<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities
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(; , pronounced ) is a city and a municipal council
in North Goa district
in the state of Goa
. It is a town in the territory of Goa, and the headquarters of the concelho (district) of the same name; the Concelho of Bicholim
, located in the north-east quarter is one of the seven that make up the Novas Conquistas
or New Conquests
, territories added to Goa comparatively latter than the first three of the Velhas Conquistas
. The town is located about 30 kilometres from the capital Panjim
. It is in the mining heartland of Goa.
A part of Bicholim was once part of Kingdom of Sawantwadi
till late 18th century, but the major part was of an independent landlord
(PrabhuSarDesai's of Sankhali/Sanquelim) It was taken over by Portuguese
in late 18th century as part of New Conquest.
Bicholim is located at . It has an average elevation of 22 metres (72 feet
, Bicholim had a population of 14,913. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Bicholim has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 84% and female literacy of 75%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
constitutes a major chunk in the economy of Bicholim with about 36% of the population working for a single iron
ore mine owner (Dempo now taken over by... Read More