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Damanjodi is an industrial town in the Koraput district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is primarily a hilly area with a sparse population. Population of Damanjodi is dependent upon National Aluminium Company (NALCO), a Navaratna PSU of Government of India, which is Asia's largest and the world's seventh largest producer of aluminium. The population is cosmopolitan as the employees come from all parts of the country.
Damanjodi is located on the foothills of the "Panchatmali" range providing a scenic view of the beautiful valleys of Eastern Ghats. The place is well surrounded by green cover with a galore of flora and fauna which provides the beautiful experience of the so called hill station. Though the climate is best suited during November to February for visits to experience this heavenly place,one can still plan a travel in any part of the year and still have refreshing experience.One can even experience all forms of the climate considerably rain,sunshine or fog at one stretch making it a very fickle climate for the people. The place is mainly inhabited by the people working at the Nalco Complex aided by the nearby people with shops to fulfill the needs of the inhabitants. One can have a great sight seeing with beautiful parks, gardens, visit points, waterfalls throughout the streets of Damanjodi.
National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) is Asia's largest integrated aluminium complex, encompassing bauxite mining (known as the Panchapatmali mines), alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail . "Panchpatmali" has a reserve of bauxite ore for about 60 years for the continuous production of alumina, and then aluminium. However, those estimations were based on an annual extraction of 480,000 tons of bauxite from the mines.
Damanjodi is name of NALCO Township made up of 3 sectors. These sectors comprise housing quarters laid out in well-planned lanes and streets. Facilities include a well-developed water supply and treatment plant, NALCO's uninterrupted captive power supply, hospital, banks with networked ATMs, three large co-operative stores, two market complexes, clubs, community centers, Temples, a Church and a Mosque. There are a number of hotels in and around the town. NALCO has two guest houses for visitors.
As of 2001[update] India census, Damanjodi had a population of 8475. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Damanjodi has an average literacy rate of 83%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85% and, female literacy is 81%. In Damanjodi, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Saraswati Vidaya Mandir and Delhi Public School are the two schools in this township providing primary education. In addition, there are private schools, the Shri Aurobindo Complete Study Circle and the Malushanta Govt. High School.While the former are present in the Nalco township the rest are in the outskirts of the township providing educational facilities to the nearby people.
Damanjodi is well connected by roads 9 km away from National Highway 26 (Visakhapatnam-Raipur) and Rails (Koraput-Rayagada Rail link passes through it). The public transport by bus (Vizag, Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur,Jagdalpur,Raipur,Bhilai,Bolangir,Sambalpur,Baragarh,Nayagarh,Anugul and Cuttack) and train services (Vizag, Brahmapur, Bhubaneswar,Rayagada, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Howrah,Jagdalpur.Nearest town and District Headquarter is Koraput,the commercial/business town is Jeypore, the HAL Township of Sunabeda and the rest of Odisha.
By Bus to Bhubaneswar - RELIANCE tour and travels- provide daily bus service.
- JYOTI Travels- provide daily bus service. to Cuttack- SHAAN tour and travels Via- Bhawanipatna,Balangir,Boudh,Sonepur,Nayagarh) to Berhampur - MAA KHAMBESWARI travels- provide daily bus service. to Raipur - PAYAL/MANISH/NARESH/KANKER travels provide daily bus service. to Balangir - O S R T C Govt. bus service daily. to NALCO Anugul/Cuttack- O S R T C Govt. bus service daily to Sambalpur/Baragarh - BULBUL Travels provides daily bus service. to Odogaon/Aska/Berhampur - RAJALAXMI Travels provides daily bus service.
- "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.
- Delhi Public School
- Koraput travel guide from Wikivoyage