11.3 The District is spread over 1371 sq. kms and has a total population of 6.29 lac souls, according to 2001 census. It has a mixed topography-hilly as well as plain. The total cultivable area is 57,000 hectares out of which 35,000 hectares are irrigated. The District has 115 Patwar Halqas comprising 509 villages with 8 C.D and N.E.S Blocks and 191 Panchayats.
11.4 District Budgam is known for a number of things. Charar-i-Sharief, the abode of the tomb of one of the most revered Kashmiri saints Sheikh Nooru-din-e- Noorani, popularly known as Nund Reshi or Alamdar-e-Kashmir, is one of the major towns of this District .The history says that the ancestors of Nund Reshi came from Kishtwar. Another important shrine is that at Pakherpora, a village near Charari-Sharif.
11.5 Budgam is an admixture of two Kashmiri words “Bud” (meaning “Big”) and “Gam” (meaning “Village”) and the legend goes that once upon a time Budgam was a very prosperous and densely populated township and therefore the name “Budgam”.
11.7 The Demarcation Committee obviously cannot afford to ignore this fact and therefore the main consideration with it has been the present level as also the future trend of urbanization and therefore the ability of providing civic amenities by the State Government to these newly developed areas. Srinagar District Administration is undoubtedly better equipped for providing required facilities as also in attending to other day to day problems of the residents of these areas.
The Committee therefore recommends taking out of 13 villages (8 villages from Tehsil Chadoora and 5 villages from Tehsil Budgam) from District Budgam and their inclusion in Tehsil Srinagar- (South) of District Srinagar, since all these villages have been completely urbanized and seemingly form part of Greater Srinagar. The names of these villages with other details are as follows:-
Tehsils Patwar Halqas Villages
A. Chadoora 1. B.K.Pora i. Bagh-e-Mehtab
B. Budgam 1. Hyderpora i. Hyderpora
11.8 This exercise involves division of five Patwar Halqas in District Budgam and transfer of four complete Patwar Halqas from District Budgam to Tehsil Srinagar (South) District Srinagar. Normally, the Committee is not in favour of division of any existing Patwar Halqa. However, an exception in this case is proposed keeping in view the immediate proximity of these areas to Srinagar city and their level of urbanization.
The re-organization of these Patwar Halqas can be done by the competent authority in Revenue Department.
11.9 District Budgam, thereafter, is left with 111 Patwar Halqas comprising 496 villages.
11.10 The details of the Patwar Halqas with names of villages of District Budgam are at Appendix XI-1 and the map is at Appendix XI-2.
SUB-DIVISION KHAN SAHIB
11.11 As already stated earlier Tehsil Khan Sahib has been created in the year 2005 and is coterminous with the C.D and N.E.S.Block. Khan Sahib, in particular, is a township which derives its name after a very famous and revered saint Hazrat Saleh Khan whose Shrine is situated there-at. Hazrat Saleh Khan was born in a village Pakhla situated in Pakistan, and came to this area somewhere during 16th century A.D. Hazrat Saleh Khan is stated to have visited Srinagar also. He took religious guidance from Baba Naseebu-Din Gazi and meditated for about 12 years in the forests of the area where his tomb is situated.
11.12 Tehsil Khan Sahib comprises 99 villages (three un-inhabited) 18 Patwar Halqas and 34 Panchayat Circles having a total population of 94,564 souls. The Tehsil Headquarter is about 16 Kms from Budgam. The Tehsil to a large extent is surrounded by Tehsil Budgam and Tehsil Beerwa, and to smaller extent by Tehsil Khag and Tehsil Chadoora. The terrain is mostly hilly (Karewa) and the road communication somewhat difficult.
11.13 With the twin purpose of making the administration more responsive as also to enable the inhabitants of hither-to forlorn areas to reap the benefits of economic development, the State Government has in July, 2006 elevated Khan Sahib to Sub- Division status. The Demarcation Committee has been asked to fix the boundaries of this newly created Sub-Division.
11.14 The Committee had an extensive tour of Tehsils Budgam, Khan Sahib, Beerwa and Khag and had interaction with the residents, various interest groups and organizations, who represented either orally or in writing, as also with the legislators, District and Divisional Administration.
11.15 As a result of this exercise as also spot assessment the Committee is of the view that Sub-Division Khan Sahib can at best cover the existing Tehsil Khan Sahib only. As already stated, the road net-work in the area is not wide- spread and therefore accessibility with other towns is difficult. The immediate neighbours of Khan Sahib are
i. That any further division of Tehsil Budgam can be ruled out since such a
ii. Beerwa is itself a bigger Tehsil than Khan Sahib. Tehsil Beerwa is spread
iii. Tehsil Khag and Tehsil Chadoora have a very small portion of their
11.16 Khan Sahib Sub-Division comprising only one Tehsil will not be some
11.17 The list of villages with Patwar Circles of Sub-Division Khan Sahib is at
APPENDIX XI – 1
S.No. Name of Patwar Halqas Name of Villages
1. B.K.Pora i. B.K.Pora