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Atul is an industrial village developed by the company Atul Ltd, located in Valsad district of Gujarat, India. Although a small village, it has good educational and recreational facilities, banks, temples, post office and a railway station.
As of the 2001 India census, Atul has a population of 5352. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Atul has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 55% of the males and 45% of females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. Atul, located on the bank of the river Par, derives its name from the Lalbhai Group owned Atul Limited.
Atul is located on Western Railway on Mumbai (Bombay)-Surat segment. It is 187 km from Mumbai Central. It is 76 km from Surat, 205 km from Vadodara (Baroda), 305 km from Ahmedabad. While coming from Mumbai, it is the previous station before Valsad.
The nearest airports are Mumbai on south (200 km) and Surat (around 80 km) & Vadodara (around 215 km) on north.
Atul is located on National Highway no. 8.
Although Atul is a small village there are very good schools available in Atul and nearby areas. The main schools are as follows.
Atul Vidyalaya, founded in 1991 and sponsored by the Lalbhai Group of Industries, aims to create a centre for education, wherein each child is imparted knowledge that is contemporary and at the same time rooted firmly in our cultural heritage. This is an English medium school, up to 12th standard.The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), New Delhi. Students of 9 & 10 appear for the ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education). Students of 11 & 12 appear for the ISC (Indian School Certificate).
This is Gujarati medium, co-educational school, up to Class 12, following GSHEBoard curriculum. It is the first school in the town and one of the great schools. On 15 August 1948 (on 1st anniversary of Indian Independence) Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru (former Prime Minister of India) had given a speech from the podium of Kalyani School, Atul.
Vallabh Ashram School
One more school is located 2.5 km away from Atul. It is English medium school, up to 12th standard, following CBSE curriculum. It has hostel facilities for boys as well as girls. Its full name is 'M.G. M. Amin and V. N. Savani School'.
The village Atul was developed due to the company Atul Ltd which was established around 1950 here. Its chemical complex, located in Atul village, manufactures dyes, agrochemicals, polymers, armatics, bulk chemical, bulk drugs and intermediates. Its manufacturing facilities are divided into East site [original Atul Ltd, manufacturing Agrochemicals, bulk chemicals and dyes and housiung corporate office], West site [Original Atic Industries Ltd, manufacturing Dyes] North site, also called PP site [Original Cibatul Ltd, manufacturing Polymers and Pharmaceuticals] and South site.
Atul Ltd has very well developed colonies for residence of its employees in Atul Village. The colonies are named as Down Colony, Up Colony, Atic Colony, Suvidha Colony, GJK colony etc. Three Guest Houses belonging to Atul Ltd are also located in the residencial area.
Atul Ltd., a Lalbhai Group company, has acquired Polygrip, one of the leading rubber and polyurethane (PU) based adhesive brand, through one of its divisions, Polymers. The Atul Ltd. division manufactures and markets epoxies, adhesives and sealants under the brand LAPOX which now has access to rubber and PU based adhesives market through the Rs 10 crore acquisition on july 2010.
- "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.