Savarkundla

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Savarkundla
Savar Kundla
City
Savarkundla is located in Gujarat
Savarkundla
Savarkundla
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 21°20′13″N 71°18′36″E / 21.337°N 71.310°E / 21.337; 71.310Coordinates: 21°20′13″N 71°18′36″E / 21.337°N 71.310°E / 21.337; 71.310
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Amreli
Population (2001)
 • Total 73,695
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 364515
Telephone code 02845
Vehicle registration GJ-14
Website www.savarkundla.com

Savarkundla (sometimes stylised as Savar Kundla) is a city and a municipality in Amreli district, Gujarat, India. It is a twin city formed when the cities of Savar and Kundla merged.

Savar Kundla is also the name of a Tehsil in Amreli district. There are 84 villages in this tehsil, including Gadhakda, Ramgadh, Vijpadi, Vanda, Juna Savar, Bhuva, Badhada, Vijyanagar, Likhala, Mota Zinzuda, Nana Zinzuda, Vadal, Khadsali, Nesadi, Kanatalav, Oliya, Charkhadiya, Gordka, Bhokarva, Bhenkara, Navagam, Luvara, Dhajdi, Amrutvel and Jikiyali.

Overview[edit]

The major attraction of the city is the Navli river that flows from south to north during the monsoon season. The population of the city is 155,000, and its area is 36 km².

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of India, Savar Kundla had a population of 78,354. Males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. 11% of the population was under 6 years of age.

Blacksmith(Luhar) is the main community of Savarkundla's population. This is basically due to iron industries like weighing scales, tools, etc. Also, there are several other communities in Savarkundla.

Geography[edit]

Savarkundla is situated on the southern Saurashtra plateau. It is an area of hilly terrain. Ground water table is very low. The water contains high level of TDS counts along with excess levels of sodium and phosphate. The water extracted from the bore-wells is found to be very hot.

Economy[edit]

Savarkundla is known for producing weighing scales. One third of its total population is connected one or the other way to this industry. It is the only manufacturer of weighing scales in India except the electronics weighing balance. Currently, it is emerging as an assembling hub for electronic weighing scales. However, unfortunately, the government has shown little interest in the development of these businesses.

Savarkundla is also famous for fruits like Gwawa (Jamfal), and tasty vegetables. The main source of economy is agriculture. Cotton and groundnut are the main crops cultivated by farmers. Rain is the main source of irrigation. No industrial development in Savar Kundla has taken place because of some political leaders. In the year 2009, a power project by Amreli Power Project Ltd. of 10 MWe capacity based on bio-waste established that is first and only private limated company. However, there are great opportunities for some industries like iron industries, cement product industries, and diamond industries. Still, no leaders have successfully attracted interest of the state government. Today Savarkundla has no GIDC.

Education[edit]

Savarkundla has a literacy rate of 75%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 60%.

There are three educational institutions in Savar Kundla affiliated to Saurashtra University[1]

  • Shri V.D. Kannkiya Arts and Shri M.R. Sanghvi Commerce College
  • Smt. V.D. Ghelani Mahila Arts College

*Industrial Training Institute Savarkundla

  • Shree Badhada Kelvani Mandal Sanchalit, Shri K. K. Virani Institute of Pharmacy and Research Center
  • Shree G.M. Bilakhiya Arts college, Vanda

The V.D. Kannkia Arts and M.R. Sanghavi Commerce College are both known for producing many good students who come here from rural areas.

There are also some good schools like, P H Banjara High School, J V Modi Highschool, S V Doshi Girls High School Swaminarayan Gurukul Secondary And Higher Secondary School(Science -Gujarati Medium ) K K High School

Shri Morarji Desai, former Prime Minister of India had studied his primary education in The Kundla school (now J V Modi Highschool). Also, his father had served in the same school as a teacher.

History and culture[edit]

Darbargadh, a building in Savarkundla, is believed to be made by Jogidas Khuman, a man hailing from Ambardi, a village near Savarkundla. The village is 15 km from Savar Kundla and is also known as 'Jogidas Khuman's Ambardi'. There are multiple different examples of cultural groups within the village of Ambardi (e.g. Tarapara, Sabhaya, etc.).

In addition to weighing scales, Savarkundla is also famous for its herbal fireworks. On the night of Diwali, people from both parts of the city (Savar and Kundla) gather on the riverfront and throw handmade fireworks, called "Ingoriya", to the opposite side. These fireworks are made by stuffing explosives inside the fruits of the Ingoriya tree. Traditionally, a fight between the two native cultural groups follows.[2]

References[edit]

Industrial Training Institute - Savarkundla