Magam

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Magam
मागम
city
Magam is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Magam
Magam
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 34°05′N 74°35′E / 34.08°N 74.58°E / 34.08; 74.58Coordinates: 34°05′N 74°35′E / 34.08°N 74.58°E / 34.08; 74.58
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Badgam
Population (2011)
 • Total 5,470
 • Density 290/km2 (800/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration JK 04

Magam (Hindi: मागम) is a town, Municipal committee and tehsil headquarters in Badgam district. Magam is known as 'The Gateway of Gulmarg' and is recognized for its hospitality, market establishments and business units. Magam is the largest business hub in the district of Budgam district.

Geography[edit]

Magam is a famous town in the district of Budgam Jammu and Kashmir. Magam is the headquarter for the Tehsil administration. It is also known as the gateway of Gulmarg. Located on the Srinagar Gulmarg road, it is only 22 kilometer away from the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest marketplace and business hub of the budgam district. Magam has a library (Idara Abu Fazal Abbas Islamic Library) which was established in 1985. It is the largest Islamic and private library in the whole state of Jammu and Kashmir. The library has an extensive collection of books, literature, CDs and audio cassettes. The library also organises various cultural events during Islamic holy occasions. The library also helps poor and orphaned people of the state. It is known to be the biggest source of Islamic knowledge in the state. Magam is located at 34.08°N 74.58°E. [1] It has an average elevation of 1569 meters (5147 feet). There are a number of small hills at the foot of Sofi Pora. Sofi Pora borders the outskirts of Budgam and Baramulla district.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Magam had a population of 5,470. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Magam has an average literacy rate of 51.22%, lower than the national average of 78.5%: male literacy is 57%, and female literacy is 42%. In Magam, 18% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Education[edit]

Magam is now growing as an education hub in the District of Budgam. The literacy rate is higher than other towns of the Budgam District. Magam has a number of schools from primary to college level. Magam has three higher secondary schools: Government Boy's Higher Secondary Institute, Government Girls Higher Secondary Institute and R.M.P. Higher Secondary Institute. At secondary level, Magam has Green View Public High School, Alamdar Public School, and the New Convent School (CBSE). These institutes impart teaching in the arts, science and commerce streams. Magam has recently established a Degree College, which started its class work in March 2012. The college also has started a professional course in Tourism and Travel Management.

Transport[edit]

Magam is well connected with the State and District Highway roads and is also connected through railway. The Mazhom railway station is located 3 kilometres from Magam. Magam is connected with four-lane road from Srinagar to Gulmarg. Magam has a computerised post office, where the Speed Post, Registered Post, Postal Banking and other types of posts are available. The postal code of Magam is 193401. Magam has facilities for broadband, landline, wireless Internet and mobile phones. There is a BSNL landline phone exchange for landline telephones and broadband. Notable Indian mobile operators such as Airtel, BSNL, Aircel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea and Tata Indicom, operate in Magam, providing both mobile phone and Internet services to the entire area including the surrounding hamlets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.