Sonbhadra district

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Coordinates: 24°41′23″N 83°3′55″E / 24.68972°N 83.06528°E / 24.68972; 83.06528

Sonbhadra district
सोनभद्र ज़िला
District of Uttar Pradesh
Location of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh
Country India
State Uttar Pradesh
Administrative division Mirzapur
Headquarters Robertsganj
Tehsils Robertsganj , Ghorawal, Dudhi
Government
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Robertsganj
 • Assembly seats Robertsganj, Ghorawal, Obra, Dudhi
Area
 • Total 6,788 km2 (2,621 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,862,612
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Literacy 66.18 per cent
 • Sex ratio 913
Major highways NH 7, NH 75
Website Official website
Picture of Famous places in Sonbhadra from clockwise Shivdwar, Maa Vaishnav Temple,Rihand Dam,Eco Point Robertsganj,Vijaygarh Fort,Renukeshwar Mahadev Temple, Mukkha Fall, Dhandhraul Dam

Sonbhadra or Sonebhadra is the 2nd largest district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The district has an area of 6788 km² and a population of 1,862,612 (2011 census), with a population density of 270 persons per km². It lies in the extreme southeast of the state, and is bounded by Mirzapur District to the northwest, Chandoli District to the north, Kaimur and Rohtas districts of Bihar state to the northeast, Garhwa district of Jharkhand state to the east, Koriya and Surguja districts of Chhattisgarh state to the south, and Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh state to the west. The district headquarters is in the town of Robertsganj. It is the only district in India which borders four states namely Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Bihar. It is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[1] .Sonbhadra lies between vindhya and Kaimur hills. So it is hilly region with natural beauty due to which First Prime minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru called sonbhadra The Switzerland of India.

History[edit]

Based on evidence from religious and cultural perspectives Ramayana and the Mahabharat , Huyen found here is the cultural symbol. By Jarasandh many rulers in the Mahabharat war was maintained prisoner here. In the third century, this was the capital of the kings of Kantipuri wakatak Nagvanshi dynasty till ninth centuries it was dominated. Abhor dynasty kings and powerful kings of kol were also rulled in this area. The forts Located in the district are 1. Agori Fort - rulled by Gadanshah 2.Vijaygarh Fort - rulled by Kashi Naresh Chet Singh 3.Sodhrigarh Durg- rulled by Garhwal kings.

Vijaygarh Fort


The heroine of Famous Novel Chandrakanta written by Devaki Nandan Khatri was the princess of Vijaygarh Fort and the daughter of king Tej Singh.

Geography[edit]

Sonbhadra's location within Uttar Pradesh

The Sone River flows through the district from west to east and its tributary the Rihand River, which rises to the south in the highlands of Surguja district of Chhattisgarh, flows north to join the Son in the center of the district. Sonbhadra is located in the south-eastern ranges of the Vindhyachal mountain. The Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, a reservoir on the Rihand, lies partly in the district and partly in Madhya Pradesh. The district has historic, cultural, and ecological affinities with the Bagelkhand region. Robertsganj is the main town. Almost 80 km from Varanasi, the cultural centre of Indian epitome of Vedic civilisation, holds a prime importance as the district headquarters.

Climate[edit]

picture of Eco Point in Robertsganj

Sonbhadra has a relatively subtropical climate with high variation between summer and winter temperatures. The average temperature is 30 °C–42 °C in the summer and 2 °C–15 °C in the winter. The weather is pleasant in rainy season from July to October.

Economy[edit]

The southern region of Sonebhadra is referred to as the " Energy Capital of India "; this region has many electrical power stations around Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar. NTPC (a leading power generation company in India) has three coal-based thermal power plants at Shaktinagar (India's first NTPC Power Plant), Vindhyanagar (largest capacity in India, 3260 MW) and Bijpur (Rihandnagar). Other power stations are at Anpara (UPRVUNL), Obra (UPRVUNL), Renusagar (Hindalco) and Pipri-Hydro (UPRVUNL). NCL (a branch of Coal India Limited) has its headquarters and many coal mines in this region. Hindalco has a major aluminium plant at Renukut.

Rihand Dam in sonbhadra district on Rihand River.

This region became an industrial heaven from an area of forest and hills. Some of the hills were having limestone and lot of them were having coal. There were some small rivers running through the area and the major was the Son.

Owing to the limestone hills, initially one cement factory was established at Churk in 1956. Later another cement factory started at Dala in 1971 and ancillary unit of Dala got started at Chunar in 1980. The cement factories became the foundation on which other industries were built. A big dam constructed at Pipri in 1961 and named Rihand Dam. The dam produces 300 MW of electricity. Another small dam was constructed at Obra in 1968, 40 km from Rihand dam which generates 99 MW of electricity.

The Birla group then set up an aluminum plant at Renukut, which is one of the biggest aluminum plant of Hindalco. Later, the Birla group set up its own power plant at Renusagar in 1967. This plant has the current capacity of 887.2 MW and supplies the power to Hindalco. The Birlas also started a company in Renukut called HiTech Carbon. Another industrial group initiated a company in Renukut named Kanoria Chemicals, which produces chemicals and later it started own power plant at Renukoot in 1998 which generates 50 MW of electricity.

A big thermal power plant construction was started at Obra in 1967 with support of Russian engineers and was successfully completed in 1971. This had a capacity to produce 1550 MW of electricity.Another power plant was initiated at Anpara in 1980. It produces 1630 MW of electricity and has proposed to extend the capacity to 2630 MW. NTPC's first thermal power plant that it started in Shaktinagar, generates 2000 MW. The plant at Bijpur generates 3000 MW.

This region has three cement factories, one of the biggest aluminum plants, a carbon plant, a chemical factory and an energy hub of India, which generates 11000 MW with plans to reach 20000 MW. The whole country is benefiting from this region, which was once full of forests and hills, which seemed like infertile land.

In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Sonbhadra one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[2] It is one of the 34 districts in Uttar Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[2]

Industry timeline[edit]

  • 1956 : Churk Cement Factory, 800 T/day.
  • 1961 : Rihand Dam, Pipri, 300 MW of electricity, Reservoir for power plants.
  • 1962 : Hindalco Aluminium Plant, Renukoot, Alumina refining - 114,5000 TPA, Aluminium metal - 424,000 TPA.
  • 1965 : Kanoria Chemicals, Renukoot, Acetaldehyde - 10000 TPA, Formaldehyde - 75000 TPA, Lindane - 875 TPA, Hexamine - 4000 TPA, Industrial Alcohol - 225 million litters/annum, Aluminium Chloride - 6875 TPA, Ethyl Acetate - 3300 TPA, Acetic Acid - 6000 TPA, Commercial Hydrogen.
  • 1967 : Renusagar Power Plant (Hindalco), 741.7 MW of electricity.
  • 1968 : Obra Dam, 99 MW of electricity, Reservoir for power plant..
  • 1971 : Obra Thermal Power Plant, Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board (UPSEB), 1550 MW of electricity.
  • 1980 : Chunar Cement Factory, Ancillary unit of Dala Cement Factory.
  • 1980: Vindhaya stone crusing company kuwari.
  • 1980 : Anpara Thermal Power Plant, UPSEB, 2000 MW of electricity.
  • 1983 : B.P. Construction Company, Anpara.
  • 1984 : Singrauli Thermal Power Plant, NTPC Limited (NTPC), Shaktinagar, 2000 MW of electricity.
  • 1988 : Hi -Tech Carbon, Renukoot, Carbon Black - 1,60,000 MT/annum.
  • 1989: Vindhaya stone crusing company bagvanwa obra.
  • 1989 : Rihand Thermal Power Plant, NTPC, Bijpur, 2000 MW of electricity.
  • 1990 : Finding of Gold Mine in Hills, Mirchadhuri.
  • 1993 :Jan Kalyan Gramodyog Seva Ashram Sonbhadra. http://jkgsa.org
  • 1998 : Kanoria Chemicals Power Plant, Renukoot, 50 MW of electricity.
  • 2008 : Lanco Anpara Power Limited, 1200 MW of electricity.
  • 2014: BGR outsourcing company coal mines

Bhaskar group, Reliance Power, Essar Power, Jaypee Power and Aditya Birla Group (Mahan Project) are in erection phase with their power plants.

Tourist Attraction[edit]

Historical Places[edit]

Natural Places[edit]

Temples[edit]

Transport[edit]

By Air[edit]

Flights are available to all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna, Khajuraho, Hyderabad, Gaya, etc. International connections are Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

By Train[edit]

The city is connected by rail to Delhi, Allahabad, Ranchi and Patna. Some notable trains passing through the district are Muri express (Jammu Tawi - Delhi - Tata Nagar), Jharkhand Swarna Jayanti Express/12873(Hatia - Kanpur - Delhi), Triveni Express (Bareilly - Lucknow - Shaktinagar/Singrauli/barwadih) Bhopal Express(Bhopal-Howrah)weekly and Shaktipunj Express/11448(Howrah-Bokaro - Chopan- Jabalpur).Intercity Express/03346 (Singrauli- Chopan-Varanasi).

By Road[edit]

Robertsganj, the headquarters of Sonbhadra, is located about 90 km from the city of Varanasi which has the nearest airport. Robertsganj is well connected to Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur And Madhupur sonebhadra by road. Buses are available at all hours of the day from Varanasi and it normally takes 2½ hours to cover the distance. The highway connecting Varanasi and Waidhan passes through the district. Though this is not a national highway it is a very busy road because of the towns Renukot, Anpara, Shaktinagar which are sufficiently commercialized areas. National Thermal Power corporation is in Shaktinagar and also National Coalfield different projects like Singrauli, Khadia, Jayant, Dudhichua, amlori, Kakri etc. These areas have several major coal mines which cater a big part of the coal need of the state. Churk a nearby town is situated around 10 km, where Jaypee Group is establishing a thermal power project. One of the main reasons this road is always busy is due to daily transport of around 1000 trucks of grits and sand.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census Sonbhadra district has a population of 1,862,612,[3] roughly equal to the nation of Kosovo[4] or the US state of West Virginia.[5] This gives it a ranking of 254th in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 274 inhabitants per square kilometre (710/sq mi) .[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 27.27%.[3] Sonbhadra has a sex ratio of 913 females for every 1000 males,[3] and a literacy rate of 66.18%.[3]

Religions in Sonbhadra
Religion Percent
Hindus
  
93.5%
Muslims
  
6%
Others†
  
0.5%
Distribution of religions

Famous people[edit]

Politicians

Actors

Film director

Media[edit]

  • Gaon Giraw-Gaon Giraw is an only Hindi Daily of the District, published from Robertsganj.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Kosovo 1,825,632 July 2011 est. 
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. West Virginia 1,852,994 

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