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Akola

Administration
Native ameAkola
अकोला
آکولہ
Typecity
StateMaharashtra
DistrictAkola
Government
MayorSuresh Patil
Geography
Total Area21 sq mi (54.31 km2)
Altitude282 m
Demography
Total Population400 520 (2001)
Density (pop.)3487/km2 (9031.3/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode444 00x
Telephone0724
VehicleMH 30, MH 37

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Akola is a city in the state of Maharashtra located in the Vidarbha region of central India. It is located around 600 km east of Mumbai (former "Bombay") and 250 km west of Nagpur. Akola is the headquarters of Akola District located in Amravati Division.

Akola district has an area of about 54.31 square kilometers and population of 1,818,617 (2011 census). Marathi is the most popular spoken language, though Urdu, English and Hindi are also used. Akola District is bordered on the north and east by Amravati District, on the south by Washim District, and on the west by Buldhana District.

Akola, also called Cotton City, is known for its cotton production and is the largest cotton-producing district in India. The city is also famous for its pulses (dal), oil, and textile mills. Akola is also known for its medical facilities. It is a major center for advanced medical treatments, such as the Elizarov Technique, IVF. Major hospitals in Akola include the Civil Hospital, Chaudhary Hospital, Akola Critical Care Unit and Ozone Hospital.

Dainik Deshonnati, one of the most circulated Marathi newspapers in the Vidharbha region, originated from Akola. Other prominent newspapers published from Akola include Lokmat and Dainik Matrubhumi.


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