Dahod is a city on the banks of the Dudhimati River in Dahod District in the State of Gujarat, India. It is said that it has taken its name from Saint Dadhichi, who had an Ashram on the bank of Dudhumati river. The city serves as District Headquarters for Dahod District. It is 214 kilometers from Ahmedabad and 159 kilometers from Vadodara. It is also known as Dohad (meaning "two boundaries", as the borders of the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are nearby)
According to the 2011 Census of India, the urban population of Dahod city is 1.30,503 with a sex ratio of 960 females per 1000 males and 83.5% literacy rate. It is also a medical hub for Gujarat, and surrounding areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Dahod hosts some non-profit health centers like Urban Bank hospital, Anjuman Trust, and Government Hospital. Drashtri Netralaya is a famous non-profit eye clinic with a staff of 20+ specialists. It also offers a Diploma in Optometry course. Dahod is connected to all major towns of Gujarat by public transport service operated by GSRTC.
The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25th June, 2015 with an objective to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.
Dahod secured 9th rank among 30 new cities announced on 23rd June, 2017 by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for development as smart cities under the Smart City Mission.
The implementation of the Mission at the City level is being done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the purpose. The SPV plans, appraises, approves, releases funds, implements, manages, operates, monitors and evaluates the Smart City development projects.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Dahod Smart City Development Limited (DSCDL), is formed for Dahod city to incorporate Smart Solutions. Dahod Smart City proposal consists of two components – (i) Area Based Development & (ii) Pan City Solution.
As a part of Area based development projects, major ABD projects include revamping of Anganwadi centers, amusement parks, open spaces, skill development center, etc.
The pan city solution includes intelligent traffic integrated transport management, smart water and waste management, real-time environment monitoring, CCTV surveillance, Wi-Fi services across city and online service delivery to improve public service delivery and digital inclusion.