Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar
Location in Punjab, India
|Region of Punjab||Doaba|
|Named for||meaning ‘New City’ because people shifted from the old town of Rahon avoiding the ravages of Sutlej River.|
|• Deputy Commissioner||AMIT KUMAR IAS|
|• Total||1,266 km2 (489 sq mi)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||01823 for Nawanshahr and Banga|
01885 for Balachaur
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district (formerly Nawanshahr district) is one of the districts in Doaba region of the state of Punjab in North-West Republic of India. It consists of three Sub -Divisions Nawanshahr, Banga and Balachaur. There are three legislative seats in the district, Nawanshahr, Balachaur and Banga. They fall under the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha Constituency.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district was carved out of Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar districts of Punjab on 7 November 1995, as the sixteenth district of Punjab State named from the headquarters town of Nawanshahr. Nawanshahr was founded by the migrants from Rahon near the Sutluj river as Rahon was in danger of being flooded. They named it Nawanshahar (New City). Nawanshahr has been the stronghold of the Ghorewaha Rajputs allied to king Akbar via kinship ties.
Dewan Banna Mal Misr (Gautam) was born in Gautam Brahmin family of Nawanshahr. Dewan Banna Mal was manager with full sovereign powers of His Highness Maharaja Sir Randhir Singh Bahadur of Kapurthala's Estates in Oudh and served as Chief Minister Of Kapurthala State. Dewan Banna Mal built the beautiful temple Shivala Banna Mal near Municipal Committee office, Nawanshahr. Banna Mal family was related to family of Pt Sansar Chand father of Pandit Buta Ram. Pt Sansar Chand was zaildar of that region. It was built in the year 1862 and tall and huge structure Haveli Banna Mal Di Haveli in Vaidan Mohalla in Nawanshahr. Dewan Banna Mal's sons Dewan Acchru Mal Gautam and Dewan Sundri Mal Gautam (both Revenue Minister of Kapurthala State has built Brahmkund Mandir at backside of Shalimar Bagh in Kapurthala. There is a village in Mand area of Kapurthala on the Bank of River Beas "Bana Mal Wala" after Dewan Banna Mal Gautam's name and Brahampur villages in Tehsil Phagwara which was accorded as Jagir by Maharaja Sir Randhar Singh Bahadur. Dewan Banna Mal's descendants are prominent citizens today settled in Kapurthala, Phagwara, Dehradun and Delhi.
Later the city was developed and constructed by Lala Paramanand Bhuchar(Sareen) who was the first major scale theckedar of city. Lala Paramanand was given first mould of large brick design by Queen Elizabeth in presence of Maharaja Patiala in his courtroom as token of gratitude to settle Brick factories(Batha) in the city. Lala Paramanand build first planned Mandi (now known as old Dana Mandi) in around 1920 which even has his name "PN" on bricks and name on Foundation Stone at old Dana Mandi Gate. He resided in Lalliyan Mohalla (Lalleyan da Mohalla) situated in center of city. The mohalla have his Haveli there along with a common haveli which was residence of 100 families, a historical landmark in that mohalla made with Nanakshahi bricks.
Nawanshahr became the District in 1995 during S.Harcharan Brar Govt., with the strong efforts of the late S.Dilbag Singh, former Cabinet Minister and the then MLA of Nawanshahr. People of this district are economically sound. Large numbers of families from the district have settled abroad. Consequently, huge remittance is being received back in India which contributes to the district's economic development and prosperity. The prosperity of Doaba area can be appreciated by the fact that price of land here is high, and far more than most of the districts in the state except Ludhiana, and Chandigarh. Nawanshahr is rising due to the currency coming from NRI Punjabi people who have settled abroad. Nawanshahr also has a rail track connecting it with Jalandhar, Rahon and Jaijon.
This region has abundant health facilities. Private clinics and nursing homes not only surprise with their numbers but also some of them claim to have the latest medical equipment. There is an adequate number of Government Hospitals, Dispensaries and Primary Health Centers in this area. The hospitals in Nawanshahr have capacity of 64 beds and are equipped with latest medical tools. Banga and Balachaur hospitals are having capacity of 30 beds each. Also Mukandpur, Urapar, Sujjon, Saroya and Muzzaffarpur are providing all kinds of health services. Even for every village of the district, health services are available. Veterinary hospitals are available in Nawanshahr, Rahon, Saroya and Balachaur.
On 27 September 2008 at Khatkar Kalan, 8 km from Nawanshahr, the Punjab government announced that a district in the state would be named after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The announcement was made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to mark Bhagat Singh's 101st birth anniversary and Nawanshahr district was renamed as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.
Nawanshahr district is located at .
Area and population
- Total area (km².) 1,258
- Total population (2001 Census) 587,468
- Male 306,902
- Female 280,566
- Female per 1000 male: 913
- Density of population (per km².) 439
- Percentage increase in population (1991–2001) 10.43.
According to the 2011 census Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district has a population of 614,362, roughly equal to the nation of Solomon Islands or the US state of Vermont. This gives it a ranking of 522nd in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 479 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,240/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 4.58%. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has a sex ratio of 954 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 80.3%.
- Dewan Banna Mal Gautam (Chief Minister of Kapurthala Estate)
- Devinder Pal Singh Saini (Devindera Food Products & Devindera's Preet Millan Palace)
- Lala Paramanand Bhuchar (First Businessman and Builder(Theckedar) of City)
- Choudhry Rahmat Ali( Muslim Nationalist)
- Jazzy B (Punjabi singer)
- Amrish Puri (Indian actor)
- Madan Puri (Indian actor)
- B.R. Chopra (film director and producer)
- Yash Chopra (film director and producer)
- Mohammed Zahur Khayyam (Indian music director)
- Sukhshinder Shinda (Punjabi singer, music director and producer)
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- US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01.
Solomon Islands 571,890, July 2011 est.
- "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30.