Pyuthan Municipality

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Pyuthan
प्यूठान नगरपालिका
Pyuthan Khalanga
Municipality
Pyuthan is located in Nepal
Pyuthan
Pyuthan
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 28°06′N 82°52′E / 28.100°N 82.867°E / 28.100; 82.867Coordinates: 28°06′N 82°52′E / 28.100°N 82.867°E / 28.100; 82.867
Country    Nepal
Development Region Mid-Western
Zone Rapti Zone
District Pyuthan District
District Center and VDC Pyuthan Khalanga
Population (2001 Census[1])
 • Total 5,061
  1,066 households
Time zone NST (UTC+5:45)
Postal code 22300
Area code(s) 086
Website www.pyuthanmun.gov.np

Pyuthan (also known as Pyuthan Khalanga) is municipality in Pyuthan District, a Middle Hills district of Rapti Zone, western Nepal. It is also the District Headquarter and the administrative center. The municipality was established on 18 May 2014 by merging the existing Pyuthan Khalanga, Bijubar, Dakha Kwadi, Bijaya Nagar, Dharmawati, Maranthana and Khaira village development committees.[2][3]

The town is situated on a mountainside about 500 meters above the intensively cultivated floodplain of Jhimruk Khola about 15 kilometers north of the Mahabharat Range in the Middle Hills. Besides expansive views of Jhimruk valley there are limited views of a few peaks in the western part of the Dhaulagiri range off to the north. The town is populated by government officials, by soldiers and police of Magar and other "hill tribes" and their mostly Chhetri officers, by Newar merchants, by civil servants recruited mostly from local Bahun and Chhetri castes, as well as menial castes who labor as tailors, cobblers, blacksmiths and construction workers.

Before King Gyanendra was removed from office in 2008, this district center was virtually a royalist island in a republican sea. Pyuthan district was the home base of Mohan Bikram Singh who was a charter member of the Communist Party of Nepal. Singh did extensive organizational work in his home district and other parts of Rapti Zone, resulting in local opposition to the Shah dynasty that largely ran the country. Although M. B. Singh was marginalized in leftist politics before the Nepalese Civil War broke out in 1996, his organizational work helped make Rapti Zone the "heartland" of the insurgency and left the district center vulnerable and isolated for the duration.[citation needed]

Pyuthan has scheduled bus service via the east-west Mahendra Highway and a spur road from Bhalubang along the West Rapti River. This road has been paved for all-weather use.

Etymology[edit]

Khalanga (Nepali: खलङ्गा) means military barracks. It generally signifies a military post larger than a kot (Nepali: कोट).

Media[edit]

To promote local culture Pyuthan has two community radio stations; Radio Mandavi - 97.0 MHz and Radio Pyuthan - 92.0 MHz.

Settlements that are part of Pyuthan[edit]

Ward Lat. Lon Elev.
Thakleni थक्लेनी 28°04'N 81°53'E 1,140m
Baddanda बडडाँडा 28°06'N 82°53'E 1,150m
Budhachaur बुढाचौर 28°05'N 82°52'E 1,305
Dhairechaur धैरेचौर 28°05'N 82°54'E 1,423
Gut Kaseri गुकसेरी 28°05'N 82°53'E 1,250
Jel जेल 28°06'N 82°53'E 1,287
Kajuwa कजुवा 28°05'N 82°53'E 1,318
Karkidanda कार्कीडाँडा 28°06'N 82°52'E   918
Kaseri कसेरी 1 28°04'N 82°54'E 1,298
Khalanga खलङ्गा 9 28°05'N 82°53'E 1,310
Lambela लामबेला 28°06'N 82°54'E 1,350
Magargaun मगरगाउँ 28°05'N 82°52'E 1,050
Pandeydanda पयेडाँडा 28°05'N 82°52'E   970
Saribang सरीबाङ 28°06'N 82°53'E 1,010
Tapakot तापाकोट 28°05'N 82°51'E 1,410
Thapdanda थापडाँडा 8 28°05'N 82°53'E 1,130
Topre टोप्रे 28°05'N 82°54'E 1,505

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "72 new municipalities announced". My Republica.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Government announces 72 new municipalities". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Index of Geographical Names of Nepal, Volume IV: Mid Western Development Region, List of Settlements, Pyuthan" (PDF). Government of Nepal, National Geographic Information Infrastructure Program. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

External links[edit]

Ligha 7 Pyuthan