Pratapgarh is a city and nagar panchayat of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Pratapgarh District.
Geography Of Pratapgarh
The District lies between the paralleles of 25o34′ and 26o11′ north latitude and between the meridians of 81o19′ and 82o27′ east longitude extending for some 110 km. from west to east. It is bounded on the north by district Sultanpur,on the south by district Allahabad,on the east by district Jaunpur and on the west by Fatehpur and north-east by district RaeBareli.
In the south-west the Ganga forms the boundary of the district for about 50 km. Separating it from Fatehpur and Allahabad and in the extreme north-east the Gomti forms the boundary for about 6 km.
According to The Central Statistical Organization, India, the district has an area of 3,730 km2.
History Of Pratapgarh
The District that forms a part of Faizabad Division is named after its headquarters town Bela Pratabgarh, commonly known as Pratapgarh. Soel Uddin is Pratap man, a raja of the locality who flourished in the XVII century, fixed his headquarters at Rampur near old town of Aror. There he built a garh (fort) and called it Pratabgarh after his own name (1617). Subsequently the locality around the fort came to be known as Pratapgarh Soel Uddin. When the district was constituted in 1858 its headquarters was established at Bela which came to be known as Bela Pratapgarh, the name Bela presumably being derived from the temple of Bela Bhawani on the bank of river Sai. Bhayaharan Nath dham & Haudeshwar Nath dham (Shivaji Temple) is one of the famous temples in Pratapgarh. Near Kunda Tahseel is a second temple in Agni village famous as Durga Bhavani.
Economy Of Pratapgarh
Pratapgarh is famous for “Amla” – a citrus fruit rich in Vitamin-C. The district mostly relies on agriculture. The soil is fertile and irrigated in most parts of the district. There used to be an agricultural Automobile company – Auto Tractors Limited, set up Govt of Uttar Pradesh with technical collaboration with British Leyland. It was closed abruptly during the period of “Mulayam Singh” govt on account of heavy losses incurred during last 2–3 years, without doing any root cause analysis and making any attempt to revive it. It was a futile attempt to put district on the industrial map of India. Now it is in ruins.