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|• Type||City Council|
|• Body||Nagar Palika|
|Elevation||241 m (791 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Moonak is a town and a nagar panchayat in Sangrur district in the Indian state of Punjab. The majority of people are engaged in farming and agricultural business. Moonak is situated near the Punjab-Haryana border. The nearest towns of Haryana are Jakhal Mandi and Tohana. The nearest commercial airport to Moonak is at Chandigarh which is 150 km from here.
Moonak is a Nagar Panchayat city in district of Sangrur, Punjab. The Moonak city is divided into 13 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The Moonak Nagar Panchayat has population of 18,141 of which 9,475 are males while 8,666 are females as per report released by Census India 2011. Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 2325 which is 12.82% of total population of Moonak (NP). In Moonak Nagar Panchayat, Female Sex Ratio is of 915 against state average of 895. Moreover Child Sex Ratio in Moonak is around 863 compared to Punjab state average of 846. Literacy rate of Moonak city is 67.68% lower than state average of 75.84%. In Moonak, Male literacy is around 73.54% while female literacy rate is 61.33%. Moonak Nagar Panchayat has total administration over 3,296 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorized to build roads within Nagar Panchayat limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction
Moonak was originally known as Akalgarh. There is an old fort 'Qila Mubarik' said to have been built in the Muslim period. In the fort, there was a well whose water was not good for health Hardened prisoners of Patiala State were sent to this place where they died after a few days. The town is a Tehsil of the Sangrur district. It is surrounded by Ghaggar seasonal river which causes floods during monsoon. It caused havoc in 1988,1992, 2011 and 2015 leading to severe floods loss of crops, death and destruction in and around the areas. A long pending demand of people is pending for its deepening.
Moonak has similar climate like other places in North India. It has profile of semi-arid climate.During the months of June–July, the temperature rises up-to 44 °C. In December–January, the temperature falls around 10 °C. In monsoons, Moonak receives average rainfall.
Major business activities
Most of the population depends on agriculture and farming. There are also some small scale industries:
- Incense manufacturing
- Agriculture machine manufacturing
- Wine and whiskey making
- PVC pipe manufacturing
- Fertilizer factory
- Rice mills
- Brick making