Diocese of Bijnor
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With an area of 30, 664 square kilometers, the diocese covers the district of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh and districts of Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Tehri, Uttarkashi and part of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Bijnor and Haridwar are the biggest towns in the diocese

Population

3,071,000 total

Language

Hindi, Garhwalee and Urdu are the main languages used.

History

Pope Paul VI created Bijnor as an Apostolic Exarchate on March 23, 1972, from territory that belonged to the Diocese of Meerut. It was entrusted to the Sacred Heart province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate for the work of evangelization, and Father Gratian Mundadan, CMI was appointed Apostolic Exarch. Its territory lie within Uttar Pradesh until the new state of Uttarakhand was created in 2000.

Pope Paul VI raised the Apostolic Exarchate of Bijnor to an Eparchy on Feb. 26, 1977, making Exarch Mundadan its first Bishop at the same time.

On Aug. 14, 2009, Father John Vadakel, CMI was appointed the second bishop of Bijnor. He was installed that October 22.

Political

Cities are managed by corporations. Villages and small towns are administered by panchayat and municipalities, respectively. These local bodies are elected.

Transportation

The diocesan area is well connected in terms of transportation infrastructure by roads and railways. The nearest airport is in New Delhi.

Economy

Per capita income is 56,000 rupees (US$1,852 as of March 2011). Farming, with wheat, rice, sugar cane and vegetables the main crops, dominates the economy.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese is well served by local cable TV networks.

Education

71.62 percent literacy rate

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