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About the Daman UT

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Brief About Daman District
The district of Daman is situated on the west coast of India between the parallels 20o 27' 58" and 20o 22' 00" of latitude north and between the meridians 72o 49' 42" and 72o 54' 43" of longitude east of Greenwich. Its length from the extreme north to south measures 11Km and width from east to west measures 8Kms. The altitude is 12 m above sea level. The district is bounded on the north by the Bhagwan river, on the east by the Valsad district of Gujarat state, on the south by the Kalem river and on the west by the Arabian Sea. The total are of the district is 72sq.km

The district is divided by the Damanganga river into two parts. Three west flowing rivers pass through the terrain viz. the Bhagwan river running along the northern boundary, the Kalem river forming the southern boundary and the Damanganga river lying in between.

In the district of Daman, the important field and garden crops grown are paddy, Ragi, groundnut, pulses and beans, wheat, banana, sapota and mango. The net sown area is about 3727 hectares which forms about 67% of the districts geographical area

The Damanganga Project, located in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is a joint venture of the state of Gujarat and Goa and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Double cropping has been introduced through the provision of irrigation facilities. For increasing agricultural production, area under double cropping has been increased by raising irrigation schemes as well as tapping surface water through minor irrigation potential.

Fishing is the main economic activity. Mechanical boats and other requisites are being provided. Cattle, buffaloes, sheep's and goats are the main livestock

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Daman District lies on the western coast of India on the Arabian Sea, 12 m above sea level. Once part of the Union Territory, 'Goa, Daman and Diu', it is now situated in Daman and Diu and covers an area of about 72 sq km. The district is surrounded by the Bhagwan River in the north, Valsad District in the east, the Kalem River in the south and the Arabian Sea in the west. The Damanganga also flows through Daman.

Having a pleasant climate all round the year and an average rainfall of over 1600 mm, the place is good for cultivation. Out of the total land area, the net sown area is about 67%. The chief crops are paddy, ragi, groundnut, beans and wheat. The population is over one hundred thousand and the main occupation of the people is fishing

Rich in historical heritage spanning over 2000 years, Daman is also a good tourist spot. There are many historical places including the Fort of Moti Daman, Fort of Nani Daman, Somnath Temple and Gandhi Park near Nani Daman Jetty. Devka Beach, Jampore Beach and Mirasol Lake Garden attract hundreds of tourists every year. The culture, especially dance and music, of Daman, which is a unique blend of the tribal, urban, European and Indian, is another major attraction.

Daman is well-connected by road and rail networks. Daman has an airport operating flights mostly to Baroda and Mumbai. Vapi Railway Station is about 10 km from Daman, on the Mumbai and Surat line. The 160 km drive from Mumbai can be quite pleasurable.