A lake near Dhone
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Dhone was formerly known as Dronachalam. Dhone is one of the biggest municipalities in Kurnool district. According to local tradition, the name of the village is derived from the name of the tutor Dronacharya, a character in Mahabharatha, who meditated on the hill in village. There is now a Hanuman temple, Dargah and church on the hill. Dhone has large deposits of high quality limestone, and it was previously the site of an active quarry. The quarry is no longer in operation. The oldest temple in Dhone is Sri Pathabugga Ramalingeswara temple, which was constructed in 1943.
The municipality was established in the year 2005 and has an extent of 9.85 km2 (3.80 sq mi). During 2010–2011 period, total expenditure per annum was ₹431 crore (US$68 million), while the total income generated per annum was ₹515 crore (US$82 million). The municipality provided 798 public taps, 186 bore-wells, length of 106.28 km (66.04 mi) roads, 1551 street lights, a park, public market, elementary and secondary schools etc.
Dhone's railway station was built during British rule of India. Dhone is located within the South Central Railway zone. It is the biggest junction in Kurnool District; trains from Guntur to Guntakal and Tirupathi to Secundrabad must pass through Dhone. Dhone has bus station situated near National Highway 7.
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