Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Khrew or Khreuh is a town and a notified area committee in Pulwama district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Khrew has an average elevation of 1,607 metres (5,272 feet).
As of 2001[update] India census, Khrew had a population of 10611. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Khrew has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 55%. In Khrew, 7% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Majority of people in Khrew are followers of Islam. 99% of the population are Sunni Muslims, 1% Hindus and others.
Khrew is also famous for an important temple of Kashmiri Pandits. It is a temple which is dedicated to Jawala Bhagwati - the Goddess of fire. The temple is reached by a flight of stone steps. Mela Jawala Mukhi is held here annually on the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Savan (July-August) when pilgrims visit this shrine from all corners of the country. At bottom of the hillock is a spring where people take a dip before making the ascent.
The holy places of Muslims in Khrew are Sabir Shah, Syed Mantaqi, and Baba Qasim Sahab.
The cement factory, saffron growing by the farmers and the business of saffron, almonds and walnuts are the main economic drivers of Khrew. The Cement has generated good employment in the area but at the same time due to the air pollution caused by the dust coming out of chemney of this factory there has been considerable decline in production of wall nuts, almonds, saffron and other crops. In the month of march 2009 four more cement factories started in this area. The name of the cement indstris are as given:- J&K Cements additional line of 600TPD, TCI, Dawar, Cemtac, green valley and Itifaq. Khrew has also got Military Engineering Service base.
Up to late 1990s, there was not enough means of communicatios like telephone, internet, mobile in Khrew. But, since then, much improvement has occurred in this area. Now, there is an Electronic exchange with 2000 channels, BSNL,3 Airtel,Aircel,Reliance etc.mobile towers with about 50000 channels.
There are about 7 schools private English medium there and also two higher secondaries one for boys and one for girls. North Top Institute is the best English medium school in the area besides Light House and MET schools being other good quality schools. Arabic Literature darasgah namely Gousia darasgah near sabir shah chowk was started in 2000 by Sahil Sidiq and till now hundreds of students are learning islamic literature there. There is one government hospital here.