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Itarsi is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Hoshangabad
 • MLA Dr. Sita Sharan Sharma
Elevation 305 m (1,001 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 114,495
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 461111
Telephone code 91 7572
Vehicle registration MP-05
Sex ratio 1.08:1 /

Itarsi is a city in Madhya Pradesh Located almost in the middle of India. Itarsi is in Hoshangabad District, south of the city of Hoshangabad. Itarsi is a key hub for agricultural goods and is the biggest, oldest & the busiest railway junctions in Madhya Pradesh. Rail services from all 4 major metropolitan cities of India namely Mumbai to Calcutta and Delhi to Chennai pass through Itarsi. It has Ordnance Factory Itarsi of the Ordnance Factories Board which manufactures products for the Indian Armed Forces. The Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and Tawa Dam are nearby.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Itarsi taluka Population Statistics 2.1
    • Reservoir 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Administration 4
  • Transport 5
  • Economy 6
    • Multi-modal composite logistics hub 6.1
    • Diesel Loco Shed 6.2
    • Newspapers 6.3
  • Education 7
  • Sports 8
  • Places to visit near Itarsi 9
  • Religious places 10
  • References 11


The name Itarsi derives from intt (brick) and rassi (rope) which used to be traded around the town. But now a plywood factory has replaced "intt" and "rassi." Several industries are near the town including the ordnance factory and soya oil mills.

Harishankar Parsai was born in Jamani village near Itarsi. and Bollywood director Nitesh Tiwari born in Itarsi as per his Facebook Page.


Itarsi is located at .[2] It has an average elevation of 304 metres (997 feet).

Itarsi taluka Population Statistics

Itarsi is a sub district (tehesil or taluk) in the Hoshangabad district, in the state of Madhya Pradesh.The total population in Itarsi sub district is 240,719 as per the survey of census during 2011 by Indian Government. Of this about 123,325 people are living in the urban (towns and cities) area and about 123,325 are living in villages (rurla areas)

◾There are 49,297 House Holds in this sub district. ◾There are 124,898 males (52%); There are 115,821 females (48%).


Itarsi has the large Tawa reservoir. Tawa Reservoir is on the Tawa River in central India. The reservoir was formed by the construction of the Tawa Dam, which began in 1958 and was completed in 1978. The dam provides for irrigation to several thousand hectares of farming land in Hoshangabad and Harda districts. Fishing in inland water bodies such as flood plain lakes, river, estuaries and reservoirs, has an important role for rural people. Fish is an important source of protein diet of many households and generate significant income as well as provide employment opportunities.

70 percent of the 0.71 million active fishing folks in India are employed in the inland fisheries. India has a total of 19,370 reservoir units covering an area of 31, 53,366 hectares; this creates a lot of opportunities for economic development of rural people. Reservoir fisheries are classic case of Common Pool Resources (CPRS) and require comprehensive institutional arrangement that can ensure productivity of the fish resources without compromising ecological needs.

Therefore, through the case of Tawa reservoir, we are trying to understand the fisheries resource and the production scenario. Tawa reservoir has undergone operation through different management regimes and, hence, provides an opportunity to comprehend the performance of these regimes and their implications on fisheries resources. The attempt is to understand the dynamics of the fisheries resource of Tawa reservoir.

With the limited available data, we analyse the catch and stocking relationship, predator-prey relationship and also to identify the determinants that influence the productivity of the Tawa reservoir. Based on the time-series data available a model was developed to determine the production possibility of the fish resource in Tawa. Our finding suggests that among different regimes in Tawa fisheries management, the cooperative form under Tawa Matsya Sangha (TMS)'s performance is better.

Now Tawa Dam is famous for Tawa Resort which is new picnic spot which is maintained by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. There is a cruise ship here for safari. Tawa Dam (Tawa Resort)


As of 2011 India census,[3] Itarsi had a population of 114,495. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Itarsi has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81% and female literacy is 69%. In Itarsi, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.Itarsi comes under "Constituents of Urban Agglomerations of Madhya Pradesh" includes Itarsi (M), Pathrauta (part) (OG), Bhilakhedi (CT) and Meharagaon (CT).


The city is a Tehsil under Hoshangabad District. It is a part of Hoshangabad Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) & comes under Hoshangabad - Narsinghpur Loksabha (Parliament) constituency. It is represented in the Vidhan Sabha by Dr Sita Sharan Sharma (MLA) who won the last elections by 48000+ votes, Currently Vidhan Sabha Speaker. [4]


Itarsi Junction railway station

Itarsi is one of the major junctions in India, at the crossing of important east-west and north-south routes. Itarsi comes under West Central Railway zone whose headquarters is in Jabalpur. Itarsi is connected via broad gauge lines to Bhopal and Delhi to the north, Bhusawal and Mumbai to the west, the railway junctions of Nagpur to the south and Jabalpur to the east. Rail services from Mumbai to Guwahati and Delhi to Chennai pass through Itarsi. 250 trains are daily passing through. Itarsi runs one express train — Vindhyachal express — and it runs three passenger trains in Jabalpur route daily. Itarsi is the busy railway station in Bhopal division. The new platforms 6 and 7 opened for Jabalpur, Nagpur and Bhusawal routes.

Apart from railway, National Highway (NH-69) connects Itarsi to major cities Bhopal and Nagpur. New Four lane roads are under the making in to be functional under 5 years. Four Duronto Express trains have technical halts at Itarsi.

Under construction project - * Itarsi-Bhusawal 3rd line. * Itarsi-nagpur 3rd line(Central Railway pushes Rs 140cr third line project in ghat section). * Itarsi-bhopal 3rd line. *


Multi-modal composite logistics hub

Madhya Pradesh State Agricultural Marketing Board (referred to as “Mandi Board” and “Authority” ) in association with Madhya Pradesh Warehousing and Logistics Corporation intends to set up "Composite Logistics Hub" (the “Project”) through PPP mode on [Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (the "DBFOT")]. The Project land is at Itarsi in an area of approximately 115 acres of land between National Highway No. 69 and Delhi-Mumbai Railway line next to Pawarkheda Railway Station.

The Composite Logistics Hub is designed to cover an entire range of logistics infrastructure including rail sidings for cargo and container movement, rail side warehouses, and Inland Container Depot (ICD). The development of logistics infrastructure in any location is dependent on the quality of delivery mechanisms that are designed as a part of any such facility. The location at Pawarkheda will require a suitable multi-modal exchange point to be developed so that the movement of short lead cargo (inward and outward) over road can be transferred between rail and road for longer lead movements.

Diesel Loco Shed

Diesel Loco Shed Itarsi was established in 1964 with beginning of loco holding 40 nos. It is now rated as one of the premier shed of Indian Railways. The Diesel Loco Shed is now homing WDM‐2, WDM‐3A, WDM‐3D,WDP-4B and WDS‐6 class of diesel locomotives. The existing holding of the shed is 171 locos, with a mail link of 97 locos and goods outage target of 35 locos. Now shed is ready to take the challenge of homing WDP‐4 (4000&4500HP Locos) GM locos.

An integrated chemical and metallurgical laboratory has been established in this shed. Two effluent treatment plants and incinerators are available. A diesel technical training centre for training supervisors, artisans and operating/running staff is functional in the shed. (ISO Certification: First Certification ISO 9001–2000 Certified From ICS Mumbai; ISO 9001‐2008 ‐ 13.07.2009 Certified from IQCS “Institute of Quality Certifications Services (India)”; ISO 14001–2004 – 19.05.2007 Certified from JAS‐ANZ; OHSAS 18001–2007 ‐ 2 September 2008 Certified From Certification International (UK) Ltd.)

Type Wise Loco Holding: Type of Loco Total WDM2 52 WDM3A 57 WDM3D 32 WDS6 18 TOTAL 171

Maximum Holding (Year Number of Locos): 177 Locos in 2009‐10


Itarsi has own editions of newspapers: Dainik Bhaskar,Rajasthan Patrika Sandhya Prakash,Nagar Katha, Nai Duniya,


Various institutes are serving the education need of the people of Itarsi. There are lot of good institutes but not for professional and technical education. After completion of their school education,students have to go for higher study for big and near cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, etc. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (M.G.M) College Industrial Training Institute Pathrota & Ravindranath Tagore College is the local college. It has arts, commerce and science streams.


Municipal Corporation of Itarsi organizes the All India Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Gold Cup hockey tournament at Gandhi Mini Stadium every year. Recognized hockey clubs from all over India participate in this prestigious tournament. In 2006, city proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the tournament. In 2008 District Hockey Association Betul won the tournament by defeating Delhi Hockey Team.

Places to visit near Itarsi

Salkan pur Temple - it is a famous temple of Goddess Durga.from Salkanpur Temple Rd to Itarsi is 47 km.

Sethani ghat - It is one of the largest ghat in India, it is constructed on Narmada is 18km from the city.

Tilak Sendoor - According to archaeological archives and museum Madhya Pradesh temple, it was built around the 10th or 11th century. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, built a height of about 1230 feet. Winter is the best season to visit. It is located around 18 km from the city railway station.

Pachmarhi - Pachmarhi is a hill station It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani ("Queen of Satpura"),Dhupgarh, the highest point (1,350 m) in Madhya Pradesh and the Satpura range, is located here. it is 128 km from the city railway station.

Satpura National Park - Satpura National Park is located 92 kilometres away form itarsi station, Satpura National Park is very rich in biodiversity. The animals here are tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, Indian muntjac, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, Gaur , wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel, etc. There are a variety of birds. Hornbills and peafowl are common birds found here.The flora consists of mainly sal, teak, tendu, Phyllanthus emblica, mahua, bel, bamboo, and grasses and medicinal plants. In previous years, there have been sightings of lions, elephants, wild water buffalo and barasingha, although these are rare.

Bhimbetka rock shelters - The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetaka (or Bhim Baithaka) lies 54 km from city,The name Bhimbetka (भीमबैठका) is associated with Bhima, a hero-deity of the epic Mahabharata.The word Bhimbetka is said to derive from Bhimbaithka, meaning "sitting place of Bhima".The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent.some of the shelters were inhabited by Homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago.Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old.They were declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Religious places

The Boodhi Mata Mandir attracts numerous pilgrims every year.Salkan pur, Hanuman dhaam, Dwarkadhessh mandir, tilak sendoor and Khedapati Mata Mandir, 11 Mukhi Hanumanji, Saraddev are famous temples in and around Itarsi. The town is known for its particular arrangement of community colonies, e.g., Sindhi colony, Punjabi colony, Malviya Colony, malviya ganj etc. There are many Muslims in Itarsi. Mazjids include Noorani Mazjid, Hussaini Mazjid, mazjid Habeebiya Barkate Raza. There are churches like the Friend's, the Roman Catholic, the Evangelical Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Pentecostal Church. The Brahma Kumari Samaj have a branch here.the choriya kurmi samaj are very populer. The Great Temple of Dronagiri Hanumant Mandir and Krishna Prasad Paaije Matth (Dandiwada)


DMC Itarsi

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  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Itarsi
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
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