Chikodi

Chikkodi is a taluka and Town Municipal Council city constituted in 1973 in the Belagavi district of Karnataka, India. Chikkodi has many district level offices but it is not designated as a district by the State Government.

Chikkodi
Town
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 16°26′N 74°36′E / 16.43°N 74.6°ECoordinates: 16°26′N 74°36′E / 16.43°N 74.6°E
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Belagavi
Government
 • MP(Member of Parliament) Prakash Hukkeri
Elevation 683 m (2,241 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 40,000
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 591201
Telephone code 08338
Vehicle registration KA-23

History

Around 200–300 years ago, Chikkodi was called as Chik-kodi (small village), while the nearby Hirekudi (big village) was bigger than Chikodi. Overtime, Chikkodi experienced growth due to its famous betel leaves and its position on a major road.

Geography

Chikkodi is located at 16°26′N 74°36′E / 16.43°N 74.6°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 683 meters (2240 feet). The town has an area of 18.29 km2, and is situated amidst hills. Temperature varies from a maximum of 35⁰ C to a minimum of 18⁰ C, maximum average rainfall annually is 826.64 mm.

Demographics

As of 2011 India census,[2] Chikkodi had a population of 38,307. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. The average literacy rate is 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy at 79% and female literacy at 66%.

Business

Chikodi is mostly dependent on agriculture. Sugarcane occupies an important place in the economy of Chikkodi which has three sugar factories, Dudhaganga Krishna Sugar Factory, Nanadi which is the nearest, Venkateshwara Power Project Ltd. Bedkihal, and Om Sugars Ltd. Jainapur among others. Tobacco farming is another major agricultural sector. Major production of tobacco comes from Galatga, Shiragaonwadi, Tapakarwadi, and Khadaklat villages. Recently the trend of Sericulture is picking up.

Tourism and attractions

  • Chandrakori Ganesh Temple - near bus stand on top of hill is very famous temple of lord Ganesha.
  • There is one more temple known as Parati Nagalingeswara (Parati Nagappa) temple, located about 2.5 km away from the bus stand.
  • Yadur - Shree Veerbhardra temple is situated in the holy Shri Kshetra Yadur, on the banks of river Krishna is located about 20 km from Chikkodi
  • Karoshi - Shree Basavanna temple is situated in the holy place of Karoshi, is located about 7 km from Chikkodi. It is having a famous Darga, also this indicates the communal harmony it has. This place is agriculturally sound.
  • Shantigiri Jain Temple - It is about 10 km from Chikkodi. This village can be considered as one of the highlighted centers of Jain history, Where the shri shantigiri Tirth is situated.
  • Chinchani - Having Allamprabhu Sidd Sansthan Math, Shri Basaveshwar temple (Gudadagind basavan) located near 5 km from Chikodi.
  • Toranahalli- Famous for Bhagavan Hanuman temple is present in this village near 10 km from Chikkodikodi.
  • Shiragaon - Famous for Basaveshwara temple and it is near 11 km from Chikkodi.
  • Gokak Falls (Near Gokak) & Narsobawadi (Maharashtra) are also near to the city.
  • Hidkal Dam - near to city.
  • Basavanal Gadde- Lakkavva Temple in Laxmi Nagar is one of the oldest temples in around the town.
  • Basavanal Gadde- Hanuman Temple in Hanuman Nagar is very famous in the region

Education

Chikkodi is considered as an education hub in Belagavi district for its educational institutions and facilities. Some of them are:

  • CLE Society's M.K. Kavatagimath Kannada & English Medium Primary and High School
  • GSES's English Medium Primary and High School
  • CTE Society's R.D. Kannada & Marathi Medium Primary and High School
  • CTE Society's R.M. Kannada & Marathi Medium Primary and High School for Girls
  • CTE Society's English Medium School (CBSE)
  • St. Francis of Assisi School (ICSE)
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kuppanwadi, Chikodi taluka
  • Sri Murughendra Residential School,Kuppanawadi, Kothali (Post) Chikkodi
  • Chikkodi also has Government primary schools for boys and girls in Kannada, Marathi and Urdu Medium
  • CTE Society's R.D Composite PU college of Arts,Commerce & Science
  • KLE's PU college of Arts,Commerce & Science
  • Chauson Education Society's Chauson PU College of Arts ,Commerce & Science
  • KLE'S B.K College of Arts,Commerce & Science (BA,Bcom,Bsc & M.com)
  • KLE Independent Pre-University Science College
  • CTE Society's Smt. A A Patil College of Arts & Commerce (BA,B.com) for Women
  • CTE Society's College of Physical Education (BP.Ed)
  • CTE Society's R D Job Oriented Course (JOC) College
  • CTE Society's R D College of Education (B.Ed, D.Ed)
  • CLE'S college of Education (B.Ed, D.Ed)
  • APTECH Computer Education Institute running since 1995.
  • Chauson College of Education (B.Ed, D.Ed)
  • Chikkodi also has two Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Colleges
  • KSS Shr Y.B.Kiwad English Medium Primary School
  • KSS Smt.N.Y>Kiwad English Medium High School
  • Government First Grade College, Chikkodi
  • Adarsha PARA MEDICAL Institute
  • J.R.D Bhate PARA MEDICAL Institute
  • KLE's Colleges of BBA, BCA and BBM
  • KLE's Law College
  • KLE's C.B Kore College of Polytechnic
  • KLE's College of Engineering and Technology
    KLE CET College View
    KLE's college of engineering and techmology, Chikodi
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chikkodi
  • Government Tool Room & Training Centre (GTTC)..
KLE CET College View
KLE's college of engineering and techmology, Chikodi

There is also a proposal to start Sub-regional Science Centre and Automated driving test track in Chikkodi..

Dispute regarding District status

Belagavi district is the largest district in the karnataka so bifurcation of district is must. Bifurcation of Belagavi district, which includes a total of 14 taluka's, has been a long pending issue. Karnataka Govt. has already provided the District level offices to Chikkodi which would help in the development of neighbouring talukas of Chikkodi, Hukkeri, Athani, Raybag, Nipani, and Kagawad. But as of now no decision has been made regarding bifurcation of Belagavi district and also not declared Chikkodi as a separate district status by Karnataka Govt.

List of District Level Offices in Chikkodi:-

1. Revenue Subdivision Office - 5 taluks

2. Regional Transport Office (RTO)[KA-23] - 6 taluks

3. Chikkodi Loksabha Constituency - 8 MLA's

4. NWKRTC Divisional Office - 6 bus depots

5. Chikkodi Postal Division - 5 taluks

6. District Health & Family Welfare Office - 8 taluks

7. Educational District (DDPI) Office - 8 BEO offices

8. District Irrigation Office - 6 taluks

9. Police Department (DCP/DYSP) Subdivision - 10 police stations

10. Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) - 5 taluks

11. Karnataka Public Works Department (PWD) - 8 taluks

12. Zilla Panchayat Executive Engineer Office - 8 taluks

13. Judicial District - 8 taluks

14. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department - 8 taluks

15. Deputy Director of Pre University(DDPU) Office - 5 taluks

16. Executive Engineer of the Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Department - 7 taluks


The attempts of the Government declaring Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) post for Chikkodi..

Transportation

Majority of public transport in Chikkodi connecting surrounding villages and towns is through city buses run by North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) from Chikodi bus depot. Auto rickshaws are commonly available for commuting inside the city.

Road

Chikkodi is well connected by road by major State Highways which connect to National Highway 4. The State Highways passing through Chikodi are: SH 18 (Mudhol to Nipani), SH 12 (Vijayapur to Sankeshwar) and SH 78 (Ichalakaranji to Hattargi).

State Highway 12 has been declared as the National Highway which goes from Sankeshwar to Vijayapur via Gotur-Chikodi-Kagawad-Athani-Tikota.

NWKRTC runs buses from Chikkodi to all corners of Karnataka as well as neighboring states. Rajahamsa and A/C Sleeper coach services to Bengaluru daily.

There are many prominent private bus services like VRL, SRS, Manish, Shyamala and SEABIRD Travels from Chikkodi to Bengaluru daily night. Ganesh and Sugama Tourist which operates daily night from Chikkodi to Kundapur, Udupi, Moodabidre and Mangalore.

Rail

The closest railway station is Chikkodi Road Station located at a distance of about 20 km (near Kabbur). This station falls under South Western Railway Zone.

Air

The closest airports are Belagavi Airport and Kolhapur Airport located at a distance of about 70 km and 60 km respectively. And nearest international airport is Dabolin International Airport, Goa which located at the distance of 193 km.

See also

References

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Chikodi
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.

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