Dewas district

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Dewas district
देवास ज़िला
District of Madhya Pradesh
Location of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh
Location of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh
Country India
State Madhya Pradesh
Administrative division Ujjain
Headquarters Dewas
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Dewas
 • Total 7,020 km2 (2,710 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,563,107
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
 • Literacy 70.53 per cent
 • Sex ratio 941
Website Official website

Dewas District (Hindi: देवास ज़िला) is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The town of Dewas is the district headquarters.

The district has an area 7,020 km², and a population 1,306,617 (2001 census), an increase of 26% since 1991.

Dewas District roughly corresponds to the territories of the twin princely states of Dewas. The district straddles the Vindhya Range; the northern portion of the district lies on the Malwa plateau, while the southern portion lies in the valley of the Narmada River. The portion on the Malwa Plateau grows Soyabean (Mostly produce in dewas district) wheat, sorghum, rice, and cotton. The Narmada forms the southern boundary of the district. The district is bounded to the east by Sehore District, to the south by the Harda and Khandwa districts, to the west by the Khargone and Indore districts, and to the north by the Ujjain and Shajapur districts. Dewas District is part of Ujjain Division. Devsaal Rawats of Uttarakhand are said to have their origins in Dewas at the time of legendary king Vikramāditya.

Dewas District is now divided into six tehsils namely Sonkatch, Dewas, Bagli, Kannod, Tonk-Khurd and Khategaon. Dewas tehsil is situated on the north-western part of the district, Sonkatch on the north-eastern part, Bagli on the south, Kannod on the south-central part and Khategaon on the South-east. Proper roadways connect all the tehsil headquarters. The headquarters of Dewas tehsil, which is also the district headquarters, is situated on the Bombay-Agra National Highway No.3 and is also connected by broad-gauge railway line of western Railway.


According to the 2011 census Dewas District has a population of 1,563,107,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Gabon[2] or the US state of Hawaii.[3] This gives it a ranking of 319th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 223 inhabitants per square kilometre (580/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.48%.[1] Dewas has a sex ratio of 941 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 70.53%.[1]


Languages spoken Hindi,Maalvi,Bangla,English include Bareli Rathwi, a Bhil language with approximately 64 000 speakers, written in the Devanagari script.[4]

Dewas Ke Bhagirath[edit]

Dewas is known for their water management and irrigation programs in rural areas. Until 2005 Dewas was a drought area and farmers was having major problems as production was at very low level. But after Umakant Umrao took over as district collector of Dewas things started changing. Today village farmers have plenty of water and it is helping them for removing their poverty. Dewas district became model for other districts in India.

United Nations selected Dewas district's community water management works in the best three water management practices in the world under the category of "Best Water Management Practices" for 2011-2012.[5][6] Dewas was finalist in 'Water for Life’ United Nation's-Water Best Practices Award 2012 edition.

United Nations praised Bhagirath Krishhak Abhiyan of Dewas district started by district administrator Umakant Umrao.[7] Documentary film made by Public Service Broadcasting Trust about Dewas water revolution is featured on Lok Sabha TV.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Gabon 1,576,665 
  3. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Hawaii 1,360,301 
  4. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bareli, Rathwi: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th edition ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
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Coordinates: 22°57′36″N 76°03′00″E / 22.96000°N 76.05000°E / 22.96000; 76.05000