District TT Singh General Information

Origins of the Name:-
The town and district is named after a Sikh religious figure Tek Singh. Legend has it that Mr. Singh a kind hearted man served water and provided shelter to the worn out and thirsty travelers passing by a small pond ("TOBA" in Punjabi) which eventually was called Toba Tek Singh, and the surrounding settlement acquired the same name.

British Raj:-

Toba Tek Singh was developed by the British toward the end of the 18th Century when a canal system was built. People from all over the Punjab (currently Indian and Pakistani Punjab) moved there as farmlands were allotted to them. Most of the people who migrated there belonged to Lahore, Jalandhar, Sadiq Abad and other districts.

After Independence:-

During 1970's, when many Pakistani cities were renamed to change names given after British Rulers to their original or native names or more acceptable names to local population like Montgomery was renamed to its old original name Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh remained one of the very few cities to maintain it's original name mainly because of reputation of Tek Singh.

Boundaries:-

Situated in the centre of the Punjab, District Toba Tek Singh is surrounded on the north by District Jhang and Faisalabad, on the west by District Jhang and on the east by Faisalabad District.  On the south, river Ravi makes a natural boundary and separates it from the District Sahiwal and partly District Khanewal.
          GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE DISTRICT
Country
Pakistan
Province
Punjab
Coordinates
30°58′″N 72°29′″E
Area
3,259 Sq. k.m (1,256 sq mi)
Time zone
PST (UTC+5)
Population
17,62,157(2004)
Density
498/km² (1,290/sq mi)
No. of Towns
6
Union Councils
82
Tehsils
3

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DISTRICT
Introduction:-
Toba Tek Singh emerged as separated district on the map of Punjab with effect from its July 1982 after detaching it from Faisalabad district. It derives its name from the headquarters town named Toba Tek Singh. This town was founded some times in the beginning of the colonization era. It was named after a Sikh saint. Tek Singh who maintained a pond and used to serve drinking water to the passers-by. He thus rendered a great humanitarian service throughout his life to the community around him. He carried good name through his selfless services rendered to the people and gradually the pond came to be called as Toba Tek Singh meaning thereby the pond of Tek Singh. There was a small Mandi (market) nearby this pond, which subsequently flourished and also named after this pond.
The area now comprising the new district of Toba Tek Singh was originally a part of Jhang District. As a result of reclamation proceeds fresh administrative problems naturally presented themselves and the boundaries of the old district had to undergo extensive modifications and new administrative units were set-up. Lyallpur (Faisalabad) Tehsil in Jhang district was set- up in 1896. Two new Tehsils also in Jhang district were set-up in 1900 with headquarters at Toba Tek Singh and Samundari. The district of Lyallpur (now called Faisalabad) was constituted during 1904 comprising Tehsil Lyallpur, Sammundri and Toba Tek Singh with a sub- Tehsil at Jaranwala. Toba Tek Singh Tehsil was raised to the status of a sub-division in 1930.
Area:-
The district consists of an area of 3,259 square kilometers. It is divided into three sub-divisions and the area of each sub-division is as under:
 Name of Sub Division
Total Area ( in Sq. Km)
Toba Tek Singh
1,293
Kamalia
1,115
Gojra
851
The district comprises three municipal committees namely Toba Tek Singh, Gojra and Kamalia, a town committee Pir Meehal and 539 villages.

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