|Nickname(s): Town Of Waterfalls|
|Elevation||61 m (200 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|PIN||410203 410204 410216|
Khopoli, is an industrial town in the Khalapur taluka of Raigad district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at the base of the Sahyadri mountains. Patalganga River which is the tailrace channel of Tata Hydroelectric Power station flows through Khopoli.
Khopoli is connected to the Mumbai suburban railway by a single line from Karjat. The distance between CST to Khopoli is 114.24 km along the Central Railway Suburban Line which is a broad gauge line carrying electric locomotives.
Geography and history
Khopoli is located at 18°45' N, 73°20'. It is situated at about 61 m above mean sea level. It falls under three Pin codes Khopoli 410203, Khopoli Power House 410204 and Jagdish Nagar 410216. STD code for Khopoli is (0)2192.
A colonial source describes Khopoli as follows:
|“||The Bhore ghaut is formed of a succession of lofty emminences, towering above each other, the last of which attains a height of 2000 feet (610 m) above the level of the sea. Its outline at a distance is bold and imposing; it presents a plane or table summit, with ranges of stupendous hills beyond, with the sublimity of which Europe possess little that is analogous, at its foot stands the small and romantic village of Campolee, which has a noble tank appertinent and a Hindu temple, both built by Nana Furanvese (the Peishwa's prime minister) at his individual expense.||”|
There was an annachatra or a free feeding house, in the vicinity of the Mahadev temple, but by 1882 all that remained of it were huge grinding stones. The GIPR line was extended to Khopoli in 1856.
In the 2011 India census, Khopoli had a population of 108648. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Khopoli has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 68%. Thirteen per cent of the population is under 6 years of age.
Industries in Khopoli Municipal limits
The factories in Khopoli Municipal Limits are:
- Alta Laboratories Limited, a leading bulk chemical manufacturer and a pioneer and still India's largest producer of Salicylic Acid and its various derivatives.
- Bhushan Steel Limited (Formerly Bhushan Steel & Strips Limited).
- Bohler-Uddeholm India Limited
- Bombay Oxygen Limited
- Government Milk Scheme, Khopoli.
- Hastimal Manikchand Retail Pvt. Ltd. , a leading grocery merchant of grains and oil, providing retail service of FMCG.
- India Steel Works Limited, Bright Bar Division
- Innovassynth Technologies Limited (Formerly Indian Organic Chemicals)
- Isibars Limited, Special Steels Division
- Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Limited
- Mohan Rockey Spring Water Breweries Limited
- Paper & Pulp Conversions Ltd (PAPCO), a pioneering paper & paperboard mill started by industrialist Baburaoji Parkhe. The first industry in Khopoli which brought electricity to the town. Started operations in Khopoli in 1949 and closed down in 1990.
- Tata Hydro Electric Power Supply Company Limited
- Wärtsilä India Limited, Wärtsilä Corp, its parent company, is a Finland-based equipment and turnkey solutions provider; it plans to convert this unit into a global manufacturing and sourcing unit by 2012.
- Wheelabrator Alloy Castings Limited
- Zenith Steel Pipes Limited
Educational institutions in Khopoli
Various institutions run schools, colleges and a polytechnic.
Khalapur Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal
Khalapur Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal runs the following institutions in Khopoli
- Carmel Convent (English Medium School)
- Jagdish Chandra Mahindra Memorial School (JCMM)
- Janata Vidyalaya Junior College
- Janata Vidyalaya (Marathi Medium School)
- K. M. C. College (Affiliated to Mumbai University)
- Khopoli Polytechnic
- Sahyadri Vidyalaya
- Shishu Mandir Khopoli (English Medium School)
- Zenith High School (English medium School)
Culture and religion
Khopoli has a "fine oval shaped reservoir" and a temple of God Mahadev as Vireshwar built by Nana Phadnavis. The reservoir is built of solid and strong black rock and is oval shaped. The circumference of the reservoir is about 1207 m and it covers an area of about 75000 sq m. The reservoir holds excellent water throughout the year. The reservoir has surrounding walls also built in stone and are of a width of about 1.5 m to 1.8 m. The reservoir has stone steps leading to the water. The temple is of a height of about 22.9 m m from the base to the top and the foundation measures 12.2 m x 6.1 m. Inside is the image of God Shiva. The Sabha mandap measures about 6.1 m x 3.1 m. At the entrance of the temple is a samadhi. A fair is held in honour of the temple deity on Mahasivaratri day - Maagha Vadya 13.
The PAPCO Mill complex has a Parashurama temple and Fire temple or Agni Mandir which was built in 1971. The Gagangiri Maharaj Ashram is located in Khopoli, it is here that Gagangiri Maharaj died on 4 February 2008.
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