Monday, July 12, 2010



7.1 Reasi is one of the oldest towns of the State. It was the seat of the erstwhile Bhimgarh State, said to have been established by Bhim Dev somewhere in 8th century. It remained an independent principality till 1822, when Gulab Singh the then King of Jammu consolidated small states. Up-till 1948 Reasi was a District of Jammu Province, but in the first administrative reorganization of the State undertaken in 1948 major part of the then District Reasi was merged with District Udhampur, while some areas became part of District Poonch (now Rajouri).

7.2 At present Reasi is a Sub-Division of District Udhampur and is located at a distance of 64 Kms from Jammu. The Sub-Division comprises only one Tehsil i.e. Reasi which is bounded by Tehsil Gool-Gulabgarh in the north, Tehsil Sunderbani and Kalakote of District Rajouri in the west, Tehsil Udhampur in the east, Tehsils Jammu and Akhnoor of District Jammu on the south. The Sub-Division has a population of 1, 20,380 as per 2001 census. Climatically a major part of this Sub-Division falls in sub-tropical zone and the rest in temperate zone .Summers are generally warm and winters cold with snowfall on the high ridges.

7.3 An historical fort named as ‘Bhimgarh Fort’, but generally also known as ‘Reasi Fort’ is located in the town of Reasi on a hillock approximately 150 meters high. As per local lore initially the fort was made of clay which later on was reconstructed with stone masonary and was generally used by the royal family for taking shelter during emergencies. Presently the fort is in the charge of the Department of Archeology J&K Government since 1989. Today the fort stands out as one of the important land marks in the town.

7.4 Being far away from Jammu–Udhampur–Srinagar Highway 1-A and somewhat inaccessible due to the hilly area, economic progress in the mostly hilly region of Reasi has been rather slow. With the commissioning of Salal Hydro-Electric project at Dhyangarh near Reasi town, the economic activity of the area has picked up considerably. Construction work of this project was started in 1970 by the National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation and the project was commissioned in 1987 when the first stage of 345MW power station was completed and balance/second stage of the project with 345MW was commissioned in 1995 making the total generation to 690 MW.

Power from this project flows to the Northern Grid from where it is distributed to the states of J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh.

7.5 The Jammu–Srinagar–Baramulla Railway line which is under construction will pass through Reasi. The Railway line upto Katra is likely to be commissioned during 2007. From Katra the Railway line will traverse to Reasi-Banihal area with stations at Reasi, Salal A–Salal B, Surukot, Barala, Sangaldan, Kohli and Laole. The 1315 meters long Railway Bridge will be constructed over river Chenab near Salal with a height of 383.10 meters from the river surface and shall be the highest bridge in the world. This railway line will bring Reasi on the rail map of the country and accelerate development and prosperity in the area.

7.6 The people of this hilly area have been clamouring for restoration of the District status for Reasi, and even in the Wazir Commission report among other recommendations, it was proposed to upgrade the Sub-Division to District level.

7.7 While creating certain new administrative units in the State, vide the Cabinet decision referred to in Chapter I, Reasi has been upgraded to the status of a District and the Committee has been asked to demarcate its geographical boundaries.

7.8 With a view to ascertain views of the public of the area as also the senior officers of the District administration, the Committee had meetings at Udhampur, Reasi,Pouni, Katra and other places enroute. During its visits to these places the Committee received various oral and written representations/memoranda. After examining all these representations/ memoranda the main issues projected at various places are summarized as under:-

i. That villages falling on the periphery of District Rajouri and situated adjoining the existing limits of Reasi Sub-Division be attached with Pouni, so as to make Pouni as a central location and that Niabat be upgraded to Tehsil. This demand was however contested by a group of public from Sunderbani Tehsil with an argument that instead of merging theses areas with District Reasi there is need to create another District comprising Tehsils Sunderbani, Kalakote and Nowshera with its
headquarter at Siot.

ii. That certain villages of Tehsil Akhnoor (District Jammu) which are
situated adjoining Sunderbani be attached with Tehsil Sunderbani, as
presently they have to travel a distance of around fifty kms to reach the
Tehsil headquarter at Akhnoor, and a distance of around eighty kms to
reach the District headquarter i.e. Jammu, whereas they have to travel a
distance of a few kms only to reach Sunderbani.

iii. That villages around Triyath of Tehsil Kalakote be attached with Niabat
Pouni as the villages have easier/shorter road communication link with
Pouni as compared to Kalakote their present Tehsil Headquarter.

iv. That Niabat Katra be up-graded to Tehsil as well as Sub-Division level,
as Katra being a base camp for pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
Shrine who come from all parts of country, even from outside the
country, avaibility of a senior officer of the rank of Sub-Divisional
Magistrate is very important with a view to co-ordinate activities of all
heads of other administrative units located at Katra.

v. That the territorial limit of Niabat/ Tehsil Katra be extended upto Jhajjar
Nala as these villages have easy access to Katra besides the fact that a
large number of people residing in these villages daily visit Katra town
in connection with earning their livelihood, business activities and other
day to day affairs. However, it may be in place to mention here that a
section of people belonging to these villages also projected a demand
that these villages should continue to be part of Tehsil and District
Udhampur as in attaching these villages with Katra journey to District
Headquarter i.e. Reasi would become longer than Udhampur.

vi. That a new Tehsil be created comprising villages of Bhomag area, as this
hilly area situated along the west flank of Kanthgali and extending in the
north right upto the Chenab river, according to the representees, has
remained ignored in the matter of developmental activities and for which
reasons the creation of a new Tehsil ‘Bhomag’ was also proposed by the
Wazir Commission.

7.9 The Committee has examined these demands in depth and had also
interaction with elected representatives of the area as well as senior officers of District
administration and is of the opinion as under:-

i. That status-quo be maintained in respect of reorganization of boundaries
of Tehsil Kalakote, Sunderbani and Akhnoor.

ii. As regards Katra, a communication was received from the Secretary to
Government Revenue Department whereby a zerox copy of minutes of
the Cabinet cum District Development Board meeting of District
Udhampur held on 24th May, 2006 was forwarded for “examination and
necessary action”. On receipt of the said communication a clarification
was sought whether the Committee was required to identify/demarcate
boundaries in respect of Tehsil Katra or only a report was required to be
sent after examing the demand, however, advice from the Revenue
Department is awaited. Therefore, the Committee deems it appropriate to
recommend that till such time Niabat Katra is up-graded to the status of
Tehsil, the boundaries of Tehsil Reasi adjoining Tehsil Udhampur may
not be disturbed, although the Committee has a strong feeling that as and
when Katra is decided to be up-graded to Tehsil there is need to extend
its boundaries towards Udhampur side. Further observations of the
Committee in this regard are available in Chapter XX of this report.

iii. Although it is a fact that Wazir Commission has recommended Tehsil
status for Bhomag area, but for the reasons that recommendations for
creation of new Tehsils is not within the ambit of the terms of reference
of this Committee, it has been felt appropriate not to offer any comments
in the matter.

7.10 As indicated at sub-para (iii) of para 6.4 of Chapter VI Niabat Gool of
Tehsil Gool-Gulabgarh comprising eighteen villages has been proposed to be made part
of Tehsil and new District Ramban. As such, the eighteen villages shall get deleted from
the jurisdiction of Tehsil Gool Gulabgarh.

7.11 Based on the above position it is recommended that new District Reasi
should comprise two Tehsils namely Reasi with eighteen Patwar Halqas, one hundred
and seventy nine villages, and Gool-Gulabgarh (less by villages forming part of Niabat
Gool) with sixteen Patwar Halqas and sixty villages. Accordingly, details of Patwar
Halqas and villages forming part of the new District Reasi are contained in Appendix
VII-1, while the map indicating the boundaries of new District is marked as Appendix
VII-2. Similarly details of Patwar Halqas and names of villages forming part of Tehsil
Gool Gulabgarh (after deletion of eighteen villages) are available in Appendix VII-3,
while the map of Tehsil is marked as Appendix VII-4.


S.No. Name of Patwar Halqas Name of Villages
1. Talwara i. Talwara
ii. Kans Brahmina
iii. Jamari
iv. Chaitr
v. Kolsar
vi. Malel
vii. Gunn
viii. Jadd
ix. Gungus
x. Patta
xi. Garn Khalsa
xii. Jeri
xiii. Nagar
xiv. Kheral
xv. Shahpur
xvi. Kans Khassan
xvii. Pandhal
2. Pouni i. Pouni
ii. Mari
iii. Kahna
iv. Daroon
v. Kund-Khanyari
vi. Dhanwan
vii. Lehar
viii. Khanyari
ix. Saloon
x. Kharh
xi. Puria
xii. Kulhar
xiii. Majra-Kund
xiv. Sungal
xv. Jardhi
3. Laiter i. Bhagote-Khalsa
ii. Bhagote-Jagir
iii. Dab-Khalsa
iv. Garn-Jagir
v. Dodao
vi. Tariyol
vii. Sadheri-Jagir
viii. Kote-Jagir
ix. Godar-Khalsa
x. Kharoti-Jagir
xi. Bhambla
xii. Godar-Jagir
xiii. Ghai-Jagir
xiv. Rayala-Jagir
xv. Maghai-Jagir
xvi. Laiter
xvii. Dab-Jagir
xviii. Sadhote
xix. Thed
4. Paroh-Kotla i. Sangar
ii. Sujanpur
iii. Bamlya
iv. Dheote
v. Kalakote
vi. Kalha
vii Ransoo
viii. Theru
ix. Pourah-Jagir
x. Dhiari
xi. Alia
xii. Sanarian
xiii. Kotla
5. Barakh i. Barakh
ii. Kothian
iii. Beolian
iv. Sadhen
v. Kheralehr
vi. Gajoor
6. Aghar Jittoo i. Garn
ii. Hutt
iii. Akhali
iv. Aghar Jittoo
v. Pangath
vi. Butan
vii. Parthal
viii. Pangal
7. Kotli Manotrian i. Kotli Manotrian
ii. Kerain
iii. Karua
iv. Chamaira
v. Anji
vi. Bhaga
8. Katra i. Purana Daroora
ii. Dhanauri
iii. Kun Daroorian
iv. Arli Hansali
v. Latori
vi. Katra
vii. Dhar Vaishnoo Devi
9. Kotli Bijalian i. Sarna
ii. Shapanoo
iii. Saroon
iv. Tanda
v. Dehara Baba Bandha Bahadur
vi. Kotli Bijalian
vii. Kanjli
10. Bhabbar i. Panasa
ii. Kundran
iii. Mansoo
iv. Suketar
v. Bhabber Raslian
vi. Dasanoo
vii. Bhabber Brahmina
11. Salal i. Bidda
ii. Salal
12. Reasi i. Reasi
ii. Marhi
iii. Seela
iv. Vijaypur
v. Nambal
vi. Gayala
vii. Dugala kalan
viii. Dugala Khurd
ix. Trintha
x. Gran
xi. Aghar Ballian
13 Ser Sundwan i. Ser Sundwan
ii. Bakkal
iii. Bladda
iv. Kanser
v. Ser Megha
vi. Lamsora
vii. Samdh Khad
viii. Sarang Dhar
14. Harote Kote i. Kotli Lajpat
ii. Harote Kote
iii. Samakh
iv. Sail Suged
v. Kheri Kote
vi. Atrana Kote
vii. Kroon Kote
viii. Sujan Dhar
ix. Choura Kote
x. Kothroo
15. Sari i. Phagori
ii. Tote
iii. Devi Garh
iv. Charala Kote
v. Sukhal Ghati
vi. Sarote Kote
vii. Sari
viii. Dharanglali
ix. Danga Kote
x. Ratnote
16. Jij i. Jij
ii.. Dhakki Kote
iii. Chakalhawala
iv.. Nar Kote
v. Ladha
vi. Thubh
vii. Pran Kote
viii. Thanoul
ix. Pattian
x. Chakal Salta
17. Chinakh i. Dharn
ii. Garhi
iii. Plassa
iv. Thanpal
v. Gabbar
vi. Sai Lanjan
vii. Baldhanoo
viii. Nemal
ix.. Chinakh
x. Kakra
18. Thakra Kote i. Lorcha
ii. Gundali
iii. Beri Galla
iv. Bandhar
v. Daleot
vi. Jhandi
vii. Gurah
viii. Kanota
ix. Samar
x. Beouta
xi. Matah
xii. Panassa
xiii. Thakra Kote
19. Shergarhi i. Mamankote
ii. Chandyal Kote
iii. Shergarhi
iv. Sangli Kote
v. Thal Kote
vi. Hamusan
vii. Chassana
viii. Majrakund
ix. Kund Radhan
20. Bagan Kote i. Bagan Kote
ii. Danda Kote
iii. Mali Kote
iv. Nand Kote
v. Sarsoota
21. Tullibanna i. Tulli
ii. Banna
iii. Hassote
22. Shakri i. Dubri
ii. Shakri
iii. Chana
iv. Nehosi
23. Chassote i. Chassote
ii. Larh
iii. Baddar
24. Dewal i. Dewal
ii. Nehoch
iii. Arbes
iv. Shabrass
25. Gulabgarh i. Gulabgarh
ii. Bharasal
iii. Khore
iv. Lar
v. Shadool
26. Sarh i. Tukson
ii. Sarh
27. Mahore i. Mahore
ii. Bathoie
28. Kanthi i. Kanthi
ii. Thillo
iii. Bharnali
29. Thuroo i. Thuroo
ii. Matlote
30. Budhan i. Budhan
ii. Chacklass
iii. Sildhar
31. Shajroo i. Shajroo
ii. Malass
iii. Jamslan
32. Kanthan i. Kanthan
ii. Arnas
iii. Hander
iv. Challadh
33. Judda i. Dharote
ii. Duga
iii. Dhansal
iv. Judda
34. Dhanore i. Dhanore
ii. Sawalkote
iii. Khanikote
iv. Sarthalkote
Total: 34 Patwar Halqas 239 Villages


S.No. Name of Patwar Halqas Name of Villages
1. Shergarhi i. Mamankote
ii. Chandyal Kote
iii. Shergarhi
iv. Sangli Kote
v. Thal Kote
vi. Hamusan
vii. Chassana
viii. Majrakund
ix. Kund Radhan
2. Bagan Kote i. Bagan Kote
ii. Danda Kote
iii. Mali Kote
iv. Nand Kote
v. Sarsoota
3. Tullibanna i. Tulli
ii. Banna
iii. Hassote
4. Shakri i. Dubri
ii. Shakri
iii. Chava
iv. Nehosi
5. Chassote i. Chassote
ii. Larh
iii. Baddar
6. Dewal i. Dewal
ii. Nehoch
iii. Arbes
iv. Shabrass
7. Gulabgarh i. Gulabgarh
ii. Bharasal
iii. Khore
iv. Lar
v. Shadool
8. Sarh i. Tukson
ii. Sarh
9. Mahore i. Mahore
ii. Bathoie
10. Kanthi i. Kanthi
ii. Thillo
iii. Bharnali
11. Thuroo i. Thuroo
ii. Matlote
12. Budhan i. Budhan
ii. Chacklass
iii. Sildhar
13. Shajroo i. Shajroo
ii. Malass
iii. Jamslan
14. Kanthan i. Kanthan
ii. Arnas
iii. Hander
iv. Challadh
15. Judda i Dharote
ii Duga
iii Dhansal
iv Judda
16. Dhanore i. Dhanore
ii. Sawalkote
iii. Khanikote
iv. Sarthalkote
Total: 16 Patwar Halqas 60 Villages


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