History of Dhamtari District :
Dhamtari is abbreviated from "Dhamma"+"Tarai"
District is situated in the fertile plains of Chhattisgarh Region. This District
is situated between 20042' N Latitude and 81o33' E Longtitude. Dhamtari district
is officially formed on 6th July 1998 dividing the Raipur district currently the
capital of Chhattisgarh along with Mahasamund . As a result the boundaries of the
Raipur district is converted into the districts e.g Raipur, Mahasamund and Dhamtari.
Dhamtari, Kurud and Nagari are included in Dhamtari district as Tehsils and Dhamtari,
Kurud, Nagari and Magarlod are included as blocks. The total area of the district
is 2029 Sq.Km. and 305 Meter above the mean sea level. The District is surrounded
by District Raipur in North & District Kanker as well as Bastar in South, part of
Orissa state in East & District Durg and Kanker in West.Mahanadi is the principal
river of this district and Mahanadi is so far named as Kankannadi, Chitrotpala,
Neelotpala, Mandvahini, Jairath etc.
Its tributaries being Sendur, Pairy, Sondur,
Joan, Kharun and Shivnath. The fertility of lands of Dhamtari district can be attributed
to the presence of these rivers. The chief crop of this region is Paddy. Mahanadi
one of the major river in central India originates in the hills of Sihawa flows
in the direction of East into the Bay of Bengal.
Dhamtari district falls between two Lok
Sabha Constituencies (Kanker and Mahasamund) and three Assembly constituencies (
Dhamtari, Kurud, Sihawa).The national highway No. 30(Previously NH 43) Raipur –
Vijaynagaram (Andhra Pradesh) passes through Dhamtari. Raipur is 78 Km. from Dhamtari.
Unique feature of Dhamtari. is the
total number of Rice Mills that is more than 136.
In the east, Satpura range is located.
It is popularly known as Sihawa pahad. In west lies district of Kanker. In North
lies Raipur, the heart and capital city of Chhattisgarh. Southwards lies the boundary
of Orrisa state. Ravishankar Sagar dam that irrigates almost 57000 Hectare of land
and also acts as a main supply unit of safe drinking water resource for state capital
Raipur as well as supply to Bhilai Steel Plant lies at almost 11 Km from the District
capital . Work of 10 MW hydro-electric power plant is progressing and is likely
to be completed very soon.
Asia's first ever Siphon dam was built
in the year 1914 at Madamsilli. Besides Madamsilli, Sondhur dam, Dudhawa dam are
the major projects.
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