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|• Town||21.78 km2 (8.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||622 m (2,041 ft)|
|• Density||2,300/km2 (6,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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.
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.
Government and politics
Zaheerabad Municipality was constituted in 1952 and is classified as a third grade municipality with 24 election wards. The jurisdiction of the civic body is spread over an area of 21.78 km2 (8.41 sq mi). The urban agglomeration 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.: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.
Zahirabad (Lok Sabha constituency) Mahindra & Mahindra has their Auto and Tractor plants in Zaheerabad.
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