Dhenkanal District It is called as “Soul of Orissa” because of its central location and representative character. The district was known for its hills, Serene environment of the dense forest and the picturesque river valleys and mountain peaks with ancient shrines. The celebration of “Maha Laxmi Puja” has earned a special name and fame across the country. Now this predominantly agro district has been constantly moving to be the bastion of industrialization.
Kankadahad Block and Hindol Block with their topography and tribal population have acquired different looks vis-à-vis other blocks. People of all castes, all classes, all tribes, all religions dwell in this Dhenkanal district. The great Mahima Dharma owes its origin to this District Primary, Secondary & Tertiary sectors have their predominant presence in this district.
Dhenkanal District at a Glance.
Ø Year of creation April,1993
Ø Total population as per 2001 census - 10,66,878
Sex Ratio: M:F 1000:972
Female 5,22,877 Schedule Caste
%age of SC 18.78%
%age of ST 12.79 %
Ø Population growth rate 238.5
Ø Muslim Female 2397
Ø % age of Total Population rate 0.45
Ø Child Population 0-5 Year
Ø Child Population 6-14 Years
Ø Out of School Children 3938
Ø Total Geographical Area 4452 Sq. km.
Ø Total Cultivable area 19,9824 hectares
(43% of geographical area)
Ø Total command area 44730 hectares,
(39% of geographical area)
Ø Total forest coverage 1737.62 Sq. k.m.
Ø Total reserve forest coverage 1141.02 Sq. k.m.
(25% of geographical area)
Ø Main stay of the people Agriculture
Ø Main River Brahmani
Ø Main Irrigation projects Sapua Dam, Dadaraghati, Dandadhar.
Ø Enrolment 6-14 years Boys 95786
Ø Enrolment at Primary Level 118715
Ø Enrolment at Upper primary Level
Including Class VIII 66958
Ø Main N.H. passing through N.H.-42, N.H.200
Ø Main tourist places Kapilash, Saptasajya, Joranda, Kualo, Jibankhol
Ø Main Industrial establishments SCAW, Bhusan Steel,OPL,Utkal Asbests,
Ø No. of Revenue Villages Inhabited 1060
Ø No. of Blocks 08
Ø No. of Grampanchayats 199
Ø No. of Tahasils 06
Ø No. of Rev. Sub-division 03
Ø No. of NAC 02
Ø No. of Municipality 01
Ø No. of Police station 11
Ø No. of Police Out Post 13
Ø No. of Fire Station 10
Ø No. of AW Centres. 1121
Ø No. of ECCE Centre 88
Ø Average Literacy Rate 68.62 %
Ø Annual average Rainfall 1626.4 M.M.
Ø Population Growth Rate 1.89 %
Ø National Highway in K.M. 244 K.M.
Ø Major District Roads in K.M. 119 K.M.
Ø Gramapanchyat Roads 5670 K.M.
Ø Forest Roads 213 K.M.
Ø No. of Post Offices 230