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Sultan Mahmud Padshah, the Muslim ruler of Bijapur, rewarded in 1572 the Kagal dynasty founder Piraji Raje, a Rajput warrior from Udaipur (Mewar Kingdom in Rajputana) of the Rathod clan, known as Zunzar Rao (Valiant Fighter), with the title Sarjerao and the Kagal pargana, then consisting of 69 and a 1/2 villages, as a Jagir (vassal estate) within the princely state of Kolhapur (later a salute state). The name of his dynastic line came corrupted to Ghatge 'Jump ahead'.
During incessant 19th century warfare and depredations, some of the villages were lost, reducing their number to 41, covering 298 km2, as guaranteed by article 3 of the Treaty entered into by the Maharaja of Kolhapur with the British Government in 1826.
Kagal is a taluka in Kolhapur district. It is located at boundary of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The Chatrapati Shahu Sahakari Sakar Karkhana is located here. The Dudhganga river passes through Kagal. Kagal is located at . It has an average elevation of 553 metres (1814 feet).
As of 2001[update] India census, Kagal had a population of 23,775. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kagal has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 64%. In Kagal, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. Marathi is the predominant native language here, it is widely spoken.
- Shahu of Kolhapur also known as Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.
- Anand Yadav, a Sahitya Academy Award winner was born in this city.
- Gopal Krishna Gokhale did his primary education at Kagal.
The Kagal-Hatkanangale industrial area
The Kagal-Hatkanangale industrial area is situated 12 km from Kolhapur city and the airport.
The nearest railway station is at Kolhapur 13 km away from the industrial area and which is well connected with almost all the cities of India. The industrial area is located 3 km from the National Highway 4 (Mumbai-Bangalore).
The Karnataka State boundary is just 3 km from this estate and Belagavi, a city just 70 km from the estate.
Nearest airport is Kolhapur (12 km) Ratnagiri port is 110 km and Panaji(Goa)and Dabolim airport 210 km. Two other major cities Pune and Mumbai are well connected with the National Highway and railways.
The other major industrial areas: Shiroli, Udyamnagar in Kolhapur and Gokul-shirgaon are just 12 km, 15 km and 5 km from this area & the main Industry is being now named 5-star MIDC there are a lots of very big budget companies coming. Some information about 5-start MIDC is given below.
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