Qazigund

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Qazigund
town
Qazigund is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Qazigund
Qazigund
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Qazigund is located in India
Qazigund
Qazigund
Qazigund (India)
Coordinates: 33°35′32″N 75°09′56″E / 33.592132°N 75.165432°E / 33.592132; 75.165432Coordinates: 33°35′32″N 75°09′56″E / 33.592132°N 75.165432°E / 33.592132; 75.165432
Country India
StateJammu and Kashmir
DistrictAnantnag
Elevation
1,670 m (5,480 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total9,871
Languages
 • OfficialUrdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationJK03

Qazigund, is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Qazigund is located at 33°35′N 75°10′E / 33.59°N 75.16°E / 33.59; 75.16. It has an average elevation of 1670 m (5478 feet) above mean sea level.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Qazigund had a population of 9871. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Qazigund has an average literacy rate of 70.21%, higher than the national average of 67.16%, male literacy is 79.82%, and female literacy is 58.27%. In Qazigund, 20.67% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Qazigund has always been known for religious tolerance. Amongst Hindus, Pushker Nath Raina, of Chowgam, was a highly respected person and a great thinker and philosopher, who ensured communal harmony all the time. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs reside peacefully in Qazigund from centuries. Qazigund is surrounded by springs known as Nags in local language. Verinag source of river Jehlum is only 10 km from Qazigund. Panzath Nag is just 3 km from Qazigund and famous Kound Nag is around 7–10 km from Qazigund.

Transport[edit]

Qazigund is connected to Anantnag and Srinagar by road and railway. There is a train service from Qazigund to Srinagar ten times a day, and is connected to Kulgam by road. Qazigund is connected to Jammu and rest of India through NH 44 (former name NH 1A before renumbering of all national highways) that passes through Jawahar Tunnel of Pir Panjal mountain. New NH444 connects Qazigund to Srinagar via Shupiyan.

Banihal railway tunnel[edit]

Banihal railway tunnel or Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel, is an 11 km long railway tunnel under the Pir Panjal mountains to connect Qazigund railway station to Banihal railway station. It was bored in late 2011, became operational by 26 Dec 2012 and was commissioned in June 2013. It is India's longest and Asia's third longest railway tunnel and reduced the distance between Quazigund and Banihal to only 11 km.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  2. ^ "India's longest railway tunnel unveiled in Jammu & Kashmir". The Times of India. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.