Madhya Pradesh at a Glance

General Information

Location    

As its name suggests, Madhya Pradesh is situated in the very heart of India. It shares its borders with five other states viz., Rajasthan in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Gujarat in the west, Maharashtra in the south and Chhattisgarh in the north-east.

Area

The state spans over a geographical area of 3,08,000 sq.km.

Climate

The state, by and large, tends to have a pleasant moderate climate round the year, sometimes interspersed with extreme weather. Regions

Regions

Malwa, Nimar, Bundelkhand, Baghelkhand, Chambal and Mahakaushal.

Languages and Dialects

The main language of communication is Hindi. In and around the places viz., Bhopal, Sironj, Burhanpur,  Kurwai etc., Urdu mixed with Hindi is commonly used. Different dialects in different regions are spoken like Bundeli in Bundelkhand, Malwi in Malwa, Nimari in Nimar, Bagheli in Baghelkhand  and Bhili and Gondi in Tribal areas of Jhabua, Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat and Seoni districts.

Means of Livelihoods

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of a large number of the people of the state. About 150.75 lakh hec. area is under  cultivation and above 70% of total working population depends on agriculture sector.

Main Crops

Soybean, Wheat, Paddy, Jowar, Maize, Gram, Masur, Tuar,  Mustard.

Rivers

Narmada, Chambal, Mahi, Tapti, Betwa, Sone, Banganga, Ken, Pench, Tawa and Shipra.

Forest Area

Madhya Pradesh takes pride in having the country's largest forest coverage of 94689.38 sq.km. Out of 94689.38 sq.km., 61886.49 sq.km. is reserved forest, 31098 sq.km. is protected forest and 1705.85 sq.km. falls under unclassified forest.

Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.