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Moranhat (IPA: ˈmɔːrænˌhɑːt) is a town and a town area committee in Charaideo district in the Indian state of Assam.

Moranhat
town
Moranhat is located in Assam
Moranhat
Moranhat
Location in Assam, India
Moranhat is located in India
Moranhat
Moranhat
Moranhat (India)
Coordinates: 27°11′36″N 94°55′20″E / 27.193361°N 94.922132°E / 27.193361; 94.922132Coordinates: 27°11′36″N 94°55′20″E / 27.193361°N 94.922132°E / 27.193361; 94.922132
Country India
StateAssam
District Charaideo
Government
 • BodyMoranhat Town Committee
Population
 (2001)
 • Total5,779
Languages
 • OfficialAssamese
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
785670
Vehicle registrationAS

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EtymologyEdit

The place used to be a trade centre where the people from Moran tribe used to visit in order to sell their products in the north of Dihing which was located in the Chutiya kingdom. It is from this centre that "Moran-hat" derives its name.

DemographicsEdit

Moranhat is a town located in the eastern part of Assam or Upper Assam. It derives its name from the Moran community (an indigenous Assamese community) . The town is surrounded by tea gardens, oil fields, and villages. As of 2001 India census,[1] Moranhat had a population of 5779. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Moranhat has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 77%. Eleven per cent of the population in Moranhat is under 6 years of age. Predominantly indigenous Assamese communities are present in the area, the town also comprises immigrant Muslims, Jains, Christians constitute the remaining population. Immigrant Bengalis, Christians, Sikh, Bhojpuris, and Tamilians—who mostly come here on teaching assignments at the convent schools—are some of the major communities residing in this town. The primary occupation of the inhabitants of this town is teaching. Farming and small-scale businesses are also two of the important earning avenues for the people. Assamese is the main indigenous language spoken in Moranhat, followed by immigrant languages like Bengali, Hindi, Bhojpuri, and Punjabi spoken by immigrants.

A unique geographical feature of Moranhat is its location between two districts— Charaideo (bifurcated from Sivasagar district) and Dibrugarh. The National Highway-37 passes through the heart of Moranhat. The National Highway acts as the divider, where one side falls under the jurisdiction of Charaideo district and the other under the Dibrugarh district.

EducationEdit

On the education front, there are several Assamese and English medium convent schools as well as a large number of vernacular schools. The most popular school of the best reputation is The St Joseph's High School. The Moran Higher Secondary School is one of the major institutes in Moran boosting education in this locality. The OIL India Higher Secondary School situated in the OIL township hosts the largest campus. Bronson & Brown English Academy and The St Andrews High School, Moranhat is also highly regarded. The Moran Girls' High School, Moran College,[2] and Moran Mahila Mahavidyalaya,[3] Moran Junior College,[4] Moran Commerce College[5] are some of the other major institutes of Higher Education of the locality. The Nehru Hindi Vidyalaya is a Hindi-medium school. The nearest University is the Dibrugarh University.

TransportEdit

Moranhat is well-connected to all the major places of Assam through private and state government bus services. The nearest railway station is Moranhat, and the nearest airport is Mohanbari Airport, which is around 40 km away from the town. The Moranhat Railway Station falls under the North East Frontier Railway and is becoming increasingly a busy railway station.[6] Assam's capital city of Dispur is over 300 km (8–9 hrs bus journey) from the town.

There is an array of food outlets in Moranhat on and off the National Highway and are hence thronged by travelers on their visits to places like Dibrugarh and Tinsukia (along the extreme east). Some of the prominent being LazyFud.co,Kareng Dhaba,Juixaal etc.The nearest developed village to Moran is the renowned Khatkhati. It is a highly developed village of Assam.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.morancollege.ac.in/
  3. ^ http://www.moranmahilamahavidyalaya.com/
  4. ^ http://wikimapia.org/10238797/Moran-Junior-College
  5. ^ http://www.icbse.com/colleges/moran-commerce-college-p-o-moran-785670/3166/2
  6. ^ http://indiarailinfo.com/station/map/moranhat-mrht/7289