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Newly Created Agra Commissionerate

An Overview

The year 2014 was a revolutionary milestone for the CBEC in which wide scale departmental restructuring and reorganizing took place at an all India scale. Under this departmental restructuring on 15 October 2015, Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax Commissionerate, Agra was carved out from Kanpur Commissionerate.

Under newly created Agra Commissionerate, five division offices and one Inland Container depot (ICD) was established. The five divisional offices are mentioned below:

  1. Central Excise and Service Tax Division, Aligarh
  2. Central Excise and Service Tax Division, Farrukhabad
  3. Central Excise and Service Tax Division, Firozabad
  4. Central Excise Division, Agra
  5. Service Tax Division, Agra

List of Divisions & Ranges carved out of the geographical jurisdiction of the reorganized Commissionerates (as proposed by this office) falling under the jurisdiction of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax Zone, Lucknow

Sl.No Name of the Comm’te Jurisdiction Name of the Division Name of the Range Jurisdiction
1 Agra District of Agra, Firozabad, Hathras, Mathura, Aligarh, Auraiya, Etawah, Farrukha-bad, Kannauj, mainpuri, Etah and Kasganj of the State of Uttar Pradesh Aligarh Aligarh Entire Area of Aligarh District
Mathura Refinery I.O.C Ltd. Refinery, District- Mathura
Mathura Entire District of Mathura except Chhatta Tehsil & I.O.C. Ltd. Mathura Refinery, Mathura
Kosikalan Entire Chhata Tehsil of Mathura District
Kasganj Entire area of Kashi Ram Nagar District and Etah District
Farrukhabad Farrukhabad Entire area of Sadar tehsil and Amritpur Tehsil in Farrukhabad District and Mainpuri District
Kaimganj Entire area of Kaimganj Tehsil in Farrukhabad District
Gursahaiganj-I Municipal Area of Nagar Palika Gursahaiganj in Kannauj Dis trict
Gursahaiganj-II Whole of tehsil Chhibramau Tehsil except Municipal area of Nagar Palika Gursahaiganj Distt. Kannauj
Agra Kannauj Tehsil Kannauj & Tirwa of District Kannauj
I Area lying between Northern side of NH-2 starting from Water works in the east upto the territorial jurisdiction of Agra District in the west plus Area lying between Southern side of NH-2 starting from Shastripuram ROB with NH-2 NH-11 Bye-Pass Road in the east, Bichpuri Road in the south, upto the territorial jurisdiction of Agra District in the west
II Area lying between Sikandra-Bodla Road in the east, Bichpuri Road in the south, NH-2 NH-11 Bye-Pass Road in the west and NH-2 in the North
III Entire Area of Agra District excluding the jurisdiction of Range-I, Range-II, Range-IV and Range-V
IV Area lying between NH-2 in the North, River Yamuna in the west & South and upto the territorial jurisdiction of Agra District in the East excluding the units of both the side of the Road Ram Bagh Crossing to Ambedkar Bridge
V Area lying between NH-2 in the South, River Yamuna in the west and upto the territorial jurisdiction of Agra District in the North & East plus units of both the side of the Road Ram Bagh Crossing to Ambedkar Bridge
Firozabad Firozabad-I DIC Industrial Estate and Dholpura in Firozabad Tehsil
Firozabad-II Entire Area of Tundla Tehsil, Jasrana Tehsil and Firozabad Tehsil excluding DIC Industrial Estates & Dholpura
Shikohabad Entire Area of Shikohabad tehsil including Makkhanpur and Sirsaganj.
Etawah Entire Area lying within territorial jurisdiction of entire area of Etawah & Auraiya Districts
Hathras Entire area of Hathras District
SERVICE TAX DIVISION :: AGRA
SL.NO NAME OF RANGE SERVICE TAX ASSESSEE WITH THEIR 1ST ALPHABET Jurisdiction of Service Tax Division, Agra
1 RANGE-I P, T,F,M This proposed Service Tax Division Jurisdiction extends to entire territory of Central Excise Division Agra. It has headquarter at 113/4,SANJAY PLACE, Agra. It comprises of Five Service Tax Ranges having jurisdiction over the Service Tax assessee on the basis of first alphabet of the name of the assessee
2 RANGE-II B,E,L,W,X,O,R,Y
3 RANGE-III S,G
4 RANGE-IV K,U,Z,H,N,V,I
5 RANGE-V A,Q,C,D,J

Highly Revenue producing division Aligarh of Central Excise and Service Tax, Lucknow Zone, Lucknow is also situated in the jurisdiction of newly created Agra Commissionerate. The highest revenue paying assessee of Agra Commissionerate, M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited, which is responsible for 90% revenue collection of Commissionerate, is also situated in Aligarh division. The taxable items in the Commissionerate are mainly Petroleum Products, Footwear, Sanitary ware, Engine-Generator with its parts etc. Taxable services are manly Hotel Industry, Construction Industry, Works Contract, Tour and Travels, Transport Industry etc. Export items are mainly Footwear, Decorative items of Glass, Pump, Engine & Engine parts etc. The imports in Agra Commissionerate is minimal. Agra Commissionerate not only has multiplicity in Indirect taxes but also has multiplicity in historical, religious and cultural heritage. The expansion of Agra Commissionerate lies in 12 Districts of Uttar Pradesh state of India and all these 12 districts are famous in India & world-wide for its specialties. The Historical-Religious-Cultural description of these 12 districts are following:-

Agra

Agra is a metropolitan city of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated at the river bank of Yamuna and one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal, is its identity. It is the third biggest city of Uttar Pradesh. Agra is a historical city of which the evidences are spread around the city. Though the history of Agra is known from Mughal period but it is also related with Maharshi Angira of 1000 B.C. Agra is supposed to be mentioned in Mahabharata in the very first time of history, at that time it was called as Agrabana or Agravan. It is believed that this city was also called as Aaygrah. Ptolemi was first known person who called this city as Agra. Agra city was settled down by Sikandar Lodhi in 1506 A.D. Agra was favorite location of Mughal Empire. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire from 1526 to 1658 A.D. Agra is a famous tourist destination due to some great buildings of Mughal period like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These buildings are listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Some tetragonal (rectangular and quadrate) gardens were also made by Babar (the first Mughal Emperor) in the city. The Taj Mahal of Agra tomb of the dearest wife of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, is one of the most famous building in the world. It is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and one of the three cultural heritage of Agra. The other two heritage are the Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The other world heritage site of Agra is Agra Fort. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. Later, Shahjahan renovated the Fort with red sandstone and converted it into a palace. The fine work of marble and peitradura carving has been done here. Moti Masjid, Deevan-E-Aam, Deevan-E-Khaas, Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Mussamman burj are the main buildings of this fort. The tomb of Etmad-ud-daulah was made by empress Noorjahan. It was made in the memory of her father Ghiyas-ud-den-Beigh who was also a minister of Emperor Jahangir. It is also called as Adornemnet Kit (Shringardan) due to its smaller size than the other tombs of Mughal period. Some of its components, pietradura carving and gardens are similar like the Taj Mahal. At a distance of mere 13 Km from Agra Fort lies the tomb of great Mughal emperor Akbar at Sikandara. Akbar himself had chosen the place and design of his tomb. To create one’s own tomb during their lifetime, was Turkish tradition which was religiously followed by the Mughals. Akbar’s son Jahangir has completed the construction of the tomb in 1912.

Fatehpur Sikri

Mughal Emperor Akbar settled in Fatehpur Sikri and transferred his capital there. This city is 35 Km. from Agra. Akbar constructed many magnificent buildings here. Later due to scarcity of water Akbar had to return to Agra. The Buland Darwaza located here is a World Heritage Site. It is 53 meter high and 35 meter wide. It is made by red sandstone.

Farrukhabad

The Farrukhabad district is drained by rivers Ganga, Ramganga, Kalinadi and Esan. On the banks of Ganga, ancient brick work can be seen at Ghatiaghat, Ranighat and Tonkghat. At Badhpur in Farrukhabad, there is an ancient brick temple which has ancient figurines of Gods and Goddesses. Al-Baruni has mentioned Farrukhabad in his book Kitab-ul-Hind. A Fort which is still operational is looked after by Rajput Regimental Centre. It is situated on the western bank of Ganges. During Jaychand’s time Fatehgarh was a cantonment town. Mohammad Tughlaq had come to Fatehgarh in 1343 A.D. Dileep Singh, the last Sikh Ruler of Punjab, who was dethroned at Lahore, was kept as a prisoner in Farrukhabad. He was kept as a prisoner for 3 years 8 months.

The place situated 35 Kms away From Fatehgarh, Sankisha is considered the “Mecca of Buddhishm” world over. Its first reference is found in Vamiki’s Ramayan. The king of Sankisha was invited in Sita’s Swayamvar. It is frequently mentioned in Buddhist history. It is said Buddha stayed here for 8-10 days. He went to Farrukhabad on his way Sankisha to Kannauj. Panini’s Astadhayi also mentions Sankisha. Chinese traveler Fahyan also mentioned this place. Many sculptures were found in an excavation of this place and now kept in Mathura museum. According to Chinese pilgrim Huvensang, Sankisha had many beautiful houses, which were built by Ashok and his subsequent rulers. Now Sankisha has lost glory and presently it is in a form of a village. Kampilya was the capital of Panchal state. Ashram of Kapil Muni is situated here. The place is a holy place for both the Hindus and the Jains. According to Jain Dharmashastra, First Teerthankara Rishabhdev established this city and delivered his first speech here. 13th Teerthankara, Vimaldev spent his whole life here. Kampilya has many wealthy temples.

Aligarh

Aligarh city is famous for Aligarh Muslim University. The ancient name of Aligarh was Koel or Kol. Aligarh name is given by “Nazaf Khan”. There are factories for manufacturing of locks, scissors, knives, sarota etc. A huge dairy farm for producing butter and cheese is also situated here. This city is also famous for horse keeping.

The city is a cultural Centre of Indian Muslims since 1856. When the Anglo Oriental College was established by the efforts of Sir Sayyad Ahmed Khan, soon this college became a major centre for providing English Education to Indian muslims. In 1920 A.D. Aligarh College was converted into a University.

The centre of Aligarh Movement, the aim of which was to make progress to provide western education to Indian Muslims, to remove social misconducts and to separate Indian Muslims from the effect of Indian National Congress, started in 1885 A.D., was also Aligarh.

Besides being a major Educational Centre, Aligarh is also a famous Trading Centre. It is a centre of lock manufacturing industry- An industry the roots of which is connected to Mughal Period. The city is also famous for its brass products and Aligarhi Pajamas and these items can be purchased from Railway Road Market and Center Point Market of Aligarh. There are some museums like Sir Sayeed Academy Museum, Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp Museum and Hakim Karam Hussan Museum in the city. Amongst Worship Places, there is Grand Jama Mosque on one side and Khideshwar temple of Shivrajpur on other side. Mangalaayatan of Jains is also situated here in which there is a temple and research centre. Maulana Azad library, the largest in India and the second largest in Asia is also situated in Aligarh.

Firozabad

Firozabad is a city of Glass- blowers (Manihars), settled down during the Mughal period. This city is famous for bangle making. The city was settled down by Firozshah Tughlak. Bangle Trading is the main business of Firozabad. You will find colorful bangles here all around. Other glass items like Chandelier are also manufactured here. In India, most of the accessories of glasslike bangles, bulks, scientific equipments etc. are made in this city.

Mathura

Mathura is famous as a religious and historical tourist spot. Mathura is being always a big contributor in making and development of Indian religion, philosophy, art and literature. Even today, the names of great poet Surdas, Musician Swami Haridas, the Guru of Swami Dayanand – Swami Virjananda, Poet Raskhaan are still associated with this city.

Mathura is also known as the birth place of Shree Krishna. It is not only a birthplace of Shree Krishna but also one of the most ancient and World Famous city of India. Development of sculpture and architecture of Mathura is supposed to be occurred between the Kushana period to Gupta period. Huge sculpture collection of Mathura has been distributed among the domestic and foreign museums.

Etawah

Etawah is a major city and Loksabha Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated beside the Delhi-Kolkata National Highway No. 2. There is a Jami Mosque of 16th century in Etawah which was built on a high platform with old remains of Hindu surrounded by Hindu temples of 15th century. The old name of Etawah is called as Ishtikapur. Famous poet of Hindi, Dev was a resident of Etawah. He himself wrote as “Ghausariya kavidev ko nagar Etawi wass”.

Etawah has some major business of cotton and silk weaving and oil seed mills. There are plenty of rice mills also operating in the district. Etawah is an important centre of ghee distribution too. Fort of Sumer Singh, Chambal, Jugramau village, Taxi temple, Babarpur, Bakewar, Chakarnagar, Jasoharan, Ahirpur, Pratap Nagar and Sarsainaavar, etc. are some important tourist destinations of Etawah. Etawah is also important as historically. Jama mosque of Etawah seems to be built on the remains of Buddhist and Hindu temples. The maternal place of Shree Krishna’s wife Rukmani, Kundanpur is also in Etawah. Nowadays it is called as Kudarkote.

Kannuaj

Kannauj city is a district headquarter and municipality in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The name of the city is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Kaanyakubj’. Kannauj is an ancient city and was famous as capital of Hindu Empire. It is supposed that the Kanyakubj Brahmins basically belongs to Kannauj. This city is famous for its perfumes and tobacco business. Potato is the major crop for farmers of Kannauj. There are plenty of cold storages to preserve potato in the district.

This city is also mentioned in the Ramayana. It was an important city of Gupta Empire in 5th century. Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang who came to India during the period of Harshvardhan, has also described about this city. Nowadays this city is famous for making rose water extract, perfumes and other performed products.

Hathras

Hathras district was also known as Mahamaya Nagar for some time period. It was named after the mother’s name of Gautam Buddha, Mahamaya. There are some remains of a fort of 19th century exist in the south-west of the city. Hathras is a major centre of business of agricultural products. Cotton and oilseed mills are the other business of the district.

Kasganj

Kasganj district is situated in highly fertile loose plains of the holy rivers of Ganga and Yamuna. The rural population of Kasganj mainly depend upon the agriculture allied economic activities. There are many settlements in the form of villages which mainly depends upon the city.

Auraiya

Historically, the Auraiya district was a part of Panchaal state. Before becoming a district headquarter, Auraiya was a part of Etawah District as a Tehsil headquarter. Auraiya District lies under the Kanpur Administrative Commissionerate.

Etah

Etah was settled down by Raja Sangram Singh, a nobel of Prithviraj Chauhan. Patna Bird Sanctury, Kailash temple, flour mill of Chhachhaina village which runs on water etc are the prominent places of the district.

Mainpuri

Mainpuri is a district of Uttar Pradesh which is famous for its forts. Akbar Onacha, Ambarpur wetland, Saman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernhal and Karimganj are the prominent places of the district. Mainpuri is a prime centre of Agri products business.