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
ii. That certain villages of Tehsil Akhnoor (District Jammu) which are
iii. That villages around Triyath of Tehsil Kalakote be attached with Niabat
iv. That Niabat Katra be up-graded to Tehsil as well as Sub-Division level,
v. That the territorial limit of Niabat/ Tehsil Katra be extended upto Jhajjar
vi. That a new Tehsil be created comprising villages of Bhomag area, as this
7.9 The Committee has examined these demands in depth and had also
i. That status-quo be maintained in respect of reorganization of boundaries
ii. As regards Katra, a communication was received from the Secretary to
iii. Although it is a fact that Wazir Commission has recommended Tehsil
7.10 As indicated at sub-para (iii) of para 6.4 of Chapter VI Niabat Gool of
7.11 Based on the above position it is recommended that new District Reasi
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S.No. Name of Patwar Halqas Name of Villages
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