Ahmedabad(1866-1914)/Comparison of roads in different years after the establishment of railway

The following old maps of Ahmedabad shows how the road pattern changes from 1866 to 1914, after the insertion of railway in 1864. The government has built the Prem Darwaja and Panchkuva Gate after the opening of railways. It can  be seen in the 1866 map that there was already road constructed to connect the walled city centre to the railway station through the two new gates. The 1879 and 1914 map show more roads were built by the government to improve the inner transportation network and the connection to the railway station. It is a pity that I could not find any old map reference of Ahmedabad before the construction of railway, otherwise, it would be ideal to compare the city infrastructure pattern before and after the railway.

Map of Ahmedabad in 1866 © 1866, Theodore C. Hope
Map of Ahmedabad in 1866 © 1866, Theodore C. Hope

Reference: Theodore C. Hope. (1866). Architecture at Ahmedabad, the Capital of Goozerat, photographed by Colonel Biggs, … With an historical and descriptive sketch, by T. C. H., … and architectural notes by J. Fergusson, etc.[map] London: Unknown Publisher

Map of Ahmedabad in 1879 © 1879, R. E. Enthoven
Map of Ahmedabad in 1879 © 1879, R. E. Enthoven

Reference: R.E. Enthoven. (1879) Map of Ahmedabad. In J.M.Campbell Ed., Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency, Volume IV: Ahmedabad. Bombay: Government Central Press.

Map of Ahmedabad in 1914 © 1914, Karl Baedeker
Map of Ahmedabad in 1914 © 1914, Karl Baedeker

Reference: Karl Baedeker. (1914) Indien: Handbuch Für Reisende. Leipzig : Verlag von Karl Baedeker.

Beyond the comparison, a more detailed map of the 1988 Ahmedabad is also studied to further explore the network pattern in Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad detailed city map © 1988, G. Michell and S. Shah
Ahmedabad detailed city map in 1988 © 1988, G. Michell and S. Shah

Reference: G. Michell, S. Shah Ed. (2003) Ahmadabad. Mumbai: Marg Publications.

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