Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi was felicitated by people of newly-formed 28th district of Gujarat, Chhota Udaipur as well as other new district- Mahi Sagar, on 30 August 2013. Grand felicitation functions were held at Chhota Udaipur and Mahi Sagar districts in Central Gujarat.
Chhota Udaipur district has a total of 897 villages and the total population of 909799, while the Mahi Sagar district has 707 villages and a population of 966540.
The Government of Gujarat created seven new districts, which took the number of districts in Gujarat to 33 from 26. The seven new districts were Aravalli, Botad, Chota Udeipur, Morbi, Mahisagar, Gir-Somnath and Dwarka and these came into effect on 15 August 2013.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced the creation of districts as well as talukas in the year 2012 during the Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra (VYVY) prior to Gujarat state elections. Though the formation of districts was done, but talukas formation is yet to be done.
At present, there are eight districts in Saurashtra, seven districts in South Gujarat, six in North Gujarat and five in Central Gujarat. The district Aravalli is carved out of Sabarkantha district in North Gujarat. The district headquarters are in Madosa. Gir-Somnath was carved out of Junagadh district. Its headquarters are at Veraval.
Botad was carved out of Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar districts. Chhota Udaipur is the tribal belt and it was carved out of Vadodara. Mahisagar district was carved out of Panchmahal and Kheda districts with headquarters in Lunavada.
Morbi was carved out of Rajkot, Surendranagar and Jamnagar. Dwarka was carved out of Jamnagar district with the headquarters in Khambhalia.