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Nāgpur ( ) is a city in the state of Maharashtramarker. It is the largest city in central India. It is also the third largest city by population in the state of Maharashtra. Nagpur UA with a population of around 2,420,000; is the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India and 114th largest city in world. It ranks as 143rd largest urban area in world in terms of population. It is the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. The city is the commercial and political center of the state's eastern Vidarbha region. Nagpur lies in central India with Zero mile marker, (indicating the geographical center of India) located here. City was founded by Gond people but later became part of Maratha Empire under the Bhonsles. British East India Company took over the city in 19th century and made it the capital of Central Provinces and Berar. After first state reorganisation, it lost the capital status but was made the second capital of Maharashtramarker. Nagpur is the headquarter for Hindu nationalist organisation RSS and an important location for the Dalit Buddhist movement. Nagpur is situated at the cross-roads of India's North-South and East-West routes by road, rail and air.


The Nag River, which is a tributary of the Kanhan River, flows in a serpentine path and so got its name, "Nag", the Marathi word for Cobra. The river flows through the old city of Nagpur and so the city derived its name from this river, 'Nag'+'pur'. "Pur" is common suffix given to cities, villages and towns across India, and is often simply translated "city". The seal of Nagpur Municipal Corporation depicts a cobra in the water of a river. Nagpur is famous for growing oranges from which it derives it's nickname Orange city.


Central Provinces and Berar, 1903.
Princely states are shown in yellow.
Map of Nagpur district with major towns and rivers.
Human existence around present day Nagpur city can be traced back 3000 years to 8th century BC. Mehir burial sites at Drugdhamna(near Mhada colony) indicate megalithic culture existed around Nagpur and is still followed in present times. The first reference to the name Nagpur is found in a 10th century copper-plate inscription discovered at Devali in the neighbouring Wardhamarker district. The inscription is a record of grant of a village situated in the visaya (district) of Nagpura-Nandivardhana during time of Rastrakuta king Krsna III in the Saka year 862 (940 CE). Towards the end of third century King Vindhyasakti is known to have ruled the Nagpur region. In the 4th century Vakataka Dynasty ruled over the Nagpur region and surrounding areas and had good relations with the Gupta Empire. The Vakataka king Prithvisena I moved his capital to Nagardhan (ancient name Nandivardhana), located at from Nagpur.

Recent history ascribes the founding of Nagpur to Bakht Buland, a prince of the Gond kingdom of Deogarhmarker in the Chhindwara district. In 1743, the Maratha leader Raghoji Bhonsle of Vidarbha established himself at Nagpur, after conquering the territories of Deogarh, Chanda and Chhattisgarhmarker by 1751. After Raghoji's death in 1755, his son and successor Janoji was forced to acknowledge the effective supremacy of the Maratha Peshwa of Pune in 1769. Regardless, the Nagpur state continued to grow. Janoji's successor Mudhoji I (d. 1788) came to power in 1785 and bought Mandlamarker and the upper Narmadamarker valley from the Peshwa between 1796 and 1798, after which Raghoji II (d. 1816) acquired Hoshangabadmarker, the larger part of Saugormarker and Damohmarker. Under Raghoji II, Nagpur covered what is now the east of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissamarker, and parts of Madhya Pradeshmarker and Jharkhandmarker.

In 1803 Raghoji II joined the Peshwas against the British in the Second Anglo-Maratha War. The British prevailed, and Raghoji was forced to cede Cuttackmarker, Sambalpurmarker, and part of Berar. After Raghoji II's death in 1816, his son Parsaji was deposed and murdered by Mudhoji II. Despite the fact that he had entered into a treaty with the British in the same year, Mudhoji joined the Peshwa in the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1817 against the British, but was forced to cede the rest of Berar to the Nizam of Hyderabad, and parts of Saugor and Damoh, Mandla, Betul, Seonimarker and the Narmada valley to the British after suffering a defeat at Sitabuldi in modern-day Nagpur city. The Sitabuldi fort was the site of a fierce battle between the British and the Bhonsle of Nagpur in 1817. The battle was a turning point as it laid the foundations of the downfall of the Bhonsles and paved the way for the British acquisition of Nagpur city. Mudhoji was deposed after a temporary restoration to the throne, after which the British placed Raghoji III the grandchild of Raghoji II, on the throne. During the rule of Raghoji III (which lasted till 1840), the region was administered by a British resident. In 1853, the British took control of Nagpur after Raghoji III died without leaving an heir.

From 1853 to 1861, the Nagpur Province (which consisted of the present Nagpur region, Chhindwara, and Chhatisgarh) became part of the Central Provinces and Berar and came under the administration of a commissioner under the British central government, with Nagpur as its capital. Berar was added in 1903. Tata group started the country's first textile mill at Nagpur, formally known as Central India Spinning and Weaving Company Ltd. The company was popularly known as "Empress Mills" as it was inaugurated on 1 January 1877, the day queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India. Political activity in Nagpur during India's freedom struggle included hosting of two annual sessions of the Indian National Congress. Non-cooperation movement was launched in the Nagpur session of 1920. City witnessed a Hindu–Muslim riot in 1923 which had profound impact on K. B. Hedgewar. In 1925, he founded RSS, a Hindu nationalist organization, in Nagpur with an idea of creating a Hindu nation. After the 1927 Nagpur riots RSS gained further popularity in Nagpur and the organization grew nationwide.

After Indian Independence in 1947, Central Provinces and Berar became a province of India, and in 1950 became the Indian state of Madhya Pradeshmarker, again with Nagpur as its capital. However when the Indian states were reorganized along linguistic lines in 1956, the Nagpur region and Berar were transferred to Bombay state, which in 1960 was split between the states of Maharashtramarker and Gujaratmarker. At a formal public ceremony on October 14, 1956 in Nagpur B. R. Ambedkar along with his supporters converted to Buddhism starting Dalit Buddhist movement which is still active. In 1994, city witnessed its most violent day in modern times in form of Gowari stampede deaths.
Also see: Nagpur state

Geography and climate


Nagpur lies on the Deccan plateau of the Indian Peninsula. The underlying rock strata is covered with alluvial deposits resulting from the flood plain of the Kanhan River. In some places these give rise to granular sandy soil. However, in low lying areas which are poorly drained, the soil is alluvial clay with poor permeability characteristics. In eastern part of city crystalline metamorphic rocks such as gneiss, schist and granites are found. In the Northern part of the city, yellowish sand stones and clays of the lower Gondwana formations are found.

Nagpur city is dotted with many natural and man made lakes with Ambazari lake being the largest of all. Other natural lakes include Futala lake, Gorewada Lakemarker and Telangkhedi lake. Sonegaon lake along with Gandhisagar lake are man-made lakes creted by cities historical rulers. Nag river, Pilli nadi along with various nallas form the natural drainage pattern for city.
Nagpur is the green-city of India. Nagpur has a mean altitude of 310 meters above sea level.


Nagpur has a tropical wet and dry climate, with dry conditions prevailing for most of the year as it is located at centre of Indian peninsula far from Bay of Bengalmarker and Arabian seamarker. Nagpur city receives an annual rainfall of 1,205 mm (47.44 in) from monsoon rains during June to September. The highest recorded rainfall was 304 mm on July 14, 1994. Summers are extremely hot lasting from March to June, with maximum temperatures in May. Winter lasts from November to January with temperatures dropping below 10°C (50°F). The highest recorded temperature in the city was 48.6 °C (119.5 °F) on 26 May 1954 , while the lowest was 3 °C.

Civic Administration

Vidhan Bhavan
Nagpur is administered by Nagpur Municipal Corporation which is democratically elected civic governing body. Nagpur Improvement Trust(NIT) works along with NMC and carries out works like development of civic infrastructure and new urban areas on behalf of NMC. The city is divided in 10 zones which are in turn divided into 136 wards. Each ward is represented by a corporator, majority of whom are elected in local elections.

Nagpur is an important city for the scientific community as it is headquarters of number of national level scientific and governmental establishments like NEERI, Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), National Research Centre for Citrus, National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Aluminium Research and Development Centre, Indian Bureau of Mines, India's Intellectual Property Training Institute, the National Academy of Direct Taxes, the Chief Controller of Explosives of the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, and regional office of the Indian Meteorological Department. The Nagpur Police is headed by Police Commissioner, who is an IPS officer. The Nagpur Police comes under the state Home Ministry. The city is divided into three police zones each headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). Also there are separate DCPs each for traffic and cyber crime. The Nagpur Fire Brigade department is headed by the Chief Fire Officer, who is assisted by Deputy Chief Fire Officers. Nagpur also has National fire service college.

Nagpur is also an important city for the Indian armed forces. It is headquarter of Maintenance command of Indian Air Force. Indian Army's Ordnance factory and staff college are located on west side of city. Nagpur's suburb Kampteemarker has cantonment of Regimental center of Indian Army's Brigade made up of National Cadet Corps' Officers' Training School, Institute of Military Law and other establishments. Nagpur's National Civil defense College provides civil defense and disaster management training to pupils from all over India and abroad. Indian Air Force's giant IL-76 transport planes nicknamed "Gajraj" are based in Nagpur.


Marathi, official language of Maharashtramarker is most widely-spoken language in Nagpur. Varhadi dialect of Marathi is spoken in and around Nagpur city. Hindi is also widely spoken in Nagpur. Due to its central location Nagpur has become a cosmopolitan in nature with large amount of residents from neighboring states of Madhya Pradeshmarker, Chattisgarhmarker and Andhra Pradeshmarker. In 2001, the urban population was 2,129,500, and there were around 410,000 households in the city. 7,26,664 people lived in slums making Nagpur second most slum populated city in Maharashtra after Mumbai. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for around 25% of the population. The sex ratio was 936 females per 1000 males. Around 99.4% of the population was engaged in non-agricultural activities, attesting to the overwhelmingly urban character of Nagpur city. The city's main jail is the Nagpur Central Jail. According to 2006 survey of National Crime Record Bureau Nagpur has the highest crime rate of 470.6 in Maharashtra as compared to other mega-cities of the state. The number of migrants to Nagpur from outside Maharashtramarker during the 1991-2001 decade was 2.1 lakh making Nagpur 4th most favored destination in state.

People and Culture

The city contains a large number of people from other Indian states as well as people belonging to the world's major faiths. Nagpur plays host to a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Cultural and literary societies in Nagpur include Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh(for development of Marathi), Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (promotion and spreading Hindi) and Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (for promoting Hindi).

The Nagpur central museum (estb 1863) maintains collections are mainly for Vidarbha region. The South Central Cultural Centre also actively sponsors various other cultural events in Nagpur city, such as the Orange City Craft Mela and Folk Dance Festival, which is noted for its numerous folk-dances. City was judged as the cleanest and second greenest in India after Bangaloremarker.

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Groundmarker (VCA) in Nagpur is one of the nine test venues in the country. A new stadium of VCA called Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadiummarker is built on Wardha road with a seating capacity of 45,000 people at cost of . . INOX Nagpur (area:45,000 square feet) is the first multiplex in city. The present day Maharajbagh zoomarker was originally a garden developed by the Bhonsle rulers.. Government of Maharashtra has approved a new safari park of international standards besides Gorewada Lakemarker.

A number of newspapers are published from Nagpur in English, Hindi and Marathi. The Hitavada is one of the oldest English daily newspaper published in central India. Nagpur is known for staying calm during communal conflicts in India. Deekshabhoomimarker, the largest hollow stupa, is located in Nagpur. It is an important place of dalit buddhist movement. Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir and Shri Mahalaxmi Devi temple of Koradi are important Hindu temples. Several important religious events are observed in the city throughout the year. Ram Navami is celebrated in Nagpur with shobha yatra which a massive procession of floats depicting various events from the Ramayana. Like the rest of India, Nagpurkars celebrate major Hindu festivals like Diwali, Holi and Dussera with fervour and enthusiasm. Celebrations lasting for several days are held on Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja festivals in virtually every small locality in the city. There is sizable Muslim population in the city, mostly coming from the service-class, working in local factories and government offices. There is a big concentration of Muslim-Bohras in the city who are mostly into hardware business. The famous places of worship for Muslim is Jama Masjid-Mominpura, Bohri Jamatkhana-Itwari, Ahbaab Chowk Masjid, Baba Taj Dargah-Tajabad Umred Rd., Masjid-Sadar and Chhaoni. Processions are also held on important festivals of other religions such as Eid e Milad, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti, Durga puja, Ganesh Puja and Moharram. Taj Baba Dargah is a good example of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence in Nagpur city, as people shed their religious, caste, cultural and language barriers to pay their respect to the great Soofi Saint. Every year, Government of Maharashtra organizes a week long Kalidas Festival, a series of music and dance performances, by national level artist. A world known Urdu Poet Shahid Kabir from Nagpur.


Nagpur has been the main center of commerce in the Vidarbha region since early days and is an important trading location. However, Nagpur's economic importance had gradually declined relative to Mumbai and Punemarker after the merging of Vidarbha into the Maharashtra because of a prolonged period of neglect by the state government. Nagpur's economy is now recovering from past slowdown and city has attracted Rupees 5,000 crore in investment in 2004.. During the slowdown, state and central government offices were a major source of employment in the city. Nagpur regional office of Reserve Bank of Indiamarker was opened on September 10, 1956. The Butibori industrial area is the largest in all of Asia in terms of area. The estate's largest unit is of Indo Rama Synthetics, which manufactures synthetic polyester yarn. Other units in Butibori include the power transmission company KEC, Hyundai Unitech, ACC Nihon Castings Ltd.. Koradi Thermal Power Stationmarker and Khaparkheda Thermal Power Station are the two major thermal power stations located near Nagpur and operated by MSPGCL.

The Hingnamarker industrial estate located on the western fringes of the city is made up of around 900 small and medium industrial units. The major ones among them are tractor manufacturing plant of Mahindra and Mahindra, casting units of NECO Ltd. (the country's largest casting group), units of International Combustions, Bajaj Auto group, Candico (the SECOND largest confectionery manufacturing plant in India ), Ajanta toothbrushes and Sanvijay Group (largest steel rolling group of companies for long products in Central India). Nagpur is home to ice-cream manufacturer Dinshaws, Indian dry food manufacturer Haldiram's and Ayurvedic product company Vicco .Sitabuldi market in central Nagpur, known as the Heart of the city, is the main and major commercial market area of city.

Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN)

Currently, Nagpur is witnessing an economic boom as "Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN)" is being developed. MIHAN will be used for handling heavy cargo coming from south east Asia and Middle east Asia. Project will also include Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Information Technology (IT) companies. Persistent Systems has one of the software development centers at Nagpur.


Nagpur is a major education centre in Central India. Nagpur has both "municipal schools"; (run by the NMC) and private schools (run by trusts or individuals), which in some cases receive financial aid from the government. City has 10+2+3/4 plan which is followed by Junior college and later degree course. Founded in 1923, Nagpur University is one of the oldest in the country and has geographical jurisdiction over the five districts of Nagpur division in addition to giving affiliation to hundreds of colleges. Nagpur has three Medical colleges namely Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and Lata Mangeshkar Medical College (LMC). Maharashtra Animal and Sciences University (MAFSU) for veterinary sciences is also located in Nagpur Nagpur has several engineering colleges which provide education in various specialty courses. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) is one of the reputed technical institutes in the country and also an Institute of National Importance. Hislop college Nagpur is one of the oldest college in Nagpur . Nagpur has India's only National Fire Service College that provides graduation course in Fire Engineering and Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT) which one of few colleges for chemical engineering. Institute of Management Technology also has college in Nagpur. College of Agriculture in Nagpur provides impetus in agricultural research. City's Raman Science Centre promotes scientific attitude and has 133 seat planetarium. Nagpur also has three well known medical colleges namely Government Medical College also called as Medical, Indira Gandhi Medical College also called as Mayo and Lata Mangeshkar Medical College.
Nagpur is known for some well known private engineering colleges namely Ramdeobaba Kamla Nehru College of Engineering (RKNEC), Yeshwantrao Chauvhan College of Engineering(YCCE), G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering and Priyadarshini College of Engineering being more than 2 decades old.

Bhosle Deaf School, Bharat Muk Vidyalaya and Residential Blind Boys Institution provide education to physically challenged. Matru Sewa Sangh's Nandanwan school is for physically handicapped and mentally retarded children.


Public transport bus in Nagpur

Due to its central location in India, the Nagpur Railway Station is an important railway junction and a transit for trains that connect the country lengthwise and breadthwise, especially trains connecting India's major metropolises (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennaimarker, Kolkatamarker, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahemedabad, Kanpurmarker, Indoremarker, Jaipur, Bhopalmarker, Lucknowmarker, Gwalior, Agra, Varanasi, Patna, Gaya and Jammu).

Nagpur is also a major junction for roadways as India's two major national highways (Kanyakumarimarker-Varanasimarker (NH 7) and Hajiramarker-Kolkata (NH-6)) pass through the city. One more highway number 69 connect Nagpur to Obaidullaganj near Bhopalmarker. Nagpur is at the junction of two Asian Highways namely AH43 Agramarker to Matara, Sri Lankamarker and AH46 connecting Kharagpurmarker, India to Dhulemarker, India. Auto rickshaws operate in most parts of Nagpur and are the main form of hired transport within the city.

Nagpur's Air Traffic Control (ATC) is the busiest in India, with more than 300 international flights flying over the city every day in 2004. In October 2005, Nagpur's erstwhile Sonegaon Airport was declared an international airport and was renamed Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airportmarker. Country's first ever international cargo hub, the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is planned on the outskirts of the city.

See also


Web References

  1. [1]
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  4. Nagpur Police
  5. Nagpur Police
  6. National Fire Service College, Nagpur
  7. Nagpur District Gazetteer
  8. Nagpur Economy and Industry - Nagpur Economic Boom
  9. Reserve Bank of India
  10. |title=Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) |accessdate=08 January 2009

References in Print

  1. Nagpur sizzles at 47.6 deg C, TNN, Times of India (Bombay), pg 1, 23 May 2005

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