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megha bharadwaj
Megha Bharadwaj Deputy Commissioner, Koderma
Sri Rituraj (IAS) Deputy Developement Commissioner


Koderma district is blessed with natural beauty as it is surrounded by lush green hills and forests. It has long been an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The ancient temples and rock-carved caves in and around Koderma bear witness to its rich cultural heritage. Koderma, which belongs to the North Chhotanagpur division, is popularly known as the gateway to Jharkhand. The town is located 165 km from Ranchi. Kodarma town is the administrative headquarters of the district. It became a district on 10 April 1994 by secession of Hazaribag district. It borders Nawada district of Bihar to the north, Hazaribag to the south, Giridih to the east and Gaya district of Bihar to the west. Kodarma district is known worldwide for mining mica, especially ruby mica. The district had a monopoly on the production of mica for many years and the mica was exported to many countries in the 10 world. The main mica deposit is located under the forest of the Koderma Nature Reserve. About 15 km from the district headquarters is Chandwara, which is known as Mica Town due to the mica industry. Mica is also found in the area of Dhab, Dhodhakola, Khalagthambi, Dibour, Bandarchua, etc. The district is also abundant in other gem stones. In the 1960s, about 1 lakh workers were employed in the mica industry. It was widely exported to England, Japan, America and other European countries. However, the mica industry slowly declined due to the advent of fibre, a chemical product.

The city has received several awards and recognitions for its contribution to the state. On 7 January 2023, President Draupadi Murmu conferred the Digital India Award on the district administration of Koderma at a programme held at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for its outstanding work in providing computer information to the common people, especially the youth. Koderma is the only district in Jharkhand to receive this award. Besides, Kanjhatand of Jarga panchayat was selected for the President’s Award for ‘Catch the Rain’ under Jal Shakti Abhiyan, while Arkosa village in Markacho was selected for being a ‘Dis posable Plastic Free’ village.


Once made famous by its mica reserves and Jhumri Telaiya’s radio lovers, has long been an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.A Veritable kaleidoscope of past and present with a promising future, Koderma is gradually emerging as a preferred destination for travel and adventure enthusiasts. The lush green Jungles, waterfalls, temperate climate and abundant wildlife make it a perfect place for activities like forest walks, nature walks, jungle safaris, trekking, rock climbing etc. The state offers the opportunity to explore the diverse culture and lifestyle of the tribal communities living here.