Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is the administrative headquarters of Ahmedabad district and is the judicial capital of Gujarat as the Gujarat High Court is located here. With a population of more than 5.8 million and an extended population of 6.3 million, it is the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India. It is also ranked third in Forbes’ list of fastest growing cities of the decade.
Ahmedabad is one of six operating divisions within the Western Railway zone. Railway lines connect the city to towns in Gujarat and major Indian cities. Ahmedabad railway station, locally known as Kalupur station is the city’s main terminus.
The National Highway 8C links Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar. It is connected to Vadodara through National Expressway 1, a 94 km long expressway with only two exits. This expressway is part of the Golden Quadrilateral project.
Ahmedabad has a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), maintained by the Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL). Ahmedabad BRTS was given the Sustainable Transport Award in 2010 by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy for reducing carbon emissions and improving residents’ access.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, 15 km from the city centre, provides both domestic and international flights. It is the busiest airport in Gujarat, and the eighth busiest in India with an average of 250 aircraft movements a day.