Factfile on Telangana

Some of the facts about Andhra Pradesh`s Telangana region, which is all set to become a separate state.

Hyderabad: Here are some of the facts about Andhra Pradesh`s Telangana region, which is all set to become a separate state.

Telangana means "land of Telugus" and it was part of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad State became part of India in 1948 after an operation by the Indian Army as Nizam wanted to keep the state independent. Telangana became a state of Telugu-speaking people and was known as Hyderabad State till 1956 when it was merged with Andhra State, carved out of Madras province, to form Andhra Pradesh.

Number of districts in Telangana: 10 -- Greater Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Khammam.

Geography: Has contiguous area bordering coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema (parts of the existing Andhra Pradesh), Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Area: 114,800 sq. km

Population: About 35.28 million

Languages spoken: Telugu and Urdu

The region situated at a high altitude in an up-land area. Two major rivers Godavari and Krishna flow through the region but most of the land is arid.

The region sends 119 members to the 294-member Andhra Pradesh assembly and also accounts for 17 of 42 Lok Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh.

IANS

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