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Gomia is located in Jharkhand
Location in Jharkhand, India
Coordinates: 23°47′N 85°49′E / 23.78°N 85.82°E / 23.78; 85.82Coordinates: 23°47′N 85°49′E / 23.78°N 85.82°E / 23.78; 85.82
Country  India
State Jharkhand
District Bokaro
Elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 60,532
 • Official Hindi, Santali
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 829112

Gomia (also spelt as Gumia) is a census town in Bokaro district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The modern name is a transformation of Gumia over the years. Though, till date, it is still Gumia for the South Eastern Railway (India) (station code GMIA). Gomia is one of the six administrative blocks of Bokaro district


Gumia is located at 23°47′N 85°49′E / 23.78°N 85.82°E / 23.78; 85.82.[1] It has an average elevation of 238 metres (780 feet) and lies within the deciduous forests of Chota Nagpur Plateau.


Gomia took shape around the year 1956, when the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI as its popularly known as), set up commercial explosives (IEL) factory here. It was developed with a residential colony to house the 3500 employees that would work in the factory. Since then, Gomia has been an epitome of diversity - with people of different nationalities, cultures and religious beliefs coming together to write a new chapter in the history of the then Hazaribagh district. Since then, though Gomia didn't move physically on the Earth's platter, it switched districts twice, first becoming a part of Giridih and then becoming a part of Bokaro district as and when the two districts were formed.

In mid-1999, the IEL factory went into the hands of Orica.[2]


As of 2001 India census,[3] Gumia had a population of 45,532. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Gumia has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 52%. In Gumia, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Gomia block has a population (1991 census) of 201,989. It comprises one hundred and forty five villages at the time of census.[citation needed]


Orica's IEL factory is the lifeline of Gomia. More than 80% of the population benefits from the factory, directly or indirectly.

Annual turnover of IEL is approx 10000 Crs. Central Coal Field Limited(CCL)'s The people of Gomia are also depend on CCL Colliery. Bokaro Thermal Power Station's It is also near by Gomia.(appox. 5 km.)

IEL factory is also known as Gomia Explosives.

Gomia town is headed by the head of the factory.

Few Heads of the Factory -

  • Mr. Thampi
  • Mr. VK Bahari
  • Mr. GT Jejurikar
  • Mr. VK Mushran
  • Mr. Dileep Deshpande
  • Mr. D Adhikary
  • Mr. Ravi Pratap Sinha
  • Mr. Rajesh Sharma
  • Mr. Udit Baluja
  • Mr. Sanjay Singh

Some Active Politicians

  • Madhav Lal Singh (Ex MLA)
  • Chatru Ram Mahto (Ex MLA)
  • Jitendra Sharma (Ex President of BJYM, Gomia And Secretory of LIAFI, LIC Gomia Branch)
  • Mohan Kumar (President of BJP, Gomia)
  • MD Rizwan Union Leader (Organizing secretory Indian Explosives workers union Gomia works )
  • Yogendra Prasad Mahto (Present MLA)


Gomia lies on one of the first railway links that got set up in Chota Nagpur Plateau. It is on the Gomoh-Barkakhana line. It is well connected with trains to the following places, with the approximate distances shown alongside:

Gomia had its own Air-Strip for Factory's aircraft landing.

Nearby places[edit]

Gomia has several interesting spots, including the following:

  • Hazaribagh (70 km) - Wild Life Sanctuary, Kanheri Hill, Hazaribag Jheel, Central Jail, St. Columba's College (running for more than 100 years)
  • Bagodar block (41 km) - a famous picnic spot
  • Parasnath Hills and Sammet Shikharji (76 km), with the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand, 4480 feet above the sea level, it is one of the most important and sanctified holy places of the Jains. 20 out of 24 Tirthankaras (including Parshva) are believed to have attained salvation there.
  • Tenu Dam (12 km) - a masonry dam with scenic picnic spots.
  • Konar Dam (21 km) - a very good picnic spot with gardens on the fall side of the dam.
  • Chharchharia Falls (15 km) - a perennial waterfall in the hills near Lalpania and a good picnic spot.
  • Chandru's Falls (5 km) - a wild waterfall in the hills near Narki more
  • Konar River (in Gomia) - The beautiful hilly river flows through Gomia. This originates from the Konar Dam and is one of the most popular picnic spots for the Gomians


The major educational institutions in Gomia include:

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