Morbi district
Mani Mandir in Morbi
Mani Mandir in Morbi
Location in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat
CountryIndia
StateGujarat
RegionSaurashtra
HeadquartersMorbi
Area
 • Total4,872 km2 (1,881 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total960,329
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Languages
 • Officialkutchi, Gujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationGJ-36
Websitehttp://morbi.gujarat.gov.in/

Morbi district is in the state of Gujarat, India. It was formed on August 15, 2013, along with several other districts, on the 67th Independence Day of India.[1][2] Morbi city is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district has 5 talukas - Morbi, Maliya, Tankara, Wankaner (previously in Rajkot district) and Halvad (previously in Surendranagar district). Morbi city is the administrative headquarters of Morbi district. The town of Morbi is situated on the Machchhu River, 35 km from the sea and 60 km from Rajkot. As per 2011 census data, the city had a population of 2,10,451 and average literacy rate of 83.64%.

This district is surrounded by Kutch district to the north, Surendranagar district to the east, Rajkot district to the south and Jamnagar district to the west.

Origin of the name

The district is named after Morbi city. The name of the city of Morbi (literally meaning the city of peacocks) was probably derived from the King of Bhuj.

Demographics

Religions in Morbi district (2011)[3]
Religion Percent
Hindus
84.24%
Muslims
14.99%
Jains
0.58%
Other or not stated
0.19%

Morbi district has an approx. population of 9,60,329. Morbi district has an area of approx. 4,871.5 km2. and a density of 207. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are 65,698 and 5,159 which is 6.84% and 0.54% of the population.[4][5] 808,967 (84.24%) were Hindus, 143,925 (14.99%) were Muslims and 5,607 (0.58%) Jains.[3]

At the time of the 2011 census, 97.28% of the population spoke Gujarati as their first language.[6]

The district has 5 talukas - Morbi, Maliya, Tankara, Wankaner (previously in Rajkot district) and Halvad (previously in Surendranagar district).

Politics

This section is transcluded from 14th Gujarat Assembly. (edit | history)

No. Constituency Name Party Remarks
65 Morbi Brijesh Merja INC He was elected in 2017 on Congress ticket, before 2020 Rajya Sabha election, he resigned from MLA post and switched party to BJP.[7]
BJP re elected in 2020 by-election.
66 Tankara Lalit Kagathra INC
67 Wankaner Mohammad Javed Pirjada INC

Transport

Morbi district is connected by national highway. It has two railway junctions, Wankaner and Maliya-Miyana. Morbi railway station lies on the track connecting these two junctions.

References

  1. ^ "Next Republic Day, Gujarat will be bigger..." Indian Express. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ "7 new districts to start functioning from Independence Day - Times of India". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b "C-16 Population By Religion - Gujarat". census.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India.
  4. ^ "Gujarat district census - Rajkot" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. 2011.
  5. ^ "Gujarat district census - Surendranagar" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. 2011.
  6. ^ 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
  7. ^ "Congress suffers Rajya Sabha setback in Gujarat as four MLAs resign - The Hindu". Retrieved 7 May 2021.