Alipore, Navsari

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Alipore
Alipur
city
Alipore is located in Gujarat
Alipore
Alipore
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 20°47′28″N 73°03′55″E / 20.79111°N 73.06528°E / 20.79111; 73.06528Coordinates: 20°47′28″N 73°03′55″E / 20.79111°N 73.06528°E / 20.79111; 73.06528
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Navsari
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 396409
Telephone code 02634-xxxxxx
Vehicle registration GJ-21-xxxx
Nearest city Surat
Sex ratio 1.004 /
Literacy 70%%
Climate Tropical wet and dry (Köppen)
Avg. summer temperature 42 °C (108 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 12 °C (54 °F)

Alipore (pronounced Aalipore) is a village near Chikhli, Bilimora in the state of Gujarat in western India. The village is on the Indian National Highway 8, which leads to areas such as Ahwa via Waghai and Vansda, and to the hill station of Saputara.

The population is mainly Muslim, with Hindus forming the majority of the rest. The main language spoken in Alipore is Gujarati, whilst English and Hindi can be understood by most.

GENERAL

Alipore is a village in Chikhli Taluka of Navsari District in the state of Gujarat, India. It is approximately 236 km from Mumbai, 25 km from Navsari, and 55 km from Surat. It is well connected to nearby towns by National Highway no 8.

Alipore was once well known for producing a handcrafted local cloth call Khadi, which was later replaced by electric hand looms producing fine cotton cloth.

The village has a few stone quarries supplying mine stone for construction and road works. Alipore has a big dairy plant called Vasudhara Dairy run by the milk co-operative of the Valsad and Navsari districts.

Landmarks[edit]

Alipore has some wonderful landmarks. There are at least five Mosques (for the Muslims), a Mandir (for the Hindus), a well equipped General Hospital, two Islamic learning centres i.e. Darul uloom and a High School. ALIPORE SOCIAL WELFARE TRUST's ALIPORE HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTRE serves biggest hospital for nearby villages.

Vasudhara Dairy (Valsad District's Milk Producers Union Ltd) is a dairy cooperative in India, headquartered in Alipore, approx 3 km from Chikhli. It produces and markets milk and ghee (clarified butter) for the local market under the Amul brand name. Its current capacity is 4 lakh litres per day.

LANDMARKS

There are at least five Mosques, a Mandir, a Full Fledged Hospital. two Islamic learning centers i.e. Darul Uloom, Bank, Post Office and a Primary and Secondary High School.

MASJIDS

There are five masjids in Alipore. The Jumma Masjid, which has recently been totally renovated, dates back to several hundred years. The other area masjids in Alipore include the Laher Mohalla Masjid, Gajaria Masjid, Khambia Masjid and one which is located on the outskirts of the village (Pardar).

DARUL-ULOOM

There are two Darul-Uloom in Alipore. The Hidayatul Islam Darul Uloom is in the heart of the village. It was established about 50 years ago. The other Darul Uloom is in Khambia. Both provide Aalim courses and Hifz classes.

EIDGARH

There is an Eidgarh facility in Alipore. This is an open area used for Eid salaah. People from surrounding villages perform the Eid namaaz at this Eidgarh.

HOSPITAL

Alipore has a General Hospital which is located ideally on the National Highway. It was established on 4th June 2001. This hospital provides facilities for ICCU, Trauma Care, 24 Hrs Emergency, General Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology & Dialysis, Surgery, Orthopaedic, Dental care, Maternity, Paediatrics, Dermatology, Ear Nose & Throat (ENT), Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Colonoscopy, Pathology, USG Ultrasound Sonography, Radiology, Gastrology, Laparoscopy and Arthroscopy and 24 Hr C T SCAN services. The Alipore Hospital is run by the Alipore Welfare Trust.

Hospital Campus also has a Prayer Hall, Nursing and Paramedical Institute, Canteen, Chemist and Morgue. The hospital is run by Alipore Social Welfare Trust with many welfare schemes. Hospital Campus has more than 150 Drs and Staffs. First Campus to have an Elevator and CCTV Cameras in Alipore.

BANKS AND POST OFFICES

There is a post office together with a bank in Alipore namely the Bank of Baroda. They attend to the financial matters for the people of Alipore.

EDUCATION FACILITIES

The village presently has one primary school and a secondary school named K and B High school. The High school has an enrolment of about 885 learners.

WATERWORKS

Alipore has two main water works. One is situated in the centre of the village and the other in the Karolia Maholla. There is a further water purification plant using advanced filtration technique, which supplies clean water for both drinking and domestic use to every household in the village.

CEMETERIES

There are 3 cemeteries (kabrestans) in Alipore. The main kabrestan is situated in the outskirts of Alipore adjoining the Vasudhara Dairy. The other 2 are smaller kabrestans and are used only occasionally.

QUARRIES

The stone quarries in Alipore supply material for construction and road works.

VASUDHARA DAIRY

Alipore has a big dairy plant called Vasudhara Dairy. It is run by the milk-co-operative society Valsad and Navsari districts. It employs more than 1000 people. It collects milk from the surrounding villages. The dairy produces over 300 000 litres of milk per day which is packaged in cartons. It also produces ice cream, butter and other dairy products.

It has branches (ice cream manufacturing plants) at Nagpur and Boisar. Amul Ice Cream produced here is marketed to Mumbai and Maharashtra markets.

Alipore has good road system with access to a major highway in India. National Highway 8 passes from Alipore. There is a clean running supply of water to almost every household in the village. Public transport around the village is via buses and trains. There are also taxis and rickshaws to take one around the village. Bilimora is nearest railway station of western railway, and Bilimora-Waghai narrow rail passes through Alipore and has small station called Chikhli Road. The main bus station hub is in Chikhli which is about 4 km south on National Highway 8

The nearest international airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) in Mumbai, Surat Airport (Gujarati: સુરત વિમાનમથક) is a nearest domestic airport (IATA: STV, ICAO: VASU), located in Magdala, near Surat in the Western Indian state of Gujarat.

There are also shopping malls and restaurants nearby.

Source of Income[edit]

The village of Alipore has traditionally obtained income from farming, producing rice and sugar-cane as a main crop. There also farmed cotton, mangoes, daal and cattle etc.

There were some businessmen involved in the logging and timber industries.

Alipore was once well known for producing a handcrafted local cloth called Khādī. The demand for this type of cloth has in the more recent years withered, along with the skills.

The village has a few stone quarries supplying mine stone for construction and road works. Alipore has a dairy plant called Vasudhara Dairy. It collects milk from the surrounding villages to produce milk in cartons as well as other dairy products such as butter.

History[edit]

There was a religious person named Ali (Also known as Aalji) who migrated to this part of the world many centuries ago. His origin is not known but he is believed to be descendant from the prophet Muhammed (Sayyad). The land surrounding this village was barren and open and mostly uninhabited. He found lush green land here and decided to live on a high place. Gradually people began to gather at this place, which as yet had no name, to seek spiritual guidance.

Whenever people visited Ali's place they would say "Ali ne ta jawana" or "Ali wara gaam ma jaawana." The people of the surrounding villages spoke mostly Gujarati, hence they would say "Ali-por(gaam) jawaana".

As people surrounded the religious leader, the place where he had his small tent was converted into a prayer area and later became a mosque. That is how the present day Jumma Mosque came into existence.

With an increasing population of Vohra moving to this part of the world, they began to build their houses near to the mosque. This migration formed a new settlement and they called their village Alipore.

VILLAGE PANCHAYAT (LOCAL GOVERNING BODY)

The village Panchayat is an institution of local self-government, which acts as a means of expression between the local government and the public. It consists of a body of democratically elected members from respective wards, the leader of the council is known as “Sarpanch”.

SPORTS

The people of Alipore enjoy playing cricket. They have a senior cricket team which plays both locally and at district level. There are also several junior cricket clubs. Other sporting activities include volleyball and a fitness suite.

ROADS

Alipore has good road system with access to a major highway in India. The National Highway 8, which passes through the middle of Alipore connects Delhi to Mumbai. It has recently been developed and expanded with the addition of a third lane.

PUBLIC BUS TRANSPORT

Public bus transport connects Alipore to surrounding towns and cities. There are numerous taxis and rickshaws to take one around the village. There are also future plans for a new express highway, which will run parallel to Alipore.

RAILWAYS

Alipore presently have a narrow gauge train service which operates from Billimora to Wagai. It has a railway station called Chikhli Road Station. Future plans include replacing the narrow gauge with the broad gauge and will extend its routes through Saputara (a well-known holiday hill-top resort) to Nasik City.

Migration[edit]

Indian migration to other countries has occurred for several centuries. Indians are known to have migrated to South Africa as far back as over 150 years ago (i.e. from around 1860), entering on the eastern shores at Durban. Since the early 1880s, many Aliporians migrated to other countries in search of a better life. The first migrants went to South Africa to work on the sugar cane fields in Durban. Many of them moved northwards and settled in various parts of the province of Gauteng and which was previously called Transvaal, with Johannesburg being the preferred destination. In the 1950s, many people of Alipore migrated to the United Kingdom.

After the end of the first world war and during India's fight for independence. The people of Alipore, mainly young, looked for opportunities elsewhere. Some went to Mumbai to seek jobs, whilst others went to South Africa, working on the farms.

In the 1950s, during the economic boom in the UK some migrated to the UK to work in the mills in Batley (Yorkshire), Leicester, Blackburn(Lancashire), Birmingham, London and Bradford. Since then their descendants have formed part of their newly adopted countries.

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