The Potka Block has been functioning since 01-04-1958 vide the letter no 3852 dated 23.03.1958 of the Department of Community Development. The block headquarter is situated besides the Hata - Musabani road at a distance of 7 Km from Hata (a place on Jamshedpur-Chaibasa Road). The area of the block is 59025 Hectors. The block constitutes of 25 Panchayats, 12 Halkas and 293 villages of which 12 villages are Bechiraji (no man's land).
Initially, Potka Block office started at Kalikapur Dak Bungalow. In public interest and due to political compulsions a new building was constructed at Potka village and in the same year the office was shifted from kalikapur to new building.
Geographical and Physical features
To the North of Potka Block, Jamshedpur Block is positioned. In the South of this block District Mayurbhanj of Orissa is positioned. In the East , Musabani, Ghatshila, and Dumaria blocks are positioned and in the West Rajnagar Block of West Singhbhum is positioned.
Total Geographical Area 144208.7 Acres.
Total Rayat Acres.
Total Holding 51534 Acres
Forest Area 17115 Acres
18 kilometers from Potka, one finds the Sabar tribe, which is settled at Shabar Nagar. For the uplift of this tribe, the State Welfare Department has established a high school and hostel facilities.
Another place of tourist interest is the Harina Shiva Temple, 29 kilometers from the Potka Block headquarters. Legend holds that on the last day of the month of Jyastha, several ‘Shivlings’ prop up from the ground and then disappear after the religious ceremony is over. A three-day fair marks the occasion.
Rankini Temple or Kapagadhi Ghat, situated in the Bansila Gram Panchayat of Potka Block is famous for the human sacrifices that were offered to the Goddess in the past.
Names of Villages connected by Pitch Road with Block Headquarter
Dorkasai, Birgram, Gopalpur, Asanbani, Kuldiha, Mechua, Hadtopa, Murgaghutu, Rajdoha, Dhobni, Jharia, Bhatin, Tilaitand, Rohnibeda, Sohda, Kalikapur, Manpur, Dabanki, Sigdi, Dhirol, Gitilata, Tirildih, Tudi, Tetla, Roladih, Judi, Sarmada, Chapidih, Haldipokhar, Naga, Darusai, Madhuasai, Hesda, Rasunchopa, Balidih, Gagadih, Gomiasai, Lakhansai, Chotahadian, Putulpung, Kairasai, Kowali, Bukamdih, Chdradih, Narda, Begnadih,
Villages connected to Block Headquarters through Pitch Road (GR-I) Hensalbil, Pichli, Shankarda, Kashidih, Damudih, Bhagmara, Domjudi, Luadih, Gobragoda, Podsagoda, Degarsai, Amlatola, Nayaksai, Khairpal, Mudasai, Dukurdiha, Chapi, Danisai, Padrasali, Bardih.
Villages connected by Morram Road with Block Headquarter Except revenue the villages Swargachida and Chatro of Shankara, Kuldiha, and Asanbani Panchayat, remaining villages are connected with Morram roads.
1 Haldipokhar Haldipokhar railway station is situated on Tatanagar to Badampahar section The distance of station from block headquarter is approximately 8 KM.
2 Rakhamines Rakhamines railway station is situated on the main line of South Eastern Railway section It is 16 Kms away from block headquarter
3 Tatanagar Tatanagar railway station is situated on the main line of South Eastern Railway section. All trains have their stoppages at this station and the block headquarter can be easily approached by road availing Bus/Taxi. It is 25 KMS away from block headquarter
Potka block has a main bus stand at Hata which is 7 KMS away , where buses arrive mainly from Jamshedpur, West Singhbhum, Jadugora, Ghatshila, other parts of District, West Bengal & Orissa.
The airport nearest to Block headquarter is situated at Jamshedpur Airport, Sonari which is at a distance of 37 KMS apart.
National Level Schemes at Village level
The people of this block are being benefitted by below mentioned national level schemes
Sl. No Name of the Scheme
a National Old Age Pension Scheme
b National Family Benifit Scheme
c Maternity Benefit Scheme
d Assured Employment Scheme
e Medical Aid
f Swarnajayanti Gram Swa Rojgar Yojna Scheme
g Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojna
h Indra Awas Yojna
i Integrated Tribal Development Program
j Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA)