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The Indian State of Karnataka consists of 30 districts grouped into 4 administrative divisions. The state geographically has 3 principal regions: the coastal region of Karavali, the hilly Malenadu region comprising the Western Ghats, and the Bayaluseeme region, comprising the plains of the Deccan plateau.



Mysore State that was created during States Reorganisation of 1956.

Karnataka took its present shape in 1956, when the states of Mysore and Coorg (Kodagu) were merged with the Kannada-speaking districts of the former states of Bombay, Hyderabad, and Madras. Mysore state was made up of ten districts, Bangalore, Kolar, Tumakuru, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru , Shivamogga and Chitradurga; Bellary had been transferred from Madras state to Mysore in 1953, when the new state of Andhra Pradesh was created out of Madras' northern districts.[1] Coorg state became a district,[2] Dakshina Kannada (South Kanara) district was transferred from Madras State, Uttara Kannada, Dharwad District, Belgaum District, and Bijapur District from Bombay State, and Bidar District, Gulbarga District, and Raichur district from Hyderabad State. It received its new name of Karnataka in the year 1973.

In 1989, the Bangalore Rural district was split from Bangalore.

Notification RD 42 LRD 87 Part III was part of a notification issued by the Government of Karnataka on August 2, 1997 in Bangalore that resulted in the creation of seven new districts in the Indian state of Karnataka. The new districts created were

The notification resulted in Karnataka being politically subdivided into 27 official districts with various taluks existing within each district.

On June 21, 2007, the Government announced the cabinet approval for the creation of two more districts:Ramanagara District and Chikballapur district were formed from the bifurcation of Bangalore Rural District and Kolar Districts respectively.[3]

On December 30, 2009, Yadgir district was carved out of Gulbarga district and officially declared the 30th district of Karnataka.[4]

Also there is a proposal of creating Chikodi District out of Belagavi District for betterment of Administration and development of border areas. This includes Chikodi, Athani, Raybag, Hukkeri, Nipani and Kagawad taluks.

Administrative structureEdit

Administrative divisions of Karnataka

A district of an Indian state is an administrative geographical unit, headed by a Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. The district magistrate or the deputy commissioner is assisted by a number of officers belonging to the Karnataka Civil Service and other Karnataka state services.

A Superintendent of Police (India), usually an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Karnataka Police Service and other Karnataka Police officials. Cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad , Mysore and Belagavi are headed by a Commissioner of Police holding the rank of Additional Director General of Police(ADGP) or Inspector General of Police (IGP).

A Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service is responsible for managing the forests, the environment and wildlife of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Karnataka Forest Service and other Karnataka Forest officials and Karnataka wildlife officials.

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

Administrative divisionsEdit

Belagavi Division Bengaluru Division Kalaburagi Division Mysuru Division

Alphabetical listing of districtsEdit

Code[5] District Headquarters[6] Established[7][8] Subdivisions(Taluka) Population[9](As of 2011) Area[6] Population density[9](As of 2011) Map
BK Bagalkot Bagalkot 15 August 1997[10] 1,889,752 6,575 km2 (2,539 sq mi) 288/km2 (750/sq mi)  
BN Bengaluru Urban Bengaluru 1 November 1956 9,621,551 2,190 km2 (850 sq mi) 4,393/km2 (11,380/sq mi)  
BR Bengaluru Rural Bengaluru 15 August 1986[11] 990,923 2,259 km2 (872 sq mi) 431/km2 (1,120/sq mi)  
BG Belagavi Belagavi 1 November 1956 4,779,661 13,415 km2 (5,180 sq mi) 356/km2 (920/sq mi)  
BL Ballari Ballari 1 November 1956 2,452,595 8,450 km2 (3,260 sq mi) 290/km2 (750/sq mi)  
BD Bidar Bidar 1 November 1956 1,703,300 5,448 km2 (2,103 sq mi) 313/km2 (810/sq mi)  
BJ Vijayapur Vijayapur 1 November 1956 2,177,331 10,494 km2 (4,052 sq mi) 207/km2 (540/sq mi)  
CJ Chamarajanagar Chamarajanagar 15 August 1997[10] 1,020,791 5,101 km2 (1,970 sq mi) 181/km2 (470/sq mi)  
Chikballapur Chikballapur 10 September 2007[10] 1,255,104 4,524 km2 (1,747 sq mi)[12] 296/km2 (770/sq mi)  
CK Chikkamagaluru Chikkamagaluru 1 November 1956 1,137,961 7,201 km2 (2,780 sq mi) 158/km2 (410/sq mi)  
CT Chitradurga Chitradurga 1 November 1956 1,659,456 8,440 km2 (3,260 sq mi) 197/km2 (510/sq mi)  
DK Dakshina Kannada Mangaluru 1 November 1956 2,089,649 4,560 km2 (1,760 sq mi) 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)  
DA Davanagere Davanagere 15 August 1997[10] 1,945,497 5,924 km2 (2,287 sq mi) 328/km2 (850/sq mi)  
DH Dharwad Dharwad 1 November 1956 1,847,023 4,260 km2 (1,640 sq mi) 434/km2 (1,120/sq mi)  
GA Gadag Gadag 24 August 1997[10] 1,064,570 4,656 km2 (1,798 sq mi) 229/km2 (590/sq mi)  
GU Kalaburagi Kalaburagi 1 November 1956 2,566,326 10,951 km2 (4,228 sq mi) 234/km2 (610/sq mi)  
HS Hassan Hassan 1 November 1956 1,776,421 6,814 km2 (2,631 sq mi) 261/km2 (680/sq mi)  
HV Haveri Haveri 24 August 1997[10] 1,597,668 4,823 km2 (1,862 sq mi) 331/km2 (860/sq mi)  
KD Kodagu Madikeri 1 November 1956 554,519 4,102 km2 (1,584 sq mi) 135/km2 (350/sq mi)  
KL Kolar Kolar 1 November 1956 1,536,401 3,969 km2 (1,532 sq mi)[13] 386/km2 (1,000/sq mi)  
KP Koppal Koppal 24 August 1997[10] 1,389,920 7,189 km2 (2,776 sq mi) 250/km2 (650/sq mi)  
MA Mandya Mandya 1 November 1956
(29 August 1939)[14][15]
1,805,769 4,961 km2 (1,915 sq mi) 364/km2 (940/sq mi)  
MY Mysuru Mysuru 1 November 1956 3,001,127 6,854 km2 (2,646 sq mi) 476/km2 (1,230/sq mi)  
RA Raichur Raichur 1 November 1956 1,928,812 6,827 km2 (2,636 sq mi) 228/km2 (590/sq mi)  
Ramanagara Ramanagara 10 September 2007[10] 1,082,636 3,556 km2 (1,373 sq mi) 308/km2 (800/sq mi)  
SH Shivamogga Shivamogga 1 November 1956 1,752,753 8,477 km2 (3,273 sq mi) 207/km2 (540/sq mi)  
TU Tumakuru Tumakuru 1 November 1956 2,678,980 10,597 km2 (4,092 sq mi) 253/km2 (660/sq mi)  
UD Udupi Udupi 25 August 1997[10] 1,177,361 3,880 km2 (1,500 sq mi) 329/km2 (850/sq mi)  
UK Uttara Kannada Karwar 1 November 1956 1,437,169 10,291 km2 (3,973 sq mi) 140/km2 (360/sq mi)  
Yadgir Yadgir 30 December 2009[4] 1,174,271 5,273 km2 (2,036 sq mi) 223/km2 (580/sq mi)  

Dispute regarding District status[edit]Edit

Belagavi district is the largest district in Karnataka, so bifurcation of this district is considered to be a must. The bifurcation of Belagavi district, which includes a total of 14 talukas, has long been a pending issue. The Karnataka Government has already provided the District level offices to Chikkodi which would help in the development of neighbouring talukas of Chikkodi, Hukkeri, Athani, Raybag, Nipani, and Kagawad. But as of now no decision has been made regarding the possible bifurcation of Belagavi district, and Chikkdi has not been declared as a separate district status by the Karnataka Government.

List of District Level Offices in Chikkodi:-

1. Revenue Subdivision Office - 5 taluks

2. Regional Transport Office (RTO)[KA-23] - 6 taluks

3. Chikkodi Loksabha Constituency - 8 MLA's

4. NWKRTC Divisional Office - 6 bus depots

5. Chikkodi Postal Division - 5 taluks

6. District Health & Family Welfare Office - 8 taluks

7. Educational District (DDPI) Office - 8 BEO offices

8. District Irrigation Office - 6 taluks

9. Police Department (DCP/DYSP) Subdivision - 10 police stations

10. Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) - 5 taluks

11. Karnataka Public Works Department (PWD) - 8 taluks

12. Zilla Panchayat Executive Engineer Office - 8 taluks

13. Judicial District - 8 taluks

14. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department - 8 taluks

15. Deputy Director of Pre University(DDPU) Office - 5 taluks

16. Executive Engineer of the Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Department - 7 taluks

The attempts of the Government declaring Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) post for Chikkodi..


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  7. ^ Here 'Established' means year of establishment as a district of Karnataka. If the district was formed earlier to the formation of district in the state of Karnataka, 1 November 1956 will be considered as the day of establishment of the district.
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  14. ^ Note: This date means the day when the district was initially formed, even before the formation of the state of Karnataka(Mysuru). Hence 1 November 1956 will be considered as the day of formation of district in the state of Karnataka
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