The diocese of Amravati, created on May 8, 1955, was formerly part of the archdiocese of Nagpur. In 1977, some of its territory was taken for the creation of Aurangabad diocese. The diocesan territory of 46,447 square kilometers comprises the civil districts of Amravati, Akola, Buldana, Washim and Yavatmal in Maharashtra state, an area called the Vidarbha region.
Amravati is the biggest city in the diocese. Akola, Buldana are the other major towns.
The total population is 11,266,653 , of which Marathas form the major ethnic group.
Marathi, Korku, Urdu, English and Hindi are the main languages used.
Father Joseph Albert Rosario, MSFS, was appointed the first bishop of Amravati on the day the diocese was created. Upon Bishop Rosario's retirement on April 1, 1995, Father Edwin Colaço was appointed as bishop of Amravati.
Cities are managed by corporations. Villages and small towns are administered by panchayats and municipalities, respectively. These local bodies are elected.
The diocesan area is well connected by roads and railways. The nearest airport is in Aurangabad city.
Annual per capita income is Rs 10,800 ($233) as of November 2009.
Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities. The diocese is well covered by local cable TV networks.
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