|— District of Maharashtra —|
|Administrative division||Aurangabad Division|
|Tehsils||1. Latur, 2. Udgir, 3. Ahmedpur, 4. Ausa, 5. Nilanga, 6. Renapur, 7. Chakur, 8. Deoni, 9. Shirur Anantpal, 10. Jalkot.|
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||2 (partial) Latur & Osmanabad|
|• Assembly seats||6|
|• Total||7,157 km2 (2,763 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 ( 890/sq mi)|
|• Sex ratio||924|
|Latur District 25th Anniversary|
Latur district (Marathi: लातूर जिल्हा) is a district in Maharashtra state of India. Latur city is the district headquarters and is the 16th largest city in the state of Maharashtra. The district is primarily agricultural. Urban population comprises 25.47% of the total population.
Latur has an ancient history, which probably dates to the Rashtrakuta period. It was home to a branch of Rashtrakutas which ruled the Deccan from year 753-973AD.The first Rashtrakuta king Dantidurga was from Lattalur (Kannada: ಲಟ್ಟಲೂರು), probably the ancient name for Latur. Anecdotally, Ratnapur is also mentioned as a name for Latur.
The King Amoghavarsha of Avinash developed the Latur city, originally the native place of the Rashtrakutas. The Rashtrakutas who succeeded the Chalukyas of Badami in 753 A.D called themselves the residents of Lattalut.
Later, in the 17th century, it became part of the independent princely state of Hyderabad. Under Hyderabad the tax system was reformed and many of the exploitive taxing practices were ended. In 1905 it was merged with surrounding areas and renamed Latur tehsil, and became part of Osmanabad district, which until 1948 was a part of Hyderabad state under the Nizam. The chief of Nizam's Razakar army Qasim Rizwi was from Latur.
After independence and the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, Osmanabad became part of Bombay Province. In 1960, with the creation of Maharashtra, Osmanabad was one of its districts. On August 15, 1982, a separate Latur district was carved out of Osmanabad district.
Latur district is in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra in India, located between 17°52' North to 18°50' North and 76°18' East to 79°12' East in the Deccan plateau. It has an average elevation of 631 metres (2070 ft) above mean sea level.
The district may be divided into two regions — the Balaghat plateau, and the northeastern region consisting of Ahmadpur and Udgir. The entire district of Latur is situated on the Balaghat plateau, 540 to 638 metres from the mean sea level.
Latur District is It is bounded by Nanded District to the northeast; the state border with Karnataka to the east and southeast; Osmanabad District to the south-west; Beed District to the west; and Parbhani District to the northwest.
Average rainfall in the district is 600 to 800 mm. This is usually during the monsoon months from July - October. Moderate temperatures are mainly observed here. The rainfall is unpredictable in tune with the Indian monsoon. Summers here begin from early March to July. Summers are dry and hot. The temperature ranges from 24 °C to 39.6 °C, though at the peak they may reach 41 °C. From November to January, is the winter season. Temperatures at the peak drop to single digits but usually they hover around 13.9 °C to 21.8 °C sometimes lowers up to 11 °C. January to March are the months with moderate temperatures.
Major rivers of the district are:
Manjra, Terna, Rena, Manar, Tawarja, Tiru and Gharni.
However the Godavaris and its branches offer lot of opportunity for damming the streams leading to large number of rivers in Latur district.In 3/9/1993 a earthquake strike it though it is the 16 largest city in maharashtra. It is also the fastest growing city in ASIA
In the 2001 Indian census, Latur had a population of 2,080,285. Males constituted 52% and females 48% of the population. Latur had an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%, with male literacy at 77%, and female literacy at 63%. In 2001 in Latur, 14% of the population was under 6 years of age. For every 1000 males age 6 and older, there were 935 females.
According to the 2011 census Latur district had a population of 2,455,543, roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait or the US state of Nevada. This gives it a ranking of 181st among the districts of India (out of a total of 640). The district had a population density of 343 inhabitants per square kilometre (890 /sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 18.04%. Latur had a sex ratio of 924 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 79.03%.
Fairs and festivals: Shri Siddeshwar fair at Latur is held every year. Thousands of people attend the Gangaram Maharaj Samadhi every Ekadashi at Hattibet in Udgir tehsil. In January 2011, the first ever 'Latur Festival' was organised on the 10th, 11 and 12 January under the guidance of Shri Amitji Deshmukh. The grand success of this event has now ensured a permanent spot on the cultural calendar. Now this will be an annual fixture. The event is organised by the Latur Club and managed by Indian Magic Eye Pvt. Ltd.
Religious places include: Ausa, Hattibet, Nilanga, Renapur, Shirur Anantpal, Tambala, and Ujani.
Latur has developed as a good educational center in Maharashtra over the years.
From Past few Years, Latur have emerged as a strong Educational hub for Secondary School and Higher Secondary School. Students from Latur are always in top spot when it comes to results. In last decade almost all Maharashtra Topers comes from Latur.
Famous colleges include Dayanand College of Commerce, College Of Computer Science and Information Technology(COCSIT),Rajarshi Shahu College, Dayanand College of Arts, Dayanand Science College, Dayanand College of Law,Kesharbai Kale Girls' College,Mahatma Basweshwar College, Udaygiri College, Hawagi Swami College, Mahatma Gandhi College, M.S. Bidve Engineering College, M.I.M.S.R.Medical College, Govt. Medical College, Manjara Ayurvedic College, Dayanand Law College, Maitree Institute of Management & Technology, Sandeepani Technology & Management and several others to name a Dr.Chandrabhanu Sonavane Jr.Science College.
There are many Zilla Parishad school in Latur District.
There are Primary Private School some are
1) Shree Keshavraj Vidyalay Sham Nagar Latur. 2) Shree Deshikendra Vidyalay Latur(Marathi School which generates good students) 3) Shree Venktesh Vidayalay, Behind Main Bus Stand,Latur 4) shree Ganesh Vidyalay ,Hamal galli latur
Latur is famous as Latur pattern for SSC and HSC.The major role player colleges are 1.Shree Rajarshi shahu science college Latur. 2.Shree Dayanand Science College Latur. 3.Mahatama Basweshwar college Latur
Latur having one Engineering, two medical colleges and Residential Girls government Poly technical college. College of Computer Science and Information Technology,Latur.
Shivlingeshwar College of Pharmacy, Almala,Vishweshwarayya Abhiyantriki Padvika Mahavidyalya(Polytechnic), Dagadojirao Deshmukh D.Pharmacy College Dilip Nagar, Almala and Ramnath Adhayapak Vidhylaya,Almala. Tq.Ausa Dist.Latur both colleges are 19 kilometers from Latur main city. These colleges are developed in rural area in Latur District.
Administratively the district is divided into three subdivisions namely Latur, Nilanga and Udgir, and further divided into ten talukas & ten Panchayat Samitis. These are Latur, Udgir, Ahmedpur, Ausa, Nilanga, Renapur, Chakur, Deoni, Shirur Anantpal, and Jalkot. Latur city is the administrative headquarters of the district. There are around 945 villages & 786 Gram Panchayats in the district.
There are six Vidhan Sabha constituencies in Lutur District. These are Latur City, Latur Rural, Udgir, Ausa, Nilanga and Ahmedpur. The district votes in two Lok Sabha constituencies Osmanabad for Ausa, and Latur for the other five.
Latur city, Udgir, Ahmadpur, Ausa, Nilanga are the major urban centers in the district and all have Municipal Councils. The following are the twenty-seven largest villages, administered by gram panchayats, followed by their 2001 population:
The city is a tourist hub, surrounded with many historical monuments including the Kharosa Caves, as well as Sri Satya Sai Baba Temple.
There are some forts in and around Latur District, including:
Latur is known all over India for the Quality and Quantity of Pulses that it produces and especially Toor Dall a.k.a. Arhar dal or Pegion Peas. Latur is also a major trading center for Urad, Moong and Channa along with TUR. Also it is known for trading in Oil Seeds mainly Sun-flower and Soya Bean, nutcrackers, locks, brassware, milk powder, ginning and pressing.
Latur Airport is located near Chincholiraowadi, northwest of Latur city. The Airport was constructed in 1991 by Public Works Department (PWD) and then handed over to MIDC. It was upgraded at a cost of nearly Rs.140 million and is being operated on a 99 year lease by Reliance Airport Developers (RADPL). There is no scheduled air service currently from latur airport although the airport sees 14 to 16 aircraft movements a month.
Total road length of Latur district is 13,642 km. Several State Highways criss cross Latur district. They include:
Bus routes to the district headquarters connect 96% of the villages.
The municipal bus system operates buses that serve the region and connect places in Latur City. The State Transport buses of MSRTC serves all villages in the district.
All railway lines through Latur are broad gauge. They belong to Central Railway
Latur railway station was built again when the Barshi railway line was converted from narrow gauge to broad gauge. The railway gauge was converted in September 2007 from Latur to Osmanabad and in October 2008 from Osmanabad to Kurduvadi. Latur is now is connected to Mumbai by a direct train via Kurduvadi (train number 1006 from Latur and 1005 from Mumbai). It is connected to Hydrabad by train number 7013 that originates at Osmanabad. With the introduction of train number 1005 via Kurduvadi in October 2008, the earlier train connecting Latur to Latur Road, Parbhani and Aurangabad was discontinued.
The important railway stations are Latur, Latur Road and Udgir. The district has 148 km of railways of which 83 km is broad gauge and 65 km is narrow gauge.
The railway line from Latur to Kurduwadi to Miraj was narrow gauge. The Kurduwadi-Pandharpur section towards Miraj was converted to broad gauge in 2002. The Latur to Osmanabad section was converted to broad gauge in September 2007. (Osmanabad did not lie on the narrow gauge railway line and the alignment was changed for the new broad gauge track to pass through Osmanabad.) The Osmanabad-Kurduwadi section of broad gauge track became operational in October 2008. The Pandharpur-Miraj section is still narrow gauge and the conversion to broad gauge is low on priority. But it will be very important route to Goa if pandharpur-miraj is converted to broadgauge, as the peoples here agriculture-based but have no market. Trains will help them achieve konkan, goan markets and hence the poor economy of these people will improve.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association is planning to construct their home ground near Latur City. Also a Divisional sports complex have been sanctioned for Latur region, which would cater to the needs of players in Latur, Osmanabad and Nanded districts.
National Level Kabaddi and Basket Ball were held in Latur district. Latur Region is still awaiting to get a Krida Prabodhini.
Latur District is served by 12 government hospitals, 46 Primary Health Centers, 19 dispensaries and 234 primary health support groups. A Super Specialty Hospital is taking place in Latur which would benefit to the patients in 11 adjoining districts.
In addition to these there are a large number of private hospitals; Jatal Hospital & Research Center, Gugle Memorial Hospital, Yeshwantrao Chavan Rural Hospital and Latur Cancer Hospital are the famous ones.
Post and telegraph services: Only 250 villages of total 914 died (1991 census) had post offices, serving 52.27% of the rural population.
Newspapers: Ekamt is the first Maharashtra District news paper daily having an internet edition along with an epaper. Marathwada Neta- which are the leading newspaper of the region, while Yeshwant, Lokmat, Bhukamp,- Sakaal & Punyanagri and are other daily newspapers published in the regional language.
Latur had a devastating, though only midly severe, earthquake on 30 September 1993 resulting in a huge loss of life. The earthquake measured only 6.3 on the Richter scale but more than 30,000 people were estimated to have died mainly due to poor construction of houses and village huts made of stones which just collapsed on people who were fast asleep in early morning hours. It struck southern Marathwada region of Maharashtra state in central-western part of India and affected Latur, Beed, Osmanabad and adjoining districts about 400 km south-east of Mumbai (Bombay). It was an intra-plate earthquake. Latur was almost completely destroyed and life came to a standstill. The earthquake's focus was around 12 km deep - relatively shallow causing shock waves to cause more damage. The number of lives lost was high as the earthquake occurred at 03.56 a.m. local time when people were fast asleep.
After the earthquake, seismic zones were reclassified and building codes and standards were revised all over India.
||Beed district||Parbhani district||Nanded district|
|Osmanabad district||Bidar district, Karnataka|
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