Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar
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Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar
Location of Mohali
Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar
in Panjab
Coordinates 30°47′N 76°41′E / 30.78°N 76.69°E / 30.78; 76.69Coordinates: 30°47′N 76°41′E / 30.78°N 76.69°E / 30.78; 76.69
Country India
State Panjab
District(s) Mohali
Population 174,000 (2011)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)


316 metres (1,037 ft)

Mohali (Punjabi: ਮੋਹਾਲੀ, mōhālī) is a city adjacent to Chandigarh, 18th District in Punjab, India. It is officially named after the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh, Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS Nagar, or "House of Sahibzada Ajit Singh"). It, along with Chandigarh and Panchkula, form a part of the Chandigarh Tricity. It was earlier a part of the Rupnagar District, and was carved out into a separate district in the recent years.



Mohali was conceived after the trifurcation of Punjab and its capital Chandigarh becoming a Union Territory in late 1966. Today, Mohali and Chandigarh are contiguous areas with only the boundary of Punjab and UT of Chandigarh dividing this area. The original plan of Mohali is in fact a mere extension of the road and design system of Chandigarh without any unique planning. The development earlier was only till Phase VII. The development of sectors and phases from Phase 8 onwards started in late 1980s, and the city got its own bus stand in Phase 8 in mid 1990s. In 2006, Mohali's population was nearly 200,000, approximately 1/5 of Chandigarh's. The region has been targeted by an increasing number of outsourcing IT companies, who look to capitalize on the rich investment opportunities the city offers.

Mohali comes under the jurisdiction of Punjab State while Punchkula is a part of Haryana.


Mohali has a sub-tropical continental monsoon climate characterized by a seasonal rhythm: hot summers, slightly cold winters, unreliable rainfall and great variation in temperature (-1 °C to 44 °C). In winter, frost sometime occurs during December and January. The average annual rainfall is recorded at 617 mm. The city also receives occasional winter rains from the west.

Average temperature

  • Summer: The temperature in summer may rise to a maximum of 44°C. Temperatures generally remain between 35°C and 42°C.
  • Autumn: In autumn, the temperature may rise to a maximum of 36°C. Temperatures usually remain between 16° and 27° in autumn. The minimum temperature is around 13°C.
  • Winter: Average temperatures in winter (November to February) remain at (max) 7°C to 15 °C and (min) -2°C to 5°C.
  • Spring: spring temperatures vary between (max) 16°C and 25°C and (min).


As of 2001 India census,[1] Mohali had a population of 123,284. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Mohali has an average literacy rate of 83%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 81%. In Mohali, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Punjabi is the main spoken language in Mohali. Hindi and English are also prevalent.

City design

Following the success of Chandigarh's sector design, Mohali was similarly planned into identical 800-by-1200 m sectors. Many have yet to be fully developed, as is the case of sector 62, which is earmarked for a future commercial City Centre. Its proximity to the PCA Stadium, as well as unrivaled transportation links to Chandigarh make it a suitable choice. Mohali has also been divided into phases.

The recent Master Plan of Mohali has been recently extended up to 114 sectors.

  • The iconic PUDA Bhawan official headquarters of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority[1], initiated by KBS Sidhu, an IAS officer, signifies the towering role of PUDA vis-a-vis Mohali. Now, PUDA's functions of planning and urban development have been transferred to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA); initially DC Mohali had been named as its Chief Administrator, but now a separate and full-time IAS officer has been so appointed.

Cricket stadium

PCA Stadium under lights

In 1992, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) unveiled a plan to build a state-of-the-art facility complete with a separate practise ground - to be built in a swampy area in Mohali . The PCA invested heavily in the ground, a swimming pool, health club, tennis court, library, restaurant, and bar and outdoor & indoor cricket practice nets were incorporated into the plans.

Most of the Punjab-based national cricketers train in Mohali, including Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Manpreet Gony and Punjab cricket team.

Corporate investment

While Mohali houses many state-local companies like PTL (Punjab Tractor Limited), ICI Paints, and the Godrej Group, its reputation as a home for large, multinational corporations is growing.

Quark, Mohali

Infosys, the well-known Indian IT services major, had a development center in Mohali, which has now moved to Chandigarh Technology Park. Global tech giants like Dell, Quark, Philips, Sebiz Infotech, SCL (Semiconductor Complex Limited), and PUNCOM have followed. Denver-based Quark, Inc. has created the $500M, 46-acre (190,000 m2) QuarkCity in Mohali, complete with a residential complex comprising 30% of the 'city'; the shopping, entertainment, medical, and educational district consume another 10%. It is expected to generate 25,000 direct, and 100,000 indirect jobs.

QuarkCity is a 51-acre (210,000 m2), multi-use development that includes a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). QuarkCity is located in the district of Mohali, Punjab, within the extended grid of Le Corbusier’s modern city of Chandigarh, 265 km (165 mi) north of India’s capital city of New Delhi.[2]

District administration

The Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, is the overall in-charge of the General Administration in the Districts of India

Places of interest

Places of tourist interest in this region include the following:

Historical places


  • Shivalik Public School, Phase 6, Mohali
IISER, Mohali
  • IISERM (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali), Knowledge City, SAS Nagar, Sector-81, Phase-11, Mohali, Manauli-140306, Punjab.[3]
  • TCIL-IT Mohali (A Gov't of India Enterprise), TCIL –IT Mohali - near PCA Stadium, SCF 45, Phase 10, Mohali.[4]
  • IIPM
  • Army Institute Of Law Sector 68, adjacent AWHO[5]
  • Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing, Chandigarh-Kharar Highway Balongi, Mohali (MSKCON)[6]
  • Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering & Technology, Tangori, Mohali
  • Chandigarh College of Education for Women (CCEW)
  • Chandigarh College of Engineering (CEC)
  • Chandigarh College of Pharmacy (CCP)
  • Chandigarh College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (CCHM)
  • Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC)
  • GGS College of Modern Technology
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
  • SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research (SASIITR)[7]
  • Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology, Phase-2, Mohali[8]
  • C-DAC, that is engaged in research on state-of-the-art topics including Telemedicine.[9]
  • The British School Sector 70, Mohali. Affiliated with University of Cambridge International Examination Centre and C.B.S.E., Delhi[10]
  • Sacred Souls' School is located at village Gharuan, dist. Mohali (15 km from mohali, Chandigarh-Ludhiana Highway). The school is spread over an area of 18 acres. Its a co-educational, English medium school. The school provides A.C hostels for both boys and girls. The school imparts quality education through qualified and experienced teachers. Also Sports like cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, fencing, horse-riding, archery, table-tennis, badminton, etc. are played by the students to help in their overall development.

Medical facilities

The city has a number of specialty hospitals. Government dispensaries also are present in some sectors. One of the Dispensaries is located at the intersection of Chawla Lights (3B1)

Government Hospital Of Phase-6 is Oldest Hospital of Mohali.

The Fortis Hospital In Phase-8 Mohali Near PUDA Bhawan and Punjab Education Board Office.

24 hour Chemist option is available at Indus Hospital in Phase One & Phase 3B2.


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