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Valsad district

Location of Valsad district in Gujarat
Location of Valsad district in Gujarat
Coordinates: 20°36′36″N 72°55′33″E / 20.61005°N 72.925873°E / 20.61005; 72.925873Coordinates: 20°36′36″N 72°55′33″E / 20.61005°N 72.925873°E / 20.61005; 72.925873
Country India
 • Total2,947.49 km2 (1,138.03 sq mi)
 • Total1,410,553
 • Density480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
396 001
Telephone code912632
Largest cityVapi
Sex ratio922 Females per 1000 Males /
Districts of South Gujarat

Valsad district is one of the 33 districts in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. It is bound by Navsari district to the north, Nashik district of Maharashtra state to the east, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory and Palghar district of Maharashtra to the south. The Arabian Sea lies west of the district. The coastal Daman enclave of Daman and Diu union territory is bounded by Valsad district on the north, east, and south.[2] The district's administrative capital is Valsad. The district's largest city is Vapi.[citation needed]

The district covers 3008 square kilometres and is divided into six talukas: Valsad, Vapi, Pardi, Umargam, Kaparada and Dharampur.[3] In 2011, Valsad had population of 1,705,678 of which male and female were 887,222 and 818,456 respectively. In 2001 census, Valsad had a population of 1,410,553 of which males were 734,799 and remaining 675,754 were females. Valsad District population constituted 2.82 percent of total Gujarat population. In 2001 census, this figure for Valsad District was at 2.78 percent of Gujarat population.[1] There was change of 20.92 percent in the population compared to population as per 2001. In the previous census of India 2001, Valsad District recorded increase of 29.65 percent to its population compared to 1991.[1] according to 2011 census 62.74% of population lives in rural areas and 37.26% lives in urban regions of district.[1] 52.9% of the district's population is scheduled tribes.[4] Valsad is well known for its production of mangoes, sapodilla, and teak, and for its chemical and industrial stretch based on Vapi and Atul.

Mount Parnera is home to temples and a fort of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.[5] Bagwada is home to Arjungad Fort and several temples, including a Jain temple.


Average rainfall – 2000 mm
Seismic Zone – Zone III
Major rivers – Damanganga, Paar, Auranga, Kolak, Taan and Maan
Tithal Beach is a very important tourist attraction of Valsad.[5]

Wilson Hill in Dharampur is also a tourist attraction.

It is also contiguous with the Union Territories of Daman and Silvassa. This city's longitude and latitude are 72.98 and 20.54 respectively.[citation needed]



Total production of food crops in Valsad in 2006-07 was 3.6 lakhs MT.
Major horticulture crops that are produced in the district are mango, cucurbits, chikoo, banana and sugarcane. In 2006-07, Valsad had the highest production of mango in the State, accounting for 2,03,112 MT. The district was the 2nd highest producer of Cucurbits with a production of 47,960 MT during 2006-07.[citation needed]


Valsad is an industrial base for sectors such as chemicals, textiles, and paper & pulp industries. Since the 1980s, textile and chemicals have been the major sectors of investments and employment in the district. Valsad is emerging as a horticulture hub of the State, witnessing significant production in food grains and crops.

With over 300 medium and large scale industries, Vapi is a major industrial center in Valsad. One of Asia’s largest Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is present in Vapi,[citation needed] owned by Vapi Waste & Effluent Management Company and promoted by Vapi Industrial Association.

Over 10,716 units of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), involved in different sectors, such as chemicals, textiles, engineering, and paper industry, are present in the district. Several private conglomerates are present in Valsad, including Alok Industries Ltd., Wyeth, Welspun India Ltd. Hubergroup India Private Limited ( formerly Micro Inks Ltd. ), Meril Group of companies (Meril Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Meril Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Meril Endo Surgery Pvt. Ltd. and Meril Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.), Aarti Industries, Atul Limited, Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. (GHCL), Raymond, Sun Pharmaceuticals, United Phosphorus, Pidilite, Polyols & Polymers and Vadilal, Unique Polymers.

Valsad district contains areas such as Vapi (the Chemical Hub of Gujarat),[citation needed] Umbergaon and Sarigam (the Industrial Estates).

Major industries[edit]

Chemical products such as diamino sulphone, acetic acids and esters, different types of dyes etc. Valsad Atul Limited, ANJARIA ENVIRO TECH PVT. LTD.,

Pharmaceutical products Valsad Wyeth Lederle Ltd.

Cotton yarns, madeups of cotton terry towel and fabrics Alok Industries Ltd., Welspun Polyesters

India Ltd., Semi processed & Instant foods, Tomato ketchup, canned and frozen foods Dharampur Vadilal Industries Ltd.

Electronic equipments for environmental and air pollution control, Phosphorus

Peentasulphide, Benzoate etc. Vapi United Phosphorus Ltd.

Pharmaceutical products, Vapi Sun Pharmaceuticals, SOHAM ACCOUNTING

Iron pipes, seamless pipes and stainless steels etc.Umbergaon Sarigam Steel Ltd.

Uncoated craft paper, newsprint and poster paper etc. Pardi Ruby Macons Limited.

synthetic resins, adhesives, colour pigments and lubricating chemicals etc. Vapi Pidilite Industries ltd.

Chemical products such as, chloroaniline, calcium phosphate, sulphuric acid,

Single super phosphate etc. Vapi Aarti Industries Ltd.

Weaving and processing of artificial and synthetic textile fibres etc. Pardi Raymond Ltd.

Printing inks, synthetic resins, prepared glues and adhesives etc. - Hubergroup India Private Limited - India's largest printing inks company.

Vapi bilag

Madeups of curtains and bed covers etc. Bhilad GHCL Ltd.[2]

Manufacturing of Medical Devices, Diagnostics Reagents & Instruments, Sutures and Orthopedic Implants.

Small scale industries (SSI)[edit]

In 6 talukas of the district, there are 10,716 units generating 58,641 jobs, with investments to the tune of INR 84,912 lakh (USD 207 million).

Dye stuff & opticals, cotton textiles, chemicals and lathes & machine tools are the major small scale industry sectors

present in Valsad district. Pardi taluka houses maximum number of SSI units with a healthy investment of over INR 39,340 lakhs (USD 100 million), providing jobs to 25,776 people.


Talukas – 6 (Valsad, Pardi, Vapi, Dharampur, Kaprada, Umbergaon)
Major cities – 2 (Vapi, Valsad)



Valsad Railway Station

Valsad Station was established in 1925. The city has a Control Tower for better railway operation. The basic training center for the Western Railway cadets of RPF (Railway Protection Force) is in Valsad. Valsad has one of the largest railway yards with a full repair loco shed for electric locomotives in Western Railway along with the basic repair workshop for wagons and coaches. Many trains originate from Valsad for Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kanpur and Patna.

Main Stations on Mumbai - Surat route are Umbergaon Road, Sanjan, Bhilad, Vapi, Udwada, Pardi, Valsad, and Dungari.


According to the 2011 census Valsad district has a population of 1,703,068,.[6][6][7][8]

The district has a population density of 570.[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 20.92%.[1] Valsad has a sex ratio of 922 females for every 1000 males,[1]


Simandhar Swami Jain Derasar
Simandhar Swami Jain Derasar, Bhilad

Simandhar Swami Jain Derasar, also known as Nandigram Derasar at Nandigram village near Bhilad in Valsad district. A function was organised on Vaisakh Sudh 6th on its foundation day, 10 May 1989.[9][10] This temple is dedicated to Shri Simandhar Swami who is considered living tirthankar on another world in the Jain mythological universe.[11] Jain saints and devotees over placing ‘dhwaja’ (flag) over temple. Jain devotees from all across the state and Maharashtra were present in huge numbers to celebrate the function under the blessings of Jain saint. Place the ‘dhwaja’ upon the temple. Members of Gogalia Parivar, who happens to be the trustee of the temple

People from Valsad[edit]

Notable personalities[edit]

Bindu - Bindu Desai was born to film producer Nanubhai Desai and his wife Jyotsna at a small village called Hanuman Bhagda in the Valsad district, Gujarat.


The Government Polytechnic, established in 1965, is one of the prominent institutions in Valsad.[12]

The district also has a Government Engineering College since 2004. In the last few years, a Computer Application stream has also been started successfully.A prime medical college GMERS Medical college with an 800 bed hospital is also set up in the Va;sad City.[13]

There are other colleges offering various courses in Science, Commerce and Arts.[14] A new law college will be opened soon.[15]



  • Dr. Vijaypat Singhania School
  • Atul Vidyalaya
  • Vapi Public School

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "General Information for Valsad, Tourist Place in Valsad, Tourism in Valsad". 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
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  4. ^ "Valsad District Population, Caste, Religion Data (Gujarat) - Census 2011". Census India.
  5. ^ a b "Valsad District Panchayat | About District | History". 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  6. ^ a b "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Gambia, The 1,797,860 July 2011 est.
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Nebraska 1,826,341
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  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  13. ^ "Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Valsad | College in Valsad | Detail Information on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology | B.E/B.Tech, MCA, Other College | Contact Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology". Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  14. ^ "CHE | Colleges | Types ofColleges | Grand Aid Colleges | Valsad District". 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  15. ^ "S.K.M. Law College, Tithal Road, Valsad | College in Valsad | Detail Information on S.K.M. Law College, Tithal Road | Other College | Contact S.K.M. Law College, Tithal Road". Retrieved 2010-09-14.

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