Sikka, India

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Sikka
town
Sikka is located in Gujarat
Sikka
Sikka
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°25′28″N 69°50′31″E / 22.424430°N 69.84201595°E / 22.424430; 69.84201595Coordinates: 22°25′28″N 69°50′31″E / 22.424430°N 69.84201595°E / 22.424430; 69.84201595
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Jamnagar
Population (2011)
 • Total 20,000
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Sikka is a census town in Jamnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Sikka is a coastal town in Jamnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Sikka had a population of 20,000. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Sikka has an average literacy rate of 44%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 54%, and female literacy is 34%. In Sikka, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Most residents are of Gujarat and speak Gujarati and Kachhi language. Kachchi language is written in the Gujarati script but is not mutually intelligible with Gujarati. Major communities include Muslim Waghers, Ahirs(Yadav), Patels, Rajputs, Rajgor Brahmins, Mers, Lohanas etc.

Sikka is also a home to the traditional sailing vessel industry (also referred to as Indian dhows) where one can see wooden cargo vessels dry docked, repaired and newly constructed at the sikka creek also locally called as Hoda Nar or tawai bunder. In the recent past a full fledged sailing vessel industry flourished here and was the main source of income for this village.

One of the main occupations of the people living in this coastal town is seafaring.

Reliance Industries Limited is operating one of the largest grass root refineries in the world here. This plant covers an area of approximately 25 square kilometers.

Culture[edit]

A coastal port, mainly inhabited by fishermen, became a town when it housed a cement factory in the 1960s. Digvijay Cement Company (also known as DCC) was set up, and Sikka became one of the prominent towns of the district. The factory brought along a railway connectivity and modernization of the port. People from nearby villages started moving to Sikka in search of a new world and started settling there, as years passed. Gujarat government also set up a thermal power plant here, due to its railway connectivity and a ready-made port. Reliance Industries houses its crude storage unit in the outskirts of Sikka; these storage units are clearly visible when the town is looked at, in Google Maps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.