Balimela

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Balimela
City
Balimela is located in Odisha
Balimela
Balimela
Location in Odisha, India
Balimela is located in India
Balimela
Balimela
Balimela (India)
Coordinates: 18°15′N 82°08′E / 18.25°N 82.13°E / 18.25; 82.13Coordinates: 18°15′N 82°08′E / 18.25°N 82.13°E / 18.25; 82.13
Country  India
State Odisha
District Malkangiri
Government
 • Type democracy
 • Body Notified area Council
Elevation 418 m (1,371 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 11,500
Languages
 • Official Odia
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration OD
Website odisha.gov.in

Balimela is a town and a notified area committee in Malkangiri district in the Indian state of Odisha. It has several tribes and culture. Odia is local language here.However, because of multiculturalism people also speak Bengali, Hindi, Sambalpuri(Koshali), Telugu and Koya language. The name Balimela came into being after Ramayana era. It is believed that Bali was killed by Lord Rama here. Balimela is famous for settlement of Bangla refugees. There are several Bengali settlement villages around Balimela. Balimela is connected with road to Malkangiri, Jeypore and Visakhapatnam. Balimela has a degree college which caters to the need of higher education. Balimela has a Navodaya School, High School and Missionary run English medium school. Balimela has a hospital as well. On the outskirt of the town there is a beautiful park known as NAC Park. The remaining water after generation of electricity are kept near Surlukunda village area. From here two canals have been bifurcated, one is Gampakonda Canal and the other is Tamasa Canal. Balimela is also known as Orkel because there was an ancient village called Orkel near Balimela. Balimela has one post office, one SBI and one cooperative bank. It is also famous for OHPC Project because of production of electricity. The Balimela NAC is divided into several wards.

Geography[edit]

Balimela is located at 18°15′N 82°08′E / 18.25°N 82.13°E / 18.25; 82.13.[1] It has an average elevation of 418 metres (1371 feet). The weather is good. Balimela is surrounded by Mountains hence prone to rain. In summer season the temperature runs above 45 degree.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Balimela had a population of 11,500. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Balimela has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with 60% of the males and 40% of females literate. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. The population has increased these days and as per unofficial sources it is more than 18000 now. Around 95% of people are Hindu in Balimela where as out of the total population 4% are Christian and 1% are Muslim.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Balimela
  2. ^ "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.