential amenities. Rapid development has already brought this area into the forefront giving it a status similar to Vastrapur and Prahladnagar, focal points of high end living in Ahmedabad.
With the influx of highly educated and skilled employees from all over India mainly working with ONGC, IOC and IFFCO, Motera and its surrounding areas now taken a cosmopolitan outlook fostering India’s diverse culture. A social life amid diverse culture and religion gives the children of this area a complete and all inclusive outlook about the world, similar to something they would have experienced in cities like Mumbai or New Delhi. This atmosphere is very crucial especially when many part of Ahmedabad started showing signals of ghettoism, a threat to India as a country with people from diverse cast, creed and background.
By train (Indian Railways)
Apart from main Ahmedabad Railway Station (ADI) located in Kalupur area, one can use Sabarmati Railway Station (SBI, Northern India trains) located in Sabarmati area adjacent to Motera, and Sabarmati Railway Station (SBT, Central India trains) located in Ranip area, a little far from Motera, but closer than the main station.
By state bus (GSRTC)
The state-owned bus facility, Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, connecting various cities, towns and villages of Gujarat, runs buses to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad and vice versa. These buses have official stops at Sabarmati Tollnaka on Visat - RTO Road and Vishwakarma Govt Engg College on Visat - Gandhinagar Highway.
By city bus (AMTS)
The oldest city bus service by Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS), serves Motera through stops of Motera Gaam, Sahjanand Park, Indiranagar, Gandhivaas on the Motera Stadium Road and Vishwakarma Mandir, Visat, etc. on the Visat - Gandhinagar Highway.
By city bus (BRTS)
The brand new and fast city bus service is the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) by Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL). It hasn't yet penetrated inside Motera, but the stations of Visat Gandhinagar Junction, Motera Cross Roads, Sabarmati Police Station, Sabarmati Municipal Swimming Pool, Rathi Apartment (ALL are on the main Visat - RTO Road i.e., separating Sabarmati and Motera) belong to Line 8 towards Maninagar with RTO Circle and Bhavsar Hostel (only few stations ahead) as the junction for transfer to other lines.
By auto rickshaws
Private and sharing-based 'shuttle' auto rickshaws are always available, but they are less comfortable.
By MEGA metro rail (subway)
The Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro is yet in planning stage and the construction of Phase-I will be over by late 2018. But it is notable that Motera will be a metro rail interchange hub. 'Motera Stadium' station will be the northern-end terminus on the North-South line of Phase-I which will consist of important stations like Sabarmati Railway Station, AEC, Vadaj, Income Tax, Paldi, Vasna, etc. This line will intersect the West-East line of Phase-I itself consisting of stations like Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gujarat University, Navrangpura Stadium, Relief Road, Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central), Vastral, etc. The extension of Phase-I will see connecting 'Motera Stadium' to 'SVP Airport' via 'Koteshwar' or 'Hansol' over the Sabarmati River. Also, Phase-II will see extending MEGA services to the twin city of Ahmedabad and the capital of the Gujarat state i.e. Gandhinagar. This will be extended from 'Motera Stadium' onwards. Thus Motera will have excellent metro rail connectivity and thus has become one of the most sought localities in Ahmedabad.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.