With the announcement of formation of Navsari Urban Development Authority (NUDA) Wednesday, the concept of Surat and Navsari being future twin cities got a push.
Furthermore, the state Urban Development and Urban Housing Department has extended the limits of Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) from 722 sqkm to 1,332 sqkm by annexing 97 villages.
To provide basic facilities to the villages located on the outskirts of Surat city, the state government had formed SUDA in 1978. However, during the delimitation process of Surat Municipal Corporation carried out at different time intervals between 1985 and 2006, over 27 villages falling in eight nagarpalikas had been included in Surat city.
After the formation of SUDA in 1978, for the first time extension process had been carried out by the state government, and this time 97 villages falling in five talukas of Surat district had been added to SUDA. The talukas included are Choryasi (8 villages), Olpad (39), Palsana (14), Mangrol (1) and Kamrej (35).
Earlier, there were 95 villages with an area of 722 sqkm in SUDA. Now, with the inclusion of 97 villages or an area of 610 sqkm, the total number of villages has reached 192, while the area of SUDA has spread to 1,332 sqkm.
The formation of NUDA will give a push to the twin-city project of the state government. The new body will comprise over 87 villages which includes 39 villages falling in Navsari taluka and 48 villages of Jalalpore taluka. The total area of NUDA will be 800 sqkm.