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Overview of the Godda District

Overview of the Godda District

Godda district is one of the twenty-four districts of Jharkhand state in eastern India. It lies in the northeastern part of the state. The geographical area that now comprises Godda district used to be part of the erstwhile Santhal Parganas district. Godda town is the headquarters of Godda district.The area of the district is 2110 km², with a population of around 861,000. The district is without any rail link, the nearest railway station being hansdiha. The main economic activity of the people is agriculture, and major crops are paddy, wheat and maize.Godda is the land of a tribe called Santhals. Godda is not only a land of tribes, the local inhabitants also include the non-tribal and urban people.

Economy

Godda is mostly famous for the Rajmahal coalfield in Lalmatia. It is an integral part of Jharkhand and is known for its hills and small forests. The mine present here is an integral part of ECL coalfields and is among the biggest in whole Asia.

Until the late 1980s Godda was full of forests and was a remote place far from science and technology and was living in a dark age as other districts of Jharkhand. The entire scenario changed after coal was first discovered in abundance under the Rajmahal Hills by a team of the Geological Survey of India. Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd. conducted a detailed survey of the area. The Rajmahal Opencast Coal mine project was conceived in early 1980s, initially to supply coal to Farakka Super Thermal Power Project of NTPC, with an initial annual capacity of 5 million tonne. For expansion of this coal mine project to 10.5 million tonne per annum, an agreement was signed between Coal India Limited and Canadian Commercial Corporation in January 1989 where MET-CHEM Canada Inc. was designated as the Canadian Executing Agency for implementing the project. The Project was completed in July 1994 and is being run by Eastern Coalfileds Limited personnel. This mine is producing 11.5 million tonne coal per annum. This is being expanded further to 17 million tonne.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Lalmatia, DAV Public School Urja Nagar, St. Thomas School Godda and High School Godda are among famous and best school in godda district.

Demography

Demography Details of Gooda District

A Brief Description Details
Total Geographical Area: 2110.40 Sq Km No. of Sub division : 02
Net forest Area : 58492.88 Acre No. of Block : 09
Net Shown Area : 183705.66 Acre No. of Circle : 09
Net Irrigated Area : 12392.03 Acre No. of Panchayat : 201
Total Population (Census 2011) : 13, 11, 382  No. of Municipality : 01
Male Population : 6,78,486 No. of Villages : 2311
Female Population : 6,32,878 No. of Town : 01
Urban Population : 48469 No. of House Holds:
Rural Population : 1262913 No. of Railway Station : Nil
Total No. of Literates : 621012  Nearest Railway Station : Bhagalpur (Bihar), Hansdiha (Dumka), Dumka (Jharkand), Banka (Bihar), Jasidih (Jharkhand)
Male Literates : 388301  No. of Police Station : 15
Female Literates : 232705 No. of Sadar Hospital : 01 
Referal Hospital : 03 No. of PHCs : 07 
Add. PHCs : 09 Sub Health Centre : 195
No. of Bank Branches : 75 Percentage of Literacy : 43.73%
Tourism : 04 Yoginee Shakti Peeth in Pathergama Block Sunder Dam in Boarijore Block Water Fall at Domakol in Sunderpahari Block Open Caste Coal Mines at Lalmatia in Boarijore Block.


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