The Government of Gujarat has constituted the Bharuch Ankleshwar Urban Development Authority (BAUDA) vide Notification dated 7-01-2012 by amalgamating the functions and jurisdiction of Bharuch Area Development Authority and Ankleshwar Area Development Authority. The jurisdiction of BAUDA is now spread over 92 villages besides the two town areas of Bharuch and Ankleshwar. The 58 villages of Bharuch taluka and 36 villages of Ankleshwar taluka, including Bharuch and Ankleshwar cities, will now be under the jurisdiction of Bauda.Total area under BAUDA is 248 Sq.km. The combined population of the region under BAUDA is approx 5.88 lakh in 2011.
The twin townships of Bharuch and Ankleshwar took a step towards fusion as one city with the formation of the much-awaited Bharuch Ankleshwar Urban Development Authority (Bauda).
The combined population of the two townships and the 94 surrounding villages is 3.6 lakh (of which 1.4 lakh are migrants) and the projected population by 2025 by is 8 lakh.
The two industrial townships, 8 km apart, are separated by the Narmada and have their own nagarpalikas. The two local civic bodies had their own urban development authorities which will now be dissolved.
The BAUDA area comprises one of the largest concentrations of industries in the country. Approximately 12000 units of Small Scale Industry (SSI) are located in the surrounding area in Dahej-Vagra and Bharuch Ankleshwar GIDC estates, employing some 27000 persons. Besides, there are a number of medium to large industries, mainly in the Jagadia Industrial Estate. Majority of the investment has flowed into the chemical industries sector followed by the engineering sector.
Being on the coast, the BAUDA area also comprises the Dahej Port and Port based industries. The Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Ltd’s (GCPTCL) liquid cargo terminal at Dahej, Petronet LNG’s Liquefied Natural Gas landing and degasification facility, and other private sector jetties like Birala Copper are some of the key port related installations.