This paper revealed the spatial characteristics of Mundra which is one of Kutch port cities, Gujarat, India. To discuss the urban structure and the group form of the neighborhood blocks of Mundra will be fruitful by comparing with the urban formation of port cities of the Persian Gulf and the East African coast in the Indian Ocean such as Muscat, Zanzibar, Monbasa, and Lamu.
We carried out intensive researches on the urban formation, the community distribution and the space formation of neighborhood block in Mundra. Regarding the urban formation, the street based neighborhood blocks called fadia
are the basic urban units. Basically, each neighborhood block has been formed by the group habitation of the single caste community. The inland cities of Kutch generally have darbargadh
, the walled and fortified stronghold of the local landlord, there is no darbargadh
in Mundra. The darbargadh in Bhadreshwar is not the fort of the landlord but only the residential block of Jadeja
, the ruling caste of Kutch. The above mentioned spatial characteristics apparently express that Mundra is not the stronghold of particular landlord but the open port cities which allow the people's free access.