Karimnagar

Karimnagar

Karimnagar is also known as Elagandula (Ancient name) is a city and District Headquarters in the Indian state of Telangana. Karimnagar is a major urban agglomeration and third largest city in the state. It is governed by the Municipal Corporation and is the headquarters of the Karimnagar district[6][7] It is situated on the banks of Manair River, which is a tributary of the Godavari River. It is the third largest and fastest growing urban settlement in the state, according to 2011 census. It has registered a population growth rate of 45.46% and 38.87% [citation needed] respectively over the past two decades between 1991 and 2011, which is highest growth rate among major cities of Telangana.[8] It serves as a major educational and health hub for the northern districts of Telangana.[9] It is a major business center and widely known for its agricultural and granite industries, earning the nickname "City of Granites."[10][11] It has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission by replacing Hyderabad based on the request from the former Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrashekar Rao.[12]