Development regions of Nepal
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|Location||Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal|
|Number||5 Development regions|
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As of 20 September 2015 Nepal is divided into 7 provinces. They are defined by schedule 4 of the new constitution, by grouping together the existing districts. Two districts however are split in two parts ending up in two different provinces.
Before new constitution, Nepal was divided into five development regions (Nepali: विकास क्षेत्र), 14 administrative zones (Nepali: अञ्चल) and 75 districts (Nepali: जिल्ला). The 14 administrative zones are grouped into five development regions. Each district is headed by a Chief District Officer (CDO) responsible for maintaining law and order and coordinating the work of field agencies of the various government ministries.
The five development regions of Nepal are (from east to west):
|No.||English name||Nepali name||Headquarters||Population||Area (km²)|
|1||Eastern Development Region||पुर्वाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र||Dhankuta||5,811,555||28,456|
|2||Central Development Region||मध्यमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र||Kathmandu||9,656,985||27,410|
|3||Western Development Region||पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र||Pokhara||4,926,765||29,398|
|4||Mid-Western Development Region||मध्य पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र||Birendranagar||3,546,682||42,378|
|5||Far-Western Development Region||सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र||Dipayal||2,552,517||19,539|
King Birendra divided the entire Kingdom in 4 different regions in 2029 BS (1972). These regions were as belows:
- Eastern Development Region,
- Central Development Region,
- Western Development Region,
- Far-Western Development region.
To fill the gap between different parts of the nation by balanced or proportionate development. Eight years later in 2037(1982), he further divided the nation adding one more separate development region naming it as mid-western development region taking two zones from Far Western Development region Seti and Mahakali.
- List of zones of Nepal
- List of districts of Nepal
- List of village development committees of Nepal
- ISO 3166-2:NP
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