Naliya

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Naliya
નળીયા
Nalia
town
Naliya is located in Gujarat
Naliya
Naliya
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 23°15′40″N 068°49′36″E / 23.26111°N 68.82667°E / 23.26111; 68.82667Coordinates: 23°15′40″N 068°49′36″E / 23.26111°N 68.82667°E / 23.26111; 68.82667
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kutch
Taluka Abdasa
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,968
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Kachchh
Vidhan Sabha constituency Abdasa[1]

Naliya is a town, which is also the taluka headquarters of Abdasa Taluka of Kutch District, Gujarat, India. It is located on the western end of Kutch 19 km by road from ancient port of Jakhau.

Naliya is centuries old town, which boasts of Jain temples built several centuries ago.[2][3] It is a famous Jain pilgrimage center and one the famous five Jain temples of Abdasa ni Panchtirthi (meaning five-temples of Abdasa) is in the town. Other Jain temples are in nearby places in Abdasa Taluka. The main architects of these centuries old beautiful Jain temples were Mistris of Kutch.[4][5]

Naliya is also famous for Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary also known as Lala–Parjan Sanctuary, which is located nearby the town. With an area of about only 2 square kilometers, it is the smallest sanctuary in the country. There are approximately 30 Great Indian Bustards here, second only to Desert National Park, Rajasthan.[6][7]

Naliya also has an Indian Air Force station, which was built here in view of the town's proximity to Pakistan.[8] Nos 45 and 101 Squadrons IAF fly Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s from the base.[9]

Transport[edit]

Naliya is on National Highway 8A.

Although, the town had a railway line laid in 1980 to get connected town with Bhuj. The line was abandoned later since Gandhidham-Bhuj section got converted to Broadguage & this 101.24km line become isolated. So this line is not getting used for public, military or freight purpose. Recently gauge conversion to broad gauge has been approved by Government of India.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2001 census, the village of Mothala had 8,968 inhabitants, with 4,626 males (51.6%) and 4,342 females (48.4%), for a gender ratio of 939 females per thousand males.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assembly Constituencies-Post delimitation, State: Gujarat, District: Ahmadabad". National Information Centre, Government of India. 
  2. ^ Shri Naliya Tirth
  3. ^ Naliya
  4. ^ Shree Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Samaj : A brief History & Glory of our fore-fathers : by Raja Pawan Jethwa. (2007) Calcutta.
  5. ^ Nanji Bapa ni Nondh-pothi published in Gujarati in year 1999 from Vadodara. It is a diary of Railway Contracts done by KGK community noted by Nanji Govindji Tank. This book was given Aank Sidhhi award by Kutch Shakti at Mumbai in year 2000.(They book has year wise details of Railway lines built by Mistris of Kutch. The book also has a section with photos on Historical Monuments & Architects built by Mistris of Kutch.
  6. ^ Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Naliya, Kachchh
  7. ^ Naliya Birds
  8. ^ Air Force Station,Naliya (kutch),Kutch-370 655
  9. ^ Scramble.nl, Indian Air Force Order of Battle, accessed October 2011
  10. ^ "Census 2001 Population Finder: Gujarat: Kachchh: Abdasa: Naliya". Office of The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013.