Guj: હજીરા hajīrā

‘Tomb’   -City, Port, Suburb (Surat), Gujarat

From Urd:  hisār/hizāri, ‘enclosure’, ‘tomb’, ‘grave’

A hazira was originally a ‘simple grave on a slightly raised platform surrounded by a walled enclosure’. For saints and emperors they had  more monumental aspects.

The grave here belonged to a British officer called Wock. The name stuck.

The modern Hazira is one of India’s leading multi-cargo ports with facilities to handle containers, liquid chemicals, petroleum, edible oil and automotive products.

Hazita Industrial Zone, Surat     Rahul R Bhadane