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Silvassa
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
Area
 • Total 491 km2 (190 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 21,890
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Marathi, Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 0260
Vehicle registration DN -09
Website dnh.nic.in

Silvassa (Marathi: About this sound सिल्वासा , Gujarati: સેલ્વાસ, Portuguese: Silvassá) is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

During the Portuguese rule, Silvassa was also known as Vila de Paço d'Arcos, the same name of a town nearby 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.[original research?]

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 there the seat of Nagar Haveli, which until then was 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 like that even in official documents.

Demographics[edit]

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

Language[edit]

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

Popular culture[edit]

The Bollywood movie Phool aur Kaante was shot in Silvassa.

Industry[edit]

Far from being a tribal region, it has now developed into a full blown industrial hub. With major industrial houses setting up manufacturing bases in the region. The initial tax free status granted by the Government of India to boost industrial investment in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has greatly contributed to the industrial growth of the region.[citation needed]

With groups like Apar Industries Limited , Ramco Industries ltd..(R.I.L),Sterlite, Hindalco, Hind Aluminium, Associated Group, 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 field of Textiles like Alok Industries, VRIL, 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 3500 small & medium industries.Silvassa is a big hub for plastic products.Its product like polybags,containers etc. can be found all over India due to its better quality and low cost.

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

Transport and Connections[edit]

Silvassa to its credit has great roads and are surrounded with astounding trees. The nearest railway station, Vapi is around 18 km away and Bhilad which is around 12 km 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]

Not long ago,[when?] the health care scenario of silvassa was very pathetic[original research?] with only the Govt. Civil Hospital i.e. Vinoba Civil Hospital catering to the ever increasing population of Silvassa and the surrounding areas.

Thankfully[original research?] the health care industry having recognized the need of the growing population have come forward and set-up hospitals that have, somewhat made it easier for the people of this region to gain good quality health care at reasonable expense.[original research?]

The list of hospital are:

  1. V.B.C.H (Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospita, Multi-Speciality Hospital), Silvassa
  2. Vardhaman Hospital, Silvassa
  3. Saraswati Hospital, Rakholi, Silvassa
  4. Yogi Hospital, Silvassa
  5. Sainath Hospital, Silvassa
  6. Sai Krishna Hospital, Silvassa
  7. Chaitanya Hospital, Silvassa
  8. Jalaram Hospital, Silvassa
  9. Sai Marigold Children Hospital, Silvassa
  10. Om Hospital, Silvassa
  11. Gaurang Leg Replacement Hospital, Silvassa

Places of interest[edit]

  • 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.
  • Lion Safari- Supposed to be good if you get a glimpse of lion.
  • Madhuban Dam-A dam with boating facility, built across River Daman Ganga.
  • Dadra Park- A scenic beauty with lush green trees and boating facility, 5 km from Silvassa.
  • Dudhani- A vast lake having water sports complex. A must see for all Silvassa goers. Located at 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.
  • Ban Ganga Lake - An exotic destination for lovers of Mother nature especially those who relish boating in big lakes.The place is particularly famous for several movie shootings.

List of Technical/Computer Institutes :

  1. Diamond Computers Silvassa

List of Schools :

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

List of colleges :

  1. SSR College of Art,Commerce And Science.
  2. SSR College of Education
  3. SSR college of Pharmacy
  4. SSR Institute of Research and Management
  5. Silvassa Polytechnic college of Engineering
  6. BAPS Institute of Information Technology
  7. Institute of hotel management and catering technology

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



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47 news items

 
Times of India
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:18:45 -0700

SURAT: Two youths were arrested by the Silvassa police with counterfeit notes worth over Rs 71,000. The suspects are hailing from Bihar's Chapra district and that they had come to Silvassa to enter the counterfeit notes in the market. The suspects have ...

India Today

India Today
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 04:08:54 -0700

... walk-in for interview with original educational and experience certificates etc. and one set of attested photocopy of educational qualification and experience in the Officer of Hon'ble Collector, DNH, Silvassa. No TA/DA will be paid for attending ...
 
Times of India
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:07:30 -0700

KRISHNAGIRI: A truck carrying 21 tonnes of copper plates and headed to Silvassa, capital of the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was hijacked by a gang of highway robbers near Soolagiri in Krishnagiri district at 2.30am on Friday. The truck ...
 
The New Indian Express
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0700

The truck owned by Prabavathi of Namakkal was heading towards Silvassa after loading the consignments from the Sterlite Industries in Thoothukudi. The incident came to light following the signals from the global positioning system (GPS) instrument ...

Mid-Day

Mid-Day
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:37:30 -0700

Sameer Pej, another passenger who had come all the way from Silvassa to board the Mumbai CST-Howrah Superfast Express that was scheduled to depart from Dadar at 11.19 am, said, “I have been waiting for an hour for my train to arrive. The stationmaster ...
 
RTT News
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:30:00 -0700

The manufacturing units of Pharmaceuticals are located at Tarapur, Dombivali in the State of Maharashtra and Vapi in the State of Gujarat, while the manufacturing units of Home & Persona Care segment are situated in the Union Territory of Silvassa and ...
 
Times of India
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:54:12 -0700

Police said that the duo had arrived in Silvassa from Bihar with the intension to use the counterfeit notes in the liquor bars located in the Union territory of Silvassa. This is one spot where the accused could have easily got away by exchanging the ...
 
Times of India
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:41:15 -0700

Hazid Ali Baig alias Azzu (41), the gang leader has around 122 criminal offences registered on himself in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Silvassa and Goa. Out of 122 cases 45 offences are house breakings and robbery in Mumbai alone. His sister Mehrunissa ...
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