Gajuwaka

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Gajuwaka
గాజువాక
Neighbourhood
Areal view of Gajuwaka area
Areal view of Gajuwaka area
Gajuwaka is located in Andhra Pradesh
Gajuwaka
Gajuwaka
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 17°42′00″N 83°13′00″E / 17.7°N 83.2167°E / 17.7; 83.2167Coordinates: 17°42′00″N 83°13′00″E / 17.7°N 83.2167°E / 17.7; 83.2167
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Visakhapatnam
Government
 • Body Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation
Population (2011)
 • Total 400,000
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 530026
Vehicle registration AP 31 and AP 33

Gajuwaka is an area lying approximately 15 km to the south of Visakhapatnam City in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Since most of the heavy industries established in Visakhapatnam, like HPCL and Vizag Steel, lie in close proximity of Gajuwaka, its growth has mirrored that of Visakhapatnam. On November 21, 2005, the Gajuwaka Municipal Corporation was merged into the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC).[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Gajuwaka is derived from the words "Gaja" (elephant) and "Vaka" (pond).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Gajuwaka had a population of 259,944. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Gajuwaka has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 63%. In Gajuwaka, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Commerce[edit]

Growing into a factory town, since the 1990s it has seen a rapid increase in commercial establishments like shopping malls, and cinema theatres. It is the focal point for commerce for most villages and suburbs to its south, not counting its own population.

Cinema theaters: Kanya, Srikanya, Srikanya Heaven, Mohini, Mini Mohini, Mohini 35mm, Lakshmi, Lakshmi Kanth, Visesh.

Transport[edit]

Gajuwaka is an important transit point on the NH-5. A large majority of buses going south of Visakhapatnam stop here. Apart from that several city buses start/end at the Gajuwaka bus depot. Easy access to railways is provided by Duvvada railway station as well as Visakhapatnam Junction. The Visakhapatnam Airport is a few kilometers away, via NH-5.

Khaziranga Express at Duvvada

Politics[edit]

Gajuwaka constituency was formed in the year 2009. Earlier it was under the Pendurthi constituency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gvmc.gov.in/about/gvmc latest/about.html
  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.