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 Budgam
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 of the Budgam district. Magam is also known as 'The Gateway of Gulmarg'. It is recognized for its hospitality, market establishments, and business units. Magam is the largest business hub in its district.

Geography[edit]

Magam is a town in the district of Budgam in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is the headquarters of the Tehsil administration and is also known as the gateway of Gulmarg. Located on the Srinagar Gulmarg road, it is 22 kilometers away from Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. It has the largest marketplace and business hub of the Budgam district. The Idara Abu Fazal Abbas Islamic Library, established in 1985, has the largest Islamic and private library in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Magam is located at 34.08°N 74.58°E. It has an average elevation of 1569 meters (5147 feet). There are a number of small hills at the foot of Sofi Pora which borders the outskirts of Budgam and the Baramulla district.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011,[1] Magam had a population of 5,470, of which 18% was under 6 years of age. The gender of the population is split 50% male and 50% female. Magam has an average literacy rate of 51.22%, 27.28% lower than the national average of 78.5%. The male literacy rate in Magam is 57%, and female rate is 42%.

Education[edit]

Magam is now growing as an education hub in the District of Budgam. The literacy rate is the highest among towns of the Budgam District. Magam has a number of schools from primary to college level. It has three higher secondary schools: Government Boy's Higher Secondary Institute, Government Girls Higher Secondary Institute, and R.M.P. Higher Secondary Institute. At the secondary level, it 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. It has recently established a Degree College, which started its class work in March 2012. The college also offers a professional course in Tourism and Travel Management.

Transport[edit]

Magam is well connected with the State and District Highway roads and through railway, and is connected from Srinagar to Gulmarg by a four-lane road. The Mazhom railway station is located 3 kilometres from Magam. 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. 

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