Narasapuram, West Godavari

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Narasapuram
నరసాపురం
Port City
Sunrise at Valandhar revu near Narsapur
Sunrise at Valandhar revu near Narsapur
Narasapuram is located in Andhra Pradesh
Narasapuram
Narasapuram
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°26′N 81°41′E / 16.433°N 81.683°E / 16.433; 81.683Coordinates: 16°26′N 81°41′E / 16.433°N 81.683°E / 16.433; 81.683
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
Region Coastal Andhra
District West Godavari
Talukas Narsapur, West Godavari
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 5342XX
Telephone code 08814
Vehicle registration AP37

Narasapuram is a Port City and municipality in West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the one of the major towns on the bank of the Vasista Godavari river. It was also headquarters for Narasapuram Assembly Constituency of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Narasapuram Lok Sabha Constituency of the Indian Parliament.

Etymology[edit]

It was also known as "Nrusimhapuri" and "Abhinava Bhootapuri". Narasapuram was the general usage form of "Narasimhaa Puram", which indicates Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, a Hindu God. Famous temple town Antarvedi is very near to this town and this town named after the Lord of Antarvedi that is Narasimha Swamy.

Geography[edit]

All the way from Nasik to Narasapuram the Godavari River it ends and finally empties into Bay of Bengal called Anthervedi (Bangala Khaatham).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Narsapur had a population of 58, 508. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Narasapuram has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 71%. In Narsapur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Narsapur was famous for the Embarmannerswamy Kovel, Lutheran Church. The modern Christ Lutheran Church( built in 1929) is considered a landmark in the town.

Civic administration[edit]

Municipality

Narasapuram municipality was formed as a third grade municipality in the year 26 September 1956. Now it is Grade-I municipality. It has an area of about 11.32 km2. About 45.06 km roads were constructed in the entire Narasapuram town. Out of which, 23.197 km cement roads were laid. All the important roads are electrified in Narsapur town. In Narsapur town, there is 11 lakh gallons of drinking water consumption everyday. About 350 taps were constructed for the public availability. About 272 have been working in Narsapur municipality.

Economy[edit]

Crochet Lace Park by Govt Of India.

Narasapuram is famous for crochet lace products. The cluster has around 50 exporters who export to major world markets in USA, Europe and Japan. The cluster has around 2 lakh (20 thousand) women artisans doing the lace work. The cluster is located in and around Narsapur. The cluster specialises in lace work and products like doilies, furnishings, garments and tablemats, The foreign exchange generated by this sector is not less than 40 crores (US$ 9 Million) per annum,The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) today said it would set up an infrastructure project at Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh, to be known as International Lace Trade Centre (ILTC) to facilitate development and marketing of lace products.

Pan Godavari

Pan Godavari Lace Facilities is established under aegis of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles Government of India under Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS).[2] The Ministry of Textiles has launched the Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) to scale up the infrastructure and production chain of handicrafts clusters. The objective is to provide a fresh impetus to these long traditional heritage and cultural crafts.

Women artisans

Godavari Delta Women Lace Artisans society[3] is situated in Narasapuram, famous for lace making for more than 100 years. Most of the rural and semi urban women who belong to the poor communities make their livelihood by this profession.

Culture[edit]

The town is a blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. Narasapuram has a unique culture which has been influenced by the many communities that have made it their home. Narasapuram is quite a cosmopolitan town with people of various ethnic groups and faiths living in it. Predominantly Hindu, the town also has a large Christian population. The town was a major center for Lutheran missionary activity in the 18th century. It is famous for its lace handicraft industry. Many families from this town have greatly benefited from the lace industry.

Godavari Pushkaram is celebrated every 12 years in Narasapuram. Many people from the town and nearby villages plus people all the way from abroad and including foreigners take a holy dip in the Vasista River (also called the Vasista Godavari) during Godavari Pushkarams. It is a memorable event. SCR runs special trains to Narsapur from various locations during Godavari Pushkaram.

Tourist places[edit]

Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple[4] is among the places of faith and worship located in Narsapuram. Just about 3 km from Narsapur town is the Durga Laxmaneshwara Swamy temple, Perupalem Beach is situated 20 kilometers from Narasapur town, located in the West Godavari area of the Andhra Pradesh state. The shore is extremely popular for its picturesque delightfulness and the coastline that offers a pleasing view to the people visiting it. It's popular with the tourists for the many holiday attractions such as the temple of Lakshmi Narayana at Antarvadi located 3 km from the town.

Transport[edit]

Railways

Narsapur is the only Terminal station in district, The town is well connected to Hyderabad (Narsapur Express,introduced in the year 1979), Vishakapatnam (Simhadri link Express), Tirupati (Tirupati Express), Nagarsol (Express), Vijayawada (one Passenger),Visakhapatnam (one passenger), Rajamundry(two Passengers), Guntur(two Passengers), Nidadavolu (Passenger), Gudivada (Passenger) and Bhimavaram (Passenger) daily,New lines proposed by the state include Narsapur to Bapatla via Machilipatnam and Repalle and Narsapur to Kotipalli (E.G.Dt) the project of constructing bridges from Kakinada to Narsapur on three rivers is not yet completed. From Kotipalli to Narsapur around Rs.1,500 crore has been sanctioned for construction of three bridges. Another line is from Pithapuram to Kakinada mainline over a 21-km stretch with an estimated cost of Rs.220 crore for which Rs.100 crore has to be spent in this budget.[5] It is the terminal station in the Vijayawada  – Bhimavaram  – Narsapuram sections of Vijayawada railway division. The depot at Narsapuram undertakes primary maintenance and repairs of 08 express and 09 passenger trains.[6]

Roadways

APSRTC, the state owned public transport system operated its services to major cities and towns and even to smaller villages from Narsapur. There is a Bus depot at Narsapuram serving to nearby destinations. National Highway 214A starting at Narsapuram and terminating at NH 5 near Ongole which reduces the travel time on the coastal corridor between Kolkata  – Chennai route.

Sea Port

NARSAPUR PORT (proposed to be developed as minor Port), Fishing harbour and ONGC Jetty.

Industries/PSU[edit]

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India(ONGC)
  • Central Industrial Security Force(CISF)
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI)
  • PanGodavari

Educational institutions[edit]

Professional Educational Institituons

  • Inistitute of Fine arts and Crafts (Sanctioned in Budget 2014).
  • Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology (SCET) [7]
  • Swarnandhra Engineering College (SEC) (Formerly Vijetha engineering college)
  • Swarnandhra Institute of Engineering and Technology(SIET)
  • Sri Yerramilli Narayanamurthy College also known as Sri Y N College
  • BGBS Women's College
  • Harshavardhan vocational institution (director of intermediate edu) [8]

References[edit]

http://www.apports.in/in/content/view/47/66/