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6 Outstanding Facts You Didn't Know About Gujarat!

Gujarat is a state in India that is well-known for its people, customs, food, dancing, and other things. However, there are several astounding facts that we are unaware of. Here are a few of them that will definitely leave you in an awestruck situation.

1. World's largest ship-breaking yard- Alang


The largest shipbreaking facility in the world, Alang in Gujarat, scraps hundreds of ships annually. Alang, which is situated on the West Coast of India's Gulf of Cambay.

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On February 13th, 1983, the MV KOTA TENJONG, the first ship, washed up near Alang. Since then, the yard has grown dramatically and has become one of the top ship-breaking yards worldwide. The 183 ship-breaking yards of the Alang complex, which spans 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) of coastline, have a combined capacity of 4.5 million Light Displacement Tonnage (LDT). Many employees are also employed as a result of this.


2. Globe's biggest private residence- Laxmi Vilas Palace


The Gaekwad family, a famous Maratha dynasty, who controlled the Baroda State, built the Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The palace's primary architect was designed by Major Charles Mant. Lakshmi Vilas Palace, constructed in 1890 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III for a price of £180,000 was designed in the Indo-Saracenic Revival style.

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It is said to have been four times the size of Buckingham Palace and the biggest private residence ever constructed at the period. It is located on vast grounds with a park-like atmosphere and a golf course.


3. India's first cashless village- Akodara


Akodara, which was designated as India's first digital village, is located in the Sabarkatha district. In 2015, ICICI Bank made the village a part of its digital village initiative and used technology to make it cashless.


Even the simplest transactions, like purchasing milk, are now done electronically. Contrary to many Indian villages, this one has over 220 families with access to e-banking services, and because their phones are connected to their accounts as well, transactions happen more quickly than before.


4. World's largest oil refinery- Jamnagar Refinery Complex


The world's largest oil refinery and de facto petroleum center is the Jamnagar Refinery Complex, which is situated in the Jamnagar Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Reliance Industries Limited is the owner. One-third of India's total oil consumption and 1.6% of the world's capacity are produced in the Jamnagar Complex.

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The refinery's installed capacity was 668,000 barrels per day (106,200 m3/d) when it was first put into service on July 14, 1999. Currently, it generates 1,240,000 barrels per day (197,000 m3/d) at its installed capacity.


5. India's first solar-powered village- Modhera


Gujarat's village of Modhera is now the country's first solar-powered community. Solar and rooftop panels have been installed on over 30 acres of Modhera, producing more kilowatts of electricity than the village's inhabitants consume daily. At a cost of $9.7 million, the solar installation has given Modhera's people an excess of sustainable energy. The well-known Sun Temple in Modhera has a 3D light display and is entirely solar-powered, also offers an electric car charging station in its parking lot.

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6. World's largest stadium- Narendra Modi Stadium


With a capacity of 132,000, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, is the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium's grounds include a 55-room clubhouse, an Olympic-size pool, a gym, a steam room, and a sauna, making it a cutting-edge facility.

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The Motera stadium was constructed with the intention of being the largest cricket stadium in the world, and it took four years to rebuild it to its current capacity.


Other than this Gujarat is also the leading state in mango plantation, milk production, and cotton production. Until next time, stay tuned to know more about such amazing facts.


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