Bhadradri Kothagudem District

Head Quarters        : Kothagudem
Revenue divisions    : 2 (Bhadrachalam and Kothagudem )
Mandals              : 23 
Population           : 1,304,811
Area (km2)           : 8,951 square kilometres (3,456 sq mi)
Literacy             : 66.40%
Highways             : NH 30
Rivers               : Godavari
Vehicle Registration : TS 28
Collector            : Rajeev Gandhi Hanumanthu

Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, a predominantly tribal district is bounded on the north and north east by Bijapur and
Sukma districts of Chattisgarh state, on east by East Godavari district, on south and south east by Khammam district and West Godavari district, on west by Mahabubabad district and on north west by Jayashankar district.

Bestowed with abundant natural resources besides having and major industries, which serve as a growth engine to propel economy, Kothagudem is sitting pretty with vibrant industrial potential.

Upcoming projects such as Bhadradri Thermal Power Station (Manuguru) and Oil Palm Processing unit at Apparaopet in Dammapet mandal are also expected to boost the economy of the new district. The proposed airport could well be an asset in terms of transforming the coal belt region into a major logistics hub.

These apart, the new district will have huge potential to become tourism hub.

‘Vastratan’, an ambitious project being formulated by the ministries of textile and tourism to promote niche tourism linking it with textile tourism by establishing a Craft Village in Bhadrachalam, is also on the anvil to create an institutionalised marketing facility for the Adivasis to sell their bamboo-based products.

Natural Resources
Coal, Forest and Godvari River

North Bhadrachalam and Paloncha divisions have forest cover. Kinnerasani Wild Life Sanctuary, spread across 634 acres, is rich flora and fauna. The district ranks second after Mahabubabad in terms of tribal population.
Of the 11 lakh population of the district, 4.21 lakh are tribals, who reside in Kothagudem, Paloncha and Illendu areas besides Bhadrachalam Agency areas.
The area under cultivation is about 3.33 lakh acres, including 1.98 lakh cultivated under the ayacut of Chandrugonda, Julurupadu, Tekulapalli and two other medium irrigation projects. Besides, 1.35 lakh acres are cultivated under the ayacut of about 2,850 tanks.

While Paddy is vastly cultivated in Chandrugonda, Julurupadu, Tekulapalli regions, cotton is cultivated in about one lakh acres. The forest cover in the district is spread over 4.76 lakh acres in Gundala, Pinapaka, Paloncha, Illendu, Bhadrachalam and Dummugudem areas.

Major Projects Under Construction
Sitarama Project (the redesigned Dummugudem lift irrigation scheme envisaging integration of Rajivsagar and Indirasagar projects) at Rollapadu in Tekulapalli mandal 

Medium Projects - Existing
Peddavagu Project near Gummadivally village in Aswaraopet
This is a project across Peddavagu, a minor tributary of Godavari river, constructed in 1987.The total registered ayacut is 16000 acres, out of which only 4500 acres is being irrigated now.

The ayacut benefitted in 3 mandals i.e., Aswaraopet, Kuknoor and Veleripadu 

Taliperu Project also known as Taliperu Reservoir is a medium irrigation project constructed across the Taliperu River, a tributory of Godavari River, located at Cherla Village and Mandal, Khammam District, Telangana. This project utilizes about 5.0 TMC of water and creates 24500 Acres of Ayacut in both Cherla and Dummugudem Mandals.

Medium Projects - Under Construction
Kinnerasani Dam on Kinnerasani River near Yanmbail village, Paloncha mandal. The scheme is intended to irrigate an ayacut of 10,000 acres There are no Inter-State problems for this Projects.

KTPS Paloncha
The Kakatiya Thermal Power Station at Paloncha is the biggest thermal power plant in Telangana State. Of the total power generation of 4,000 MW, 50 per cent of the demand is met from KTPS. The four-unit station of the KTPS, set up in 1964 with the Japanese technology, produces 240 MW.

Singareni coal mines 
Navbharat Ferro Alloys
ITC PSPD Paper Mill and paperboards at Sarapaka

Heavy Water plant at Aswapuram was set up in 1980 due to its proximity to Singareni Collieries and availability of plenty of water in Godavari that flows through the district.
The Sponge Iron Plant, first in southeast Asia, was started in 1978 at Paloncha and commissioned in 1980, followed by second unit in 1985. The installed capacity of the plant is 60 tonnes per annum. Moreover, the engineers and technicians of the plant extended technological support to plants set up in Vietnam and Peru.

Bhadradri Power Plant coming up at Chikkudugunta near Manuguru will generate 270 MW once it is commissioned.The Genco officials are confident of successfully executing the thermal project, which hit a road block because of the requirement of environmental clearance after progressing up to the foundation stage.


Road : NH 30

Rail: Kothagudem Railway Station is referred as Bhadrachalam Road. This is one of the oldest railway stations in the Telangana. The train route initially started here for transporting coal to different parts of Nizam state. Later they started passenger Express trains to Hyderabad, Balharshah, Vijayawada, Warangal etc.

There Are Passenger Trains From Kazipet to Manuguru And Vijayawada to Bhadrachalam Road And Kakatiya Fast Passenger That Runs From Secunderabad To Manuguru Via Warangal.And There Is a Express Train Secunderabad Manuguru Exp. It Departs Secunderabad at 23.45Pm And Reaches Bhadrachalam Road at Morning 5.10Am.

The Steering Committee of Greenfield Airports gave clearance to Kothagudem Greenfield Airport. The district administration has aquired 1,500 acres land at Punuguduchelaka village in Kothagudem mandal for the airport.

The scope for tourism development in the district, compared to other districts, is very high as the district is endowed with many places of tourist interest. Efforts are under way to build tourism budget hotel and the Silparamam at Illendu Cross Roads in the district.
University College of Engineering, Kakatiya University Estd:1957
Adams Engeneering College
Abdul Kalam Engeneering College
KLR College of Pharmacy
KLR College of Management
KLR College of Enngineering and technology
ANUBOSE institute of Engineering
KLR College of MBA
NAVABHARAT Public school
Dhanavantri College of Pharmacy
Government Polytechnic college Rudrampur[5]
SRAS Govt Degree College
Singareni Womens Degree and PG College
Vivekavardhani Degree College
Priyadarshini Degree College

Telangana State Council Higher Education (TSCHE) has constituted a seven-member committee headed by former vice-chancellor of Ambedkar University VS Prasad to study the feasibility of upgrading the Kothagudem School of Mines (known as University College of Engineering) into a university.

In 1978, the Osmania University shifted its Mining Department to the coal town naming it as Kothagudem School of Mines. Later, it was brought under the administration of Kakatiya University in 1994, adding new courses - CSE, EEE, IT and ECE with an intake of 227 students a year.

Kothagudem Revenue Division Mandals - 15
1 Kothagudem
2 Palvoncha
3 Tekulapalli
4 Yellandu
5 Chandrugonda
6 Aswaraopeta
7 Mulkalapally
8 Dammapeta
9 Gundala
10 Julurpadu
11 Sujathanagar *
12 Chunchupalli *
13 Laxmidevipalli *
14 Allapalli *
15 Annapureddypalli

Bhadrachalam Revenue Division Mandals - 8
1 Bhadrachalam
2 Dummugudem
3 Cherla
4 Burgampahad
5 Aswapuram
6 Manuguru
7 Pinapaka
8 Karakagudem *