Thursday, August 16, 2018
Daman & Diu

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Daman

The district of Daman is situated on the west coast of India between the parallels 20o27'58" and 20o22'00" of latitude north of equator and between the meridians 72o49'42" and 72o54'43" of longitude east of Greenwich. Its length from the extreme north to south measures 11 Km 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 area of the district is 72 sq.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.

Climate 

The climate is more or less pleasant throughout the year in Daman. Cool breeze from the Arabian sea is constant. Maximum Temperature is 39 degree and minimum is 11 degree centigrade. The average annual rainfall is 1687 mm. September to May is the best time to visit the place.        

Transport

Daman, has no railhead and airport of its own. The nearest railway station is Vapi, 13kms away on the western  Railway, between Mumbai and Surat. The nearest flying centre is Mumbai. There are about 180 Km of road in Daman.

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