The Gujarat government has announced the establishment of Becharaji Area Development Authority (BADA) to boost economic and religious potential of the Bahucharaji region in North Gujarat, renowned as a Shaktipith pilgrimage site.
Apart from the ancient Bahuchar Mata shrine, the Shankhalpur Tirth, Vallabh Bhatt’s Vav, the Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region (SIR) is also in the vicinity, which hosts numerous small and large manufacturing units, including a Maruti Suzuki plant.
BADA aims to facilitate infrastructure development by enhancing Becharaji Gram Panchayat and the surrounding regions, situated approximately 45 km from Mehsana.
The authority will cover approximately 825 hectares, encompassing Becharaji and its neighboring areas like Shankhalpur, Kalri, Ganeshpura, Pratapgarh, Finchdi, Dedana, and Edala villages.
The newly formed authority will formulate a development plan under the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act-1976. This plan will lead to the provision of basic infrastructure, including roads, street lights, gardens, and drainage systems.
Furthermore, the development authority will boost industrial and commercial activities in and around Becharaji, potentially attracting new capital investments and creating fresh employment opportunities.
The Mehsana collector has been appointed chairman of the newly established BADA. Other members of this authority include the Chief Town Planner, President of Mehsana District Panchayat, Mehsana District Development Officer, and the Regional Municipal Commissioner, Gandhinagar. The Additional Resident Collector of Mehsana district will serve as its Member Secretary.