Silvassa

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Silvassa
સેલ્વાસ
Capital
Silvassa is located in India
Silvassa
Silvassa
Coordinates: 20°16′N 73°01′E / 20.27°N 73.02°E / 20.27; 73.02Coordinates: 20°16′N 73°01′E / 20.27°N 73.02°E / 20.27; 73.02
Country  India
State Dadra and Nagar Haveli
District Dadra and Nagar Haveli district
Government
 • Mayor of Silvassa Rakeshsinh Chauhan
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 98,265
Languages
 • Official English, Gujarati, Portuguese,
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 0260
Vehicle registration DN -09

Silvassa About this sound Pronunciations ; is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

During Portuguese rule, Silvassa was also known as Vila de Paço d'Arcos, after the town of the same name near Lisbon (Paço de Arcos, Oeiras).

The city has a large number of factories and industries providing significant government revenue, which allows the city to maintain a low level of taxation.[citation needed]

Silvassa has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.

History[edit]

Until the end of the 19th century, Silvassa was only a small village. The growing importance of Silvassa started in 1885, when the Portuguese Administration decided to transfer the seat of Nagar Haveli to the city, which until then had been in Darará. By decree of 11 February 1885, Silvassa was created as a town, with the name of Vila de Paço d'Arcos. However, the original name prevailed and the town continued to be mainly known as Silvassa and referred to as such in official documents.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census, Silvassa had a population of 21,890.[1] According to the 2011 India census,[2] Silvassa had a population of 98,265

Language[edit]

Warli is the language spoken by the Warli people. It is a dialect of Konkani, just as Agri which is also spoken. A former Portuguese enclave, Silvassa has a significant Roman Catholic population that speaks a distinct dialect of Portuguese. Gujarati and Marathi languages are widely spoken.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

The 1991 Bollywood movie Phool aur Kaante was shot in Silvassa.

Industry[edit]

Far from being a tribal region, it has now developed into an industrial hub with major industrial companies setting up manufacturing bases in the region. Its initial tax-free status granted by the Indian government to boost industrial investment in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has contributed to the region's industrial growth.[citation needed]

With groups like Apar Industries Limited, Ramco Industries Ltd..(R.I.L), Sterlite, Hindalco now closed, Hind Aluminium, T&D, Associated Group,Tufropes Group Indians largest plastic and polymer ropes manufacturer Tufropes Pvt. Limited, Insulation material manufacturer Rockwool India Private Limited (a subsidiary of Alghanim Industries, Kuwait), Concast, Polysil Pipes, Polysil Irrigation Systems, Silvassa Plastics, Daman Plastics,Kkapana Industries, Advance Detchem Ltd, Gulf Oil, Tidewater Petroleum, Castrol, Reliance Industries, Blue Star, Siyaram Silk Mills limited, Global Wind Power (Reliance ADAG), Hindustan Unilever, Sterling Generators Pvt Ltd an associate company of Shapoorji & Pallonji Group, Dabur and host of other players in the textile industry like Alok Industries, VRIL,Shri Khatu shyam Alloys Pvt. Ltd. and many other FMCG, Gensets, electronics, heavy engineering goods, Chemical, insecticides, Paints, to name a few, the landscape of Silvassa and surrounding region has altered dramatically. It is one of the largest states in collection of excise duty from more than 3,500 small and medium industries. Silvassa is a big hub for plastic products and its products are found throughout India thanks to their good quality and low cost. Apart from all this Silvassa is also known for various FMCG distributors like Gajra Distribution(Oldest grocers in the town) having reach throughout the country.

Silvassa hosts more than 200,000 floating population, coming from all parts of the country, mostly the labourers hail from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Odisa. Other floating community being from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Transport and connections[edit]

Silvassa has a well-maintained road network. The nearest railway stations are in Vapi around 18 kilometres (11 mi) away and Bhilad, around 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away .

Daman is 30 km away via Bhilad on National Highway number 8

Mumbai is 180 km away from Silvassa, via Bhilad, on National Highway number 8

Surat is 145 km away from Silvassa, vis Bhilad, on National Highway number 8.

Rickshaw services ply between Vapi and Silvassa at a regular interval and easily available from Vapi (E) railway station.

Gujarat Road Transport Buses ply between Silvassa & Vapi at a regular interval.

Health care[edit]

Hospitals in Silvassa include:

  • V.B.C.H (Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital, Multi-Speciality Hospital), Silvassa
  • Vardhaman Hospital, Silvassa
  • Prayosha Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sainath Hospital, Silvassa
  • Saraswati Hospital, Rakholi, Silvassa
  • Yogi Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sai Krishna Hospital, Silvassa
  • Chaitanya Hospital, Silvassa
  • Jalaram Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sai Marigold Children Hospital, Silvassa
  • Om Hospital, Silvassa
  • Gaurang Leg Replacement Hospital, Silvassa
  • Eye Hospital, Silvassa
  • Shiv dental clinic

Places of interest[edit]

  • Khadim-e-haramain : the beatiful roza (Mosque) of Imam Hussain. Located at Bavisa Faliya. (Added content by Muntazer Bhojani from vapi).
  • BAPS Swami Narayan Temple :Beautiful Swami Narayan Temple Located on bank of Damanganga river, at village- Athal
  • Roman Catholic Church: located near to bus stand built on Portuguese style.
  • Silvassa Museum: a small museum which explains the history and the people of Silvassa
  • Shree Jagannath Temple, by Jagannath Mandir Seva Samity and maintained by all Oriya people of Silvassa
  • Madhuban Dam: A dam with boating facility, built across River Daman Ganga.
  • Vanganga Garden(Dadra Park): A scenic beauty with boating facility, 5 km from Silvassa.
  • Dudhani: A vast lake with a water sports complex. Located 35 km from Silvassa.
  • Vrindaban: A temple dedicated to lord Krishna and Shiva, en route Dudhani.
  • Balaji temple located in Amli dedicated to Lord Balaji, Shiva, Maha Ganapathy, Karthikeyan, Padmavathi, Saraswathi, Hanumanji, and Navagraha.
  • Van Ganga Lake: An exotic destination for nature lovers who relish boating in lakes. The place is particularly famous as the site for several movie shoots.
  • Nakshatra Van: Garden on bank of Daman Ganga River.
  • Piparia garden, a beautiful garden located right in Silvassa.
  • OM Temple: The temple is in "Om shape" and located on the bank of the River Damanganga in Kudacha village.(1.5 km from Silvassa). It stands on 412 pillars and has been constructed without any usage of iron bars. Coordinates: 20°13'1"N 73°0'6"E http://wikimapia.org/2834518
  • AYYAPPA TEMPLE KERALA STYLE AT SILVASSA

Technical/computer institutes[edit]

  1. Diamond Computers Silvassa

Schools[edit]

  1. Adarsh vidhyalaya masat road samarvani silvassa
  2. Alok Public School,Rakholi
  3. BAPS Swaminarayan Vidyamandir
  4. Dadra's Little Star Academy
  5. Father Agnelo English High School
  6. Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tokarkhada
  7. Kendriya Vidyalaya Silvassa
  8. Lions English School
  9. Podar Jumbo Kids,Silvassa
  10. Prabhat Scholars Academy
  11. Shiv Prakash Memorial School
  12. St. Xaviers Primary School
  13. St. George English School, Silvassa

Colleges[edit]

  1. BAPS Institute of Information Technology
  2. Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM GOVT. COLLEGE. (SILVASSA COLLEGE). College of Arts, Commerce & Science
  3. Institute of hotel management and catering technology
  4. SSR College of Art,Commerce And Science.
  5. SSR College of Education
  6. SSR College of Pharmacy
  7. SSR Institute of Research and Management
  8. Silvassa Polytechnic college of Engineering

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Dadra Nagar Haveli tourism