Districts of Uttarakhand

A district of Uttarakhand state is an administrative geographical unit, headed by a District Magistrate (earlier called District Collector), an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. The district magistrates are assisted by a number of officers (such as deputy collector, assistant collector, additional district magistrate, sub-divisional magistrate, tehsildar, naib tehsildar belonging to the Uttarakhand Civil Service and other Uttarakhand state services.

A Superintendent of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, heads the police in the district and is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues. He is assisted by the officers of the Uttarakhand Police Service.

A Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, is responsible for managing the Forests, environment and wild-life related issues of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Uttarakhand Forest Service and other Uttarakhand forest officials and Uttarakhand wildlife officials.

Sectoral development is looked after by the district head of each development department such as Public works, Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, etc. These officers belong to the various Uttarakhand state services.

Four new districts are proposed in Uttarakhand: Didihat, Kotdwar, Ranikhet and Yamunotri.[1]

List of districts

Code District Headquarters[2] Population (As of 2011)[3] Area (km2)[4] Density (/km2) Division Map
AL Almora Almora 621,972 3,083 201 Kumaon
BA Bageshwar Bageshwar 259,840 2,302 113 Kumaon
CL Chamoli Gopeshwar 391,114 8,030 49 Garhwal
CP Champawat Champawat 259,315 1,781 146 Kumaon
DD Dehradun Dehradun 1,695,860 3,088 550 Garhwal
HA Haridwar Haridwar 1,927,029 2,360 817 Garhwal
NA Nainital Nainital 955,128 3,860 247 Kumaon
PG Pauri Garhwal Pauri 686,572 5,399 127 Garhwal
PI Pithoragarh Pithoragarh 485,993 7,100 68 Kumaon
RP Rudraprayag Rudraprayag 236,857 1,890 125 Garhwal
TG Tehri Garhwal Tehri 616,409 4,080 151 Garhwal
US Udham Singh Nagar Rudrapur 1,648,367 2,908 567 Kumaon
UT Uttarkashi Uttarkashi 329,686 8,016 41 Garhwal

Proposed districts

In November 2000 when uttarakhand was created as a new state it had inherited 13 districts. As of november 2022, since then no new districts have been created even though other newly created states have almost doubled the number of new districts for rapid development.[5]

Indian National Congress had planned the following for districts which did not matter last due to the change in the government.[5]

Proposed District Proposed Headquarters Current District Division
Didihat Didihat Pithoragarh Kumaon
Kotdwar Kotdwar Pauri Garhwal Garhwal
Ranikhet Ranikhet Almora Kumaon
Yamunotri Yamunotri Uttarkashi Garhwal
  1. Ramnagar, from Nainital district (Ramnagar teshsil), Almora district (Molekhal teshsil) and Pauri Garhwal district (Dhoomakot teshsil).
  2. Kashipur, from Udham Singh Nagar district (Jaspur, Kashipur & Bajpur teshsils).
  3. Roorkee, from Haridwar district (Roorkee teshsil).
  4. Rishikesh, from Dehradun district (Rishikesh teshsil), Tehri Garhwal district (Narendra Nagar teshsil), and Pauri Garhwal district (Yamkeshwar teshsil).
  5. Khatima, from Udham Singh Nagar district (Khatima & Sitarganj teshsils).

From time to time, several chief ministers and elected representatives, such as MLAs and MPs, have proposed the following new districts:[5]

  1. Chakrata, from Dehradun district.
  2. Dharchula, from Pithoragarh district.
  3. Gangotri and Purola, from Uttarkashi district.
  4. Haldwani, from Nainital district.
  5. Karnaprayag and Tharali, from Chamoli district.
  6. other proposed are Ghastoli, Meelam (Milam), Dugtu, Gunji, Munsiari (Munsyari), Niti, Tyuni, Thalisain, Syaldey/Ataliya, etc

See also


  1. ^ Uttarakhand CM announces four new districts
  2. ^ "Uttarakhand - Districts of India: Know India". National Portal of India. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  3. ^ "District wise population in India as of 2011 census". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ "National Portal of India".
  5. ^ a b c d उत्तराखंड का वो सपना जो 22 साल में कोई भी सरकार नहीं कर सकी पूरा.,Aaj Tak, 9 Nov 2022.