Ahmednagar is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. The Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation administers the city. Ahmednagar is among the greenest urban areas in the country. Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation is well known as Ahmednagar Mahanagarpalika and serving citizens since 2003. To Serve Citizens better Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation has taken initiative for e-Governance.
Success of e-governance depends on use of Information Technology in mobilization of Government resources and utilization of these scarce recourses with an aim of providing better service to citizen. Information is government’s biggest equity and it is essential for greater public good.
According to official Census 2011, Ahmadnagar had population of 4,543,159 of which male and female were 2,342,825 and 2,200,334 respectively. In 2001 census, Ahmadnagar had a population of 4,040,642 of which males were 2,083,053 and remaining 1,957,589 were females. Ahmadnagar District population constituted 4.04 percent of total Maharashtra population. In 2001 census, this figure for Ahmadnagar District was at 4.17 percent of Maharashtra population. The initial provisional data released by census India 2011, shows that density of Ahmadnagar district for 2011 is 266 people per sq. km. In 2001, Ahmadnagar district density was at 237 people per sq. km. Ahmadnagar district administers 17,048 square kilometers of areas.
Ahmed Nizam Shah founded Ahmednagar in 1494 and this city is named after his name. It was found on the left bank of the Sina river. Ahmed Nizam Shah also built the fort with mud in 1490 and Hussain Nizam Shah rebuilt the fort with the present stone masonary and dug the present ditch around the fort in 1562.
The whole city which was moderate in size was surrounded by walls built of stone and mud masonary below and white mud masonary above. They were 12 to 13 feet high, six feet broad and about three miles round, The walls were built about 1631 by Sarjekhan one of Shah Jahan’s nobles. There ware eleven gates set in this huge circular wall . They were the Jhenda and the Bava gates on the east, the Maliwada or Railway and Fergusson gates in the south, the Nepti and Nalegaon gate in the west and the Delhi, Tophkhana, Sarjepura, Mangal and king gates in the north.
It seems that the British captured this old historic city on 8 th August 1803. But not without dear strife. The people of Ahmednagar were hard fighting and brave to the core. It is there ill luck that they did not find any able leader to give on organized and effective resistance at that very crucial and momentous juncture. All the same the might of Ahmednagar was humbled down from 8 th of August 1803 to 8 th August 1942. When the rebellion against the British stoved by once against on the nationwide basis under the unique leadership of Gandhiji in Ahmednagar under the leadership of Raosaheb and Achutrao Patwardhan and many other local patriots. The city also boosts of having Spritual leaders like Avtar Meher Baba, Anand Rishi Maharaj & district bosts of international pilgrimage centre Shirdi & shingnapur.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Ahmednagar one of the country's 250 most backward districts out of a total of 640. It is one of the twelve districts in Maharashtra currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme.
The corporation is headed by a Municipal commissioner, an IAS officer. He wields the executive power of the house. A quinquennial election is held to elect corporators to power. They are responsible for overseeing that their constituencies have the basic civic infrastructure in place, and that there is no lacuna on the part of the authorities. The mayor heads the party with the largest vote. A largely ceremonial post, he has limited duties.
Various departments such as public relations, library, health, finance, buildings, slums, roads, street lighting, traffic, establishment, gardens, public works, local audit, legal services, water works, education, octroi and fire services manage their specific activities. The activities of NMC are administered by its zonal offices.
Tourism in Ahmednagar has a lot for the tourist to discover. The district is strewn with a number of temples, many of them ancient, which are much visited by the pilgrims. Among them, Shirdi is quite famous across the India. The famous Sai Baba Temple lies in Shirdi. Some other famous tourist places in Ahmednagar are Ahmadnagar Fort, Anand Dham, Mula Dam, Chandbibi Mahal etc.
Till about 400 AD, Ahmednagar was ruled over by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. Till 670 AD, Chalukya & Western Chalukya kings ruled the country. The Rashtrakuta kings then ruled Ahmednagar from 670 to 973 A.D. Govind III was the mightiest of the Rashtrakut
Every year people of Ahmednagar wait for Ganesh festival with bated breath. The famous Vishal Ganpati temple of Ahmednagar is fully decorated and is thronged by thousands of Ganesha devotees during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
The period from March to the first week of June is the hot season. It is followed by the south- west monsoon season which lasts till the end of September. October and November constitute the post-monsoon or the retreating south-west monsoon season
Since at this historical city people of different religions languages and cultures have harmoniously lived together for thousands of years and are peacefully co-existing even today.
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