Kovvur, West Godavari district
View of paddy fields near Kovvur from train
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Body||Kovvur Municipality|
|• MLA||Kothapalli Samuel Jawahar (Telugu Desam Party)|
|• Total||24.56 km2 (9.48 sq mi)|
|Elevation||9 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
This Town was earlier referred as Govur.
As of 2001[update] India census, Kovvur had a population of 39,193. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Kovvur has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 66%. In Kovvur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. It is the only town in Andhra Pradesh where its literacy rate is increasing almost for 3 years.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates bus services from Kovvur bus station. Kovvur is one of the fourteen D–category stations in the Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone. Kovvur will be a Potential Railway junction Between both Telugu States After Completion of Kovvur-Badrachalam rd Railway line
A new Bridge constructed few years back which provide connection between Kovvur Andhra Pradesh and Rajamundry Andhra Pradesh, India. Its only the Rail Bridge with U shaped curves on it. It has increased the speed of the trains between the two places mentioned above.
Godavari Arch Bridge
The bridge, built by the Hindustan Construction Company, for the Indian Railways, was designed by Bureau BBR, Switzerland, and checked by Leonard Andrea and Partners, Germany. Construction on the bridge began in 1991 and lasted till 1997. It was commissioned for passenger traffic in March 1997 and became fully operational for running trains by the Indian Railways from 2003.
Old Godavari Bridge
The construction of the bridge commenced on November 11, 1897, and opened for traffic on August 30, 1900. The Bridge was named after Sir Arthur Elibank Havelock, the then Governor of Madras. Frederick Thomas Granville Walton served as the engineer-in-chief assisted by executive engineers R.A. Delanougerede, F.D. Couchman, J.E. Eaglesome.. It has 56 spans each of 45.7 metres (150 ft) and is 2,754 metres (9,035 ft) long. Having served its full life span of 100 years, it was decommissioned in 1997, and Godavari Arch Bridge was built as a replacement for the bridge.
Road cum railway bridge
This rail cum road bridge is longest of its kind in Asia and second longest in the world. Its total length is 4.732 km. Finished in 1972 and inaugurated by the then President of India, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, its total construction cost is 63 crores in those days. Locally it is called Kovvur bridge by people of Rajahmundry, as it connects Rajahmundry city with Kovvur town. It is also the most important connecting point of agriculturally rich East and West Godavari Districts.
Kovvur is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. It is considered a stronghold of TDP, which won all the election battles here since its inception in 1983 except in 1999 when congress won with sufficient majority.K.S Jawahar is the present kovvur constituency's MLA, who won 2014 Assembly elections with 10,000 i.e.; with 51% majority votes against T.Vanitha (YSRCP). There are 1,63,295 registered voters in Kovvur constituency in 2014 elections.
The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state. The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English, Telugu.
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