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|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|• Body||Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami|
|• Official||Urdu, Kashmiri|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Kulgam District (Urdu: ضلع کُلگام) is a district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir of India. The name is from Sanskrit, kul for 'clan' and gram for 'village'. The district contains the block, tehsil and town of Kulgam.
Kulgam is situated near the Pir Panjal Ranges, overlooking the left bank of Veshaw River, along a rough, hilly road from Larow, Afghanistan. Nallah Veshav, which drains most of the northern face of Pir Panjal, is the main left-bank tributary of the Jhelum River and traverses through District Kulgam. The Veshev is broken into a number of channels to provide drinking water and irrigation for huge tracts of the district's land.
Town Kulgam is situated about 68 km (42 mi) from Srinagar and about 17 km (11 mi) from Anantnag. Roads connect to the neighboring districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, and Ramban.
According to the 2011 census, Kulgam district has a population of 422,786. This gives it a ranking of 554th in India (out of 640). The district has a population density of 925 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,400/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 7.3%. Kulgam has a sex ratio of 951 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 60.3 percent.
District Kulgam was separated from district Anantnag, along with several other new districts, and made administratively separate from 2 April 2007.
Kulgam district consists of seven blocks: Quimoh, Pahloo, Damhal Hanji Pora, Devsar, Jammu and Kashmir, Kulgam, and Frisal and Behibagh. Each block consists of a number of panchayats (English: 'assembly rule', a traditional system of local government).
The district has seven administrative units (Tehsils): Kulgam, Damhal Hanji Pora, Devsar, Frisal, Pahloo, Yaripora, and Qaimoh. Kulgam district has seven important towns: Frisal, Yaripora, Kulgam, Devsar, Qaimoh and Damhal Hanji Pora. Five of these have received municipality status; Damhal Hanji Pora has yet to be recognized as a municipality.
There are police stations at Kulgam, Yaripora, Qazigund and Damhal Hanji Pora, and police posts at Mirbazar, Frisal, Qaimoh, Behibagh and Devsar.
Kulgam has two sub-divisions: Kulgam and Damhal Hanji Pora.
Kulgam district has 4 assembly constituencies: Noorabad, Kulgam, Homshailibugh, and Devsar. The parties of the current members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) are: Indian National Congress (INC) for Devsar, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) for Homshailibugh, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Noorabad, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) for Kulgam.
Homshallibugh j&K[clarification needed] 39th assembly segment has three municipal towns – Frisal, Yaripora, and Qaimoh – which are also tehsil headquarters. Yaripora is an education and health block, while Qaimoh is agriculture as well as education and health blocks. Frisal is a community development block.
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Tazkira Sadat-i-Simanania, compiled by 13th-century scholar and poet Swaleh Reshi, gives the name of place as "Shampora". Syed Hussain Simnani later renamed it "Kulgam" (kul for 'clan' and gram for 'village' in Sanskrit). Simnani is said to have invited Hazrat Amir Kabir Mir Hamdani to Kashmir, with poets including Sheikh Noor-ud-din Noorani and Lal Ded. These poets and their disciples manifested the composite culture or Kashmiriyat, promoting and encouraging religious and cultural harmony even when viewed as heretics by other Asiatic countries.
The form of administration from Shair Shah Suri's reign led to creation of a Tehsil during Mughal Rule, through the aegis of Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom. This had jurisdiction encompassing Doru, Banihal, Gulabgarh, and Shopian. After time, constituent units including Pulwama, Shopian, and Reasi attained the status of district.
The area had been a hunting place for Mughal emperors and Dogra rulers, especially for Shahanshah Shah Jehan, who laid the Chinarbagh,[clarification needed] and Maharaja Hari Singh, who discovered the virgin potential of sanctuary[clarification needed] at Kutbal.[where?] The District is the birthplace of Sheikh Noor-ud-din Noorani, the founder of the Rishi order, and of the forefathers of Allama Iqbal and Jawaharlal Nehru.
There has been militancy in Kashmir since the reign of Sheikh Abdullah in 1947. Beginning in the 1990s there was an upsurge of militants in the district, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba. In addition to assassination and inciting riots, the militants encourage the populace to boycott elections.
Kulgam has following roads connecting it to various assembly segments and with NH1A (major district roads):
- Anantnag–Ashmuji–Kulgam Main Road
- Wanpoh–Qaimoh–Kulgam Road
- NH1A Mirbazar to Kulgam via Akhran, Hablishi, Kilam, and Pirpora
- NH1A Manigam to Kulgam via Manigam, Hablishi, Kilam, and Pahloo
- Qaimoh–Turigam Devbugh–Kadder–Shopian Road
- Arwani–Frisal–Yaripora–Kulgam Road
- Qazigund–Devsar–Pahloo–Kulgam Road
- Kulgam–Shopian Road
- Kulgam–Damhal–Aharabal Road
- Kulgam–Devsar–Adigam Road
- Khudwani—Frisal–Babpora Road
- Mohammed pora–khee–Kadder–Anantnag Road
- Kulgam–Ardigatnoo–Gudder–Laisoo Road
Health facilities and education
- District Hospital at Kulgam
- Sub district hospital at Yaripora
- Sub district hospital at Qazigund
- Primary health centre at Mohammed pora
- Primary health centre at Katrasoo
- Primary health centre at behibagh
- Sub district hospital D. H.Pora
- primary health center Manzgam
Habitation and environment
The main source of livelihood in the district is agriculture and horticulture. The low-lying areas of Kulgam are very fertile for rice cultivation, and are considered as the 'Rice Bowl of Kashmir'. The higher elevations are known for production of apples. Livestock and sheep-rearing is a subsidiary occupation among the rural population, particularly in the higher elevations.
Kulgam District is covered by the Pir Panjal mountain range on the northwest side, acting as a massive topographical protection. The area is significantly covered in forestation.
Town Kulgam is situated about 68 km from Srinagar and about 17 km from Anantnag. Aside from places of spiritual interest, the district has tourist spots like Ahrabal water fall on Veshev Nallah which is a place of sight-seeing in the extreme south-west. High pastures and meadows are also places of tourist attraction in the area from Kund to Ladigasan (ahead of Aherbal clefts). The District also has an abundance of natural water from springs such as Kounsernag, Waseknag, Khee Nag, etc.
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||Badgam district||Shopian district||Pulwama district|
|Poonch district||Anantnag district|
|Rajouri district||Reasi district||Ramban district|