Location of Amravati division in Maharashtra
|• Total||46,090 km2 (17,800 sq mi)|
|• Density||240/km2 (630/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Amravati division is one of the six administrative divisions of Maharashtra state in India. Amravati and Nagpur divisions constitute the ancient Vidarbha region. Amravati Division is bound by Madhya Pradesh state to the north, Nagpur Division to the east, Andhra Pradesh state to the southeast, Marathwada region (Aurangabad Division) to the south and southwest, and Nashik Division to the west.
- Area: 46,090 km²
- Population (2011 census): 11,266,653
- Districts: Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim, Yavatmal
- Literacy: 77.79%
- Area under irrigation: 2,582.02 km²
- Railways: broad gauge 249 km, meter gauge 227 km, narrow gauge 188 km.
History of Amravati Division
Amravati division roughly corresponds to the former province of Berar, which was ceded to Hyderabad State by the Maratha Maharajas of Nagpur in 1803. In 1853, it was occupied by the British, who decided to administer the province although it remained under the nominal sovereignty of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
In 1903 Berar Province was renamed Berar Division and added to the British-administered Central Provinces, which in 1936 was renamed Central Provinces and Berar. Upon Indian independence, the Central Provinces and Berar were reorganized as the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. In 1956 the Indian states were reorganized on linguistic grounds, and Amravati and Nagpur divisions were transferred to Bombay State, which was split on linguistic lines into the states Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960.
The Divisional Commissioner, an IAS officer appointed by the Government of Maharashtra, administers the division. The current commissioner is Shri. D.R.Bansod.
- Olson, James S. and Robert Shadle, eds. Historical Dictionary of the British Empire, Vol. 1. Greenwood Publishing Group, UK 1996. P. 227.
- Hunter, William Wilson, Sir, et al. (1908). Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 6. 1908-1931; Clarendon Press, Oxford.
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