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This article is about the city in Telangana. For the village in Iran, see Zahirabad, Iran.
Zaheerabad is located in Telangana
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°41′N 77°37′E / 17.68°N 77.62°E / 17.68; 77.62Coordinates: 17°41′N 77°37′E / 17.68°N 77.62°E / 17.68; 77.62
Country India
State Telangana
District Medak
Elevation 622 m (2,041 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Town 50,532
 • Metro[2] 71,166
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TS 15

Zahirabad is a town in Medak district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Zahirabad mandal of Sangareddy revenue division.[2]:12


The name of the city was coined by a Paigah noble called Mohammad Zaheeruddin Khan (Nawab Zaheer Yar Jung Bahadur). He was the eldest son of Nawab Moin-ud-Dowlah Bahadur and the Amir-i-Paigah (lord) of the Asman Jahi (his family estate). The Paigah family or clan were a Sufi Islamic aristocratic family of Hyderabad state.


Important points in the history of Zaheerabad include the drought of 1972 and the Hyderabad Police Action of 1949.[3]


In 2001, the census population of Zaheerabad was 140,160. Sixteen percent of people were under six years of age. The rate of literacy was 59.5 percent, higher than the national average. Women were less literate than men (55 percent to 69 percent). The common languages spoken are Urdu, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi.

As of 2011 census of India, the urban agglomeration population of the city was 71,166.[2]


Civic Administration

Zahirabad municipality oversees the civic needs of the town. Zahirabad urban agglomeration covers an of 52.12 km2 (20.12 sq mi), which includes the municipality of Zahirabad, the census town of Alliput, out growths of Pastapur, Tamadpalle, Hyderabad, Hothi (K) and partly out growths of Buchnelli village.[2]:13,44


Zaheerabad is an agricultural area. Farming has struggled due to dry lands becoming fallow and the loss of a variety of crop types such as cereals, pulses and oilseeds. The Deccan Development Society (DDS) has assisted local women to become empowered in the economy and in society. In small groups called sangams, they have succeeded in developing food security and making charity endeavours.[4][5]

See also[edit]

Zahirabad (Lok Sabha constituency)


  1. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "District Census Handbook - Karimnagar" (PDF). Census of India. p. 44. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Chevalier J. M. and Buckles D. J. "Participatory action research - theory and methods for engaged enquiry." Routledge, 2013. ISBN 0415540313, 9780415540315. p207. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ Energy and Resources Institute. "Environment Chronicles: the best of TerraGreen." TERI Press, 2011. ISBN 817993358X, 9788179933589 p162. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.
  5. ^ Apte T. "An Activist Approach to Biodiversity Planning: A Handbook of Participatory Tools Used to Prepare India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan." International Institute for Environment and Development 2005. ISBN 1843695480, 9781843695486. p77. Accessed at Google Books 8 December 2013.

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