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is named after the historic pass "Bolan". The pass, 85 kilometres long, extends
from Kolpur, the highest place in Bolan district with an altitude of 2,200
metres above sea level, to "Rindli". For centuries the Bolan pass has been the
route along which traders, invaders and nomad hordes traversed between India and
today included in Bolan district, used to be part of the old Thal Chotiali
district until 1888. Later, until 30 June 1965, it was placed under Kalat
district. In 1965, Bolan, Dhadar, Lehri, Balanari, Sanni, Bhag, Gandawa, Mirpur,
Jhal, Tamboo and Chatter Tehsils were transferred from Kalat district to
constitute Kachhi district. After the 1972 census Tamboo and Chatter Tehsils
were detached from Kachhi district and transferred to the new district of
Nasirabad. It became part of Nasirabad division, which was created in 1986.
Before bifurcation into two districts, the total area of the Kachhi district was
11,114 sq.kms. The area included in Bolan district is 8,036 sq. km.
district derives its name from "Khach", i.e. plains. Kachhi was bifurcated into
Jhall Magsi and Bolan district on December 31, 1991. The Bolan district started
functioning under a district magistrate from 17 May 1992.
*There are two versions about
the origin of the word "Dhadar". The first one is that it originated from the "Da
ha Ne dar" (i.e. through the pass), as one reached Dhadar through the Bolan
pass. The second version is that there were ten gates in the rampart wall around
the city in the past, after which the city was named "Da Der" (i.e. ten doors).
Both versions are believed to be authentic.
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