Sompeta

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Sompeta
సోంపేట
city
Sompeta is located in Andhra Pradesh
Sompeta
Sompeta
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 18°56′N 84°36′E / 18.93°N 84.6°E / 18.93; 84.6Coordinates: 18°56′N 84°36′E / 18.93°N 84.6°E / 18.93; 84.6
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Srikakulam
Government
 • MLA Ashok Bendalam
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 36,000
Languages
 • Official Telugu[తెలుగు]
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 532284
Telephone code +91, 08947

Sompeta is a census town and Mandal headquarters in Srikakulam district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Geography[edit]

Sompeta is located at 18°56′N 84°36′E / 18.93°N 84.6°E / 18.93; 84.6.[1] It has an average elevation of 8 metres (26 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Sompeta had a population of 36000. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Sompeta has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 72%, and female literacy is 54%. In Sompeta, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Features[edit]

  • Sompeta is trading center of coconut coir and even exports coir to other states.
  • Arogyavaram Eye Hospital, Premier eye hospital of the Srikakulam district is established in 1939. It is highly Sophisticated and fully equipped. Efficient team of doctors perform around 5000 cataract surgeries. It is supported by Operation Eyesight Universal of Canada, which owes its birth to this hospital. This hospital is the referral centre for eye care in a radius of 200 kilometres.
  • Community Health Centre of Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad with 30 in-patients is located here.[3]
  • There are Sr.Civil Judge and Jr.Civil Judge Courts
  • There is a post office in Sompeta
  • Sompeta has got 3 movie theatres namely Siva picture palace,Thriumala picture palace and Srinivasa mahal.
  • It has several kalyana mandapas namely kalingavysyas chowtry, sailaja mandapam, Devanga Kalyana mandapam (Chowdeswari Kalyana Mandapam) and TTD.

Politics[edit]

Sompeta is an Assembly Constituency in Andhra Pradesh. However, Sompeta Assembly Constituency ceases to exist as an assembly constituency as per the delimitation process [4] recently carried out. Part of the constituency includes Sompeta mandal will be part of Ichchapuram Assembly Constituency. The other part makes into the newly formed Palasa Assembly Constituency. Smt. Chitrada Nagaratnam is Sarpanch of the Town. Chitrada Srinivasa Rao would be Elected as MPP of Sompeta.

Protests against power plant[edit]

On July 14, 2010, two farmers were killed by the police as the villagers agitated against the proposed thermal power plant by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) in Beela of Sompeta mandal. The proposed power plant of NCC occupies 1,500 acres (6.1 km2). While the government allotted 900 acres (3.6 km2) of wet land claiming it to be "banjar" or wasteland, NCC had acquired another 600 acres (2.4 km2) by paying Rs.3 lakh per acre to the farmers. Sompeta is known for its wet lands, greenery and biodiversity. Farmers and fishermen of the area are protesting against the power plant as it will kill the biodiversity and destroy their livelihood, polluting the area with ash from burning coal and damaging the water bodies.

Assembly constituency[edit]

List of elected members:

Sompeta Assembly candidates details :
Year Winner Candidate Party Votes Runner Candidate Party Votes Margin(Majority)
2014 Ashok Bendalam TDP 86815

[5]

Revenue villages and Panchayats[edit]

There are 23 village panchayats in Sompeta mandal.[7]

  • Baruva (village and panchayat)
  • Batupuram (village and panchayat)
  • Benkili (village and panchayat)
  • Besi Ramachandrapuram (village and panchayat)
  • Bushabhadra (village and panchayat)
  • Gollagandi (village and panchayat)
  • Gollavoru (village and panchayat)
  • Iskala Palem (village and panchayat)
  • Kartali Palem (village and panchayat)
  • Korlam (village and panchayat)
  • Manikyapuram (village and panchayat)
  • Mamidipalli (village and panchayat)
  • Palasapuram (village and panchayat)
  • Palavalasa (village and panchayat)
  • Potrakonda (village and panchayat)
  • Rushikudda (village and panchayat)
  • Sirimamidi (village and panchayat)-
  • Sompeta (Urban, panchayat and mandal headquarters)
  • Sunkidi (village and panchayat)
  • Tallabadra (village and panchayat)
  • Turakasasanam (village and panchayat)
  • Uppalam (village and panchayat)
  • Zinkibhadra (village and panchayat)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Is Sompeta, Samapa of Asoka's Kalinga?[1]
  • Google Earth Map of Sompeta.[2]
  • Villages in Sompeta Mandal.[3]
  • Sompeta powerplant at what cost? [4]
  • Help the people of Sompeta in defending their land. Please sign the petition [5]