Soro, Balasore

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Soro is located in Odisha
Soro is located in India
Location in Odisha, India
Coordinates: 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69Coordinates: 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69
Country  India
State Odisha
District Balasore
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 27,794
 • Official Odia
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 756045
Telephone code 06788
Vehicle registration OD01
Sex ratio 986 /

Soro is a town and a municipality in Balasore district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is about 181 km from the capital of the state Bhubaneswar and 35 km from the district headquarters Balasore. Located on NH-5, the town is located midway between Balasore and Bhadrak towns.Soro along with neighboring towns contributes significantly towards the economy of Balasore district.


Soro is at 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69.[1] It has an average elevation of 3 metres (9 feet). The Bay Of Bengal is just about 20 km from the town. The scenic beauty of the hills of Deva Giri and Panchalingeswar stands just 5–7 km from the town. The river Kansabansa flows to the south of the town. Soro is surrounded by Simulia tahasil, Khaira tahasil, Bahanaga tahasil. Land is very fertile for growing crops, especially rice.


Soro is booming nowadays in terms of trade/ business. It has no fewer than 5,000 shops. So many other small markets and businessman are dependent on this market. Soro has two business areai.e. Adang bazar and Uttareswar. Mainly these markets are popular for their business transaction. The Soro market is famous for its fresh Hilsa Fishes and Farm Vegetables sold by the local community from nearby villages.


Soro town contains 5 colleges and 6 high schools and about 20 M.E. schools which spread the light of education not only in the town but in the surrounding areas also. Upendra Nath College ( is the premier college of the town which holds the dignity of being the best college in the locality as well as among the colleges affiliated to F.M.University. It is located by the N.H.-5. Soro women's college situated near Idga Maidan( court chhak) is the only college offering higher education strictly for girls. both the college have two wings viz. +2 and +3. Some new Residential Colleges for +2 education have been opened in the year 2013 In secondary education, the town has created a unique place of its own in the state. Satyananda High school located at Mubarak pur, established in 1939, prior independence era is regarded as one of the best schools of the state. Radhanath Vidya Pitha situated on the heart of the town medical square is the other prestigious school of the state. established in 1983 the school is very nearer to Masjid Ahmadiyya soro. Panchanan high school, Badkhuri, NAC High school, Ghodasahi, Hazra Begam High school, Hema prava High school are the other notable High schools of Soro.

S N High School, Kesharipur is also a prestigious High School in Soro area. Kesharipur is nearly 8 km away from Soro town.

"Santaragadia" is a very well known town nearer to Soro Tahsil. It is 8 km from Soro. Odisha Village Road connects Soro to Santaragadia. Santaragadia is a very famous market around this tehsil. There were freedom fighters like Bhagwan Pradhan (Patanapada), Baidyanath Panigrahi.

Panchalingeswar is 12 km from Soro. It is famous for Place of "Lord Shiva temple" and waterfall on hillside. Baula gadia, 7 km from Soro, is famous for stone carving works.

In a larger sense, however, place-based education seeks to help communities through employing students and school staff in solving community problems.


Soro is one of the Vidhan Sabha seat of Odisha. Current MLA from Soro Assembly Constituency is Parshuram Dhada of BJD, who won the seat in State elections in 2014. Other previous MLAs from this seat were:[2][3]

  • 2014: Parshuram Dhada ( B J D)
  • 2009: Surendra prasad Parmink INC
  • 2004: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 2000: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 1995: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 1990: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 1985: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 1980: Pitambar Panda (CPI)
  • 1977: Haraprasad Mahapatra (Janata Party)
  • 1974: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Congress)
  • 1971: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Utkal Congress)
  • 1967: Harekrushna Mahatab (Swatantra)
  • 1961: Karunakar Panigrahi (Congress)
  • 1957: Nilambar Das (Congress)
  • 1951: Nanda Kishore Das (Congress)

Soro is part of Bhadrak (Lok Sabha constituency).[4] earlier it was the part of Balasore lok sabha constituency. Soro Municipality is divided into 19 wards. Presently the office is taken by the congress. The current Chair-person of Soro Municipality is Ms. Subhasmita Mahanty of INC.