Dhu·li·a (do͞oʹlē-ə, do͞olʹyə)
A city of west-central India northeast of Mumbai (Bombay). It is an important cotton market. Population: 278,317.
* * *▪ Indiaalso called Dhule,town, northwestern Mahārāshtra state, western India, on major road and rail routes. In early Muslim times it belonged to the Fārūquis, but later, in 1601, it became part of the Mughal Empire. Later conquered by Marāṭhās in the 18th century and ceded to the British in 1818, it joined Bombay Presidency in 1818. Formerly an agricultural commercial centre, Dhūlia has become a growing industrial town, with a cotton-textile mill and such small-scale industries as cotton ginning, cigarette making, and oil processing. It has 13 colleges affiliated with the University of Poona.The large area around Dhūlia contains two main hill systems—the Sātpura (north) and Sātmāla (south) ranges—which are offshoots of the Western Ghāts. Between them the Tāpti River flows through a fertile valley that is part of the cotton-growing Khāndesh region. Other important crops are peanuts (groundnuts) and chilies; most of the agricultural produce is shipped to Bombay. The hills are forested and contain the resort town of Toranmal. Pop. (1981) town, 210,759.
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