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As of 2001[update] India census, Chirkunda had a population of 39,121. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Chirkunda has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 71% and female literacy of 56%. 14% of the population is under 6 years of age. The official language and most widely spoken language is Marwari, Khortha - a linguistic blend of Bengali and Magahi. Other languages which are used here are Bengali and Hindi. Hinduism is the prominent religion here, followed by Islam.
Chirkunda is situated amidst rich coal mines of Jharia and Raniganj. Major industries in and around this area includes refractory making, coal making, iron and steel plants, food processing, retailing, and service industry. Due to its strategic location, Chirkunda has many big business houses of the Dhanbad district such as the Sinha's, Sharma's, Chulania's, Gaddhyan's, Kharkia's, Choudhary's, Nigania's to name a few. Some major factories in this belt includes Fatka Refractories, Associated Ceramic, Chirkunda Ceramic Works, Maithan Ceramic Ltd., Maithan Alloys Ltd., Arun Fuels, Bharat Ceramic, Shree Ganesh Hardcoke, etc. KFS, once India's largest refractory producer when it was in operation is situated in this area. Mc Nally Bharat Engineering is also situated in the outskirts of Chirkunda. The presence of DVC's Maithon Dam and Panchet Dam, power stations is another major factor for the development of industries in and around this area. Maithon Power Limited, a Joint venture of Tata Power and DVC Maithon holds brighter prospects for the future and prevalent industries.Many educated professionals are also living in Chirkunda. Nearby areas include Kumardhubi, Mugma, Nirsa, Barakar, Kulti and Panchet.
The biggest school in the area both in term of area and number of students is De Nobili School Mugma
- De Nobili School, Maithon
- Modern Public School (Babu Dangal More)
- Smt Ginia Devi Modern School
- Loyala School, Taldanga
- St. Mary's School, Taldanga
- Guru Nanak Mission School, Sarsapahari, Taldanga
- Nandalal High Institution (112 years old)
- Kapasara Junior School (104 years old)
- J.K.R.R High school +2
- High School Kumardhubi
- B.S.K College
- Sahu College of Commerce
- S. C. Prashad R.Prashad Women's College
- SHMS College
Maithon (Mai Ka Sthan - A place where Mother Goddess stays) Literally meaning Mother's Abode, it is the biggest reservoir of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). This dam, designed for flood control, has been built on the Barakar river. It has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in SE Asia. Just a little away from the dam lies an ancient temple at Kalyaneshwari. The lake at Maithon is spread over an area of 65 km2. There is a rest house on an island in the lake. Boating and fishing facilities are available. Close by, a Deer Park and a bird sanctuary are also situated. Prior permission is required for visiting the powerhouse. The permits are issued from the office of the Assistant Public Relations Officer and guide services are also made available.
In winters it attracts huge numbers of picnickers and generally is overcrowded between December 25 to January 5 every year.
Close to Maithan Dam, 46 km away from Dhanbad,is the famous temple presiding deity of which is Maa Kalyaneshwari.It draws a large number of devotees throughout the year.So famous is the temple that even the name Maithan is said to have been derived from Mai-Ka-Than meaning Abode of the Goddess. There is also a deer park and a bird sanctuary in the vicinity.
This is also a census town situated 9 km South of Chirkunda and about 54 km southeast of Dhanbad. The Panchet Dam, around which the Ttwnship has developed, is located here.
Chirkunda is well connected to various places.
to Tata, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Purulia, Kolkata (From Barakar 1 km away), Durgapur (From Barakar 1 km away), Asansol (From Barakar 20 km away) and Burdwan (From Barakar 1 km away)
Connected by Grand Chord Section of the Asansol - Mughalsarai (Easter Railway) Nearest Station - Kumardhubi (1 km)
Major Express and Super Fast Train halts. Coal Field Express, Black Diamond Express, Vanachal Express, Patliputra Express, Dhanbad - Howrah Double Decker SuperFast Express, Jammu Tawai, Shaktipunj Express, Morya Express, Hatia - Badnathdham Intercity Express & Passenger Trains also available.
- Raghunath Kharkia Eye Hospital (Lions Club)
- Dr. Gupta Memorial Nursing Home
- Popular Nursing Home
24 Hr. Ambulance Facility:-
- Marwari Yuva Manch
- Lions Club
- New Sewa Sadan Nursing Home,Maithon Road,Chirkunda
- "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.