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|• Type||District HQ|
|• Body||District Magistrate DM|
|• District Of Maharashtra||5,344 km2 (2,063 sq mi)|
(2011 Census)
|• District Of Maharashtra||2,990,116|
|• Density||560/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-MH|
|Vehicle registration||MH-04 (Thane RTO), MH-48 (Palghar District RTO)|
Palghar District (Marathi pronunciation: [paːlɡʱəɾ]) is a district in the state of Maharashtra in Konkan Division. On 1 August 2014, the Maharashtra State government announced the formation of the 36th district of Maharashtra, when a new Palghar District was carved out of the old Thane district. Palghar District starts from Dahanu at the north and ends at Naigaon. It comprises the talukas of Palghar, Vada, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Mokhada, Dahanu, Talasari and Vasai-Virar. At the 2011 Census, the talukas now comprising the district had a population of 2,990,116.
Palghar has an urban population of 1,435,210, that is 48% of total population is living in Urbanized Area. The district is bounded by Thane and Nashik districts in the east and northeast, and by the Valsad district of Gujarat state and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli district of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu union territory in the north. The Arabian Sea forms the western boundary, while Vasai-Virar, Palghar-Boisar, Dahanu are parts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Until 1 August 2014, the talukas now comprising Palghar District formed a part of Thane District. After a struggle and demand for almost 25 years, for bifurcation, the creation of the new district was approved by the Cabinet of Maharashtra on 13 June 2014 and the new district of Palghar came into existence on 1 August.
The district is the northernmost part of the Konkan lowlands of Maharashtra. It comprises the wide amphitheater like Ulhas basin on the south and hilly Vaitarna valley on the north together with plateaus and the slopes of Sahyadri. From the steep slopes of the Sahyadri in the east, the land falls through a succession of plateaus in the north and centre of the district to the Ulhas valley in the south. The distance from the parts of different palaces to headquarters Palghar by road is as follows: Khodala 138 km, Mokhada 112 km, Jawhar 75 km, Vikramgad 60 km.
The main river flowing through the district is the Vaitarna. The river has many tributaries; the most important of them are Barvi and Bhatsa, Pinjal, Surya, Daherja and Tansa. Vaitarna, the largest of Konkan Rivers rises in the Trimbakeshwar hills in Nashik district, opposite to the source of Godavari. The river flows across Shahapur, Vada and Palghar talukas and enter the Arabian Sea through a wide estuary off Arnala. Vaitarna River is 154 km long and has a drainage area that practically covers the entire northern part of the district. In Palghar many students come for studying from outer areas.
Ulhas river which flows to Arabian sea is Vasai creek, district's southern border.
Arnala Island is located in Vasai taluka, at the entrance to the Vaitarna estuary.
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Palghar has an urban population of 1,435,210, that is 48% of total population is living in Urbanized Area. Palghar District comprises 8 talukas. The talukas, with their populations at the 2001 and 2011 Censuses  are as follows:
Municipal Corporations in Palghar District
Municipal Councils in Palghar District
Newly Formed Nagar Panchyats in Palghar District
There are six Vidhan Sabha constituencies in Palghar district, grouped into one Lok Sabha constituency; Dahanu (ST), Vikramgad (ST), Palghar (ST), Boisar (ST), Nalasopara and Vasai constituencies are part of Palghar Lok Sabha constituency. Rajendra Dhedya Gavit from Shiv Sena is the member for Palghar of the 17th Lok Sabha.
At the time of the 2011 census, Palghar district had a population of 2,990,116. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 2.91% and 37.39% of the population respectively.
87.05% of the population was Hindus, 5.76% Muslims, 3.89% Christians, 1.59% Buddhists and 1.03% Jains.
Palghar has India's first atomic power plant located at Tarapur. The industrial town of Boisar is also home to one of Maharashtra's largest industrial areas at Tarapur MIDC. Maharashtra's largest fishing port is Satpati; Dahanu, Arnala, Vasai and Datiware are also major fishing ports. Dahanu is best known for their chickoo production in the whole of India. A special Chickoo festival is held every year at Bordi beach in Dahanu.
MSEDCL supplies electricity to all urban and rural areas across the district. Gujarat Gas has been authorized in April 2015 to supply compressed natural gas and piped natural gas to all urban and rural areas across the district.
The Vasai Taluka of Palghar district is a melting pot of Multi Cultural & Multi religious populace. The Portuguese footprints has left its cultural mix in this area. This taluka has about 9 big Churches built during 1564 AD. which are a great tourist attraction. The Buddha Stupa near NallaSopara West is also a great historic place. The Nirmal Lake is a sacred place in Vasai, which dates back to Shri Parshuram time. There are hill stations and beaches in the district which are the major tourist attractions. Some of the major tourist attractions are
- Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
- Mahalakshmi Temple at Kasa(Dahanu)
- Dahanu Beach
- Bordi Beach
- Vasai Fort
- Tandulwadi Fort
- Jawhar Hill station
- Suryamal Hill Plateau
- Deobandh kendra
- Dabhosa Water fall(Jawhar)
- Arnala Fort
- Kelwa Beach
- Mahim Beach
- Mahim Fort
- Vajreshwari Hot water springs
- Ganeshpuri Temple
- Jiwdani temple (Virar)
- Kohoj Fort
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- "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". censusindia.gov.in.
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- 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
- 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
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