Anand District is an administrative district of Gujarat state in western India and is popularly known as Charotar. It was carved out of the Kheda district in 1997.Anand is the administrative headquarters of the district. It is bounded by Kheda District to the north, Vadodara District to the east, Ahmedabad District to the west, and the Gulf of Khambhat to the south. Major towns are Khambhat, Tarapur, Petlad and Sojitra.
Anand is the administrative centre of Anand District in the state of Gujarat, India. It is administered by Anand Municipality. It is part of the region known as Charotar, consisting of Anand and Kheda Districts.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of India’s greatest leaders in the Indian Independent Movement grew up in KARAMSAD of ANAND District. It was also the home of his elder brother Vitthalbhai patel, who was also an important political leader. The Patel Brothers lived with their two elder brothers and one younger brother and sister, and parents Javerbhai and Ladba patel in mud-brick house adjocent to his family’s farm holdings. This house is preserved to date as a memorial to Sardar Vallabbhai Patel.
Anand is known as the Milk Capital of India. It became famous for Amul dairy and its milk revolution. This city hosts the Head Office of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF which is parent organisation for AMUL & co-operative operations to collect milk), NDDB of India, well known business school – Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Vidya Dairy and the Anand Agricultural University. Also other famous educational hub is Vallabh Vidhyanagar, an educational suburb of Anand which is home for around 50,000 students from all over the India.
Anand lies between Ahmedabad and Vadodara on the Western Railways, 101 km from the state capital Gandhinagar. It is a railway Junction and a broad gauge line from here runs to Godhra, covering Dakor, a major Hindu pilgrimage en route. MEMUs and one or two regular passenger trains ply on this route. It also has a branch line to Khambhat. DMUs Diesel Multiple Units ply on this route as it is not electrified yet. Anand Railway Station has 5 platforms, numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 are on the main line and number 5 is on the branch line to Godhra. A new platform is in construction on the branch to Ahmedabad from the Godhra line forming a triangle. The National express highway from Ahmedabad to Vadodara also passes through Anand.
Anand has seen rapid economic growth along the Anand-Vallabh Vidya Nagar and Karamsad road belt. It is well on track to become a Municipal Corporation with the inclusion of various peripheral villages like Karamsad, Chikhodra, Lambhvel, V. V Nagar, Bakrol, Mogri and 20 others, however the major part of the town still lacks drainage system.