Gadchiroli district was formed on 26th August 1982 by separating from old Chandrapur District of Maharashtra State. This district is tribal and very much backward & under developed. This district lies in between North latitude 18°18'00" & 20°50'00". East longitude 79°45'00" and 80°54'00". The district is elongated in the North-South direction having a total area of 14412 Sq.km. Out of which 12504 Sq.km (86.76%) is occupied by forest area. The district is 4.68% of total area of Maharashtra State and stands fourth amongst the districts of Maharashtra State.
The total population of this district is about 9,70,294 as per 2001 census code. It is the smallest district in terms of population in Maharashtra. Administratively the district is divided into 12 talukas and 4 subdivisions. The 12 talukas are namely Gadchiroli, Chamorshi, Aheri, Mulchera, Etapalli, Bhamragad, Sironcha, Armori, Wadsa, Dhanora, Kurkheda & Korchi.The climate of this district is dry & salubrious. The average annual rainfall is about 1300 to 1350 mm. The main crop is paddy.
Following are the rivers flowing through the district :
Vainganga, Godavari, Pranhita, Dina.
The entire Gadchiroli district is included in the drainage basin of Godavari river. At the South Western boundary of the district, near Sironcha, Godavari enters the district and flows eastwards for about 50Km along Southern boundary of the district. After its’s confluence with Indravati, at the South-Eastern corner, the Godavari turns South into Andhra Pradesh.
The Western boundary for a distance of 225 Km is formed by the flow of Wainganga river which devide Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district. Khobragadi, Kathani and Mirgadola rivers are major tributaries.
The Pranhita river, formed by confluence of Wainganga and Wardha rivers; forms the South-Western boundary for 190 Km till it’s confluence with the Godavari. Dina river is the main tributary.
The Indravati river enters in Maharashtra near Kowande village of Bhamragad Tehsil in the district and forms the South-Eastern boundary for a distance of 120 Km before joining the Godavari. Parlkota (Nimbra), Pamulgautam(Kotari) and Bandia are the major tributaries.
The River Godavari confluence with Wainganga river at Sironcha; Godavari and Indravati at Somnur; Wardha and Pranhita near Chaprala in Chamorshi Taluka; Parlkota (Nimbra), Pamulgautam(Kotari) and Indravati (Triveni Sangam) near Bhamragad.
1.Dina Irrigation Project
The project is situated in Regdi village of Chamorshi tahsil. Under this project, water is used for farming purpose in near by villages.
For list of mini projects, click here.