List of districts of Chhattisgarh

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Chhattisgarh, a state of India, has 27 administrative districts.

Map Chhattisgarh state and districts (Stand 2007)

At the time of separation from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh originally had 16 districts. Two new districts: Bijapur and Narayanpur were carved out on May 11, 2007[1] and nine new districts on Jan 1, 2012. The new districts have been created by carving out the existing districts to facilitate more targeted, focused and closer administration. These districts have been named Sukma, Kondagaon, Balod, Bemetara, Baloda Bazar, Gariaband, Mungeli, Surajpur and Balrampur[2]

Background[edit]

A district of an Indian state is an administrative geographical unit, headed by a district magistrate or a deputy commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. The district magistrate or the deputy commissioner is assisted by a number of officials belonging to different wings of the administrative services of the state.

A superintendent of Police, an officer belonging to Indian Police Service is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues.

Administrative history[edit]

Before Indian independence, present-day Chhattisgarh state was divided between the Central Provinces and Berar, a province of British India, and a number of princely states in the north, south, and east, which were part of the Eastern States Agency.

The British province encompassed the central portion of the state, and was made up of three districts, Raipur, Bilaspur, and Durg, which made up the Chhattisgarh Division of the Central Provinces. Durg District was created in 1906 out of the eastern portion of Raipur District.

The northern portion of the state, comprising present-day Koriya, Surajpur,Surguja, Jashpur, and Raigarh districts, was divided among the six princely states of Chang Bhakar, Jashpur, Koriya,Surajpur, Raigarh, Surguja, and Udaipur. To the east the states of Nandgaon, Khairagarh, and Kawardha comprised parts of present-day Rajnandgaon and Kawardha districts. In the south, the state of Kanker comprised the northern portion of present-day Kanker District, and the state of Bastar included present-day Bastar and Dantewada districts and the southern part of Kanker District.

After Indian Independence, the princely states were merged with the Central Provinces and Berar to form the new state of Madhya Pradesh. Present-day Chhattisgarh comprised seven districts of Madhya Pradesh. The former states of Kanker and Bastar formed the new Bastar District, the parts of Surguja, Korea, and Chang Bhakar formed the new Surguja District, and the states of Nandgaon, Khairagarh, and Kawardha formed the new Rajnandgaon District.

In 1998, the seven districts that make up present-day Chhattisgarh were reorganized to form 16 districts. Dantewada and Kanker districts were split from Bastar; Dhamtari District was split from Raipur; Janjgir-Champa and Korba districts were split from Bilaspur; Jashpur District was split from Raigarh; Kawardha District was formed from parts of Bilaspur and Rajnandgaon; Koriya and Surajpur District was split from Surguja; and Mahasamund District was split from Raipur.

On November 1, 2000 these 16 districts were split from Madhya Pradesh to form the new state of Chhattisgarh.[3] Two New Districts Are Added Afterwards. On January 1, 2012 Chhattisgarh Government announced 9 New Districts. Total No. of Districts in Chhattisgarh is now 27.

Districts of Chhattisgarh[edit]

Following the creation of new districts in 2012, Chhattisgarh consists of 27 districts.[2][4][5][6][7]

Code District Headquarters Population (2001) Area (km²) Density (/km²) Official website
Balod Balod 826,165 3,527 234 http://balod.gov.in/
Baloda Bazar Baloda Bazar - - - http://www.balodabazar.gov.in/
Balrampur Balrampur 598,855 3,806 157 http://balrampur.info/
BA Bastar Jagdalpur 1,302,253 4,030 87 http://bastar.gov.in/
Bemetara Bemetara 197,035 2,855 69 http://bemetara.gov.in/
Bijapur Bijapur 229,832 6,562 35 http://bijapur.gov.in/
BI Bilaspur Bilaspur 1,961,922 5,818 337 http://bilaspur.gov.in/
DA Dantewada Dantewada 719,065 3,411 211 http://dantewada.gov.in/
DH Dhamtari Dhamtari 703,569 2,029 347 http://dhamtari.gov.in/
DU Durg Durg 1,721,726 2,238 769 http://durg.gov.in/
Gariaband Gariaband 597,653 5,823 103 http://gariaband.gov.in/
JC Janjgir-Champa Naila Janjgir 1,619,707 4,466 363 http://janjgir-champa.gov.in/
JA Jashpur Jashpur 775,607 6,457 120 http://jashpur.gov.in/
KW Kabirdham Kawardha 584,667 4,447 131 http://kawardha.gov.in/
KK Kanker Kanker 651,333 6,424 101 http://kanker.gov.in/
Kondagaon Kondagaon 578,326 7,769 74 http://kondagaon.gov.in/
KB Korba Korba 1,206,563 7,145 169 http://korba.gov.in/
KJ Koriya Baikunthpur 586,327 5,978 98 http://korea.gov.in/
MA Mahasamund Mahasamund 1,032,754 4,790 216 http://mahasamund.gov.in/
Mungeli Mungeli 701,707 - - http://cg.nic.in/mungeli/
Narayanpur Narayanpur 140,206 7,010 20 http://narayanpur.gov.in/
RG Raigarh Raigarh 1,493,627 5,031 297 http://raigarh.gov.in/
RP Raipur Raipur 2,160,876 12,383 175 http://raipur.gov.in/
RN Rajnandgaon Rajnandgaon 1,537,133 8,070 190 http://rajnandgaon.gov.in/
SK Sukma Sukma 249,841 5,636 46 http://www.sukma.gov.in/
SJ Surajpur Surajpur 660,280 2,787 237 http://surajpur.gov.in/
SU Surguja Ambikapur 840,352 16,359 51 http://surguja.gov.in/

Bastar Division:

Durg Division:

Raipur Division:

Bilaspur Division:

Surguja Division:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2 new districts formed in Chhattisgarh". May 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Anita (2 January 2012). "Chhattisgarh gets New Year gift - 9 new districts!". Oneindia. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Creation of Chhattisgarh Government of Chhattisgarh.
  4. ^ "Electoral rolls". Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh. 
  5. ^ Chhattisgarh at a glance-2002 Govt. of Chhattisgarh ofiicial website.
  6. ^ List of Chhattisgarh District Centres at NIC, Chhattisgarh official Portal
  7. ^ Mathew, K.M. (ed.). Manorama Yearbook 2008, Kottayam: Malayala Manorama, ISSN 0542-5778, p.518

Further reading[edit]

  • Alanga, Sanjaya. छत्तीसगढ़ की पूर्व रियासतें और जमीन्दारियाँ [The former princely states of Chhattisgarh and Jmindariya] (in Hindi). Raipur: Vaibhav Prakashan. ISBN 81-89244-96-5. 
  • Alanga, Sanjaya. Chattīsagaṛha kī janajātiyām̐ aura jātiyām̐ [Tribes and castes of Chhattīsgarh] (in Hindi). Delhi: Mansi Publication. ISBN 978-81-89559-32-8. 

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