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.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Gujarat place names.

 

Hazira Industrial Zone, Surat     Rahul R Bhadane