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Motera is an area in the neighbourhood of Chandkheda in the North-West region of the metropolitan city of Ahmedabad in India. It lies west to Sabarmati River. 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.
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, Gandhivaas, Abu Coba Cross Roads on the Motera Stadium Road and Tapovan Circle, 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.
- "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.