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Administration in Chamba

Administration in Chamba

The city of Chamba has been playing an important role in the administration of the region since its establishment in 920 AD. Earlier it was the capital of the independent kingdom of Chamba. Even when the state became suzerain under British rule, the administration of the Princely State was controlled from this town. Today, it is the administrative headquarters of Chamba district and houses the office of the District Administration along with the District Court and a District Jail.

Administrative Set up at Chamba

For effective administration, Chamba district has been divided into 6 sub-divisions, 7 tehsils, 3 sub tehsils and 7 development blocks. They are as follows -
  • Sub Divisions: Chamba, Dalhousie, Tissa, Chowari, Bharmour and Pangi.
  • Tehsils: Chamba, Dalhousie, Tissa, Chowari, Bharmour, Pangi and Salooni
  • Sub Tehsils: Bhalei, Sihunta and Holia
  • Development Blocks: Chamba, Mehla, Tissa, Bhattiyat, Bharmour, Pangi and Salooni

Therefore we see that, Chamba is not only the district headquarters, it is also the headquarters of a sub division, a tehsil and a development block. Therefore, the importance of Chamba from administrative point of view cannot be overstated.

Deputy Commissioner in Chamba

Deputy Commisioner of Chamba

The Deputy Commissioner is the senior-most administrative officer in district. He represents the state government in areas under his jurisdiction and is required by law to perform multiple functions for the benefit of the people. For example, he has to look after the day to day administrative work, safeguard public properties, look after the welfare of the people etc. In case of any manmade or natural calamities, the DC is required to undertake immediate rescue and relief measures. He also has to collect revenue for the government and perform some quasi judicial duties.

The office of the Deputy Commissioner is located near Chamba Bus Stand. If you need to contact him you may visit him personally or call him at the following numbers:

Deputy Commissioner
Office Phone No: 01899-224847
Office Fax No: 01899-225371
Residential Phone No: 01899-225380
Mobile No: 088947-35555
E-mail Id: dc-cha-hp@nic.in

More Administrative Officers in Chamba

As is expected, the DC is aided in his work by a team of efficient officials. Following are few of them:

Additional Deputy Commissioner
Office Phone No: 01899-222540
Residential Phone No: 01899-2220488
Mobile No: 094180-58601

AC to Deputy Commissioner, Chamba
Office Phone No: 01899-222408
Residential Phone No: 01899-220172
Mobile No: 09418-47967

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Chamba
Office Phone No: 01899-2222278
Residential Phone No: 01899-222281
Mobile No: 099418-316790

Tehsildar, Chamba
Office Phone No: 01899-222268
Residential Phone No: 01899-222268
Mobile No: 09418-12868

Block Development Officer, Chamba
Office Phone No: 01899-222267
Mobile No: 094182-23456

Municipal Council in Chamba

Municipal Council Chamba
Source: Panoramio

Chamba also has a Municipal Council to look after its civic requirements. For effective administration, the town has been divided into eleven wards, each of which is represented by elected representatives. They work under the guidance of a Chairman, selected from them. While providing drinking water and sanitation facilities are prime responsibilities of the council it is also required by law to undertakes host of other functions for the benefit of the residents such as maintenance of roads and parks, providing relief during natural calamities etc. To know more, you may call at the following numbers:
Office Phone Number: 01899-222422/ 224500
Mobile No: 09418023720

Although Chamba Municipal Council is an elected body it has to function under the guidance of Urban Development Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh and is answerable to them. In case of any necessity you may contact the Directorate of Urban Development at the following address:

Directorate of Urban Development
Palika Bhavan,Talland,
City: Shimla
Pin Code: 171002
Phone No: 0177-2626518
Fax No: 0177-2626518
Email Id: ud-hp@nic.in

Court in Chamba

Court in Chamba
Source: Official Website

Chamba, being the district headquarters also houses the District Court. It is located on Pink Palace Lane in Mohalla Sapri locality.

Before independence, the kings played an important role in dispensing justice in areas under their rule. After the merger of the state with independent India, a Court of Sub Judge was set up in Chamba. In 1960, it was elevated to the Court of Senior Sub Judge cum Assistant Session Judge.

However, until 1966 the court functioned under the Court of Mandi Civil and Sessions Division and District Judge. The later used to hold circuit court at Chamba every 2/3 months to hear appeals. Later, as separate Kangra district was formed, the Court at Chamba began to function under the Court of District and Session Judge, Kangra.

Finally, on 01.09.1987, a separate court of District and Sessions Judge was established in Chamba. The Court of District and Additional Session Judge (Fast Track Court) was inaugurated on 30.12.2003. Today, the District and Session Judge, Chamba is the head of the judiciary in Chamba district. He is the appointing, controlling as well as the disciplinary authority of all the ministerial staff of all courts of the Civil and Sessions Division in the district.

Following are few of the important phone numbers that you may take note of:

District and Session Judge
Phone No: 01899-222728, 222727
Mobile No: 09418000323

Sr. Sub Judge -JM
Phone No: 01899-222259, 222438
Phone No: 09418470323

Sub Judger-JM
Phone No: 01899-222468, 222526
Mobile No: 09805262491

District Jail in Chamba

It is to be noted that Himachal Pradesh has only two District Jails; one of them is located in Dalhousie and other in Chamba. The Chamba District Jail has an authorized capacity of 52 convicts. In 2013, one barrack of this Jail has been declared Open Air Jail for prisoners eligible for such facilities. The scheme has been beneficial not only to the prisoners, but has also helped to reduce congestion in the jail.

The prisoners in Chamba Jail are provided with different kinds of vocational training and the products made by them are sold not only through government shops, but also through exhibitions and fairs held all over Himachal Pradesh. Incidentally, such products are not only better made, but are also cheaper. Besides, the inmates of Chamba Jail are also encouraged to pursue their studies under National Open School Program and Indira Gandhi National Open University Program. To minimize stress music system as well as other recreational facilities have been introduced in the jail.

Contact Details
Superintend of Jail
District Jail, Chamba
City: Chamba
Pin Code: 176310
Phone No: 01899-222228

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