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Surat is a city located on the western part of India in the state of Gujarat. It is one of the most dynamic city of India with one of the fastest growth rate due to immigration from various part of Gujarat and other states of India.

Surat is one of the cleanest city of India and is also known by several other names like "THE SILK CITY", "THE DIAMOND CITY", "THE GREEN CITY", etc. It has a most vibrant present and an equally varied heritage of the past. It is the city where the British first land in India. The Dutch and the Portuguese also established there business centers in Surat, the remnants of which are still preserved in the modern day Surat. In past this was a glorious port with ships of more than 84 countries anchored in its harbour at any time.

Still today, Surat continues the same tradition as people from all around the country flock in for business and jobs. Surat has practically zero percent unemployment rate and jobs are easier to get here due to very fast development of various industries in and around Surat City.
Year
Events
1612
The British established the KOTHI a centre for trade and commerce.
1614
Sir Tomas Row visited Surat and obtained the rights for trade for the East India Company by meeting Badsah Jahangir.
1664
Shivaji invaded Surat for the first time.
1800
The Britishers subjugated the entire Surat during the rule of Nasiruddin.
1825
The Dutch people came to Surat.
1826
The Government started Gujarati Schools in the City.
1842
The First English School started in the City.
1847
The Portuguese closed their Centres for Trade (KOTHIS) in Surat.
1850
The Government enacted an Act for the development of the city, according to which, the Govt. was empowered to open a Department related to Municipality, on the request of the eminent citizens to effectuate the said Act. The Govt. appointed a committee called 'The Municipal Committee', which consisted of its officers and the eminent citizens to run the said Department. And a provision was made in the Act to administer the city Municipality.
1850
Surat Literary Society established its first Printing Press.
1850
The Andrews Library opened on 1 -7-1850.
1852
The Municipality came into existence, legally, and its first meeting was held on 15-8-1852.
1852
The First School for Girls established in the city under the name of "Raichand Deepchand Primary School for Girls" in Gopipura.
1855
The Primary School administration assigned to the Municipality.
1857
Beginning of Telegraph Communication.
1860
Erection of Surat Railway Station.
1863
'Surat-Mitra', a local newspaper started by Dinshah Ardeshar Taliyarkhan, which was re-named as 'Gujarat-Mitra' on 11-9-1864.
1865
A survey of the city was conducted. The road connecting Chowk Bazar and Station was constructed.
1867
Municipality's Office was shifted to its existing building.
1870
A Clock Tower was erected on the Station Road. A bridge along with sluice gate was constructed over Makkai Pool for Protection against floods.
1870
Rani Baug (presently - Gandhibaug) inaugurated by the Municipality.
1871
Registration of death and birth was introduced by the Municipality.
1877
Inauguration of Hope Pool.
1883-84
Saturday Bazar commenced in Killa Maidan. Election procedure was introduced for the first time in the Municipality and hence 12 members from 12 wards were elected.
1898
Water supply began through Municipal Water Works (1 -1 -1898).
1898-99
Water taps were connected in the city.
1899
Varachha Water Works entrusted to the Municipality.
1901
New Act of Municipality came into force.
1909
(1) The strength of elected members was raised by 2/3 of total strength.
(2) The Chief Officer was appointed as the administrator of the Municipality.
1920
Free & compulsory education was introduced in the City from 1st April 1920.
1921
Mahatma Gandhiji was awarded a letter of Honour on 19th April 1921
1925
Shri Vallabhbhai Patel (Celebrated as 'Sardar' after Bardoli Satyagrah in 1928) was awarded a letter of Honour on 24th October
1934
An act related to Adulteration was promulgated in the city from 1st March 1934.
1936
Vegetable Market constructed at Baranpuri Bhagal.
1939
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel unveiled the Oil-painting of Mahatma Gandhi in the Municipal Hall on 6th January 1939.
1944
The Municipality resolved that as long as the British Govt. is not prepared to make India free and continue its policy of repression the Municipal function be stopped (13-4-1944).
1946
The Municipality was re-established on 8th Feb. 1946.
1950
D.D.T. Spray programme undertaken to curb mosquitoes in the city (7-7-1950).
1950
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the President of India, unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi placed at Gandhi baug on 17th October 1950.
1952
Surat Railway Station (New) constructed.
1955
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the Rang Upvan on 30th October 1955.
1965
English was introduced in the education of girls in Raichand Deepchand school for girls at Gopipura.
1966
Conversion of Municipality into Municipal Corporation on 1 st October 1966.
1980
Inauguration of Gandhi Smruti Bhavan, the auditorium. (19-4-1980).
1991
Inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Bridge on 22-7-91 * Approx. cost Rs. 14.31 Crores.
1991
Inauguration of the Narmad Central Library on 24th August 1991.
1995
Inauguration of Weir-cum-Cause Way on 16-12-95. Approx. cost Rs.35 Crores.
1995
Commencement of Sewage Treatment Plant at Bhesan from 25-12-95. Approx. cost Rs.8 Crores
1996
Inauguration of Swami Vivekanand Bridge on 30-6-96. Approx. cost Rs.l 5 Crores.
1997
Inauguration of Water-distribution centre at Katargam on 27-6-97.
1998
Inauguration of Indoor Stadium on 18-12-98.
2000
Inauguration of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Fly Over Bridge (Textile Market, Ring Road) on 25-06-2000. Approx. cost Rs. 18 Crores.
2001
Inauguration of Olympic level swimming pool at Adajan on 06-05-2000. Approx. cost Rs. 1.5 Crores.
2001
Inauguration of bridge connecting Nana Varachha & Mota Varachha on 28-10-2001. Approx. cost Rs. 27 Crores.
2001
Inauguration of Sardar Smriti Bhavan (auditorium) at Varachha on 28-10-2001. Approx. cost Rs. 40 lacs.
2002
Inauguration of Water Distribution Station at Pandesara.
2002
Celebration of 150 years of existence of municipality.
2002
Handing over of “Panchayat Ghar” constructed by SMC at Kutchh-Bhuj.
2002
Commencement of Bamroli-Vadod Sewage Treatment Plant.
2003
Inauguration of Rander Intake Well on 31-01-2003. Approx. cost Rs. 31 Crores.
2003
Inauguration of Singanpor Sewage Treatment Plant on 31-01-2003. Approx cost Rs. 28 Crores.
2003
Opening of Sarthana Nature Park & Zoo spread over 81 acres of land on 26-04-2003.
2003
Inauguration of City Civic Center at following places:
Chaupati Athwalines on 2-5-2003
Central Zone Office, Muglisarai & North Zone Office, Katargam on 8-5-2003
South Zone Office, Udhna; East Zone Office, Varachha & West Zone Office, Rander on 16-5-2003
Ved Road on 18-8-2003
Bhestan on 10-11-2003
2003
Inauguration of Swimming pool near Terapanth Bhavan, Opp. South Zone Office on 31.08.2003. Approx cost Rs. 1.39 Crores.
2004
Opening of SMIMER hospital on 02.02.2004. Approx. cost Rs. 25.86 crores.
2004
Inauguration of Varachha Flyover Bridge on 02.02.2004. Approx cost Rs. 29.50 crores.
2004
Foundation stone laid for railway over brider at Dindoli on 27.02.2004. Approx. cost 10.53 crores.
2004
Inauguration of Sewage Pumping Station and India’s first biogas based plant producing 0.50 MW electricity from sewage at Anjana Sewage Treatment Plant on 28-02-2004. Approx. cost Rs. 2.60 Crores.
2004
Inauguration of Janshakti Island at Majuragate on 01.05.2004.
2004
Inauguration of e-Library and Blind library on 01.05.2004.
2004
Water Harvesting system within the premises of municipal corporation started and Door-to-door Garbage Collection system started on 01.05.2004
2004
City Gallery inaugurated 02.05.2004
2004
Inauguration of Model center at Gandhismriti Bhavan on 02.05.2004.
2004
E-Payment system started on 15.10.2004.
2004
Inauguration of ramp connecting Varachha Fly Over bridge with Hirabaug Junction on 15.12.2004. Approx. cost Rs. 1.83 crores.
2004
Foundation stone laid for India's first multi layer flyover bridge at Jay Prakash Narayan Road (Ring Road) on 19.12.2004. Approx. cost Rs. 25.32 crores.
 
     
 
     
   
 
     
 
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