Roha

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Roha
रोहे
taluka
Roha today.jpg
Roha is located in Maharashtra
Roha
Roha
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°27′15″N 73°06′53″E / 18.4543°N 73.1147°E / 18.4543; 73.1147Coordinates: 18°27′15″N 73°06′53″E / 18.4543°N 73.1147°E / 18.4543; 73.1147
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Raigad
Population
 • Total 140,000
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 402 109
Telephone code 02194
Vehicle registration MH-06
Nearest city nagothane, Kolad
Lok Sabha constituency Raigad
Vidhan Sabha constituency Shrivardhan
Climate Moderate (Köppen)
Roha in 1970s

Roha (English pronunciation: /ˈrə/) is a small town and a taluka in Raigad district, Maharashtra state, India, 120 km south-east of Mumbai. Many chemical industries have opened up their manufacturing bases here. Roha is located between the banks of the Kundalika River and the hills of Kalasgiri. It has a population of over 1,40,000.

Roha is connected to Mumbai by the Panvel harbour railway line and to Karjat by the Panvel-Karjat line. Roha is the starting point of the northern end of the Konkan Railway, whereas Kankanadi near Mangalore is at the southernmost point. Roha is off of the Mumbai Goa Highway, via the Kolad road.

Roha is the terminal of the Central Railway.

Roha Railway Station

Roha may soon see the largest collection of scientists working under a single roof. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to set up and allow the Mahindra and Mahindra group to build state-of-the-art research & innovation park which will house 25,000 scientists in a sprawling 5,000 acre complex.

The innovation park is projected to be completed in the next 10 years. The MMRDA is taking help from the Science and Technology Park, which is a part of Pune University, to facilitate the setting up of the park. It will house nearly 2,000 research centers of industries and government where more than 25,000 scientists from over 100 nationalities will do research.

Tourism[edit]

Roha is very well known for its Dhavir Temple.[1] Dhavir Maharaj is the prime deity of Roha. Every year the town celebrates Navaratri by holding a festival at the Dhavir Temple which ends on the tenth day - Dasra. On the following day of Dasra, a palkhi (sedan chair) carrying the statute of Dhavir Maharaj is taken through the town where it visits each house for the aarti. It is presumably, only after Durga, Kokatta, that the palkhi is given government salaami (21 gun salute) with full honours.

Hanuman Tekadi:- A beautiful temple of Lord Hanuman is built on the hill (Tekadi) from where full Roha city can be seen.The road to top is a popular place with the residents for morning and evening walks.Panoramic views of Roha as well as the sunset can be seen from here.

River[edit]

Kundalika Nadhi:- The Kundalika is a small river flowing from the Hills of Sahyadri to the Arabian Sea. This river originates at a small town called Bhira in the Indian State of Maharashtra, 150 km south east of Bombay (Mumbai). Roha is located on the banks of Kundalika. The river is gaining popularity in recent times due to the rafting opportunities it provides during certain months at Kolad, a place on the National Highway no 17, about 10 km from Roha.

Notable People[edit]

The very famous Sanskrit Master Sri Pandurang Vaijnath Shastri Athavale was born on 19 October 1920 in the village of Roha. He was an Indian philosopher, spiritual leader, social reformer and Hinduism reformist, who founded the Swadhyay Movement and the Swadhyay Parivar organization.

Another notable resident was C. D. Deshmukh, Governor of RBI (1943) and Union Finance Minister of India ( 1950−56 ) who spent his childhood in Roha .

Fort[edit]

Avchitgad:- The fort is situated near Roha. At the base of this fort is a village called Medha. The approximate height of this fort is 977 feet[1] It is a fairly easy trek through the jungle up to the fort which takes about an hour to climb. The great Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji is also believed to have reconstructed this fort. The work was carried out in a hurry and hence the name 'Avchit' (hurry) 'gad' (fort).

Industrial setup[edit]

Roha has a huge industrial setup. This area is a Chemical Industry Zone as declared by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which was set up in the 1970s is located at Dhatav. Roha Industrial Area has many industrial units. Majority of these are chemical process industries. The late '70s and early '80s saw a major influx of people related to the chemicals industry which gave a unique cosmopolitan nature to Roha which was till then only a farming and trading town. The recession of the early 2000s saw many units being closed down. However several Industries are still operating.

Some major Industries are:

• Albright & Wilson Chemicals India Ltd. • Kores India Ltd. • Anek Prayog Pvt. Ltd • Neelicon Food Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. • Anshul Speciality Molecules Ltd. • Pepsico India Holdings(P) Ltd. • Anthea Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. • Raptakos Brett & Co. Ltd. • BEC Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. • Rathi Dye Chem Ltd. • Calchem(I) Pvt. Ltd. • Roha Dye Chem Pvt. Ltd. • Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd. • Sadhana Nitro Chem Ltd. • Deepak Nitrite Ltd. • Sempertrans Nirlon Ltd. • Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Company Ltd. • Sudarshan Chemicals India Ltd. • Excel Industries Ltd. • Taskar Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. • FDC Ltd. • Unichem Laboratories Ltd. • Kisan Irrigation Ltd. • Iftex Oil & Chemicals Ltd.

Educational facilities[edit]

The major schools in the region are anjuman islam janjira high school, J M Rathi English School, Mehendale High School and K.E.S English Medium School . These schools have several alumni working all over the world.


Places of tourist interest

  • Dhavir Temple
  • Bande ali Temple - Roha
  • Kolad - 12 km (river rafting and adventure activities)
  • The Birla Temple, Salav - 36 km
  • Nandgaon and Kashid Beaches - 50 km
  • Alibaug Beaches of Kihim and Mandwa - 50 km
  • Murud Janjira Fort - 36 km
  • Pali Ashtavinayak Ganesh Mandir - 30 km

Climate[edit]

Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as tropical wet and dry (Aw).

Climate data for Roha
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.1
(84.4)
29.6
(85.3)
31.2
(88.2)
32.5
(90.5)
33.1
(91.6)
31.4
(88.5)
29.4
(84.9)
29
(84)
29.7
(85.5)
31.6
(88.9)
31.7
(89.1)
30.4
(86.7)
30.73
(87.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.8
(74.8)
24.3
(75.7)
26.5
(79.7)
28.6
(83.5)
29.8
(85.6)
28.6
(83.5)
27.2
(81)
26.8
(80.2)
27
(81)
27.7
(81.9)
26.5
(79.7)
24.9
(76.8)
26.81
(80.28)
Average low °C (°F) 18.6
(65.5)
19.1
(66.4)
21.8
(71.2)
24.7
(76.5)
26.5
(79.7)
25.9
(78.6)
25.1
(77.2)
24.7
(76.5)
24.3
(75.7)
23.8
(74.8)
21.4
(70.5)
19.4
(66.9)
22.94
(73.29)
Precipitation mm (inches) 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.08)
24
(0.94)
687
(27.05)
1,364
(53.7)
889
(35)
398
(15.67)
113
(4.45)
14
(0.55)
1
(0.04)
3,492
(137.48)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 9m)[2]

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