West Garo Hills
is an administrative district
in Garo Hills
of the state of Meghalaya
town is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district occupies an area
of 3714 km² and has a population
of 515,813 (as of 2001).
West Garo Hills district is located at the westernmost part of Meghalaya. The district is bounded by East Garo Hills district
on the east, by South Garo Hills district
on the south-east, Goalpara district
state on the north and north-west and Bangladesh
on the south.
In October, 1976 the erstwhile Garo Hills district
was bifurcated into two districts: West Garo Hills district and East Garo Hills district
The ersthwile West Garo Hills district was further divided into two districts: the present day West Garo Hills district and South Garo Hills district
in June, 1992.
The district is divided in to 2 sub-divisions: Ampati
. It is further sub-divided in to 8 development blocks. These development blocks are Rongram, Dadenggre, Dalu, Betasing, Selsella, Tikrikilla, Zikzak and Gambegre. Tura, the second large town of Meghalaya is its administrative headquarters.
The name Tura is a British colonialist distortion of Dura or Durama, the guardian goddess of the range of hills by which this town is bounded. In our time the town became famous as the parliamentary constituency from which Purno Agitok Sangma, former Union minister and Lok Sabha (House of the People) Speaker had been repeatedly... Read More