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Palace of Ichalkaranji इचलकरंजी राजवाडा
|Nickname(s): Manchester of Maharashtra|
|• Municipal President||Alaka Ashok Swami|
|• Total||29.84 km2 (11.52 sq mi)|
|Elevation||539 m (1,768 ft)|
|• Density||9,600/km2 (25,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Ichalkaranji City is known for its export of Textile goods and textile manufacturing industry. The Nearest Airport from Ichalkaranji is Pune, Maharashtra (250 km) and Belgaum, Karnataka (110 km) . Kolhapur Airport (35 km) is currently under construction. After construction, it will be the nearest airport. Ichalkaranji is in western India about 425 kilometres (264 mi) south-east of Mumbai.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and climate
- 3 Civic administration
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Business and economy
- 6 Spinning
- 7 People and culture
- 8 Cuisine
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Education and research
- 11 Media and communication
- 12 Transport
- 13 Notable people
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Ichalkaranji city was a Maratha Princely state situated on the banks of Panchganga River (Marathi: पंचगंगा नदी). It was ruled by the Brahmin Ghorpade dynasty for the last two centuries. The dynasty of Maratha rulers of Ichalkaranji has its origin in the middle of the seventeenth century. At that time, a poor Brahmin widow, by the surname of Joshi, from the coastal Konkan village of Mhapan, near Vengurla, in the present day Sindhudurg district, moved east over the mountainous Western ghats with her seven-year-old son, Naro Mahadeo, to the village of Kapshi.The Maratha general Santaji Ghorpade, hailed from that village. Naro Mahadeo early took a keen interest in the cavalry horses of the general, and one day persuaded a syce to allow him to ride a fiery war horse to the river to drink water. This stolen ride was observed by the alert Santaji, who roundly scolded the syce, but also began to take a deep interest in the prodigal boy, who rode so well without any formal a training.Benefited by the general's personal attention. Naro, in turn, served Santaji loyally and both developed affection for each other. Naro performed heroically and gallantly. As Naro Mahadeo proved his ability, he was promoted and later on was rewarded with tax collecting fiefs(Inams). Out of gratitude to his benefactor, Naro went on to change his surname from Joshi to Ghorpade, which to this day is the surname of the dynasty of rulers of Ichalkaranji.
Venkatrao, the son of Naro Mahadeo married Anubai, the youngest daughter of Balaji Vishwanath Bhat, who very soon became the Prime Minister, or Peshwa, of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. Because of this alliance with the Peshwa family, the rulers of Ichalkaranji came into more and more prominence. Venkatrao becoming a Sardar of Shahu Maharaj, and receiving additional Inams and grants from time to time because of his prowess and great ability as a general, fighting against the forces of Kolhapur and Portuguese from Goa.
As described by Horace George Franks in the book The Story of Ichalkaranji (1929), there were ups and downs. But it should be noted that the women of the House of Ichalkaranji rulers were always ready to defend and also advance the interests of Ichalkaranji with as much courage and shrewdness as the men. An outstanding example of this is Anubai, the wife of Venkatrao.
Narayanrao Babasaheb was the eighth ruler. He ascended the seat in the year 1892. His rule was marked with progressive measures in all departments of the administration. As a young man, he had a very well-rounded and advanced education, making it a point to select those subjects which would be of special benefit in the administrative affairs. In addition, he had traveled far and wide, visiting Java, Malay Peninsula, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Burma. He had also visited England and the Continent three times. He took a keen interest in the cultural as well as material and social welfare of his people. He patronized the study of art and Indian classical music, from basic to the advanced stages, also offering prizes in the art exhibitions at Pune and Mumbai. He established scholarships in several art colleges of Maharashtra and for students going abroad for their professional education. Shrimant Narayanrao Babasaheb was a patron of culture and an enlightened ruler. Narayanrao Babasaheb Ghorpade was responsible for developing the Ichalkaranji City into an industrial town. He was the main source of inspiration for the development of both the decentralized textile industry as well as the co-operative movement. He encouraged Vitthalrao Datar, a young entrepreneur of the town, to install a power loom in 1904.The foresighted ruler gave a royal patronage by extending financial assistance as well as free land to the weavers and other enterprising entrepreneurs. During his visit to Denmark and other western countries, the chief had access to the co-operative sector of these countries and was impressed with their success. On his return to India, he vowed to exercise this movement for the benefit of his subjects, to reform the microeconomics of the town for prosperity, growth and Self-sustainability of the society.
Geography and climate
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Ichalkaranji is located at  It has an average elevation of 538 metres (1768 ft)..
Ichalkaranji (Hatkanangale T.; 16° 40' N; 74° 25' E; p. 27,423; an 8.7 square miles), lies in the Panchganga valley about eighteen miles (29 km) east of Kolhapur and half a mile north of the river. It is six miles (10 km) south-east of Hatkanangale railway station. The town is formed of seven hamlets.
|City Area||29.84 km2|
|Total Length of roads in City||421.78 K.M.|
|Number of IMC Gardens||5|
|Number of IMC Cultural Centers||7|
|Air conditioned Drama Theatre||2|
|Number of IMC Vegetable Markets||3|
|Electrical Sub Station||5|
|Total Hospitals in IMC area||197|
|Number of IMC Swmming Pool||2|
|Wrestling ground with Stadium||1|
|IMC Yoga and Gymnasium Center||1|
|Number of IMC Bio-Medical West Centers||3|
|Number of IMC Slaughter House||1|
|Number of IMC Water storage reservoirs||9|
|Number of IMC water treatment plant||2|
|Total Number of IMC Buildings||75|
|Total numbers of Spinning Mills||11|
|Total number of Yarn Sizing Units||150|
|Number of High-Schools||57|
|Number of Colleges||13|
The civic administration of the city is managed by the Ichalkaranji Municipal Council, which was established as a municipality in 1904. The municipality oversees the engineering works, health, sanitation, water supply, administration and taxation in the city. It is headed by a Municipal President who is assisted by the municipal chief officer and council members. The city is divided into 65 wards and the council members (also known as councilors) are elected by the citizens of Ichalkaranji every five years. The council members, in turn, elect the Municipal President. The growth and expansion of the city are managed by the Ichalkaranji Municipal Council which is headed by a municipal chief officer. Its activities include developing new layouts and roads, town planning and land acquisition. The electrical supply to the city is managed by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MAHADISCOM).
The citizens of Ichalkaranji elect one representative, currently Mr. Suresh Halvankar, to the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha through the constituency of Ichalkaranji. The 21 letterboxes have been installed in the city by Mr. Halvankar on 18 July 2010 to communicate with the people of his constituency and address their grievances. He have been receiving numerous complaints and suggestions. Ichalkaranji city, being a part of the larger Ichalkaranji Lok Sabha constituency, also elects one member, currently Mr. Raju Shetti, to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. Politics in the city are dominated by three political parties: the Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Nationalist Congress Party. City is on the brink of public health and environmental emergency, requiring immediate remedial action.
As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Ichalkaranji in 2011 is 287,570; of which male and female are 149,691 and 137,879 respectively. Although Ichalkaranji city has population of 287,570; its urban / metropolitan population is 325,709 of which 169,870 are males and 155,839 are females. Ichalkaranji has an average Literacy Rate of 85.98%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 91%, and female literacy is 66%. In Ichalkaranji, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. According to the 2011 census estimate the population of the city is 287,570, making it the 151st most populous city in India.
The city's population as shown above is excludes newly developed industrial and residential areas, villages that have been annexed by Ichalkaranji (known as part of the city) but having gram panchayat such as Kabnur, Yadrao and Korochi etc. Village Shahapur, Ichalkaranji was included in Ichalkaranji Municipal Council in 1985. Considering this city’s metropolitan population is over 3 lakh. Marathi is the official language. Marathi is spoken widely in the city. Other languages used are Kannada, Hindi and Gujarati
Business and economy
Considering the ₹150 billion sale of the textile products and nominal 20% net profit and 257,572 Population of the city, per capita income of Ichalkaranji is 116,472, amongst the cities having highest per capita income in the country. Ichalkaranji also ranks among city's with high ownership of consumer products such as home appliances and fast-moving consumer goods. A three-screen multiplex has also been started in the city.
Approximately 40% of new automobile sales in Kolhapur district is from Ichalkaranji Catchment area. Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hero, Bajaj, Honda and TVS Motor have authorized sales and services centers in Ichalkaranji. Suzuki and Yamaha also have their service centers in Ichalkaranji.
Ichalkaranji today is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in Maharashtra and has even been termed the "Manchester of Maharashtra". Having mixed community from all parts of India this is a cosmopolitan town by true means. The city's economy is driven predominantly by the textile industry. The textile industry is mainly dominated by local manufacturers and Marwari (Rajasthani) traders. Engineering is the second largest industry in the city. There is much progressive agriculture in the area surrounding the city. Almost all banks in India have a branch in the city. Textile goods manufactured in the city are sold all over India as well as exported to various parts of the world. Traders use Centralized Online Real-time Exchange Core Banking facility for financial transactions. Indian Settlement Systems such as Real-time gross settlement RTGS and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System is also available in almost all branches of banks in the city. Despite all these Bankers clearing house in the city processes approximately 12000 Cheques on each working day. Clearing house is managed by the State Bank of India. Most of the Insurance and companies in India have offices in the city.
Ichalkaranji, popular as the 'Manchester of India Maharashtra', has about 25 yarn units with about 1.25 lakh power looms, 20,000 semi-automatic looms and 7,000 shuttle-less looms, with a daily turnover of nearly ₹10 billion (US$150 million). apart from numerous power and hand processing houses. The town produces one crore meters of yarn every day that translates into a business of Rs 40 crore a day. Of the total production, 15 percent is directly exported while another 40 percent is for indirect export after processing. According to locals, over 50,000 weavers depend on their livelihood working in the power looms in town.
The weaver community was overwhelmed by the mention of Ichalkaranji in the Finance Minister's speech and welcomed the cluster which, they say, will help them fare better in the global market.
Before 1980 Ichalkaranji was known for cotton poplin, dhoti, and cotton saris. In the mid-1980s, weavers of the city started producing denim, canvas, chiffon, and fabric for school uniforms (khaki drill). Fabrics such as seersucker, Oxford, herringbone, ripstop, chambray, tweed, and twill made in or around the Ichalkaranji city are used by many domestic and international fashion brands such as Raymond’s of India, Armani, Banana Republic, Hugo Boss, and Paul Smith.
The presence of a qualified workforce and the level of technical know-how and easy accessibility to finest weavers of Ichalkaranji for outsoaring and over all good social ambiance were among the factors that influenced Italian textile major Tessitura Monti, Turkish textile maker ‘Soktas’, Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd (BRFL), Raymond Zambaiti Ltd (A joint venture of Raymond’s Ltd and internationally renowned Cotonificio Honegger S.P.A., part of Gruppo Zambaiti), German Menswear brands Liebe, Boys R Bad and Looty etc. while planning investment near Ichalkaranji city.
In 1962 the Deccan Co-operative Spinning Mill Ltd. came into existence in Ichalkaranji, which was the first Co-operative Spinning Mill in Asia. As of 2010 over 20 modern spinning mills this region has become one of the major centre  for spinning mills in India. Some of these spinning mills are 100% Export Oriented Units of Cotton Yarn.
Yarn sizing is a preparatory process before weaving. This process gives strength to yarn. City has approximately 175 sizing units,
working 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Tata Nano small car is very similar to Meera, a small car developed in 1970 by Shankarrao Kulkarni of Ichalkaranji. The city is also known for Fundamental Measuring instrument manufacturing industry. These testing machines are used in engineering and other manufacturing industries, engineering institutes and research institutes for analysis. These measuring instruments are marketed in India as well as some other countries. Measuring instruments manufactured in city by varies companies include compression testing machines, torsion testing machines, horizontal chain and rope testing machines, spring testing machine, impact testing machine, Erichsen testing machines, universal testing machines, Rockwell scale hardness tester, Brinell scale hardness tester, and computerised Vickers hardness test.
The city's economy. driven by the engineering goods manufacturing industry (which has been around since the 1950s). Several automotive component manufacturers have plant's in or around the city, who are vendors for companies such as: Maruti Udyog Ltd, Honda Motorcycle, Bajaj Auto, TVS Suzuki, Kehin Fie, Tata Motors, Kirloskar Brothers Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra, MICO. Emmel Vheelers has a manufacturing unit of hybrid three-wheeler, e-motorcycle, high-power scooters, and electric scooters in Ichalkaranji.
The city is surrounded by five Sugar refinerys, Annually they processes Over 5000000 metric ton of Sugarcane, as of 2009 Sugarcane prices of 2600 per ton Sugarcane farmers itself bring in approximately Rs.13000000000 (13 billion) to the economy of the city's Catchment area. Four out of five sugar mills have Co-generation plants. The oldest of these five sugar mills is Deshbhakta Ratnappa Kumbhar Panchaganga Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd, founded by Dr. Ratnappa Kumbhar, an Indian independence activist who signs the final draft of the Constitution of India. Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd, one of the leading sugar companies in India, has set up a Bagasse based 30 Megawatt Cogeneration power plant in Ichalkaranji.
People and culture
Ichalkaranji is also well known for cultural activities and has a rich cultural heritage. people from different parts of India lives in Ichalkaranji and celebrates their cultural festivals peacefully. Almost all festivals in different religions were celebrated in Ichalkaranji by people especially Major Marathi festivals such as Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, and Dasera are the attractions. Also, about 15 % population being migrated from Rajasthan, all the major festivals of Rajasthan like Gan Gour, Teej, Holi are celebrated here with great joy. Other festivals like Ramnavami, Mahesh Navami are celebrated with the large participation of all the communities.Almost from each and every village or town or city from Rajasthan at least one person is residing at Ichalakranji.
Ichalkaranji is also a hoe of pandit Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar, Pioneer of classical vocal singing in Maharashtra. Born in 1849, Balkrishnabua received his training from Pandit Vasudeobua Joshi, who belonged to the school of Haddu-Hassu Khan. He also received his guidance from Ustad Mahmed Khan, the elder brother of Rahimat Khan and eldest son of Haddu Khan.After his training in Gwalior, Balkrishnabua came to Mumbai and the Miraj. As the climate of Miraj seemed to suit him he desired to settle down there. Balkrishnabua's fame began to draw disciples from surrounding places. His disciples included Gundubua, Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Mirashi buwa, Anant Manohar Joshi of Aundh, Nilkanthabua Jangam, Vamanbua Chaphekar, his son Annabua Ichalkaranjikar, etc. His style of singing was pure Gwalior of Haddu Hassu Khan vintage. His contribution is remarkable in bringing the Gwalior gharana gayaki to Maharashtra and for popularising it. Pandit Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar died in 1926 at the age of 77 years.The city has an art school name after him 'Gayanacharya Pandit Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar Sangeet Sadhana Mandal', which is devoted to Indian Classical Music hosts cultural programmes throughout the year which helps in spreading cultural awareness amongst Society.
In 1974 the city of Ichalkaranji proudly hosted Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, the conference for literary discussions by Marathi writers. President of this Sahitya Sammelan was Mr.Purushottam Laxman Deshpande. Popularly known by his initials पु. ल. ("Pu. La.") a legendary writer and film and stage actor, music composer, harmonium player, singer, and orator.
The city also is a home for The FIE Foundation, a charitable trust established in 1970, belongs to the 'Fie Group of Industries' in Ichalkaranji. The Chairman of the FIE Group, Shri P. D. Kulkarni, established the 'Fie Foundation' trust to recognize and reward eminent personalities and budding talents in a variety of fields. The awards are generally selected from the following fields: Engineering, Science and Technology, Humanities, Education, Agriculture, Music and Arts, Sports, Literature, Child Artist, and local talents.The highest award conferred is the Rashtrabhushan Award. The awards are given annually in a ceremony held in Ichalkaranji in January or February. A few of chief guests who have graced the occasion are honorable Ex. Prime minister of India Shri. Chandra Shekhar, Hon'ble Ex. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Manohar Joshi, cine actor Dilip Kumar, and industrialist Shri Rahul Bajaj. Some of the 'Rashtrabhushan' awardees are Dr. Raja Ramanna, Ratan Tata, Lata Mangeshkar, T. N. Seshan, Brijmohan Lall Munjal and Kamal Hassan.
Medical Association of Ichalkaranji is a local Medico-Social service organization of qualified and duly registered medical practitioners of all systems of medicines practicing in Ichalkaranji and outskirts of Ichalkaranji. The main aim of this association is to make available medical treatment either free or at minimum cost by establishing charitable institutes like T.B. Clinic, T.B. Sanitorium, General Hospital, Adhar Kendra and to organize and develop all socio-medical activities and face local problems unitedly. So the Medical Association of Ichalkaranji came into existence in 1975. Activities of association includes, Free Counselling for underprivileged s, Elisa Testing for HIV in concessional rate, Symptomatic Treatment for opportunistic infections, Free Ante-natal ARV treatment to HIV+ve mothers and child, Free T.B. treatment to HIV+ve patients, Free Nirodh (condoms) supply and Social Awareness.
Seva Bharati is also one of the NGO of the city, established in 1990 the organization works as a project based NGO. In the year 1989, the birth centenary year of late Hon’ble K. B. Hedgewar, the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the idea transpired that some work, related to the service of the underprivileged people should be initiated in the city of Ichalkaranji. This is the inspiration of Seva Bharati, Ichalkaranji and from 1990 Organisation is working in the field of health, education and related dimensions for the last 20 years. Seva Bharati has been able to spread its SEVA initiatives (service) in Ichalkaranji city itself and surrounding 12 villages, two of which are from Karnataka state.
Activities of Seva Bharati are Dr. Hedgewar Mobile clinic visiting nearby 12 villages, twice a week, treating @ 25000 patients every year. Pathological lab, established in 1993, serving for @ 5000 beneficiaries annually at nominal rates. OPD registering @ 6000 patients per year. Polyclinic having 8 specialist doctors on its panel, each one offering service of checkup and advice once in a week for needy patients. Daycare indoor unit 24-hour ambulance service at subsidized rates. Blood donation camps. Free health camps. Nutritious food for the malnourished children in Lalnagar slum of Ichalkaranji city. Free Child health checkup camps. Rescue and relief work for the victims of earthquakes in Killari (Dist. Latur) in September 1993 and Kutch (Gujarat) in 2001. Relief and rehabilitation work in 2005 and 2006 for the flood-affected people and medical treatment at the time of epidemics in Kolhapur district. Participation in periodic health campaigns like pulse polio, special health checkup camps for women and general checkup camps.
International clubs such as Rotary club, Lions Club organizing the humanitarian service projects every year which are beneficial to the community. Sri Ramakrishna Satsanga Mandal, Ichalkaranji a branch of Ramakrishna Math, Pune is doing humanitarian service projects such as dispensary and Tuition classes for school going boys from nearby slum area.
The city has a water supply network in existence since 1873.
- Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital: It is a 300-bed hospital with 4 AC operation theaters. The built-up area on ground floor and first floor each 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2).
- Drama Theater: Shrimant Narayanrao Babasaheb Ghorpade Natyagrah. It is the unique theater in western Maharashtra. Seating capacity for 1200 persons. Fully air-conditioned theater. This is the only air-conditioned theater in south-west Maharashtra. It can be compared with "Kalidas Theatre" in Nashik. The plans where prepared by Kirloskar consultants, Pune. The plot area is about 19,129 m.
- Rajaram Stadium : Work Started – 31 January 1987 – Work completed – 7 August 2002, Cost Rs.35,000,000 The cricket ground having the radius of 70 meters. The plans are prepared by Pratap Achalkar, well-known Architect and Ranaji Player. Ranji Trophy matches are played on this ground. The total plot area is about 25436 sqm that with the capacity of Auditorium is 20,000
- Olympic Size Swimming pool: Work Started – 16 August 1992 – Work Completed – 23 December 1998, Cost – Rs.16,164,017, To encourage the city's swimmers Municipal Council has constructed an Olympic-size swimming pool. State-level swimming Tournaments are held every year. Maintenance of this Swimming pool is done properly by the municipal authority.
Textile Development Cluster : To enhance and improve the infrastructure facilities of the city, Municipal Council along with Ichalkaranji Co-operative Industrial Estate, Laxmi Co-operative Industrial Estate, Parvati Industrial Estate and DKTE Textile and Engineering Institute have jointly come together and formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) company viz. “Ichalkaranji Textile Development Cluster Limited (ITDC). The individual members will contribute to the extent of about 50% of the project cost and the balance amount would come in from the grant in aid from Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy, Government of India, under the Industrial Infrastructure up-gradation Scheme (IIUS).
Ichalkaranji Textile Development Cluster (ITDC), a company, incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, is a Special Purpose Vehicle promoted by Ichalkaranji to undertake infrastructure development project under the IIUS. The main objects of the SPV company are:
- To form a Textile Cluster, a local agglomeration of small, medium and large textile and ancillary enterprises, which are engaged in production, marketing range of related and complementary products and services
- To provide adequate water supply, roads, drainage system, power facilities, common infrastructure facilities such as Waste processing plant for Textile Industries.
- To develop markets, raw material bank, common processing center, industrial training center, common facility center, communication center etc.
- To provide facilities for quality improvement, common testing facilities, research and development
- To provide fire-fighting facilities, common effluent treatment plant and to promote and develop critical infrastructure facilities for textile trade, commerce, and industry
Education and research
Ichalkaranji has several public schools and colleges in and around the city offering different types of education and courses. Most of the schools and colleges are private and public or "municipal schools" (run by the local municipal council). The schooling system mainly offers Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education as well as other boards such as National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and so on. Marathi is the main language of instruction followed by English.
Number of High-Schools – 100
Number of International Schools – 3
Number of Arts, science and commerce colleges – 20
Number of Engineering colleges – 3
Number of Research Institute – 1
Number of ITI - 1
Some of them are (Alphabetical) :
- Anantrao Bhide Vidya Mandir
- Antar Bharati Vidyalaya (आंतरभारती विद्यालय)
- D.K.T.E. English Medium High School
- D.K.T.E.S.'s Textile and Engineering Institute
- Dattajirao Kadam Arts, Science, and Commerce college
- Govindrao high school and junior college
- Vyankatrao High School
- Ichalkaranji Highschool
- Shri Gangamai Vidya Mandir
- St. Alphonsa School.
FIE Research Institute – An advanced stage Research Institute formed to assist the activities of FIE and the surrounding engineering goods manufacturing industry in 1979.
- Approved by Govt. of India's department for Scientific and Industrial Research, as An autonomous R & D Unit.
- Accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), in an accordance with ISO/IEC 17025.
- The main objectives of Research Institute
- Extension of knowledge in the field of natural and applied sciences.
- Conducting experiments with a view to developing new raw materials,
- processes, components, equipment &machines which are mainly import substitution.
- Improvisation in the existing materials, processes, and machines.
- Encouragement to the activities of the surrounding industries.
Research on non-laparoscopic abdominal hysterectomy has been done By Dr. Vijay Benadikar, MD of the city and he has developed a new modification of the abdominal hysterectomy called "modified mini-Pfannenstiel hysterectomy" (non-laparoscopic). He has done more than 600 such procedures in last 6–7 years. He has been invited and presented this lecture at:
- The Silver Jubilee Congress of Medical Women's International Association, held in Sydney, Australia, in April 2001
- South Korea (Asia Pacific Menopause Federation Meet)
- American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists AAGL in USA, 2001 and 2002 (The Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology)
Media and communication
Mahasatta is the local newspaper of the City, while other Marathi language newspapers such as Sakaal, Pudhari, Loksatta, Lokmat, Kesari, Maharashtra Times, and Saamna are popular. Major English dailies in the city are The Times of India, The Indian Express Business Standard and The Economic Times. Major Hindi dailies in the city Navbharat Times, lokamat samachar (By lokamat group) and Vyapar (Hindi) of Janmabhoomi Group.
Star Maajha, Zee Marathi, Doordarshan Sahyadri, ETV Marathi, and Me Marathi are popular television channels. English and Hindi entertainment and news channels are watched as well. Ichalkaranji has had FM Radio services running for the last few years. Though Radio Tomato (Pudhari Publications). 94.3 MHz, Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz) tops the popularity rating along with All India Radio FM (102.7 MHz).
Broadband Internet access, provider in the city is DataOne by BSNL Fixed Line telecom services are offered alongside GSM and Code division multiple access (CDMA) mobile services. Cell phone coverage is extensive, and the main service providers are Vodafone Essar, Airtel, BSNL, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Aircel and Tata Indicom.Recantly 3G service is launched by Vodafone Essar, Airtel, BSNL, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Aircel and Tata Indicom. The work for laying Fibre optics for 4G is in progress.
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Ichalkaranji is well connected by the neighboring cities and national highways by road. The public transport is mainly provided by MSRTC and private buses which serve to all major destinations in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Private bus services are connected to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Solapur. MSRTC provides bus service from Ichalkaranji to Kolhapur and Miraj every 15 minutes. Miraj Miraj railway junction is also connected to the city via bus services.
Nearest railway stations
- Hatkanangale – 7 km
- Miraj – 30 km
- Kolhapur – 34 km
- Kolhapur – 22 km (Maharashtra) (Under Construction)
- Belgaum – 110 km (Karnataka)
- Pune – 250 km (Maharashtra)
- Mumbai – 389 km (Maharashtra)
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