Betul, Madhya Pradesh
|Elevation||658 m (2,159 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Betul is a city and a municipality in Betul district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the administrative center of Betul District located in southern Madhya Pradesh. It forms the southernmost part of the Bhopal Division.
Betul derives its name from the small town of Betul Bazar, about 5 km south of the present city which was the district's headquarters. In 1822 the District Headquarters was shifted to the present place, which was a village called Badnur at that time. The literal meaning of Betul is "without (be) cotton (tool)". It was the border of the cotton-growing area. This district contains the most developed town Amla, which is a tehsil (headquarters) too, while others are less developed. It is a town surrounded by hills on all sides and was used by the British for exportation of coal and that's why they established a railway station in the early 1910s. Presently it is serving as a connecting junction for railways i.e. it is the only access to Chhindwara District via rail. Shri Balaji's temple has been built near Betul which is now very famous and one the of the most happining spot in the city. the place also known as 5th dhaam of india in center its on obedullaganj to nagpur highway (NH-69) 5 km from betul city
Betul is located at  It has an average elevation of 658 metres (2158 ft). Betul itself is the most developed place in the district and is well connected with most parts of India by railway. Betul is situated on the Delhi-Chennai main railway line and is also well connected by a network of roads. At Barsali a stone marks the Geographical Center Point of India.by transport its rto code is MP48.
As of 2011[update] India census, Betul had a population of 82,300 Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Betul has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 55% of the males and 45% of females literate. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Betul has witnessed the peaceful coexistence of different religions and cultures.
Balajipuram : Balajipuram is a temple built 8Km outside the Betul city. This temple was build by NRI Mr Sam Verma. Temple was opened for public in the year 2001.Every year Funfair is organized on the occasion of religious festival of Basant Panchami. This temple is 111 feet in height & made in 15 acres & nowadays its famous temple.
To name other few Sona Ghati, Kerpani, Shapna Water Reservoir, Sarni coal plant, Umri sharif dargah, etc. are the places to visit in or near Betul.
Trade and Industry
Betul district's economy is predominantly an agrarian one and due to the heavy forest cover, it is also based on forestry. Betul is well connected by a Road and Rail network. The Delhi-Chennai broad gauge railway line and National Highway No.69 also pass through this district. The nearest Airports are at Nagapur and Bhopal, almost 180 km. from the district headquarters of Betul.
With abundant Food and Grain production and extensive forest cover, in addition to good a Road and Rail Network and good Telecomm facilities, Betul is predicted to become an advanced industrial district.
Some of the main features of Industrial development in the District are as follows:
There are 7160 cottage industries in the district, which have provided employment to 17,682 people and have a total investment in excess of 1235.65 Lakhs.
The 33 Small Scale Industries (SSI) in the district have provided employment to 667 people and have total investment in excess of 819.99 Lakhs. Out of 33 SSI's, 8 are Agro-based, 13 are Mineral- based, 1 is forest-based and there are 11 others.
There are 5 large and medium scale units in the district and these have provided employment to 999 people and have a total investment exceeding 1681.37 Lakhs. Details: M/s. Betul Oils & Flours Ltd., Kosmi Industrial Area - Betul (130.12 Lakhs), M/s. Madhyavarta Ex-oil LTD, Kosmi Industrial Area - Betul (595.00 Lakhs), M/s. Adhishwar Oil & Fats Ltd. Chouthia, Multai - Betul (348.73 Lakhs), M/s. Betul Tyre & Tube Industry. Pvt. Ltd., Sohagpur - Betul (302.25 Lakhs), M/s. Wearwell Tyre & Tube Industries, Panka, Amla - Betul (305.27 Lakhs).
Movement of industrial goods
The movement of Industrial Goods produced in this district is mainly done by Road Transport mode. A few industries (mainly large and medium ones) use Rail networks for transporting their finished products. Exporters, mainly the tyre industry, use waterways to export to USA, UK, the Middle East and African countries. The shipping of export goods is normally done through Mumbai, Chennai and Vizag sea Ports.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Betul
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.