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This article is about the city in Odisha, India. For its namesake district, see Cuttack district.

Metropolitan City in Odisha, India

Metropolitan City
Clockwise from top left: Deity of Cuttack Chandi Temple, Barbati Fort Gate, Welcome arch for Baliyatra, Barabati stadium, Baba Dhabaleshwar Mahadev Temple, A view of the Jobra barrage on Mahanadi River, Orissa High Court
The Silver City
The Millennium City
Location in Odisha, India
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Cuttack (India)
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Coordinates: 20°31′25″N 85°47′17″E / 20.52361°N 85.78806°E / 20.52361; 85.78806Coordinates: 20°31′25″N 85°47′17″E / 20.52361°N 85.78806°E / 20.52361; 85.78806
Country India
Established989 CE
Founded byMarkat Keshari of Keshari Dynasty
Named forAncient military cantonment of Utkal
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyCuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC)
 • Member of ParliamentBhartruhari Mahatab, (BJD)
 • Collector & District MagistrateShri Bhabani Shankar Chayani
 • Deputy Commissioner of PoliceShri Akhileshwar Singh, IPS
 • Metro
192.5 km2 (74.3 sq mi)
36 m (118 ft)
 • Metropolitan City606,007
 • Rank72nd
 • Density3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Officialଓଡି଼ଆ, Kataki
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ZIP code(s)
Telephone code0671
Vehicle registrationOD-05

Cuttack (/ˈkʌtək/ (listen)) is the former capital and the second largest city in the Indian state of Odisha. It is also the headquarters of the Cuttack district. The name of the city is an anglicised form of Kataka which literally means The Fort, a reference to the ancient Barabati Fort around which the city initially developed. Cuttack is also known as the Millennium City as well as the Silver City due to its history of 1000 years and famous silver filigree works. It is also considered as the judicial capital of Odisha as the Orissa High Court[2] is located here. It is also the commercial capital of Odisha which hosts many trading and business houses in and around the city. Cuttack is also famous for its Durga puja which is the most important festival of Odisha and West Bengal. Cuttack is also the birthplace of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

The old and the most important part of the city is centred on a strip of land between the Kathajodi River and the Mahanadi River, bounded on the southeast by Old Jagannath Road.[3] The city, being a part of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation consisting of 59 wards.[4] Cuttack stretches from Phulnakhara across the Kathajodi in the south to Choudwar in north across the Birupa River, while in the east it begins at Kandarpur and runs west as far as Naraj. Four rivers including Mahanadi and its distributaries Kathajodi, Kuakhai, Birupa run through the city. Further Kathajodi is distributed into Devi and Biluakhai which often makes the geographical area look like fibrous roots.

Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are often referred to as the Twin-Cities of Odisha. The metropolitan area formed by the two cities has a population of 1.862 million in 2018.[5] Cuttack is categorised as a Tier-II city as per the ranking system used by Government of India.[6][7][8]

Cuttack an unplanned city, is characterized by a maze of streets, lanes and by-lanes which has given it the nickname of a city with Baban Bazaar, Tepan Galee and i.e. 52 markets and 53 streets.