Pattoki was raised to the status of Tehsil in early 1990s. Before it most of the official works were carried in Chunian. The total population of Pattoki, including urban and rural areas is approximately 6.34 lakh (634,000). However it is handicapped in so many sectors i.e. education, health and other civic facilities.The underground water of pattoki are not good for drinking but government provided pure water supply for pattoki people from Halla at a distance of 20 km away. Most of the area is irrigated by canal water because sub soil water is saline and unfit for agriculture. In the present era, it has become an industrial hub, there are approximately 200 industrial units and these are established at G.T Road, with companies such as Rafhan Bestfoods, Pattoki Sugar Mills, Wall’s ice cream, Martin Dow, Haleeb, Century Paper & Board Mills.
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