Marking Dussehra with a major administrative reform, the government of Telangana created 21 new districts, more than two years after Telangana came into existence as India’s 29th state. With this, the total number of districts in the state has gone up to 31 from 10. The newly carved out districts are Siddipet, Jangaon, Jayashankar, Jagtial, Warangal (Rural), Yadadri, Peddapally, Kamareddy, Sangareddy, Mancheriyal, Vikarabad, Rajanna, Asifabad, Suryapet, Kothagudem, Nirmal, Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool, Mahabubabad, Jogulamba and Medchal/Malkajgiri. The 10 exiting districts are Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda.

Revenue divisions and other administrative units have also been reconstituted, creating 25 new revenue divisions, 125 new mandals, four police commissionerates, 23 police sub-divisions, 28 circles and 91 police stations from Tuesday.

Across the state, the inauguration of the new districts, coinciding with Vijaya Dasami, was a grand affair with the Speaker, ministers and other dignitaries attending events organised on the occasion. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao cut a ribbon at the Collectorate of the new district of Siddipet, carved out of his native Medak district. Chandrasekhar Rao once represented Siddipet in the undivided AP Legislative Assembly. Recalling his association with Siddipet, Chandrasekar Rao vowed to provide Rs 100 crore for its development. “I wish that the people benefit more with all the administrative divisions achieving success with the blessings of god,” he said.