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As of 2001[update] India census, Sahnewal had a population of 17,248. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. At that time, Sahnewal had an average literacy rate of 61%, lower than the national average of 70%: male literacy was 64%, and female literacy was 58%. In Sahnewal, 12% of the population was under 6 years of age.
This town has good commercial and industrial activity also. The main bazaar is situated on Kohara to Delhon Road. Ward No. 6 & 8 comprises old village Sahnewal and old Sahnewal bazaar which was a prospering business centre before partition. The town has a good number of educational and Medical facilities, Post Office, Telephone Exchange, FCI Godown and an office of the Market Committee.
Even narrow streets of old village have C.C. Flooring. Ward no. 1 Prem Colony and ward no. 9 New Settlement are the slum areas of the town. But these colonies have been provided with 100 percent C.C. Flooring and street lights.
This place has a historical gurdwara, Damdama Sahib, associated with Guru Gobind Singh. While leaving Chamkaur Sahib, the great Guru passed through, Machhiwara, Ghulal, Katana Sahib, Reru Sahib, Kanech Village reaching Sanehwal on 27 December 1704. Here he leaned against a Karir tree to take rest and called for the village panchayat. But none turned up saying that there was no panchayat over here. The great Master ordered that there would be none in future also. Saying this the Guru started on his onward march, when a few of the village folk approached him asking for forgiveness and served the Guru. The Guru said that elder and wise people would do justice in the absence of a Panchayat. Such is the situation and it goes on.
Another historical Gurudwara Reru Sahib (Nandpur) is situated here. Gurudwara Reru Sahib (Nandpur) is also associated with Guru Gobind Singh. While on his way to Khidrana Dheh (Muktsar) from Chamkaur Sahib, Guru Ji stayed here on the night of 27/28 December 1704, spent a night under the reru tree. That Reru tree is still here. That is why, this gurudwara is called Reru Sahib.
Majaar of peer baba BOHRI SHAH is also of great importance.
Airport for the Punjab's biggest city Ludhiana is situated in this suburb of Sahnewal.
Famous Persons of this Town
Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon is an Elected MLA from Vidhan Sabha Constituency Sahnewal who also is a Minister in the Punjab Govt. Dhillon is known as the messiah of Sahnewal as he changed the look of sahnewal with immense Development works in this area after becoming a minister. Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol - India's most acclaimed film actors also belong to this place.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.