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Barmer District

Barmer
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Area

  • 28,387 sq.kms. (8.29 per cent of the State)

Location

Barmer district is situated in the western part of Rajasthan and forms part of the Thar desert. It is surrounded by Jaisalmer in the north, Jalore in the south, Pali and Jodhpur in the east and Pakistan in the west.

Distance from Major Cities

  • Jaipur - 565 kms.
  • Delhi - 887 kms.

Climate and Rainfall

  • The temperature varies between minimum of 9 degrees celsius to the maximum of 45 degrees celsius.
  • The normal rainfall 27.75 cms.

Administrative Setup

Barmer is the headquarter of the district, which is also the principal town. The district is divided into two sub-divisions viz., Barmer and Balotra. The district has 3 municipalities, 8 panchayat samitis, 225 gram panchayats, 1,640 revenue villages and 853 inhabited villages.

Human Resources

Indicators of Human ResourcesUnitsNo.
Populationpersons19,63,758
Density of populationpersons per sq.kms69
Literacyper cent59.65
Total working populationper cent33.37
Percentage distribution of work forceUnitsNo.
Cultivatorsper cent79.5
Agricultural labourersper cent3.67
Manufacturing, processing servicing and repairsper cent1.32
Other workersper cent15.51

Major Crops and Their Production

Sr.Production 2004-05Tonnes
1Kidney bean (Moth)217192
2Bajra181303
3Cumin seed29996
4Wheat23465
5Rapeseed & Mustard20052
6Guarseed16017
7Psyllium seeds14940
8Green gram (Moong)1830
9Jowar1041
10Rapeseed274
11Groundnuts149
12Barley148
13Fenugreek seed116
14Maize31
15Gram12

Mineral Production

Sr.Production 1999-2000Tonnes
1Gypsum1,85,954
2Saliceous2,709
3Salenite1,917
4Masonary Stone1,02,298
5Bentonite31,813
6Limestone1,000

Infrastructure

  • Electricity
    The power supply in the district comes from Debari Grid Station near Udaipur via Jalore. The 132 KV Grid Station of the district is located at Balotra and the 33 KV station is located at Barmer. Of the 1,625 villages, 1,500 villages were electrified.
  • Water
    The Indira Gandhi canal is being extended upto Gadra Road in the district. This is likely to provide adequate quantity of not only drinking water but also to irrigate about 0.1 million hectares of agriculture land. The flow of the canal would also improve water level of the wells in the area covered by the flow.
  • Road Transport
    The district is linked by road with Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore, Jaipur, Ajmer and Ahmedabad. The total length of roads in the district was 5,109 kms as on 31 March 2000.
  • Rail Transport
    The district is linked with neighbouring districts of Jodhpur, Jalore and Jaipur in the State and with Agra in UP and Munawa in Pakistan, by railway line. The total length of rail line in the district is 254 kms with 30 railway stations.
  • Air Transport
    The nearest airport is at Jodhpur (222 kms.)
  • Communication Facilities
Sr.FacilitiesNo.
1Post offices479
2Telephone offices104
3Telephone exchanges64
4PCOs894

Banking

Offices, Deposits and Credit as on Sep 2005Offices (No.)Deposits (Rs.Lakh)Credit (Rs.Lakh)
All Scheduled Commercial Banks726060035900
Public Sector Banks424770029300
SBI and its Associates353950025000
Nationalised Banks782004300
Foreign Banks
Regional Rural Banks2885005400
Other Scheduled Commercial Banks244001100

Educational Facilities/Institutions

Sr.Facilities/InstitutionsNo.
1Primary Schools2,714
2Middle Schools451
3Higher Secondary and Secondary Schools130
4Colleges2
5Polytechnics1
6ITI2
7STC1

Industrial Scenario

  • No. of Small Scale Units : 3,185
  • No of Industrial Areas: 5
    • Balotra
    • Barmer
    • Barmer (Automobile)
    • Mokalsar
    • Samdari
  • Main Industries
    • Bentonite grinding, cement bricks, embroidery and tailoring, flour mills, granite cutting and polishing, guar gum, non-edible oil, oil mills, plater of Paris, stone crushing, textile dyeing and printing, wooden furniture.
  • Export Items
    • Guar gum
    • Handicraft items
    • Hand embroidered items
    • Woollen carpets

Investment Projects

Major Investment Projects as of Jul 2006 in Barmer

Company / Ownership ProjectLocationIndustry /
Type of Project
Cost
(Rs.Crore)
Progress of Implementation
State Govt. - Commercial EnterprisesGiralThermal electricity618.00Under Implementation
Giral Lignite Based Power Project - Thermal-Lignite BasedBarmer(B)New UnitUnder Implementation
Private (Indian)AgoriaSolar energy250.00Under Implementation
Solar Energy Project - Solar BasedBarmer(B)New UnitUnder Implementation
Private (Indian)Barmer(B)Thermal Electricity210.00Announcement
Underground Lignite Gasification - Power Project-New Unit-Announcement
Central GovernmentBarmer(B)Coal gas, producer gas, etc.Announcement
BS-(2)-CBM-2003/11 Block ProjectJalore
Barmer(B)
New UnitAnnouncement
Central GovernmentBarmer(B)Coal gas, producer gas, etc.Announcement
BS(1)-CBM-2003/11 Block ProjectJalore
Barmer(B)
New UnitAnnouncement
Central GovernmentBanaskanthaCoal gas, producer gas, etc.Announcement
BS(3)-CBM-2003/11 Block ProjectBarmer(B)New UnitAnnouncement
Total Investment1078.00

Source: Bureau of Investment Promotion website

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