Dhanbad district,Jharkhand

Dhanbad is a city in the Indian state of Jharkhand, India.It is the second most populated city in Jharkhand.Dhanbad along with its urban areas population ranks 42nd in population amongst other cities in India.

Dhanbad is famous for its coal mining, has some of the largest mines in India and is called Coal Capital of India Tata Steel, Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) and Indian Iron And Steel Company (IISCO) are some of the companies who operate coal mines in the district. The Indian School of Mines (ISM) is located in Dhanbad.

Among the rail divisions of Indian Railway, Dhanbad Rail Division is the second largest in terms of revenue generation after the Mumbai division.

The city has one parliamentary seat and six seats in the Legislative Assembly.


The Dhanbad originated from the district of Manbhum occupied by Mundari or Kolarian races in the wilderness of South undivided Bihar. In the seventh century A.D. some information is available from the account of the travels of Hieun Tsang. These accounts narrate existence of a powerful kingdom which comprised the district and adjoining areas, ruled by Sasanka.

Manbhum was one of the districts of the East India during the British Raj. After India’s independence, the district became a part of Bihar state, and upon re-organization of the Indian states in the mid-1950s, the district became a part of the West Bengal. Present Purulia district was carved out of the district of Manbhum.

Manbhum region has thick forests, with good mineral resources, and has a mixed demographic profile with people from different religious and social groups, including adivasis, particularly the Santals and the Mundas


The present district used to be a part of Manbhum. In the Settlement Report for Manbhum (1928) it was stated that no rock inscriptions, copper plates or old coins were discovered and not a single document of copper plate or palm leaf was found, during the Survey and Settlement operations. The oldest authentic documents produced were all on paper and barely even a hundred years old.Dhanbad was in Manbhum district from 1928 up to 1956.[13] However, on 24 October 1956, Dhanbad was declared a District on the Recommendation of the States Reorganisation Commission vide notification 1911. This was done under the strong commitment and leadership from a renowned journalist Mr. Satish Chandra. In the year 2006, Dhanbad celebrated 50 years of being an independent District. From 1956 to 14 November 2000 it was under Bihar. At present it is in Jharkhand, after the creation of state on 15 November 2000.

Dhanbad has a rich history of growth, urbanisation and migration of people. Dhanbad is also known as the ‘Coal capital’ and ‘City of Coal’ due to the rich deposits present in the district. Its economy completely depends upon coal mining and related industries. The companies which have played a major role in the development of Dhanbad are Tata Steel, Indian Iron and Steel Company Bharat Coking Coal Ltd. etc.

People from Dhanbad

  • Anurag Dikshit – born in Dhanbad, ranked 207 richest person in the world by Forbes in 2006.
  • Deven Sharma, former Global President of Standard & Poor’s
  • Meenakshi Seshadri, Bollywood Actress
  • Meiyang Ch?ng, Bollywood Actor
  • Zeishan Quadri, Bollywood Actor, Film Maker
  • Madhurima Tuli, Bollywood and South Indian Actress
  • Shiv Khera, Author and Professional Speaker