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About Takhatpur

In India's central region, that is called the heart of India, lies the state of Chhattisgarh, south-east of Madhya Pradesh and north of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh; now the Telangana state. On the east of it lies the state of Orissa and on the west; Maharashtra. Takhatpur is a small town in the Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. Sitting in the shadow of the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Takhatpur is a comparatively large town in the region.

About Takhatpur

Geography of Takhatpur

Takhatpur is situated in the central-western region of the state of Chhattisgarh, in the Bilaspur district. The satellite location of Takhatpur is 22.15°N 81.87°E and has an average elevation of 269 metres (882 feet). Takhatpur town is located in the Takhatpur Tehsil, which is accompanied on the east by Bilaspur and Bilha, on the south by Patharia, on the west by Mungeli and Lormi and on the north by Kota. The distance between the towns of Takhatpur and Bilaspur is around 31km. From the state capital of Raipur, Takhatpur stands at a distance of 121km. Takhatpur is situated in the central-western region of Chhattisgarh, which is also the river basin, where the loamy soil is known for its red colour and is very fertile for agriculture.

Administration in Takhatpur

Nagar Panchayat is the administrative authority over the town of Takhatpur. In its administrative borders, there are 15 wards and over 3,881 houses. Representatives on the Nagar Panchayat are elected every 5 years. In the Takhatpur Tehsil, there are about 106 Gram Panchayats. Administratively, the Takhatpur Nagar Panchayat falls under the administration of the Collector of Bilaspur district. The Collector is the appointed functionary of the state government and also performs the duties of the District Magistrate.

Collector & DM Bilaspur
Shri Anbalagan P. (IAS)
Phone: 07752-223344

Population of Takhatpur

As per the 2011 Population Census of India, the total population of the town of Takhatpur stands at 19,968 of which 10,168 are males while 9,800 are females. The population of Children (age 0-6) is 2,652 which is 13.28% of the total population under the Takhatpur Nagar Panchayat. In its administrative borders, the Female Sex of Ratio of Takhatpur is 964, which is a little lower than the impressive state average of 991. However, the Child Sex Ratio is considerably lower at 902 when pitted against the Chhattisgarh State Average of 969. Still, compared to many “developed” cities in India, the overall female sex ratio and child sex ratio are still higher in Takhatpur, which primarily is a rural town in one the most remote states of India. Since Takhatpur consists of a variety social and ethnic groups, the total Schedule Caste (SC) population amounts to about 3001, which makes up for 15.03% of the total population. The population of Scheduled Tribes (ST) is about 579 and makes up for about 2.90% of the total population.

Literacy in Takhatpur

Since Chhattisgarh was one of the most backward states India at the time of its formation in 2000, it still lags behind in terms of literacy rate. However the literacy rate of Takhatpur is impressively high at 82.54%, that is higher than the State Average of 70.28%. Out of the total population in the Takhatpur Nagar Panchayat, the male literacy is around 90.39% whereas the female literacy rate still languishes at a much lower 74.47%.

Economy of Takhatpur

Since the town of Takhatpur is located in the plains of the state, its soil and climate are conducive to the growth of agriculture. Most of the economy of this Nagar Panchayat stands on the agricultural business activity and employs a majority of its population in the related employment. The main agricultural produce of Takhatpur are wheat, rice, sugarcane and cotton. As per the 2011 Population Census of India, out of the total population under Takhatpur Nagar Panchayat, about 6,826 (34.18%) of its residents are engaged in the business or work activity. Out of the total working population, the total number of working males comes to 5,330 while the number of working women comes to about 1,496. Out of the total working population, 6,451 (94.51%) are engaged in main work whereas only 375 (5.49%) are employed in marginal work.

Climate in Takhatpur

The climate of Takhatpur comes under the sub-tropical, semi-arid category. Like the rest of the state of Chhattisgarh, the climate of Takhatpur is on the warmer side. There are about three main seasons – Summer, Monsoon and Winter. The summer sets in by the middle of March and continues until the end of June. The maximum summer temperatures regularly climb into the 40s and during the peak of summer it stays around 45°C. Since most of the rivers in the basin dry up during the summer, the nights are also fairly warm. Due to the high temperatures, dust storms are a regular occurrence in the region. October and November are the months of transition which see a spike in temperature and sporadic rainfall. By the end of November, winter sets in and lasts until the middle of March. The winter is quite cold and is made bitter by cold winds blowing across the plains. The climate of Takhatpur is fairly conducive to agriculture and coupled with the fertile soil, it helps the agricultural growth in the region.

Culture and Language in Takhatpur

The state of Chhattisgarh is known for a large number of ethnographic and tribal communities and groups. Around 40% of the total area of Chhattisgarh is covered in forests which provide shelter to these communities that speak a number of languages. However, like the rest of the urban regions of the Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarhi is the official and most practiced language of Takhatpur. The language draws heavily from the Hindi and also has influences from Munda and Dravidian languages. Since Chhattisgarh is home to a number of ancient tribes of India and also because of its agrarian economy, the people of the region celebrate a number of festivals with much fervour and happiness. Although the nature of festivals varies in urban and rural regions, like the most other urban, semi-urban places in Chhattisgarh, Takhatpur also takes joy in the celebration of festivals such as Dussehra, Diwali, etc.

Tourism in Takhatpur

Since Takhatpur is a fairly small town situated in a semi-rural set up, there aren't many places of tourist interest in Takhatpur. There is a village known as Belpan, at a distance of 11km from the town of Takhatpur which is famous for a big pond (Kund) and a Samadhi. Apart from this there are a few temples. But in terms of tourism, Takhatpur is not as developed as some other places in Chhattisgarh.

Healthcare in Takhatpur

As is the case with tourism, Takhatpur does not have any hospitals of repute. If you are a resident of Takhatpur, or are planning to visit this town, it is a better idea to head to the city of Bilaspur, at a distance of about 31km from Takhatpur. There are a number of government and private clinics and hospitals in Bilaspur.

Utility Services in Takhatpur

Whether it is the residents of a village, city or the visitors, it is imperative that they are offered the necessities and comforts of modern lifestyle. Utility services such as gas connection, banks, postal and courier services are a must for its residents. Along with the utility services, it is also important to have a robust network of police to maintain the law and order in the region. Since Chhattisgarh is turbulent in terms of skirmishes between the police, paramilitary forces and guerrillas, it is important to be aware of the nearest police station in case you need any help. Shri A. N. Upadhyay is the Director General of Police of Chhattisgarh. For emergencies, you could contact the police station in Takhatpur town.

Takhatpur Police Station
Address: Police Thana Premises, Takhatpur, Bilaspur-Chhattisgarh - 495330, Takhatpur Thana, Bilaspur
Phone: 07753-264641

Postal Services in Takhatpur

The Indian Post has played a pivotal role in the development of the rural regions of India. From postcards to large shipments, from inland letters to the Airmail and Speedpost, the Indian Post has been one institution that has internalised the rural as well as urban systems of communication. To complement the Indian Post, many private courier and shipping companies have also been operating in India, delivering packages across the country as well as abroad. Following are the details of the postal services in Takhatur.

Indian Post
Post Office Status: Sub Post Office
Pincode: 495330
Taluk: Takhatpur
District: Bilaspur
State: Chhattisgarh
Postal Division: Bilaspur
Postal Region: Raipur
Postal Circle: Chhattisgarh
Phone: 07753-264639

Madhur Courier Services
Working Hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 am to 09:00 pm
Address: Takhatpur, Bilaspur-Chhattisgarh - 495330, Old Bus Stand
Mobile: 9893598811
Phone: 07753-264545
Website: www.madhurexpress.net

Transport in Takhatpur

The Nagar Panchayat of Takhatpur is at a distance of 31km from the district headquarters of Bilaspur via the State Highway 7 (SH7). From the state capital Raipur, the town of Takhatpur can be reached at the distance of 121km via the National Highway 130A (NH130A) and National Highway 200 (NH200). If you are travelling by a state transport bus, you can hitch a bus ride from Bilaspur that goes in the direction of Mungeli.

By Train : Takhatpur does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is Uslapur Railway Station at a distance of about 28km. Further ahead is the Bilaspur Junction. You can board several express and passenger trains from here. If you plan to travel to Takhatpur by train, it is better to come to either Bilaspur Junction or Uslapur Railway Station and then you can take a bus from these places to go to Takhatpur.

By Air : Swami Vivekananda International Airport at the state capital Raipur is the nearest airport to go to Takhatpur. The airport has been ranked Number 1 in overall customer satisfaction in 2014. From here you can take daily flights to go to several important Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, etc. Currently there are Air India, IndiGo and Jet Airways that offer flight services to the passengers. The airport is at a distance of about 136km by road from Takhatpur.

Takhatpur at a glance

Country : India
State : Chhattisgarh
District : Bilaspur
Elevation : 269 m (883 ft)
• Official : Hindi, Chhattisgarhi
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)

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