6 New Circles Of Archaeological Survey Of India Created

Archaeological Survey of India, an attached office of Ministry of Culture, Government of India vide Notification dated 28th August 2020 established Six new Circles by bifurcation of its existing Circles as per details given below:-

  1. Rajkot Circle, Gujarat – by bifurcation of Vadodara Circle.
  2. Jabalpur Circle, Madhya Pradesh – by bifurcation of Bhopal Circle.
  3. Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Circle, Tamil Nadu – by bifurcation of Chennai & Thrissur Circle.
  4. Meerut Circle, Uttar Pradesh – by bifurcation of Agra circle
  5. Jhansi Circle, Uttar Pradesh – by bifurcation of Lucknow Circle.
  6. Raiganj Circle, West Bengal – by bifurcation of Kolkata Circle.

In additionHampi Mini-Circle has been upgraded as full-fledged Circle and Delhi Mini-Circle merged with Delhi Circle.

The jurisdiction over the Districts of the respective States redistributed among the existing and new Circles of ASI as under:-

Sl. No.Name of Existing /New circlesDistricts under the jurisdiction of respective Circles
1.Vadodara (Gujarat)Ahmedabad, Anand, Bharuch, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Mehsana, Panchmahals, Patan, Sabarkantha, Surat, Tapi, Vadodara, Diu (U.T.), Moti Daman (U.T.), Nani Daman (U.T.), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (U.T.), Navsari, Dang, Banskantha, Aravali, Mahisagar, Narmada, Valsad, Chota Udaipur.
2.Rajkot (Gujarat)Bhavnagar, DevbhumiDwarka, Unnagadh, Kachchh, Morbi, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, Amerli, Botad, girSomnath.
3.Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)Ashok Nagar, Bhind, Bhopal, Burhanpur, Datia, Dewas, Dhar, Gwalior, harda, Hoshangabad, Khandwa, Khargone, Mandsore, Morena, Nimach, Raisen, Sehore, Shivpuri, Ujjain, Vidisha, Ratlam, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Barwani, Betul, Indore, Shajapur, Agar Malwa, Rajgarh, Guna, Sheopur.
4.Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)Anuppur, Balaghat, Chhatarpur, Chhindwada, Damoh, Jabalpur, Katni, Mandla, Panna, Rewa, Sagar, Satna, Seoni, Shahdol, Sidhi, Tikamgarh, Narsingpur, Umaria, Singrauli, Niwari.
5.Chennai (Tamil Nadu)Chennai, Cuddalur, Chengalpet, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kanchchipuram, Karishnagiri, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thirurvallur, Thirvannamalai, Vellore, Villupuram, tirupathur, Kallakurichi, Puducherry (U.T.).
6.Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) (Tamil Nadu)Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Dindigal, Karur, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Pudukkotai, Sivaganga, Tanjavur, Theni, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Thirupur, Kanyakumari, Nilgiri, Thirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Tiruvarur, Ramanathapuram, Tenkasi.
7.Thrissur (Kerala)All districts of Kerala State and U.T. of Lakshadweep.
8.Agra (Uttar Pradesh)Agral, Aligarh, Etah, Etawah, Ferozabad, Hathras, Mainpuri, Mathura, Kasganj.
9.Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)Baghpat, Bareily, Bijnor, Badaon, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, JyotibhaPhule Nagar, Meerut, Morabdabad, Muzaffar Nagar, Saharanpur, Hapur, Rampur, GautamBuddhanagar, Sambhal.
10.Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)Pilibhit, Farukhabad, Kanauj, Auraiya, Sahjahanpur, Gonda, Faizabad, Balrampur, Bahraich, Fatehpur, Hardoi, Kanpur, Kanpur Dehat, LakhimpurKheri, Lucknow, Raibareli, Siddharth Nagar, Sravasti, Unnao, Maharajganj, Sitapur, Baraanki.
11.Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh)Banda, Chitrakut, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba.
12.Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh)Prayagraj, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh, Ballia, Chandauli, Deoria, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Kaushambi, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, SantRavidas, Sonbhadra, Sultanpur, Varanasi, Mau, Amethi, Pratapgarh, Gorakhpur, Basti, Bhadohi, SantKabir Nagar.
13.Kolkata (West Bengal)Bankura, Birbhum, PurvaBardhaman, PaschimBardhaman, Hooghly, Howrah, Kolkata, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, PurbaMedinipur, Purulia, South 24 Paraganas, PaschimMedinipur, Jhagram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (U.T.).
14.Raiganj (West Bengal)Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, South Dinajpur, North Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Kalimpiong, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, and State of Sikkim.
15.Dharwad (Karnataka)Bagalkot, Belgaon, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Vijaypura, Uttar Kannada.
16.Hampi (Karnataka)Bellary, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir.

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on February 2, 2021.

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