Davangere city, like any other underdeveloped cities in Karnataka (or India) has its share of good and bad features. Davangere, carved out of Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary districts on 15 August 1997 has 6 taluks. The district, comprising of 923 villages in all, spans a area of 7,042 Sq.Km and has a population of 18,47,972. The district headquarters is situated at Davangere itself. Agriculture is the main occupation in the rural parts of the district. Davangere city is now a corporation. These two are official (government) websites on Davangere: City corporation and National Informatics center. For more information on the zilla panchayat, click here.
Water is supplied through a canal, and is stored in two huge lakes. Kundwada lake has been rejuvenated with the aid from world bank and will share the burden of providing water to the city's population. Both these reservoirs serve as a picnic spots. This reservoir receives water from bhadra reservoir located at Lakkavalli village near Bhadravathi and water comes through right bank canal. Though fishing and night camping is banned, it is open for the public on all the days till 7 p.m. Kundwada lake has been fenced at certain locations and forest department charges a nominal fee for entry.
This district, since being mainly agriculture dependent does not boast of too many industries. Once popularly known as "Manchester" for its cotton mills, Davangere has only a few functioning cotton mills. There are a couple of rice mills, a distillery, a sugar mill and a tool factory to represent industries. An industrial area had been established to encourage small-scale industries.
The literacy rate in the district is 57% with men outdoing women (66% to 46% ). Education is provided by around 724 primary schools, 540 higher primary schools and 33 degree colleges. Bapuji Education Association alone has 34 institutions under its administration.
The district has elected 9 MLA's to the legislative assembly and one MP to the parliament. The sitting MP is Mr. GM Siddeshwara of BJP and the sitting MLA of Davangere city is Mr. S.S Shamanur Shivashankarappa of INC.
Davangere is linked to the rest of the state by both road and rail. The National Highway 4 Poona-Bangalore traverses Davangere and Harihar. Chitradurga is 60 Kms, Bangalore is 265 Kms, Shimoga is 80 Kms, Hubli is 140 Kms, Bellary is 200 Kms from Davangere by road. Harihar, the temple town of Lord Harihareswara is just 13 Kms from the city. Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) offers many local and inter-state bus services. Private bus operators too have a good number of trips both to the rural and other cities of Karnataka. The train services too are good as they connect to various parts of the state and the country as well. Harihar is an important junction for both buses and train services.
Davangere has become a major educational center with students coming from all parts of India as well as abroad. There are two medical colleges (JJMMC, SSIMSRC), three engineering colleges (BIET, UBDT & GMIT), one ayurvedic college, two dental colleges (BDCH & CODS), few nursing colleges, one pharmacy college, one law college, two polytechnic colleges, few Management institutions (MBA programme, Bapuji Academy of Management and Research), teachers training institute and scores of degree colleges (MSB Arts & Science college), higher primary and elementary schools. Bapuji Education association has spearheaded quality education in various disciplines. A new IGNOU study center has also come up recently. Tolahunse, a small village 14 Kms from the city has two educational institutions. The Kuvempu University has initiated a Post Graduate Study Center while the Bapuji Educational Association has started a (PSSR) Residential school giving high standards of education. This place is well connected by road and local bus service. STJ Residential School is another popular school in the city. Recently, Jain Public School too has started admissions.
A well established telephone network and a good internet facility has linked Davangere to all parts of the world. BSNL and few private players are providing both the mobile phone and Internet service. Cable and satellite TV reaches the homes of a very large population of residents.
There are several government departments, both state and central for smooth administration and public service. The district has a civil court, a block development authority, a municipality and the district commissioner's office. The major roads that were in a state of disarray are being repaired. Many circles have been improved and high mast lamps put up. The old bus stand too has got a facelift, with more space cleared and a shopping complex built. Many roads have been widened. Many buses have been introduced for the public conveyance that was hitherto ruled by autos.
The health care system is Davangere is very good with both the government Hospital and Medical College Hospital functioning well. There are several private nursing homes, and numerous clinics and laboratories. The ayurvedic college and hospital has its own importance. A cancer hospital, too is coming up at outskirts of the city. An eye hospital is coming up in the city. With so many hospitals, people need not travel to bigger cities for health care facilities anymore.
Religion and entertainment have their own place. There are 13 cinema halls and three mini theatres. Hindi, Kannada and English films are regularly screened. Local festivals and folk traditions keep people busy. National Consumer exhibition makes regular appearances. There are temples, mosques and churches too. There are around more than 100 small temples in the city. Jain temple has its presence in the heart of Davangere. Some of these temples perform annual car festival that draws devotees in thousands. People throng in from the neighboring villages to offer their prayers. The church located in the heart of city has been renovated.
The nearest places one could go for picnic include the Shanthi Sagar (also known as Sule kere and is the largest in Karnataka) about 50 Kms from Davangere. Anagodu (14 Kms) has a small zoo and a garden. Located in Harihar is the Harihareshwar temple built in the 15th Century. Also located in Harihar is a church with architectural elegance. The tanks near the TV transmission tower and Kundwada are local attractions. Vishwesaraiah Park offers a good place for the kids and elderly to spend time. The river side of Tungabhadra at Harihar is a good picnic spot. Other places of interest includes Anaji, Honnali and Maykonda.
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