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Vapi is located in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 20°22′N 72°54′E / 20.367°N 72.900°E / 20.367; 72.900Coordinates: 20°22′N 72°54′E / 20.367°N 72.900°E / 20.367; 72.900
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Valsad
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 163,630
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 396191 / 396194 / 396195
Telephone code 91260
Vehicle registration GJ15

Vapi (IAST: vāpī,About this sound pronunciation ), is a city and municipality in Valsad District in the southern part of the Indian state of Gujarat. It is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River and is the largest city in the Valsad district and also the second largest city after Surat in South Gujarat.

Around 28 km south of the district headquarters in the city of Valsad, it is surrounded by the Union Territories of Daman to the west and Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the east. Economic and industrial growth in recent decades has blurred the physical boundaries, and a small stretch of roughly 21 km of Daman-Vapi-Silvassa has almost become a single urban area. The town originally belonged to the community of Koli Patel, Desai (Anavil Bramhins) and other tribal castes. It is the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries, dominated by the chemical industry. It has been ranked among the most polluted places in the world, mainly due to its poor air and water quality caused by nearby industrial sites.[2]


NH 8 bisects the city. The western part was the original location of the town, while the eastern part consists mainly of industry and newer residential areas. Mumbai is roughly 170 km to the south, and Surat is about 90 km to the north.[3]

The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damanganga, is about 7 km to the west. The city has tropical weather and enjoys three distinct seasons: mild winter, moderate summer and heavy monsoon, with rainfall ranging from 100 inches to 120 inches per annum. The Dhobikhadi, Bhilkhadi, Kolak and Damanganga rivers flow through Vapi.

Surrounding locations include Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Umbergaon, Sarigam, Bhilad, Udavada, Sanjan and Pardi.

Both the Union territories as well as Sarigam, Bhilad, Umbergaon, and Pardi, only 12–40 km from Vapi, are good residential and commercial areas. Daman and Silvassa (the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli) attract both Indian and international tourists.


National Highway 8 passes through Vapi. It is connected to all major cities. It is the only place from which one can visit Daman and Silvassa. City bus service is available.

To cater to industry, the city hosts what is called a "floating population". The Vapi railway station on the Mumbai-Vadodara rail link of Western Railway (India) has become the direct beneficiary in terms of revenues due to daily commuters. It is the only city connecting two union territories, i.e. Daman & Diu and Dadra-nagar haveli.


Proximity to the larger cities of Mumbai, Surat, Vadodara,and Ahmedabad, coupled with liberal Government policy, has helped Vapi and surrounding areas attain their current level of industrial activity. The "Vapi Industrial Estate" was started by GIDC in 1967, and has spread to 11.4 square kilometres (4.4 sq mi) and houses over 1400 industries, the majority of which are small-scale units (SSIs).[citation needed]

Textile giants such as Alok industries, Welspun Terry Towels, Century Textiles, GHCL and Raymonds Limited have strong presences in Vapi and nearby areas. Bayer Vapi Pvt Ltd,United Phosphorus, Supreet Chemicals, [4]Sarna Chemicals, Arti Chemical, Themis Chemicals and Micro Inks, Limited, operate manufacturing plants in Vapi. Today, about 70% of the total industries in the township are chemical plants, mainly for chemical distillation and the production of pesticides, dyes, dye intermediaries and paints. Other major industries include paper, packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubber, textiles, wood, computer hardware and software, engineering workshops, glass, and food products. Another striking feature of Vapi is the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (or CETP). This is the largest of its kind in Asia[citation needed] and one of India's biggest effluent treatment plants in terms of capacity, treating the pollutants from these industries before the effluent is released into the river. The CETP is run by Vapi Waste and Effluent Management Company, promoted by the Vapi Industries Association[5] (also known as "paper hub").



  • G.I.D.C. ROFEL Business School (PGDM) (AICTE approved)[6]
  • Rofel Arts and Commerce College, Namdha Campus Vapi(396191)
  • G.I.D.C. Rajju Shroff Rofel Institute of Management Studies College
  • ROFEL Shri G. M. Bilakhia College of Applied Sciences and Pharmacy
  • R. K. Desai College of Arts and Science
  • SSR College (MBA and Pharmacy)
  • KBS College of Commerce and Medical Technology
  • Kaushik Haria Technical Center, Chanod


  • Shri L.G Haria Multipurpose School
  • Fellowship Mission School, Dungra, Vapi
  • Ashadham School, koparli road (vapi)
  • Gyandeep School, Chala
  • Kelkar Vaze Marathi Vidyalaya, Vapi
  • municipality Govt. High School, (town)
  • R.G.A.S Govt. High School, vapi
  • R.G.A.S Engish School, Vapi
  • Shree L.G. Haria Multipurpose School, Haria Park
  • Smt. Sandraben Shroff Gnyan Dham High School
  • Shree krishna international school,gunjan,vapi
  • Shree Swaminarayan school, Chala
  • Shree Swaminarayan school, Salvav
  • St. Francis' High School
  • St. Xavier's High School,Koparli road (Vapi)
  • St. Mary,s school chanod colony
  • Upasana Lions English Medium School
  • Vapi Public School, chala & vatar
  • Mhatma Jyotirao Phule Marathi Medium School (Chanod)
  • The Wesleyan English Medium Higher Secondary School, Chala



  • Most of the Wimbledon Player use specially designed towels which are made in Vapi.


  1. ^ "Census of India: Search Details". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ The author has posted comments on this article (2012-05-20). "'Vapi most polluted industrial cluster again' - The Times of India". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ SEO Professional. "Vapi History | History Of Vapi". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
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  5. ^ Common Effluent Treatment Plant at Vapi, G.I.D.C., Techno Color Corporation, retrieved 21 May 2012 (pdf)
  6. ^ G.I.D.C. ROFEL Business School