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Vapi (Hindi: वापी, Gujarati: વાપી) is a city in Valsad district in Gujarat.


It is situated on the banks of Damanganga River in southern Gujarat, India. Around 28 km south of the district headquarters in the city of Valsad, it is surrounded by the Union Territories of Daman to the west and Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the east.

Vapi falls under the taluka administration of Pardi. The industrial township of Vapi holds its place of importance on the "industrial" map and it is the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries, dominated by chemical industry plants.


NH-8 bisects the city. The western part was the original location of the town, while the eastern part consists mainly of industry and newer residential areas. Mumbai is roughly 170 km to the south, and Surat is about 120 km to the north.

The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damanganga, is about 7 km to the west. The city has tropical weather and enjoys three distinct seasons: mild winter, moderate summer and heavy monsoon, with rainfall ranging from 100 inches to 120 inches per annum.

Rivers: The Dhobikhadi, Bhilkhadi, Kolak and Damanganga rivers flow through Vapi.

Surrounding locations include [Daman], Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Umbergaon, Sarigam, Bhilad, Udavada, Sanjan and Pardi.

Both the Union territories as well as Sarigam, Bhilad, Umbergaon, and Pardi, only 12–40 km from Vapi, are good residential and commercial areas. Daman and Silvassa attract both Indian and international tourists.

Origin of name

Vapi literally means a tank.

Mention by Panini

Vapi (वापी) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [1]

Vapa (वाप) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [2]

Vapya (वाप्य) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [3]


List of Mahabharata people and places includes Vapi (वापी) as a River in Mahabharata (VI.10.19).[4]

Gujarat Jat Samaj Vikash Parisad (Vapi)

The goal of Gujarat Jat Samaj Vikash Parisad (Vapi) is to unite all Jats under one roof and to promote and preserve our culture, heritage, language, social and cultural awareness and respect of Jatsamaj, India by providing a platform to Jat community while serving the community needs.

The activities developed steadily through the past 12 years and have culminated in a strong and vibrant Jats cultural organization. The foundation of our Samaj is strong due to the hard work and dedication of our past and present Executive Committee and Board of Trustee leaders, volunteers, as well as the ongoing support from our community. The commitment of its strong cohesive membership has never looked back.

Today, our goal remains to increase our membership, invest in the next generation--our youth, and to build a central location for Samaj to provide resources to our community……from our children to our senior citizens.

Gujarat Jat Samaj Vapi Executive body (2005) is as under[5]:

  • Ram Kishan Pilania - President
  • Ram Chandra Chaudhary - Vice President
  • Ramesh Chaudhary - Treasurer

Notable Jats are:

  • Bagta Ram Beniwal - Superintendent Central Excise & Customs, Home District : Barmer, Date of Birth : 1-April-1962, Present Address : 304, Madhuram Aptt., Chharwada Road, GIDC, Vapi-396195 Gujarat, Mob: 9426889292, Email:

Jat Samaj plans to build a community building.

Jats in Valsad district are:

  • Girdhar G. Jakhar - Ganesh Traders, Ph:0260-2435217, 2463481. Mob: 9824156157
  • Anil G. Jakhar - Jakhar Trading Co, Ph:0260-2460079, 2463139. Mob: 9824438849

Notable persons

External links

Website -


  1. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.69
  2. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.194, 200, 205
  3. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.200
  4. शतावरीं पयॊष्णीं च परां भैमरदीं तदा
    कावेरीं चुलुकां चापि वापीं शतबलाम अपि Mahabharata (VI.10.19)
  5. Jat Samaj,April 2005, p.31

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