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|• Total||35 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||147 m (482 ft)|
|• Rank||List of cities in Telangana by population|
|• Density||2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Mancherial is a Municipal town in Adilabad district in the south Indian state of Telangana. It is located on the north banks of Godavari River with an area of 35 km2 (14 sq mi). It is situated 253 kilometres (157 mi) north east of state capital Hyderabad. As of 2011[update] Census, there are 86,911 inhabitants. It was previously called Garmilla.
As of 2011 census of India, Mancherial has a population of 1,63,875. Males constitute 51% of the total population and females 49%. Mancherial has an average literacy rate of 75.71%, higher than the national average : male literacy is 83.16%, and female literacy is 67.92%. In Mancherial, 8% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Mancherial is a commercial hub of the coal belt area of Singareni Collieriesof Srirampur, Mandamarri and Bellampalli areas.Its proximity to the rich cement minerals and the coal mines fuels the economy. MCC (Mancherial Cement Company) is the cement production unit. Singareni Collieries are the largest employers in town, Orient Cement (Devapur) factory and Sirpur Paper Mills. It has a thriving market for agricultural produce.
Road Mancherial is well connected by road from major parts of India. State run APSRTC buses runs to various towns/cities like, Adilabad, Karimnagar,Luxettipet, Jagtial, Warangal, Nizamabad, Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijayawada, Godavarikhani, Bellampally, Nagpur, Shirdi, Mumbai, Nanded, Aurangabad and Chandrapur. NH 16 (Nizamabad to Jagdalpur) passes through Mancherial. Rajeev Rahadari Hyderabad-Karimnagar-Ramagundam(Godavarikhani) road is 10km away from Mancherial, which is the shortest route to reach Hyderabad via Godavarikhani, Karimnagar, Siddipet.
Rail Mancherial is located on the longest railway line, which is called the Grand Trunk line (New Delhi-Chennai). It is well connected by rail from various towns/cities in India. It comes under South Central Railways. It is a good potential station to have stoppage due to its urban population as well as proximity to other major towns like Mandamarri (14 km), Bellampalli (21 km), Luxettipet (26 km), Ramakrishnapur (8 km), Chennur (40 km), Jaipur Power Plant (17 km). Mancherial railwaystation is next express halt after Ramagundam.
Air There is an airport at Basant nagar Kesoram cement factory at Ramagundam which is about 25 km from Mancherial. It was used when the government of India was operating Vayudoot airlines, a subsidiary of Air India and Indian Airlines. After the closure of Vayudoot, it has not been in regular use. As of 2010, it is only used for landing of any VVIP's flights or for emergency landings. The nearest international airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, located 162 km away from Karimnagar. The Telangana state government is planning to develop this airport as a part of developing a Second airport in Telangana region..
Bathukamma is a festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana. It is followed by Boddemma in the month of September–October. Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack,arranged with seasonal flowers, in seven concentric layers, of potter’s clay like a cone. Bathuku in Telugu means live/life, and Amma means mother; is celebrated for the glory, later denoted as Goddess Gauri – the patron goddess of womanhood. Bathukamma festival celebrates grandly by medariwada people.
Other festivals include Ganesh Chaturdhi, Durga puja, Dussera, Diwali, Holi, Rakhi, Makara Sankranti, etc.
- Nadipelli Divakar Rao - MLA, Telangana Rashtra Samithi
- Balka Suman - MP, Telangana Rashtra Samithi
- M. Kodandaram - Educationist and Chairman of All-Party Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (JAC)