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|Nickname(s): Paris of Saurashtra|
|• Rank||13th (Gujarat)|
|• Official||Gujarati, Hindi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Morbi or Morvi is a city and a municipality in Morbi district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was a Princely State ruled by the Jadeja clan of Rajputs until Indian independence in 1947. It is situated on the Kathiawar peninsula. In 2011[update], the city's population was determined to be 194,947. The town of Morbi is situated on the Machhu River, 35 km from the sea and 60 km from Rajkot.
The city-state of Morbi and much of the building heritage and town planning is attributed to the administration of Sir Lakhdhiraji Waghji, who ruled from 1922 to 1948.
During the British Raj era, Morvi State was one of several princely states governed by the Jadeja dynasty of Rajputs. It was classified as an 11-gun salute state. The Machchhu dam failure or Morbi disaster was a dam-related flood disaster which occurred on 11 August 1979, in India. The Machchu-2 dam, situated on the Machhu river, burst, sending a wall of water through the town of Morbi in the Morbi district of Gujarat, India. Estimates of the number of people killed vary greatly ranging from 1800 to 25000 people.
70% of India's, and 12% of the World's, output of ceramic items are produced in Morbi. around 80% of the country's Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) production and is the largest producer of wall clocks in India. There are around 600 ceramic factories with production worth Rs. 40 billion annually.
City is also famous for manufacturing wall clocks. In India 3 out of 10 wall clocks are manufactured in Morbi.
Most are in the old city
It is 1.25 m wide and spans 233 m on the Machchhu River connecting Darbargadh Palace and Lakhdhirji Engineering College.
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