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District Profile

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Particulars

Specification

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Name  of  the District

Dhamtari

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District Origin

06-Jul-1998

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Area

4081.93 Sq. Km.

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Population(Census 2011)

799194

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Agricultural Land

134017 hectare

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Irrigated Land

9589 hectare

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Blocks

4

8

Tehsils

4

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Revenue Village

644

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Forest Village

104

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Habitation

969

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Gram Panchayat

333

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Nagar Nigam

1

14

Municipal Panchayat

5

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Introduction

                        Famous as “The Bowl of Rice” or “The DhaankaKatora”, Chhattisgarh state is situated in the middle part of India. Chhattisgarh has 27 districts. Dhamtari is one of the beautiful districts of Chhattisgarh. It is located west of the scenic Satpura mountain ranges, bordered by the fascinating Kanker from the west and Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh, from the north. Dhamtari is famous for its lush green forests, unique wildlife and large dams. The scenic district of Chhattisgarh is also known for its rich cultural heritage and tribal life. Dhamtari has its own dance styles, cuisine, music and traditional folk songs.

            The major tourist attractions of Dhamtari include the famous Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and birds. Other worth visiting attractions in Dhamtari includes RavishankerJalashayPariyojna (Gangrel Dam), Madamsilli Dam, Sondhur Dam, Dudhawa Dam and Dhamtari Industrial School. All these dams offer spectacular views and are popular picnic spots of the district. On ones DhamtariTour, one can also enjoy visits to Tribal Villages to get an insight into the unique tribal culture of the region.

            Dhamtari is a district in the Indianstate of Chhattisgarh. It was officially formed on July 6, 1998. Its  nameDhamtariis from an amalgamation of Dhamma and Tarai (hence the name). The district headquarter is Dhamtari. In the east, Satpura range is located. It is popularly known as Sihawapahad.

                        Dhamtari district covers an area of 4081.93sq. km and lies between North latitudes 20°02’45.06” and 21°01’32.772” and East longitudes 81°24’43.128” to 82°10’28.956” with population of 799194 as per 2011 census. Rural population of the district is 484970, which is 60.68% of total population. This shows that the Rural population of the district is gradually becoming equal to the Urban population. The district surrounds  Raipur and Mahasamund on the north, east and south-east It is bound by the state of Orissa on the south, Bastar on the south west The districts of Kanker and Durg districts have common borders with the district of Dhamtari in the western side. The district looks like a narrow flat land with its upper portion tilting towards the north-western horizon. The river Mahanadi bifurcates the district into two parts. The river to the west of the river comprise open Chhattisgarh plain. The south and south eastern part, east of Chhattisgarh plain is hilly. The striking hills are the Sringi-rishi and Angira-rishi of Nagri Tehsil. In the southern part of the said Tehsil lie the Sihawa group of hills.

 About 52 % of the total geographic area is covered by forests. The Mahanadi - the principal river of the district rising in the Sihawa hills, flows north-west through out its entire length in the district. Other important river in the district is Kharun. The district receives a normal rainfall of 1300 mm with 60-70 rainy days. The district has a tropical climatic condition.

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Geographical :-

The three sides of the district which includes Dhamtari, Kurud and some part of magarlod is wide open and plane land where as its east-South side which mainly contains Nagari and a few part of magarlod is covered with dense forest. There are so many hills and dense forest in the Nagri block which enhance its beauty.

Mahanadi which is the grace of Chhattisgarh, Originates near the Sihawa Mountainis the principal river of this district and till this area it is named as Kankannadi, Chitrotpala, Neelotpala, Mandvahini, Jairath etc. Its tributaries are Sendur, Pairy, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath.The river Mahanadi  gives greenery and never ending beauty, cultivates the whole land of Dhamtari district and its agricultural land area. It also provides drinking water resource to the population.

The fertility of lands of Dhamtari district can be attributed to the presence of these rivers. The chief crop of this region is paddy. Mahanadi one of the major river in central India originates in the hills of Sihawa flows in an easterly direction into the Bay of Bengal.

Largest “Ravi Shankar Sagar Project” which covers Dhamtari and Nagari blocks and Kanker district is one of the famous dams in the Asia. It not only gives sufficient water supply for irrigation to the whole land of our district but also provides surplus water to the Bhilai Steel Plant every year. The MurumSilli, Dudhawa and Sondhur dams also provide water for irrigation purpose and hydroelectricity project has been initiated in the district for benefit of the people at large. ‘Sanjay Hatchery’ near Demar village which is situated 10 km apart from Dhamtari is the largest Fish hatchery in the Asia. People from foreign countries often visit here.he national highway No. 43 Raipur – Vijaynagaram (Andhra Pradesh) passes through Dhamtari. Raipur is 78 km from Dhamtari.

Largest “Ravi Shankar Sagar Project” which covers Dhamtari and Nagari blocks and Kanker district is one of the famous dams in the Asia. It not only gives sufficient water supply for irrigation to the whole land of our district but also provides surplus water to the BhilaiSteel Plant every year. The MurumSilli, Dudhawa and Sondhur dams also provide water for irrigation purpose and hydroelectricity project has been initiated in the district for benefit of the people at large. ‘Sanjay Hatchery’ near Demar village which is situated 10 km apart from Dhamtari is the largest Fish hatchery in the Asia. People from foreign countries often visit here.

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Historical

It is said that in ancient time the name of Dhamtari was Dharm-Tarai. whichmeans’s the religious town situated near the bank of a river. This town is situated near the bank of Mahanadi River and has many famous religious places which justify its ancient name. However as time turned its wheel the name Changed in to Dhamtari.

It is the matter of our great pride that a large number of freedom fighters were born in this Dhamtari district who fought for the freedom of India. Great freedom fighters like shriBabuChhotelalShrivastava fought bravely in the “Nahar Satyagraha” movement. Late Shri Narayan Rao Meghawale, Late Shri TarachandSahu, Late Dr.Shobha Ram Dewangan and a large number of freedom fighters plunged into the Indian freedom movement. ShuklalNage started the Jungle satyagraha movement with great courage and self reliance. Mahatma Gandhi, Popularly known as “Father of the Nation” visited twice this historical places Kandel and Dhamtari in 1905 and 1913. Dhamtari district is  covered with greenery. The large area of it is covered with dense forest, agricultural land, rivers and mountains. Irrigation facilities provide the double crop of Rice. HarraBehera, Char, Chirounji, Tendu, Mahua, Amrood, Imli, Anwla, Mango are the main forest products.

The Sal, Sagoun, Bija and other domestic purpose wood is found in plenty in this district. The railway Sal sleeper is exported per year since British period. Forest products, like white-Lakh, seeds, roots and Bidi are also exported from Dhamtari. Due to production of rice in large amount and variety Chhattisgarh is called the “DhanKaKatora” which means the bowl of rice.

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