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Silent Features Of Nandurbar District


Nandurbar is located to the Northwest corner of Maharashtra state sharing the regional boundaries with Gujarat state to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the east and Dhule district to the south east of Nandurbar. The district was bifurcated from Dhule district on 1st of July 1998, covering an area of 5034 sq km. consisting of 6 Talukas namely Nandurbar, Navapur, Shahada, Taloda, Akrani & Akkalkuwa with district head quarters located at Nandurbar city. The district headquarter (Nandurbar city) is well connected with road & railway network. According to census 2001 the population of the district is 13,11,709.


Geographically the district is divided into 3 physiographic divisions namely i) Southern hilly areas of Nandurbar & Navapur taluka, ii) Alluvium deposits around Tapi river of Shahada, Taloda & Akkalkuwa taluka, iii) Northern part of district forming part of Satpuda range. The highest elevation is Asthamba peak with elevation of 1150 m & second highest hill station of Maharashtra i.e. Toranmal plateau with about 1100 m. height. The average elevation of plain area ranges between 550 to 675 m above mean sea level.


As a part of Deccan Basaltic country, majority of the area is covered with Basaltic flows of Upper Cretaceous period. These are highly intruded with Doleritic/Basaltic dykes. About 30% area forms shallow alluvium deposits of recent period. Significant geological formation of intratrappean Lameta bed is observed in Akkalkuwa taluka, at Northwest tip of district.


Two major rivers Tapi & Narmada drain the district. The drainage network of Tapi includes number of tributaries like Nagan, Shivan, Gomai, Dehali etc while tributaries like Katri, Devnadi, Udai etc form the drainage network of Narmada river. Total drainage network of the district contain about 29 watersheds out of which 21 are in Tapi river basin & 08 are in Narmada basin. Under Hydrology Project, total 11 Pizometers are drilled in the district with 60 observation wells scattered throughout the district and monitored quarterly every year.


Nandurbar city is of historical importance; King Nanda from Gawali dynasty had ruled the region. Ruins of historical fort still today represent the glory of imperial days. Other historical sites include Akrani Fort from Dhadgaon, old wells & water resources constructed by Rani Aahilyadevi Holkar of Indore around Nandurbar city, monument of young freedom fighter Sirishkumar Mehta located in heart of Nandurbar city. Ancient Hazira & Rangmahal also contribute in the historical heritage of the city.


Nandurbar district represents well-diversified community living from urban to tribal population and this cultural conglomeration fabricates sound harmony. The places of cultural & religious interest include famous Dandapaneshwar Ganpati Temple, Durga of Imam Badhah, Wageshwari Temple, Kedareshwar Temple of Prakasha, and Dutta Temple of Sarangkheda. Tribal community has its own cultural identity & their Holi festival is admirable.

Hot Spots:

The typical hotspots from the district are Sardar Sarover Project (site in Gujarat), Toranmal hill station, and Unapdeo hot spring site are unique in their place. Though the district cannot be classified under chronically drought area, it has faced flooding events regularly at least in the hilly area of Akkalkuwa & Akrani. Many times the villages settled at the banks of Tapi river get flooded during monsoon season.

Picturesque Scene of Narmada River
Diversion Bandhara Mandane (Shivkalin Yojna)
Dhawalghat Water Fall Taluka Akrani
Dyke wisely used for construction of PT Dhanaje Bk
Little kids crossing Narmada in Dungi
The Sardar Sarover Project Damsite
The Satpuda Hilly region
The flood damage by Tapi river year 2006
Narmada basin (08 watersheds) of Nandurbar district
Tapi Basin (21 watersheds) of Nandurbar district
Nandurbar major road network
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