Khadir and Bangar


In any doab, khadar land (green) lies next to a river, while bangur land (olive) has greater elevation and lies further from the river

Khādir or Khadar and Bāngur (Hindi language: खादर और बांगर, Urdu languageکهادر اور بانگر) are terms used in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi in the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India and Pakistan to differentiate between two types of river plains and alluvial soils. Bangur and Kadir areas are commonly found in the doab regions. Some villages may have both Khadar and Bangar areas within their revenue boundaries. Bhangar soils are less fertile as they are above flood level whereas Khadar soils are more fertile as they are below flood level. Bhanger is full of kankers(lime module) and khadar soil is composed of fine silt & clay.

Khadar and BangarEdit

Khadir or Nali areasEdit

Khadir or Khadar (Hindi: खादर), also called Nali or Naili,[1] are low-lying areas that are floodplains of a river which is usually relatively narrower compared to unflooded bangar area.[2] Khadar areas are prone to flooding and sometimes include portions of former river-beds that became available for agriculture when a river changes course. It is moisture retentive and sticky when wet.[3][4] Khadir soil consists of new alluvial soil relatively higher in new silt content from the river, gets replenished with each flooding cycle,and is often very fertile.[4]

The Khadir is also called Nali in the northern Haryana which is the fertile prairie tract between the Ghaggar river and the southern limits of the Saraswati channel depression that gets flooded during the rains.[1]

Sri Sri Ravi's Art of Living Foundation World Culture Festival, 2016 (11 March) was held on Yamuna's Khadir floodplains and National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommended a fine of INR 50 million, on Art of Living Foundation for damaging ecology on Yamuna's Khadar flood plains.

Bangar areas and subtypesEdit

Bangar/Bangad/Bhangar (Hindi: बांगर) areas are beyond floodplains,[2] that lie more upland, and compared to Khadar it consists of older alluvial soil which is higher in sandy loam content.[4] Bangar area are less prone to flooding but are usually more sandy and less fertile as well.[5][6]

A Bangar area, can be further subdivided into the following based on the type of irrigation:[7][8]

  • Barani area are traditionally rain-fed areas.[7][8] These are any low rain area where the rain-fed dry farming is practiced.[9] Bagar tract, the dry sandy tract of land on the border of Rajasthan state adjoining the states of Haryana and Punjab,[9] is an example of Barani land. Not all the Barani lands are part of the Bagar tract. Some of Brani areas nowadays are dependent on the tubewells for irrigation wherever groundwater level is not too low,[9] hence technically they can now be termed as Chahi even though their legal classification in land revenue records may still be Barani.
  • Nahri is any canal-irrigated land,[1] for example, the Rangoi tract is a Nahri area because it is irrigated by the Rangoi canal made for the purpose of carrying flood waters of Ghagghar river to the dry bangar areas.[10][11] For the Nahri lands, Warabandi is a roaster of water to be drawn from a canal by each farmer for irrigating their land.[2] Chak, based on British Raj era revenue collection system, is the land revenue settlement/assessment circle marking a contiguous block of land,[12] which has also become synonymous with the name of village founded by migrant farmers within the revenue circle.[13]
  • Chahi is any land that is irrigated through wells/tube wells.[7][8] Chahi Khalis is the land irrigated only by the well.[12] Chahi Nahri is the land partly irrigated by the well and partly by the canal.[12] Chahi Sailab is the land within Kadhir areas which is partly irrigated by the well and partly by the floods.[12] Chahi Taal or Taal is land irrigated by johad (pond).

Related termsEdit

Zamindar (landlord) is the Indian legal term for the owner of land.[7][14] Both Bangar and Kadhir land can also be classified based on the type of land use:[7]

  • Banjar is any uncultivated land.[7] Kalar is barren land.[12]
    • Banjar Jadid is any new fallow land that has been left uncultivated for the last four harvests.[7]
    • Banjar Kadid is the old fallow land that has been left uncultivated for the last eight harvests.[7]
  • Jangal is any uncultivated land covered with brushwood and small trees.[12] Whereas Bir land means a nature reserve.[12]
  • Abadi is any inhabited area on any type of land [including the Gair Mumkin land where cultivation is not possible] and Abadi Deh is any inhabited area on the cultivatable land.[7][12]

Abadi is a Urdu word which means a population,usually a large one, hence the name of the type of land.

  • Gair Mumkin is any non-cultivable land,[7][12] such as hills, parts of foothills, or mountains.
  • Shamlat (शामलात), land that belongs to the community,[7] jointly owned by the villagers in proportion to their land ownership of the cultivatable land and it is usually left uncultivated for the community usage, such as grazing or for building future facilities like schools, dispensary, johad, etc. Shamlat Deh (शामलात देह) is the community land jointly belonging to all land owners of the village.[7]
    • Shamlat Panna (शामलात पाना) is the community land belonging to all land owners of a panna in a village,[7] whereas pana itself is a habitation subdivision of villagers in Jat villages,[14] which is also called Shamlat Patti (शामलात पत्ती) in the non-Jat villages.[14] It is also called as Taraf (towards/direction).
      • Shamlat Thola (शामलात ठोला) is the community land belonging to a thola in a village,[7] which is a habitation subdivision of panna in the Jat villages[14] usually made up of people belonging to the same gotra lineage. Shamlat Thola is also called Shamlat Thok (शामलात ठोक) in the non-Jat villages.[14]

Other useful termsEdit

Other useful terms in the measurement of land in Haryana and Punjab are Bigha, Khasra, Patwari (Village accountant), Shajra, Zaildar, Manish faujdar, etc.


A map of the Punjab region ca. 1947 showing the different doabs.

Since North India are coursed by a multiplicity of Himalayan rivers that divide the plains into doabs (i.e. regions between two rivers), the Indo-Gangetic plains consist of alternating regions of river, khadir and bangar. The centers of the doabs consist of bangar and the peripheries, which line the rivers, consist of khadir.[15] Historically, villages in the doabs have been officially classified as khadir, khadir-bangar (i.e. mixed) or bangar for many centuries and different agricultural tax rates applied based on a tiered land-productivity scale.[16][17]

In some areas, these terms have become incorporated in several village names themselves, such as Murshidpur Bangar and Ranchi Bangar-Khadir in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.[18] Other places include Chilla Saroda Bangar, Gharonda Neemka Bangar, Pehlad Pur Bangar, Rampur Bangar and Salarpur Khadar.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "The imperial gazeteers of India, 1908", British Raj, page 288.]
  2. ^ a b c August 2010, On The brink: Water governance in the Yamuna river basin in Haryana, Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development, PEACE Institute Charitable Trust, page vi.
  3. ^ Yash Pal Singh, भूगोल (Geography), VK Publications, ISBN 978-81-89611-21-7, ... मैदान के उस भाग को बांगर कहते हैं जहाँ नदियों की बाढ़ का पानी नहीं पहुंच पाता ... पुरानी जलोढ़ मिट्टी ... खादर: यह वह क्षेत्र है जहाँ नदियों की बाढ़ का जल प्रतिवर्ष आ जाता है ...
  4. ^ a b c Kiran Prem,1994, Haryana District Gazetteers: Faridabad, Haryana, Page 16.
  5. ^ Alexander Macaulay Markham, Report on the Tenth Revision of Settlement, ... The open plain country of Bijnour is, in common parlance, divided into two portions - 'Khadir' or low-lying land and 'Bangar' or upland ...
  6. ^ Shahnaz Parveen, Changing face and challenges of urbanization: a case study of Uttar Pradesh, Concept Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 978-81-8069-237-6, ... Lithologically and structurally, the Ganga-Yamuna Plain is divided into 'Bangar' and 'Khadar'. 'Bangar' spelled also as 'Bhangar,' is the part beyond the reach of flood waters and is composed of older alluvium of a dark colour of pale reddish brown ...
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Punjab Law Reporter journal.
  8. ^ a b c Sunil Kumar Singh, 2001, Dictionary of Land Revenue Terms in India, Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration [in association with] Greenfields Publishers.
  9. ^ a b c E. Walter Coward, 1980, "Irrigation and Agricultural Development in Asia: Perspectives from the social sciences", Cornell University press, ISBN 0801498716.
  10. ^ 1987, "gazetteer of India: Hisar District" Archived 1 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, page 7.
  11. ^ 1987, "Gazeteers of Hisar district, 1987" Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Government of Haryana, page 162.]
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i Technical terms in land revenue and law.
  13. ^ Randhir Singh, Sir William Roberts, 1932, An economic survey of Kala Gaddi Thamman (Chak 73 g. b. ) a village in the Lyallpur District of the Punjab.
  14. ^ a b c d e A.R. Desai, 1994, Rural Sociology in India, page 716.
  15. ^ Pakistan: Soils, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010, ... khaddar soils. Away from the river, toward the middle of the doabs, older alluvial soils (called bangar) are widely distributed ...
  16. ^ F.C. Channing, Land Revenue Settlement of the Gurgaon District, Government of India, ... The rates here applied were the same as those applied in the Bangar and Khadar circles and the same comparisons hold good ...
  17. ^ Oswald Wood, R. Maconachie, Final report on the settlement of land revenue in the Delhi District, Government of India, 1882, ... The Khadar-Bangar chak lies along the river; 37 villages are purely Khadar and 39 partly Khadar partly Bangar. The villages nearest the river are subject to inundations, but where the water runs off in time, the natural fertility of the ...
  18. ^ "मथुरा-वृंदावन पालिकाओं का अस्तित्व होगा खत्म (Mathura-Vrindavan municipalities will cease operations)", Dainik Jagran, ... मथुरा नगर पालिका सीमा में मुर्शिदपुर बांगर, औरंगाबाद बांगर, दामोदरपुरा बांगरपुरा, दामोदरपुरा खादर, रांची बांगर, रांची बांगर खादर, कोयला अलीपुर बांगर, खादर, बाद, आजमपुर, नवादा, तंतूरा, बिर्जापुर, नरहौली, महौली, पालीखेड़ा, वाकलपुर, गनेशरा, सलेमपुर, छरौरा, गिरधरपुर, ईशापुर, लोहवन, गौसना को जोड़ा जाएगा ...