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Administration in Varanasi

Varanasi, a small city in eastern Uttar Pradesh covers an area of 1,550 square kilometres. It is one of the most populated regions of India that is complimented with over hundred thousand tourist footfalls every year. The humongous task of managing a city like Varanasi, that is known for its traditional and heritage architectures is not a piece of cake. The city’s entire administration is on the shoulders of Varanasi Nagar Nigam, Varanasi Development Authority, Varanasi Civil Court and Varanasi Police. The task of these departments is to ensure a smooth running Varanasi with minimum hurdles. Let us read through these departments in detail:

Civil Court in Varanasi

Varanasi Nagar Nigam


Varanasi Municipal Corporation came into force on January 24, 1959. A Municipal Act of 1959 also known as Uttar Pradesh government Act was passed through which Nagar Mahapalika was established. PK Paul was designated as the first ever Municipal Commissioner of Varanasi.

It was in 1994 that Nagar Mahapalika was upgraded as Varanasi Nagar Nigam as per Uttar Pradesh Government Act II. At present Varanasi Nagar Nigam takes care of 90 wards that cover around 80 square kilometres. According to 2011 Census the population of Varanasi is a little over 1 million which is also regarded as one of the most densely populated regions of the country. This entire population falls under the Corporation’s supervision. The city is tagged as B1 city according to the population norms.

Varanasi Municipal Corporation is held responsible for the proper functioning and management of the entire city’s basic civic, infrastructure, road, sanitation, telecom, water supply and beautification of Varanasi.

Address: Nagar Nigam, Sigra, Varanasi
Phone no.: 2222600, 2221702, 2220505, 2223902
e-mail: info@nnvns.org

Varanasi Development Authority


It was way back in 1974 when Uttar Pradesh government established Varanasi Development Authority. The main function of the department is to preserve and restore the priceless heritage of the city and simultaneously build grounds for modern developments and infrastructure. Varanasi Development Authority together with Varanasi Nagar Nigam thrives to make the city a better place to live as well as promote it as one of the major tourist attractions of India. The department is mostly associated with the beautification of the city. To achieve its goal, the department is divided into various divisions namely Construction Division, Finance Division, Building Division, Property Division, Planning Division, Horticultural Division, Land Acquisition and Ceiling Division, Public Relation Division.

Varanasi Development Authority Address: Raja Udai Pratap Marg, Panna Lal Park, Varanasi
Phone no.: 0542 2280326, 2282455
Email: vdavaranasi@gmail.com, vdavc@satyam.net.in
Website: www.vdavns.org

Varanasi Civil Court


It was in 1913 when Varanasi Civil Court was established under British Raj, across river Varuna. During those times, the Court was administered by the district judges. Even though Civil Court was considered as the supreme court of the land, there were other petty courts as well such as Munsif Court, Munsif Hawali Court, Small Causes Court, Civil Judge Court. All these courts came under the supervision of Allahabad High Court. Today, there are over 50 courts under Varanasi Judgeship.

Varanasi Civil Court Address: Kachehari Rd, Collectorate Compound, Hamrautia, Varanasi – 221002

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Varanasi Police


Varanasi Police keeps a strict vigilance of the law and order in the city. Varanasi, being a prime tourist spot and a highly populated city, the police system of Varanasi are always forced to remain alert and active. From curbing crime rates to directing city traffic – all these functions fall under police supervision. The police have divided the city in three zones namely, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Azamgarh. There are different wings of the police. They are as follows:

  • Criminal Investigation Department
  • Anti Corruption Organization
  • Special Task Force
  • Anti Terrorist Squad
  • Traffic Directorate
  • Govt. Railway Police
  • Special Enquiry Cell
  • Economic Offences Wing
  • Police Telecom
  • Training Directorate

Emergency Contact Numbers of Varanasi Police:

Assistant Excise Commissioner
Senior Commissioner Collectorate Compound
Varanasi - 221001
Phone no.: 0542 2505355

Bhelpur Police Station
Bhelpur
Varanasi - 221010
Phone no.: 0542 2451616

Joint Director Prosecution
Orderly Bazar
Varanasi - 221002
Phone no.: 0542 2508072

Police
Mandaudih
Varanasi - 221103
Phone no: 0542 2370018

Police
Mirza Murad
Varanasi - 221307
Phone no.: 0542 2637225

Police
Sheopur
Varanasi - 221003
Phone no.: 0542 228203

Important contact details of Varanasi Administrative system:

  • Chief Development Officer – 0542 2501352
  • District Election Officer – 0542 2506080
  • Chief Revenue Officer – 0542 2508585
  • Additional District Magistrate (Admin) – 0542 2504900
  • Nagar Ayukt, Nagar Nigam – 0542 2221711
  • Additional District Magistrate(City) – 0542 2508320
  • Additional District Magistrate(FC&S) – 0542 2502562
  • Additional District Magistrate(Protocol) – 0542 2508272
  • City Magistrate - 0542 2508267
  • Sub-divisional Magistrate (Sadar) - 0542 2508585
  • Sub-divisional Magistrate (Pindra) – 0542 2508585

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