Dantewada district

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Dantewada district
दन्तेवाड़ा जिला
District of Chhattisgarh
Location of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh
Location of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh
Country India
State Chhattisgarh
Administrative division Bastar
Headquarters Dantewada
Tehsils 4
 • Assembly seats 1
 • Total 3,410.50 km2 (1,316.80 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 247,029
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Literacy 33 per cent
Website Official website

Dantewada District, also known as Dantewara District or Dakshin Bastar District (South Bastar District), is a district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is the district headquarters. The district is part of Bastar Division. Until 1998, the Dantewada District was a tehsil of the larger Bastar District.

As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Chhattisgarh (out of 18), after Narayanpur and Bijapur.[1]


Before Indian Independence, the district was part of the princely state of Bastar. After Indian Independence in 1947, Bastar's ruler acceded to the government of India, and the erstwhile state became part of Bastar District of Madhya Pradesh state. Bastar District was divided into the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, and Kanker in 1999. In 2000, Dantewada was one of the 16 Madhya Pradesh districts that constituted the new state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada was bifurcated in the year 2007 resulting in a new district Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh with 4 Tehsils namely Bijapur, Bhairamgarh, Usoor and Bhopalpatnam. It was further bifurcated in the year 2012 resulting in another new district Sukma with 3 Tehsils namely Chhindgarh, Sukma and Konta.

Maoist rebellion[edit]

The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[2] Over the last year, more than 350 people have been killed and 50,000 moved into camps in the Dantewada district, as a result of a Maoist uprising.

In April 2010, the Maoist rebels killed at least 75 Indian soldiers in a series of attacks on security convoys in Dantewada.[3] In May 2010, the Naxals targeted the Special Police Officers traveling in a civilian bus, killing around 31[4] to 44,[5] including several Special Police Officers (SPOs) and civilians.[6]

Giving Importance to Education[edit]

Dantewada being the worst affected Maoist region, the students still managed to perform well in their high-school board examinations. Their pass percentage has crossed 80 for the first time, making Dantewada the best performing district in the board exam.[7]


Dantewada District has an area of 3,410.50 km². It is bounded on the north and northeast by Bastar District, on the east by Malkangiri District of Odisha state, on the south and southwest by Khammam District of Telangana state, and on the west by the Indravati River, which forms the boundary with Karimnagar District of Telangana and Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Dantewada district is divided into four tehsils, each of which is also a "development block". It is further divided into 114 gram panchayats.[8] The four tehsils are:[9]

Transport Railway stations -12 ; RTC depoits - 02


According to the 2011 census Dantewada district has a population of 247,029,[1] roughly equal to the half of the nation of Cape Verde.[11] This gives it a ranking of 540th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 45 inhabitants per square kilometre (120/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 15.56%.[1] Dantewada has a sex ratio of 1016 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 42.27%.[1]

The district has a population of 247,029 (2011 census), of which 173,714 are tribal peoples (adivasis). The district is divided into 4 tehsils, Dantewada, Gidam, Kuwakonda and Katekalyan.


Average literacy rate of Dantewada (Dantewara) district is 33.21 percent.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ Scores of Indian soldiers killed in Maoist ambushes. BBC. 6 April 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/dantewada-bus-blast-toll-30-pm-to-review-naxal-strategy-26185.php?u=1439
  5. ^ "Talks with Maoists if they suspend violence: Chidambaram". The Times Of India. 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Naxals blow up bus near Dantewada, 50 feared killed". NDTV. 17 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maoist-hit Dantewada outperforms urban districts in boards". [New Indian Express]]. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Districts of Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Blocks of Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Village Panchayat Names of Dantewada, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011. 
  11. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Cape Verde 516,100 July 2011 est. 

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Coordinates: 18°54′N 81°21′E / 18.900°N 81.350°E / 18.900; 81.350