Town is a tehsil headquarter and an important Mandi
town of Bahawalnagar District. The history of the
town is not very old. It was laid out and
established as a Mandi Town under the Satluj valley
project during the colonization of the region in
English rule in second decade of the 20th century.
Before colonization, the site of the present
Haroonabad Town was known as Toba Badru Wala. The
word "Toba" in the local language means "pond". It
is said that there was a big natural pond to the
north side of the railway station at a small
distance where rain water was collected. The
availability of water in this deserted area had
attracted the natives. The main occupation of the
natives was cattle farming and cultivation on a
small scale during the rainy season. The caste of
local people who lived there was "Joiya Badru". This
small settlement was named as "Toba Badru Wala"
because of their caste.
In 1927, the branch railway line linking Forrtabbas
town with Bahawalnagar city was constructed. The
railway station at Haroonabad town was built in the
same year and was called Badru Wala Station. A grain
market, a few shops and dwelling units were
developed along Chaman Bazar, Railway Bazaar and
Main Bazaar in the beginning. The establishment of
irrigation system/canal system under the Satluj
valley project in 1934 added to the agricultural
production of the hinterland and provided a
significant economic base to this small settlement.
The construction of 3R and 4R Canals in the region
brought the most of the area under the irrigation
system. The town began to flourish as a Mandi town
rapidly due to increasing economic and commercial
activities. Near 4R canal village 72/4.R is located.
Rajpoot people live in this village. These peoples
are known as very rich and famous people who are
interested in land load. The town was renamed as
Haroonabad town after the name of Prince
Haroon-ur-Rashid, the son of Nawab of Bahawalpur Sir
Sadiq Muhammad Khan Khamis.
At the time of the partition of the subcontinent in
1947, a large number of refugees settled here and
the population of the town was substantially
increased. Development of some residential colonies,
establishment of social services like educational
and health institutions and provision of public
utilities made living conditions in the town more
attractive and resulted in rapid growth.
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