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  1. 1. Dangs
  2. 2. 2 Investment Opportunities 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tourism Social Infrastructure Support Infrastructure Economy and Industry Profile Dangs: A Snapshot INDEX Annexure7
  3. 3. 3 Dangs: A Snapshot 1
  4. 4. 4 Introduction: Dangs Towns District Headquarter § Dangs is a tribal district located in southern Gujarat § The district shares its border with the State of Maharashtra and is covered with high hills and dense forests § The district headquarter is Ahwa § Girmal, Waghai, Saputara, and Mahal are the major towns of the district § The reserved forests in Dangs are amongst the richest forests in the State § Dangs district is gradually emerging into an agro processing and tourism hub § Saputara is an important tourist destination in the district § Rich wildlife, gardens, ropeway, sunrise point and echo point are some of the main tourist attractions in Dangs Saputara Waghai Ahwa Girmal Mahal Map1: District map of Dangs with major towns
  5. 5. 5 Fact File Zone IIISeismic Zone Gujarati, Hindi and EnglishLanguages 59.06%Literacy Rate 986 Females per 1000 MalesSex Ratio 81 Persons per sq. kmPopulation Density 1,86,712 (As per 2001 Census)Population AhwaDistrict Headquarter 1,764 sq. km.Area Purna, Gira, Khapri and AmbikaRivers 3,048 mmAverage Rainfall 6º Centigrade (Minimum) 37º Centigrade (Maximum) Temperature 20.39º to 21.05º North (Latitude) 73.29º to 73.51º East (Longitude) Geographical Location Source: Dangs District Profile & Socio-economic review 2006-07
  6. 6. 6 Economy and Industry Profile 2
  7. 7. 7 Economy and Industry Profile § In Dangs, 50% of population is working § Majority of population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood § Animal husbandry and bamboo cutting are the other economic activities in the region § There are approximately 100 small scale industries in Dangs § Average landholding per household in the district is 1.58 hectares § Firewood accounts for fuel requirement of 91% of the households, which is mostly collected from the forests Source: Dangs District Collectorate
  8. 8. 8 Agriculture 11,359 1,294 13,165 Fruits Vegetables Spices § Major food crops and fruits produced in the district are rice, ragi, kharsani, tuver, groundnut, mangoes, custard apple, and others § 66% of the agricultural land in Dangs is situated on slopes, with uneven terrain § Local traditional crops like ragi are best adapted for cultivation in Dangs as it can grow in rain-fed areas on sloppy land § The agricultural production pattern is slowly changing from traditional coarse grains like ragi, kharsani, and tuver to rice Source: Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat, 2007 Fig. 1 Food Crop Production (MT) 2006-07 Fig. 2 Fruits, Spices, & Vegetable Crops Production (MT) 2006-07 52,000 31,300 20,400 Rice Pulses Maize
  9. 9. 9 Forests § 59% of the area in Dangs is covered with forestland (1,062 sq.km.) § The forestland predominantly falls under reserve forests, and is the richest forest in Gujarat § The forests of Dangs are resources for medicinal plants, such as Mardasingi (Helicteres ixora) and Baheda (Tecome stans microcarpa). Besides these, Sag (Tectona grandis), Khakro (Butea monosperma), Umbero (Ficus racemora), and bamboo trees are also present § The Purna Wildlife Sanctuary and the Vansda National Park present in the district are home to wildlife such as hyena, sambar, chital, barking deer, and monkey Source: Dangs District Collectorate Dangs Purna Sanctuary Vansada National Park Map 2: Wildlife Sanctuaries
  10. 10. 10 Small Scale Industry Clusters Food-based industries Bamboo furniture z Plantation and nursery development Farm-based industries Map 3: Small Scale Industry Clusters Source: Dangs District Collectorate Saputara Waghai Ahwa Girmal Mahal
  11. 11. 11 Economy Drivers § Forestland provides maximum opportunities to generate sustainable livelihood and employment for the villagers § Animal husbandry and dairy production have increased business opportunities for the local population § Agro-processing and tourism are the supporting pillars of the economy § Plantation and nursery development activities have the potential to generate maximum wage employment § The district also owns a few small and large waterfalls, rich forests, beautiful landscapes, and a tribal culture which account for huge influx of tourists in the district
  12. 12. 12 Support Infrastructure 4
  13. 13. 13 Source: Dangs District Profile Booklet, 2007 Map 4: Dangs Road & Rail Network § Dangs is well connected with Maharashtra state by roads § A railway line connects Waghai with Navsari district Road and Rail Connectivity Road, Rail and Airport Connectivity 349Ahmedabad 100Valsad 479Mehsana 660Jamnagar Distance (km) *Major Talukas 190Ankleshwar 266Vadodara 139Surat 570Rajkot Distance (km)*Major Indian Cities 297Mumbai 1111Delhi 732Hyderabad 1278Chennai 1609Kolkata Airport § Nearest airport from Ahwa is at Surat situated at a distance of 139 km, which is well connected to Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur * All distances are measured from Ahwa Table1: Distance of Dangs from Major Industrial Centers
  14. 14. 14 Water Supply § Water supply for industrial purposes in the district can be obtained from two main sources, viz Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB) and irrigation Canals § Almost all water supply systems in the district are based on groundwater reserves Water 6Washing facilities 168Cattle trough 98Pipeline 154Stand Post 167Drinking water tanks No. of villagesFacilities Available Source: Dangs District Collectorate Table 2: Centralised Water Supply Infrastructure
  15. 15. 15 Social Infrastructure 5
  16. 16. 16 Education: § There are 412 primary schools and 32 secondary and higher secondary schools in the district § The Anganwadi is the primary service centre for integrated child development are present in 210 out of 311 villages § A Government Arts & Commerce College is located at the district headquarter Ahwa § The Industrial Training Institute in the district imparts training in diverse areas such as cutting and sewing, armature and motor rewinding, computer operating and programming assistance, wireman, hair and skin care, electrician, fitting and stenography 1Polytechnic College TotalEducational Institutes 1Other Colleges* 1ITI Higher Secondary Schools 32 Secondary Schools 412Primary Schools *Other Colleges: Arts and Commerce College Table 3: Educational Infrastructure Education Healthcare: § The district has one community healthcare centers, seven primary healthcare centers, and forty seven sub-centers § There is one Central Government Hospital present at Ahwa § The district also has one Government Ayurvedic Hospital and nine Ayurvedic dispensaries
  17. 17. 17 Tourism 6
  18. 18. 18 Tourism Source: Gujarat India Guide § Saputara, also known as “Abode of Serpents”, is a hill resort on a plateau of the Sahyadri range of mountains that offers rich wildlife for tourists § Saputara Museum contains interesting information about the topography and anthropology of Dangs § Hatgarh Fort situated 60 km from Saputara was built by Maratha Leader Chhatrapati Shivaji and is a beautiful piece of architecture § Gira Falls (3 km from Waghai) is a 30 meter natural drop into Ambika River and offers solace and relaxation § Purna Wildlife Sanctuary in the district has the thickest forest cover in the State and is filled with canopies of teak and stands of bamboo § Girmal Falls is the most picturesque sight in the district § Vansda National Park in Dangs, harbors large mammals including the leopards, hyena, jungle cat, macaques and barking deer. It is also home to the endangered Great Indian Squirrel Purna Wildlife Sanctuary Gira Falls
  19. 19. 19 Investment Opportunities 7
  20. 20. 20 Investment Opportunities * Detailed Sector/ Project Profiles for investment opportunities available at www.indextb.com Animal Husbandry § Dairy production § Poultry § Tannery business Agriculture § Farm based products § Forest based products § Cattle feed § Food processing industries Tourism § Eco-tourism § Hotels § Campsites § Rural tourism
  21. 21. 21 Annexure I Map 4: Dangs Road & Rail Network Map 3: Small Scale Industry Clusters Map 2: Wildlife Sanctuaries Map 1: District Map of Dangs with Major Towns Maps Figure 2: Fruits, Vegetables, and Spices Production 2006-07 Figure 1: Food Crop Production 2005 – 06 Figures Table1: Distance of Dangs from Major Industrial Centers Table 3: Educational Infrastructure Table 2: Centralised Water Supply Infrastructure Tables
  22. 22. 22 Annexure II : Abbreviations SSI : Small Scale Industries GWSSB: Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board ITI : Industrial Training Institute