Gandhinagar is also the a district in the state of Gujarat. Gandhinagar city falls under this district. This district is surrounded by Mehsana (NorthWest), Sabarkanthaa (NorthEast), Ahmedabad and Kheda (South) districts.
In 1960, the old Bombay state was split into Maharashtra and Gujarat, with Ahmedabad as the first capital of Gujarat. Gandhinagar was planned to be the new capital of Gujarat, and the capital was moved there in 1970. It is named after Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat.
Gandhinagar comprises thirty sectors. It is a highly-structured city and has a highly ordered
street grid - comprising blocks that are divided by two types of streets, similar to US avenues and
streets. Gandhinagar has "letter roads" (CH, CHH, JA) and "number roads" (1,2,3). The letter roads
run parallel across the city perpendicular to the number roads. The number and letter roads
intersect each other forming a grid; each block or square in the grid is given a sector number.
Each intersection is marked by signal names such as CH1, CH2, CH3 or JA1,JA2.