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Districts of Saurastra, Gujarat

Amreli district (Gujarati: અમરેલી જિલ્લો) is one of the 26 administrative districts of the state of Gujarat in western India. The district headquarters are located at Amreli. The district occupies an area of 6,760 km² and has a population of 1,393,918 of which 22.45% were urban (as of 2001). From Amreli district maximum number of NRI in USA from Saurashtra. Amreli is land of Yogiji Maharaj, Danbapu, Sage Muldas, Sage Bhojalrambapa, Sage Muktanand Swami, Magician Kelal, Zaverchand Megahani's place (Bagasara), Dr. Jivaraj Mehata ettc. Amreli covers Gir National Forest sanctuary area. Now it is developing as a Hub of Education.[1]

The most popular temples in the city of Amreli are Nagnath Temple, Gayatri Temple and Shreenathji Haveli. The other tourist places in Amreli district are Tulsi-Shyam, Una, Delvada and Kankai.


Origin of name

Amreli district derives its name from the town of Amreli, which is the Head Quarter of the district. It is believed that during the year 534 AD, Amreli existed as a city place with name Anumanji. After that the name was Amlik and then Amravati. The ancient Sanskrit name of Amreli was Amarvalli.


Initially Amreli was the part of Former Gaikwad State of Baroda. During Gaikwad regime in 1886, the compulsory and free education policy was adopted in Amreli for the first time. After independence the district became the part of Bombay State and a separate district in Gujarat State after the bifurcation of Bombay State.


The district comprises 11 talukas. These are: Amreli, Babra, Lathi, Lilia, Dhari, Khambha, Jafarabad, Bagasara, Rajula, Savarkundla and Vadia.


Amreli district is industrially backward area. There are some small industries like oil mills spread over the district.Gem cutting and polishing industries are located in the Bagasara taluka. Saverkundla taluka is famous for its weighing materials and machines all over Gujarat. Fisheries is rendering a part to districts credit in Rajula and Jafrabad talukas. Amreli has 6 GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Centres) industrial estates of State Government and 1 from District Panchayat. District has 4822 Small Scale Industries and 5 Medium Scale Industries in which Rs.4947.35 lakh is invested. 16,640 employments are generated through this industrial centres.

Economy of Amreli depends upon agriculture. Diamond industry is developed well here. In Bagasara gold plating units and in Saverkundla Weighing machine for diamond are famous. Pipavav, Jafrabad and Victor ports are in the district. Agro-based industries are well developed in the district.

There are major industries in the district :

Ultra Tech Cement Co. Ltd., Kovaya, Tal : Rajula. Narmada Cement Co. Ltd. Tal. Jafrabad. Metadist Co.Ltd., Tal.Rajula Dharamshi Morarji Chemicals Ltd. Zar, Tal. Dhari. GHC Ltd., Rajula, Jafrabad


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Coordinates: 20°52′N 70°45′E / 20.867°N 70.75°E / 20.867; 70.75

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