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Joda is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Joda is located in India
Joda (India)
Coordinates: 22°01′00″N 85°26′00″E / 22.01667°N 85.43333°E / 22.01667; 85.43333Coordinates: 22°01′00″N 85°26′00″E / 22.01667°N 85.43333°E / 22.01667; 85.43333
Country  India
State Odisha
District Kendujhar
 • Total 41 km2 (16 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 46,631
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
 • Official Oriya, Odia, Bengali, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 758034
Telephone code 06767
Vehicle registration OR 09/OD 09
Sex ratio 872 /

Joda is a city and municipality in the Kendujhar district of the state of Odisha, India. The area has rich iron ore deposits and the economy centres on the large-scale production of steel. Even being highly resource rich, the local population has not benefitted from the incessant mining and industrialization.


As of the 2011 Indian census,[1] the population of Joda has been enumerated to be 46,631. Males constitute 52% of the population while females account for 48% of the population. In Joda, 16 percent of the population is less than six years of age. The average literacy rate of Joda is 72.16%, which is lower than the national average literacy rate i.e.72.87%. Out of it, the male literacy rate is 80% while in Joda the female literacy rate is 63%.


As the Joda area has been dominated by Ho people , local people widely speak in the Ho language [it is written with the "Varang Kshiti" (also "Warang Chiti" script)] as their mode of communication.Most people can speak, write all three languages Odia, Hindi & English.


Joda's economy is mostly based on large-scale Steel producers, such as ESSAR Steel, Tata Steel, Jindal Steel and SAIL.

This region has some of the richest iron deposits in India, and as a result of this many steel plants such as TISCO (Renamed Tata Steel Ltd) and Rourkela Steel Plant have constructed their Ore Processing Plant around Joda region. Starting in 2000, this region has seen unprecedented industrialization. Although this industrialization has enriched many citizens living in Joda, it has also caused the living conditions to deteriorate steadily. Many public facilities such as hospitals, roads and schools are in need of repair, though it is possible that this will be alleviated by the recently created railway line between Barbil (a town 8 km away from Joda) and Kolkata. Daily train started between Banspani (Railway station of Joda) and Puri (via Keonjhar, Cuttuck, Bhubaneswar city). Townships are well structured surrounded by many gardens. Luxury hotels and restaurants available in the city.

Joda is a hub for many big industries related to steel manufacturing such as Essel Mining And Industries Ltd. of Aditya Birla Group, Bhushan steel, Jindal Steel, Champion Filters (Sponge Iron & Mining) and many more. At present a number of Sponge Iron Plants have come up in its periphery due to cheap availability of raw material and labour.

Tata Steel has a Ferro Alloys Plant at Joda and number of mines of Iron & Manganese in the Joda namely Joda East Iron Mine, Khondbond Iron Mine, Serajuddin Mines etc. Joda East Iron Mine is the biggest mine the Joda region


As Joda is a hub of Steel Industries, a drastic amount of Industrialization has degraded the flora and fauna of the town. The rivers and lakes are polluted by the effluents released from these industries. The highly trafficked route from Joda to Keonjhar has very good transport links and the roads are wider and in good condition.


Joda has a high number of education institutes. It has various schools imparting ICSE , CBSE & BSE. School List

  • Tata DAV Public School, Joda (CBSE)
  • Times Gurukul, Joda (CBSE)
  • St. Teresa SChool, Joda (ICSE)
  • Zee Kidzee School, Joda (ISCE)
  • Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Joda West Hindi High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Joda West High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Joda High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Joda Valley Girl's High School (BSE, Odisha)
  • Baneikala High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Bichakundi High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)
  • Banspani High School, Joda (BSE, Odisha)

College List

  • Joda Women's College, Joda (for +2 CHSE, Odisha and for +3 North Odisha University)
  • Times Gurukul, Joda (up to +2, CHSE, Odisha)
  • Brihaspati Junior Science College, Joda (CHSE, Odisha)


  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.