Pattukkottai

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Pattukkottai
Town
Pattukkottai is located in Tamil Nadu
Pattukkottai
Pattukkottai
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°26′N 79°19′E / 10.43°N 79.32°E / 10.43; 79.32Coordinates: 10°26′N 79°19′E / 10.43°N 79.32°E / 10.43; 79.32
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Thanjavur
Headquarters Thanjavur
Government
 • Municipal Chairperson Mr.Jawaharbabu
Area
 • Total 21.83 km2 (8.43 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 73,135
 • Density 3,400/km2 (8,700/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 614601, 614602
Telephone code 91 4373
Vehicle registration TN 49
Sex ratio 1003 /
Website municipality.tn.gov.in/pattukkottai/

Pattukkottai is a town in Thanjavur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town came to prominence after the construction of the fort by Vanaji Pandithar, a feudatory of the Thanjavur Maratha ruler Shahuji I in 1686–87. The recorded history of Pattukkottai is known from the 17th century and has been ruled, at different times, by the Thanjavur Marathas and the British. It is the headquarters of the Pattukkottai taluk of Thanjavur district and is one of the three municipalities in the district.

Pattukkottai comes under the Pattukkottai assembly constituency which elects a member to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly once every five years and it is a part of the Thanjavur (Lok Sabha constituency) which elects its Member of Parliament (MP) once in five years. The town is administered by the Pattukkottai municipality, which covers an area of 21.83 km2 (8.43 sq mi). As of 2011, the town had a population of 73,135. The town is a part of the fertile Cauvery delta region, but fishery the major occupations. Roadways are the major mode of transportation to Pattukkottai and the nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 135 km (84 mi) away from the town.

History[edit]

According to an inscription, the fortress of Pattukkottai was constructed by Vanaji Pandithar, a feudatory of the Thanjavur Maratha ruler Shahuji I in 1686–87.[1] Pattukkottai was ruled by the Thanjavur Marathas till 1799, when it was annexed by the British East India Company. It became a part of Tanjore district in 1801.

Having a population of 7,603 in 1901, Pattukkottai experienced a population splurge between 1941 and 1981, when its population quadrupled. Sri Puradhana Vaneswarar temple is the most important Hindu temple in Pattukkottai and is of considerable antiquity.[2]

Geography[edit]

Pattukkottai 10°26′N 79°19′E / 10.43°N 79.32°E / 10.43; 79.32[3] is located along the southeast coast of India in the East-central region of Tamil Nadu. Pattukkottai Municipality covers an area of 21.83 km2., and has an average elevation of 5  meters (16  feet). Pattukkottai is 48 km from the city of Thanjavur. The coast of the Bay of Bengal is just 12  km away, with Manora fort 15  km away from this town.

Pattukkottai lies on an extremely dry, rugged plateau.[4][5] The Pattukkottai division is the only division of Thanjavur district which is not watered either by the Kaveri River or any of its tributaries.[4] Pattukkottai comes under the "As" region of the Köppen climate classification, as it is situated in Tropical region and receive its maximum rainfall during the winter months from October, November and December. Due to its geographical position, Pattukkottai experiences Hot and Humid climate and there is no extreme variation in seasonal temperature. As it is nearer to equator, the summer season starts from April and extends till early June. This period observes the hottest part of the year, locally known as "Agni Nakshatram" or "Khatri".[6]

Demographics[edit]

According to 2011 census, Pattukkottai had a population of 73,135 with a sex-ratio of 1,010 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[9] A total of 7,019 were under the age of six, constituting 3,630 males and 3,389 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 5.86% and .8% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 80.68%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[9] The town had a total of 18437 households. There were a total of 25,908 workers, comprising 623 cultivators, 2,044 main agricultural labourers, 697 in house hold industries, 19,653 other workers, 2,891 marginal workers, 118 marginal cultivators, 534 marginal agricultural labourers, 172 marginal workers in household industries and 2,067 other marginal workers.[8]

Tamil is the official language and is predominantly spoken. The most commonly used dialects is the Central Tamil dialect.[10] English is widely understood in the town area.

Administration[edit]

Municipality Officials
Chairman R. Jawahar Babu[11]
Commissioner S. Ramalingam[12]
vice chairman T. Barathidasan[13]
Elected Members
Member of Legislative Assembly N.R. Rangarajan[14]
Member of Parliament S.S. Palanimanickam[15]

The municipality of Pattukkottai was constituted on April 1, 1965 covering an area of 21.83 sq. kilometres.[16][17] Pattukkottai was upgraded to a second-grade municipality on April 1, 1975 and a first-grade municipality on April 7, 1984.[16] Presently, it is a selection-grade municipality and consists of 33 wards.[16][17] The municipality is sub-divided into five revenue villages – Nadiyambal Puram, Kailasanathapuram, Maharajasamudram, Rengojiyappa Thottam and Pappaveli Palayamkottai.[16]

Pattukkottai is a MLA[18] constituency and has been a part of the Thanjavur parliamentary constituency from 2009.[19] Prior to that, it fell within the Pudukkottai constituency.[20] As per the latest draft electoral rolls released by the election commission, the Pattukottai assembly segment comprises 1,77,798 voters (85,476 male and 83,902 female).[21] Besides Pattukkottai Municipality, the Assembly segment includes Madukkur Town Panchayat, Adirampattinam Town Panchayat and a number of villages.[22]

Pattukkottai is a part of the Thanjavur Lok Sabha constituency and elects a member to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, once every five years.[15] The Lok Sabha seat has been held by the Indian National Congress for Seven terms during 1951–56,[23] 1957–62,[24] 1962–1967,[25] 1980–84, 1984–1989,[26] 1989–91[27] and 1991–96,[28] Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for Seven terms during 1967–71,[29] 1971–77,[30] 1996–98, 1998–99,[31] 1999-04,[32] 2004–09[33] and 2009–present[34] and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for one term during 1977–80.[35] R. Venkataraman, who served as the President of India from 1987 to 1992, was elected from the Thanjavur Lok Sabha constituency in the 1951 elections.[23]

Economy[edit]

In British times, brass vessels, cotton cloths and mats were the main manufactures of Pattukkottai. In 1951, anthropologist Kathleen Gough notes that Pattukkottai had the largest portion of zamindari[36] and inam lands in Thanjavur district.[37]

Agriculture, using water from the Kaveri River for irrigation, is the mainstay of the area, though the town hosts a number of other businesses. Paddy and Coconut are the major crops. Pattukkottai was declared a "coir cluster" in September 2007 in order to promote traditional coir-based industries.[38]

In Tamil Nadu after Pollachi, coconut cultivation has been extensively done in Pattukkottai surroundings on 30,000 hectares. Pattukottai has been declared a Coir Cluster under a Central scheme called "Scheme Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries" (SFURT). A coconut complex at Ponnvarayankottai near Pattukottai is to be constructed at a cost of Rs.4 crore which will have sections for trading, grading coconuts and separating copra, drying yard, shops for traders, restrooms, information centre and parking lots. It would be expanded in future depending upon the needs of farmers.[39] There are also demands to set up industries to promote Coir-related products with value addition.

Utility services[edit]

Electricity supply to Pattukottai is regulated and distributed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB). The city along with its suburbs is a part of Trichy Electricity Distribution Circle.[40] Water supply is handled by the municipality and the town gets an average of 7.65 million litres of water everyday from the Sathankadu head works pumped from 3 pumping stations.[41] Pattukkottai has a total of 63 kilometres of metalled roads, 9.5 kilometres of cemented roads and 0,1 kilometre of unsurfaced roads.[17] The municipality maintains 5 parks, 5 shopping complexes and a daily market.[17]

Solid waste are collected from Pattukottai every day by door-to-door collection and subsequently the source segregation and dumping is carried out by the sanitary department of the Pattukottai municipality. The coverage of solid waste management had an efficiency of 100% as of 2001.[42] The is no underground drainage system in the town and the current sewerage system for disposal of sullage is through septic tanks, open drains and public conveniences.[43]

There is one government hospital, 24 private hospitals and a lot of practising doctors in Pattukottai who take care of the health care needs of the citizens.[44] There are a total of 2,883 street lamps: 448 sodium lamps, 2,432 tube lights and three high mast beam lamps.[45] The municipality operates one markets, namely the Alagiri Daily Market, while there is a private market by name V.N.S.Market.[46] Pattukottai comes under the Thanjavur Telecom circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's state-owned telecom and internet services provider. Apart from telecom, BSNL also provides broadband internet service.[47]

Education and transport[edit]

Pattukkottai has a total of 21 primary and secondary schools and a polytechnic college.[48] There are two arts colleges – Meenakshi Chandrasekharan College and Enathi Rajappa College on the outskirts of Pattukkottai.[48]

Pattukkottai is well-connected by road and rail with the rest of Tamil Nadu. There are regular buses to Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam, Thiruthuraipoondi, Mannargudi, Pudukkottai, Aranthangi, Tiruvannamalai and Karaikudi.[49] Pattukkottai forms a part of the division no. 1 of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation which is headquartered at Kumbakonam.[50] The town has 2 bus depots for inter-city bus services.[51] Pattukkottai comes under Tiruchirappalli Railway Division of the Southern Railway.[52]

All Tamil Dailies like Dinathanthi, Dinamani, Dinamalar, Dinakaran, Kalaikadhir and English dailies such as The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Business Line and Deccan Chronicle are available in Pattukkottai. LPT – 54,100 W Range 15 km Transmitter of Doordarshan Kendra Chennai has been installed in Pattukkottai.[53] Among Radio channels, All India Radio's Tiruchirapalli AM station and FM channels like Kodai Rainbow FM and FM channels of Tiruchirapalli and Karaikal are popular.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, Vol 20, p 76
  2. ^ "Sri Puradhana Vaneswarar temple". Dinamalar. 
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Pattukkottai
  4. ^ a b Imperial Gazetteer of India, Vol 20, p 75
  5. ^ Gough, p 5
  6. ^ "Maximum Temperatures at different parts of Tamil Nadu". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2005-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Population Growth of Pattukkottai". 
  8. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Pattukkottai". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Bernard Comrie (1987). The World's major languages. Oxford University. p. 730. ISBN 0195205219, ISBN 978-0-19-520521-3. 
  11. ^ "Chairman of Pattukottai". Pattukottai Municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  12. ^ "Commissioner of Pattukottai". Pattukottai Municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Vice Chairman or Pattukottai". Pattukottai Municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  14. ^ "MLA of Pattukottai". Government of Tamil Nadu. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  15. ^ a b "General Elections to Lok Sabha, 2009, name and address of the elected members of parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu". Government of Tamil Nadu. 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  16. ^ a b c d "About Municipality". Pudukkottai Municipality. 
  17. ^ a b c d "General Information". Pudukkottai Municipality. 
  18. ^ "List of TN Assembly constituencies". Assembly.tn.gov.in. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  19. ^ "List of the new TN MLA & MP seats and their constituents". 
  20. ^ "The Old Pudukottai MP constituency and its constituents". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2004-05-06. 
  21. ^ "Latest Draft electoral rolls for Pattukkottai". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2010-10-25. 
  22. ^ "Pattukkottai Assembly Constituency and its extent". 
  23. ^ a b "Key highlights of the general elections 1952 to the First Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 158. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  24. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1957 to the Second Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 17. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  25. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1962 to the Third Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 49. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  26. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1984 to the Eighth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 73. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  27. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1989 to the Ninth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 81. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  28. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1991 to the Tenth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 51. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  29. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1967 to the Fourth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 67. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  30. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1971 to the Fifth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 71. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  31. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1998 to the Twelfth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 85. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  32. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1999 to the Thirteenth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 85. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  33. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 2004 to the Fourteenth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 94. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  34. ^ Notification No. 308/2009/EPS (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 36. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  35. ^ "Key highlights of the general elections 1977 to the Sixth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 80. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  36. ^ Gough, p 41
  37. ^ Gough, p 40
  38. ^ "Pattukottai declared a ‘coir cluster’". The Hindu Business Line. September 10, 2007. 
  39. ^ "New Coconut Complex at Pattukottai". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2011-02-28. 
  40. ^ "Important Address" (PDF). Indian Wind Power Association. 2011. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  41. ^ "Water Supply". Pudukkottai Municipality. 
  42. ^ "Waste management programme". Pattukottai Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  43. ^ "Pattukottai sewarage". Pattukottai municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  44. ^ "Pattukottai hospitals". Pattukottai municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  45. ^ "Pattukottai street lights". Pattukottai Municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  46. ^ "Pattukottai markets". Pattukottai Municipality, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  47. ^ "State of Rural wireline broadband". Tamil Nadu: BSNL, Tamil Nadu Circle. 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  48. ^ a b "Schools and Colleges". Pudukkottai Municipality. 
  49. ^ "Bus Routes". Pattukkottai municipality. 
  50. ^ "Tamil Nadu State Transportation Corporation (Kumbakonam) Limited – Manual of Information". Government of Tamil Nadu. 
  51. ^ "Bus Stand". Pattukkottai Municipality. 
  52. ^ "Tiruchirappalli Division". Indian Railways. 
  53. ^ "Doordarshan Transmitter installed in Pattukkottai". 

References[edit]

  • Kathleen Gough (1981). Rural Society in Southeast India. Cambridge University Press.