Pakur (previously known as Pakaur) is the district headquarters of Pakur District , Jharkhand state, India. It is located in the north east corner of Jharkhand State: at 23°40' to 25°18' latitude and 86°25' to 87°57' E. longitude. Pakur is bordered by Sahibganj district in North, Dumka district in South, Godda district in West and Murshidabad and Birbhum districts (of the West Bengal) in the East. Pakur District has an area of about 696 square kilometres and a population of 899,200 (2011 Census).
Pakur was earlier a Sub-Division of Santhal Parganas district of Bihar. It was upgraded to the status of district in 1994. Upon reorganization of Bihar state, India, in 2000 into two separate states, namely, Bihar and Jharkhand, Pakur district came under the administrative control of the Jharkhand state. At Pakur, the river Ganges, flowing south-southeast, begins its attrition with the branching away of its first distributary, the Bh?girathi-Hooghly, which later joins with other tributaries to become the Hooghly River. Pakur has educational institutions offering all levels of education, including Pakur Raj High School (Estd. 1852) and Kumar Kalidas Memorial College. The economy of the district is predominantly agricultural. The district is also endowed with mineral wealth like black stone, fire clay and coal. However, infrastructural constraints have inhibited the growth of mining and allied industries.
One of the main businesses of the city is mining and crushing. It is also known for the manufacturing of crushing and screening equipments. Pakur is also the place where the first indigenous Jaw Crusher was manufactured by Bhagwati Prasad Agarwalla.
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