Angul is a district of Orissa state in India. The city of Angul is the district headquarters. Angul is considered the industrial capital of Orissa.
Angul, situated at the heart of the Orissa is an integral part of the state contributing towards the rich culture, tradition and socio-economic development of the state of Orissa. This district was formally formed out of the former undivided Dhenkanal district on the date of April 1, 1993 by the late Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr. Biju Patnaik. Angul district is located in the center of the state of Orissa and lies between 20Â° 31 N & 21Â° 40 N latitude and 84Â° 15 E & 85Â° 23 E longitude. The attitude is between 564 to 1187 mtrs. The district has a total area of 6232Â kmÂ². with a population of 11, 39,341 as per 2001 census (Males – 5, 86,903, Females – 5, 52,438) with a population density of 179 per kmÂ². It is bounded by Dhenkanal and Cuttack districts in the east, Deogarh, Kendujhar and Sundargarh in north, Sambalpur and Sonepur in west and Bauda and Nayagarh in the south side. The district is abundant with natural resources, which ultimately help the district to contribute maximum amount of revenues to the state government. Angul, The district headquarters is about 150 kilometers from the state capital Bhubaneswar. It is situated on the National Highway No 42, making it well accessible from all parts of the state.
Even though Angul district blessed with rich natural resources, its the hottest district in India where maximum temperature goes up to 50 C during summer, and the credit goes to Orissa govt for destroying the natural greens of the district. Still the industrialization of the district has not stopped in spite of the public anger for destroying jungles. The state govt in its way to setup more and more mines, plants in the district making it difficult to live.
A recent study jointly conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reveals that Angul district is among the top 10 most polluted Indian cities where the pollution level reached to a ‘very alarmingly’ level. It is expected that at least now the Orissa govt will awake and save the livings of the district.