Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Monday issued a notification creating two districts - Warangal and Hanamkonda - in place of Warangal Urban and Warangal Rural districts.
On 21 June, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had announced that Warangal Urban district would be renamed Hanamkonda while Warangal Rural district would now be called Warangal.
"Warangal should become an industrial hub. We are turning Warangal Urban District into Hanamkonda. Warangal Rural will be Warangal district," KCR had said. The name was given during the British period, he had said while directing chief secretary Somesh Kumar to issue orders after finalizing the district boundaries.
The Warangal Rural district is yet to have its own headquarters. Hanamkonda is serving as the joint headquarters for both the districts. Hoping that Warangal would become a center of education, medicine, and industry, KCR said that maternity centers should be set up in every old taluka and a hospital along with a dental college would be sanctioned for Warangal.
During the time of district reorganization in 2016, the erstwhile Warangal district was divided into six districts. Warangal Urban was formed with 11 mandals and Warangal Rural has 16 mandals. They have 131 revenue villages and 245 revenue villages respectively.