Firozpur

Ferozepur

About District

The District Ferozepur is situated at India Pakistan border, at the east side Faridkot district, Moga district and at the south side Muktsar District is situated. On the north east the River Sutlej generally separates it from the FIROZPUR and Kapurthala districts and on the south west side the Fazilka district touches the boundaries of Ferozepur. The united stream of the Sutlej and Beas generally separates it from the Amritsar district in the north-west, and farther down from the Pakistan with the exception of some areas on each side of the river.

History & Culture

Area and Physiography The total geographical area of the district is 5303 sq. km out of which 3258.78 sq. km fall under Bet area and 196.63 sq. km fall under Border area. The topography of the district is even. It is a plane of alluvial formation sloping gently @ 2ft. per mile form the North East to the South West. The district is divided into three main belts running somewhat parallel to the course of river Sutlej. On South West side, the bet area called "Hittar" having land alluvial dark and gray clay intermixed with straits of sand. On the South East side, the Rohi and Mukhi Plains have light and sandy soil and brackish water in wells. The district has two types of soil namely chestnut brown (Alluvial)-69% and desert soil (31%).

Population

District wise and Tehsil wise Rural and Urban Population by Sex - 2001
Total Population of Punjab is 243.59 lakhs out of which Ferozepur District Population is 17.46 Lakhs

Tehsil Rural Urban Total Percentage to total
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total % Rural % Urban
Ferozepur 328875 173202 155673 167726 92678 75048 496601 66.23 33.77
Fazilka 278869 147392 131472 67427 35204 32223 346296 80.53 19.47
Abohar 252345 135664 116681 124339 66445 57894 376684 60.99 33.01
Zira 179153 94465 84708 43958 22953 21005 223111 80.30 19.70
Jalalabad 256140 133162 122978 47275 25074 22201 303415 84.42 15.58
Distt Ferozepur 1295382 683885 611512 450725 242354 208371 1746107 74.19 25.81

About District

Ferozepore is an ancient city situated close to the present day Indo-Pakistan border. It is believed to have been founded by Ferozeshah Tughluq in the 14th century. Another version claims that it was founded by a Bhatti chief called Feroze Khan. However, the first version is more widely accepted as Ferozeshah Tughluq had a passion for building new cities and renaming old ones especially after his own name. He claimed, "Among the many gifts which God bestowed upon me, His humble servant, was a desire to erect public buildings. So I built many mosques, colleges and monasteries, that the learned and the elders, the devout and the holy, might worship God in these edifices and aid the kind builder with their prayers."

Ferozepore's strategic position in the northwest of the country has resulted in its being part of many military expenditions in the area. During the first Anglo-Sikh war in 1845, it due to the negligence of the British commander at Ferozepore that the Khalsa was able to cross the Sutlej unopposed. When Lord Hardinge declared war on the Sikhs, the first battle was fought at Mudki, 20 miles south-east of Ferozepore. In 1838, Ferozepore was the centre from where British troops advanced to Kabul during the rist Anglo-Afghan war.

Three heroic martyrs of India's freedom struggle Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his associates Shaheed Rajguru and Shaheed Sukhdev have their final resting place on the banks of the river Sutlej in Ferozepur. On March 23, 1931, despite popular protest, these three heros were executed in Lahore and were stealthily cremated in the dead of night near Ferozepore. They were killed for raising the flag of revolutionary terrorism against the British, displaying their deep patriotism and defiance for the foreign rulers till the very end.

Today, a Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial marks the spot and every year on March 23, thousands of people gather to pay homage of these noble heroes. Ferozepore has another historical memorial, the Saragarhi Gurudwara, commemorating the sacrifice of 21 Sikh soldiers who perished at Saragarhi in Baluchistan. On 12 September, every year, people gather here to pay tribute to the heroic soldiers and celebrate Saragarhi Day. The memorial service also provides an occasion for ex-servicemen to have a reunion.

District Administration

The office of Commissioner, Ferozepur Division, Ferozepur has been established on 15.8.1973 and Sh. SS Parmar, IAS was first commissioner. Since then 24 commissioners have been posted. The list of name of commissioners from 15.8.1973 to date is attached herewith.

Maintenance of Law and Order The Commissioner is responsible for the maintenance of peace and order in his Division. For this purpose, he gives directions to the District Administration. Under the Police rules, the Commissioner has the right to call reports from the District Magistrate and Police Superintendents for crimes and disorders. In some cases, he can call for the following kinds of reports:- Seeks reports from Superintendent of Police and Roznamchas(daily reports) Monthly Crime Reports. Annual Police Reports.

Supervision of District Administration Although the control and supervision of the District Administration is vested with the State Government, yet in reality owing to over involvement and over burden of the state government, no effective control is possible. Therefore, actual effective control is exercised by the Commissioner and he acts as a liason between the State and the District.

Work of Co-ordination. A large number of departments and agencies are working in each District. The Commissioner very tactfully and cleverly coordinates their work and tries to solve departmental or personal differences and clashes. He makes them work for the best interest of the State. Sometimes there are some differences between the Deputy Commissioners or other departmental heads of the adjoining districts. He tries to coordinate their activities.

e-Governance

Introduction of e-Governance is the key to making information technology (IT) relevant to ordinary citizens. E-Governance is a culture, which changes how citizens relate to governments as much as it changes how citizens relate to each other. It brings forth re-definition of needs and responsibilities. Though computerization introduced successfully by NIC in different sectors in the districts has yielded fruitful results, the concept of introducing e-Governance to implement citizen-IT based applications in the district is the next logical goal.

In continuation e-Governance programme NATIONAL INFORMATICS CENTRE had been established way back in 1988 in DC Office complex. NIC a leading government department under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is involved in various e-Governance projects implementation.

Tourism

  • Anglo-Sikh War Memorial

    Anglo-Sikh War Memorial

    The Anglo-Sikh War Memorial at Ferozeshah is dedicated to the two wars that the Sikh Empire fought against the British East India Company following the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

    The Anglo-Sikh War Memorial at Ferozeshah is dedicated to the two wars that the Sikh Empire fought against the British East India Company following the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. A short distance from the historic battlefield of Ferozshah, the memorial is built on the banks of the Rajasthan Canal. The three-storied building displays weapons from the Anglo-Sikh Wars, as well as, paintings depicting major battles that cemented British supremacy in the subcontinent. The celebrated poetry of Shah Muhammad, best known for his Jangnama, a contemporary account of the First Anglo-Sikh War, is inscribed on bronze plaques and adorns the museum walls.

    Timings: 10am-5pm (Tues-Sun) / Closed: Monday / Tickets Fees: Adult Rs 10, Children: Rs. 4

  • Swetamber Jain Temple

    Swetamber Jain Temple

    The 19th century Swetamber Jain Temple in Zira is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara and draws devotees of many faiths. Its glistening white edifice houses ancient brass idols, some more than a millennium old. The main idol is from Palitana in Gujarat and is of considerable reverence for followers of Jainism. The temple walls have beautiful murals depicting scenes from the lives of the Tirthankaras, lending the environs a calm, meditative temper.

  • Hussainiwala Border

    Hussainiwala Border

    Since 1970 there has been a Retreat Ceremony at the border crossing every day at 6 pm, similar to the Wagah border ceremony. Wagah Retreat Ceremony is quite huge, but here its a little small scale and one can enjoy even a close view of the retreat ceremony.

  • Harike Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Harike Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Harike, also known as Hari-ke-Pattan, is situated at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The wetland ecosystem, covering an area of 4,100 hectares, was created following the construction of the Harike barrage across the Sutlej River, and is an internationally recognised Ramsar site.

    Harike, also known as Hari-ke-Pattan, is situated at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The wetland ecosystem, covering an area of 4,100 hectares, was created following the construction of the Harike barrage across the Sutlej River, and is an internationally recognised Ramsar site. During winters, thousands of migratory birds arrive from the Himalayas, Europe and Siberia, making it the best time of the year to visit it. Some of the regular visitors sighted in the sanctuary include the large cormorant, purple moorhen, bar-headed goose, white-winged tern, tufted duck and the white-eyed pochard. The wetlands are also home to several species of turtles, snakes and fish. The rare Indus River Dolphin can also be seen here. This beautiful aquatic mammal, considered extinct in east Punjab for decades, confirmed its return to Punjab waters. Given its endangered status, it is a privilege to sight these beautiful creatures.

    Season: November-February.

    How to reach: Nearest town to the wetland is Makhu(Ferozepur) Railway Station and Bus Stand is situated 10 km south of the Harike town, which connects to Ferozpur, Faridkot and Bhatinda by the National Highway.

ATM

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Internet Cafes

Tree 9 Cyber Café

26,Sidhu Market,Opposite R.S.D College,Ferozepur City152002,
Punjab 152002, 0163 222 4028

Theatres

Raja Talkies

Ferozepur, Punjab

Shopping

Amartex

Ferozepur, Punjab

Easy Day

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USDollar Store

Ferozepur, Punjab
094 65 912345

Flower Point Online.Com Ferozpur

Udham Singh Market, Udham Singh Chowk,Opp. Hotel International,
Ferozepur, Punjab 152002, 099 15 576333

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