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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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Nedumbassery (Malayalam: നെടുമ്പാശ്ശേരി) is a suburb of the city of Kochi situated 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of the city and 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Thrissur in Kerala, India. The town lies between the two municipalities of Aluva and Angamaly in the Greater Cochin region. It has a population of 28,607 as on 2001, with a sex-ratio of 1012 females to 1000 males. There are 6721 households in the village.
The Cochin International Airport is located in Nedumbassery. A small hamlet of considerable natural beauty and home to very hospitable and courteous people, this village is endowed with enough water resources to meet the demands of its increasing populace. The zeal with which the local authorities tend to water bodies in the area helped to eliminate water shortages even during acute summers.
Legend says Nedumbassery is named after a poor heart broken backward caste man called Nedumban Pulayan who arrived there as a refuge and the local chieftain gave him vast land as a gift out of sympathy. Ever since, the land is known after him as Nedumbassery. This legend, though is not borne out by any direct proof.
Recently there has been immense demand for the land in and around Nedumbassery and the property prices have been shooting upwards. There has also been a proposal for a railway station at Nedumbassery. The traditional land owners have sold many of their lands to new buyers with the arrival of the new airport, at very high prices.
Nedumbassery is also the home town of famous Jacobite Syrian Bishop late 'Gevargis Mor Gregorios,BA,LT of Vayaliparambil pynadath family(1899–1966), a leader,agriculturist and an educationalist who managed a High school to an Engineering college (1960's) and started a silent educational revolution in India as early as 1939 in pre-independent British India.HG.Mor Gregorios Vayaliparambil was the first Chairman of Mor Athanasious College Association,Kothamangalam.
An English High school was built in 1939 by Jacobite Syrian Bishop H.E. Mor Gregorios Vayaliparambil (also the first chairman of Mor Athanasious College Association, Kothamangalam)and was known as 'Mor Athanasious High School'. This school provided education to all people in the nearby areas including Angamali. The school has been a major source of education to all classes of people and has produced many IAS officers and top bureaucrats for India.
On the way to Cochin International airport is the Mor Sabor and Afroth Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral built in 825 AD and named after two Syrian Orthodox bishops who arrived India in 825 AD, Mor Sabor and Mor Afroth. All the Patriarch's of Antioch who visited India have visited this ancient cathedral in Nedumbassery starting with HH.Patriarch Ignatious Peter IV of Antioch in 1876. Malankara Metropolitan Bishop St.Athanasius Paulose Pynadath(1918–53) of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church frequently visited Mor Sabor and Mor Afroth Jacobite Church in Nedumbassery as it was his home parish.This church was an important decision making centre of Jacobite Syrian Church of India as all Indian bishops and middle East bishops routinely visited here.
There was a manufacturing unit built using Japanese collaboration functioning here for very few years at end of 1960s called 'Toshiba Anand' which was locked out. A state-owned heavy agro machinery industry called 'KAMCO' (Kerala Agro Machinery Corporation Ltd) is also functioning here. The Japanese delegation of agricultural scientist had conducted study of paddy cultivation in Nedumbassery in a joint venture with Government of India in 1960s. Nedumbassery is well known for rice cultivation and huge paddy fields.
There is a Panchayat office and post office at Kariyad in Nedumbassery.
Nedumbassery or Kochi/Cochin International Airport
Cochin International Airport is the first airport in India with private participation. It is known as CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited) which is a public limited company. This is one of the busiest airports in the country and the largest and most preferred for visiting Kerala State or Kochi/Cochin. The entire airport was built by filling vast paddy fields with special government permission.
A new approach road has been built exclusively from the National Highway to the airport and new hotels have come up on the sides on the new road with a bridge above the railway underpass. Most of the land are paddy fields which are not permitted for any development.The paddy fields of Nedumbassery were very famous once and the paddy cultivation of Nedumbassery were selected for study by Government of India for the Japanese delegation who conducted study of paddy cultivation at Nedumbassery in 1960s.The Japanese agricultural scientist recorded in detail the cultivation techniques of the people in Nedumbassery for their research.
1) From Antioch to Athani(Nedumbassery)published by New Indian Express,India
2) Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery,Kerala,India http://www.cochin-airport.in
3) St. George's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church,Nedumbassery,Kerala,India
4) Biography of Bishop Mor Gregorius Vayaliparambil published by Syriac Orthodox Resources,USA