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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar
PCA International Cricket Stadium, Ajitgarh Punjab
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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Mohali or Ajitgarh is a city which is a commercial hub lying adjacent to the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, India. It is administrative headquarters of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar District. It is still known and popular, as Mohali among local people and other parts of 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.
- 1 Background
- 2 City Design
- 3 Climate
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Transport
- 6 Sports
- 7 Corporate investment
- 8 District administration
- 9 Politics
- 10 Places of interest
- 11 Education
- 12 Healthcare
- 13 Upcoming Projects
- 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.
Following the success of Chandigarh's sector design, Ajitgarh was similarly planned into identical 800-by-1200 m sectors. Today the city has 11 phases each of which is divided into identical sectors. In the beginning, the city was developed only up to Phase 7; later as the population began to grow more and more phases began to be developed and brought under the scope of Ajitgarh Municipal Corporation.
Some sectors share both with Chandigarh and Ajitgarh like 48, 51, 52, 54 and 56 onwards all fall in Ajitgarh Region. 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.
Presently, In GMADA master plan, the city is extended up to 127 Sectors which include nearby villages  like Thaska, Manana, Tapauli, Behlol, Sihanpur, Jandpur, Daun, Bar Majra, Balongi, Ballo Majra, Desumajra, Chajji Majra, Harlalpur, Jhungian, Chaparchiri, Santemajra, Kailon, Landran, Bhago Majra, RAipur Kalan, Bairampur, Manakmajra, Sukhgarh, Sambalki, Saneta, Bathlana, Pattlin, Kurari, Siaun , Kishanpura, Naraingarh, Matran, Bari, Dyalpur, Shafipur, Landiali, Jheureri, Kandala, Alipur etc.
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.
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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.
The main bus stand of city is located in Sector 62 (Phase 8), where many private bus operators provide services within different cities of state. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) provides bus connectivity with the rest of the Tricity. Auto-rickshaws ply throughout the city. A new Air Conditioned Inter State Bus terminus is under construction under name C&C Mohali Junction
Mohali Railway Station is present in Industrial Area, Phase 9 which 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.
Soon Mohali is going to get a new International airport, which is extension of Chandigarh Airport.
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.
There are 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. Global tech giants like 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. The civic administration in Mohali under Municipal Corporation(established 1984), a body of elected councilors and is headed by a Commissioner chosen from the elected members.
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 Prem Singh Chandumajra, 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:
Gurudwara Amb Sahib
Gurudwara Amb Sahib is a historical shrine situated in Sector 62, Mohali commemorates visit of 7th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Har Rai. The place also commemorates meeting of Guru Har Rai with his famous Sikh Bhai Kuram, a Labana trader. This shrine is managed by SGPC, Amritsar.
Gurudwara Mata Sundri
Gurdwara Mata Sunder Kaur is another historical Sikh Shrine situated in Sector 70, Mohali. It commemorates visit of Mata Sundri, along with Baba Deep Singh and Bhai Mani Singh. This shrine is managed by Buddha Dal.
Gurudwara Singh Shaheedan - Sohana
This shrine is situated in village Sohana, close to Sector 70 constructed in memory of martyrdom of Jathedar Baba Hanuman Singh, a Nihang Jathedar. He, along with 500 Sikhs attained martyrdom at this place in a battle against British forces during Anglo-Sikh Wars.
The Fateh Burj (English: The Victory Tower; Punjabi: ਫਤਿਹ ਬੁਰਜ) is the tallest victory tower in the city of Mohali, Punjab, India. The 328 ft tower is dedicated to establishment of the Sikh rule in India in 1711. It is also known as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial.
- Rose Garden, Phase 3B2
- Bougainvillea Garden, Phase 4
- Silvy Park, Phase 10
- Valley Park, Phase 8
- Musical Fountain Park, Sector 71
Markets and other places
- Main Market, Phase - 7, Ajitgarh
- Main Market, Phase - 3, Ajitgarh
- Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Ajitgarh
- International Hockey Stadium, Phase-9
- Gurudwara Angitha Sahib, Phase - 8
Other Nearby Places
- Sikh Ajaibghar, Sector 119, Village Balongi,Village Bar Majra
- North Country Mall, Kharar
- Gurudwara Nabha Sahib - Zirakpur
There are number of educational institutes including Schools, Colleges and Universities in Ajitgarh city and district. Following is list of some:
- Chandigarh University, Gharuan
- Indian School of Business(ISB), Sector 81: 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
- Anee's School, Sector-69, 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). Big pharmacy stores like City Medicos are situated near Fortis and Silver Oaks hospital where one can get all the medicines.
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.
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- International flights from Mohali airport soon: Retrieved from The Tribune: Jan 22 2015
- "the finest, most energy-efficient SEZ development in India". QuarkCity. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
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