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Modinagar is in the district of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. It is administered by a municipality. Gujarmal Modi founded this city in the year 1933. Gujarmal Modi and Gujarmal Modi’s brother Kedar Nath Modi established Modi Group of Industries in Modinagar. The city is 45 Kms to New Delhi’s northeastern part. It is situated in the middle of Ghaziabad-Meerut NH 58 and is in equi-distant from Ghaziabad and Meerut. Modinagar is quite famous for Modi mills. Of late, many educational institutions are coming up in Modinagar as it is in NCR and thus it is also an educational hub.
A Brief History of Modinagar
Modinagar is quite popular in UP as well as Delhi. This place was earlier called as Begumabad and in the year 1945 it was renamed as Modinagar. It was Gujarmal Modi who was the pioneer for the development and the progress of the town and constructed sugar mill in the year 1933. Modi did not stop with that and he had plans for the growth of the town through his commerce as well as industry which also provided employment opportunities for the people living in Begumabad.
In 1945, post second World War, British Government acknowledged the services of Modi group of companies and wanted to honour Gujarmal Modi with knighthood. However, Modi insisted that he be conferred with “Raja Bahadur”. Since he did not meet the criteria for the same, the government named the colony created by him as Modinagar and further conferred him with a title “Raja Bahadur”. So in the year 1945, they renamed Begumabad as Modinagar after Gujarmal Modi. Apart from ensuring the development of the city into industrial hub, Modi also ensured that all the ancillary benefits needed for the welfare of the people of the town were made available.
Geography of Modinagar
Modinagar is located at Lat. 280 50’ N and Long. 770 35’ E with total area of 2.31 Sq Km (571 acres). It lies 25 Kms to the northeast of Ghaziabad on the Delhi-Mussoorie National Highway. Elevation of Modinagar is 219.16 m (719.03 ft).
Climate of Modinagar
The climate of Modinagar is temperate and warm. During winter, there is much rainfall when compared to summer. The average annual temperature is 24.8o c and the average rainfall is 881 mm. April is the driest month and June is the warmest month.
Business and Economy of Modinagar
Apart from Modi Group of Industries which made the city the industrial hub, the other industries such as vegetable oil, sugar, textiles which include rayon as well as silk, paints, soaps, varnishes, glycerine, lanterns, rubber tyres, torches, cotton yarn, flour and gas industries thrive here. Though Modinagar received a setback in 1980 due to the closing down of the sugar mills, it became a major educational hub after the formation of District of Ghaziabad and it also became a municipal corporation. This paved way for setting up of many government offices in Modinagar. Seasonal agriculture is yet another major occupation of the people here and irrigation of sugarcane is the main choice of the farmers here. According 2011 survey, it is one of the top areas in the production of wheat, sugarcane and rice. Jewellery and Ready-made garment are also thriving business in Modinagar.
Tourism in Modinagar
People belonging to different religion live in harmony in Modinagar. Several devotional activities also take place throughout the year. The following are the major tourist attraction of Modinagar:
Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir
This temple is otherwise known as “Modi Mandir” and was built by the Modis. This temple is situated in the heart of city just opposite to Modi Bhavan – the residence of Modis. The total area of the temple is 15.2 acres and the built-up area is 0.53 acres. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Devi Maha Maya Mandir
Yet another famous temple of the region is Devi Maha Maya Temple. It is located in Sikri Khurd. Navaratri is the major festival celebrated here and the local administration organizes “Fair” during Navaratri celebrations. Donkey trade and garlic market are quite popular during the fair. Sikri Khurd is also famous for its involvement during the 1857 revolution.
Services and Utilities in Modinagar
Modinagar is administered by municipality and is situated in Ghaziabad district. It is an industrial as well as educational hub and comes with many essential public utility services that are needed for the growth of business and peaceful life of its people. Let’s see here some of the public utility services that are available in Modinagar.
UP Electricity Board supplies electricity in Modinagar and the address is
UP Electricity Board
Modinagar, GT Road
Uttar Pradesh - 201 204
There are several public and private banks available in Modinagar. Let’s see here some of the banks in Modinagar.
Private telecom companies also operate in Modinagar.
How to Reach Modinagar
Modinagar is well connected by road to other major cities of the state. UPSRTC buses and private buses operate within the city and also connect it with inter-city. Modinagar also has a railway station situated between Ghaziabad and Meerut and most of the express trains and the general passenger trains from Delhi stop at this railway station. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi international airport, New Delhi which is some 45 Kms away.