Kurduvadi

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KURDUWADI (KWV)

Kurduvadi
कुर्डुवाडी
small town
Nickname(s): GOSAVIWADI
Kurduvadi is located in Maharashtra
Kurduvadi
Kurduvadi
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°05′N 75°26′E / 18.08°N 75.43°E / 18.08; 75.43Coordinates: 18°05′N 75°26′E / 18.08°N 75.43°E / 18.08; 75.43
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Solapur
Elevation 502 m (1,647 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 27,789
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kurduwadi is a small town in Solapur district in Maharashtra state of India. It is known mainly for the railway junction connecting two different rail tracks. Prior to gauge conversion it used to be a junction with different size gauge tracks.

Geography[edit]

Kurduwadi is located at 18°05′N 75°26′E / 18.08°N 75.43°E / 18.08; 75.43.[1] It has an average elevation of 502 metres (1646 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Kurduwadi had a population of 22,773. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Kurduwadi has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 67%. In Kurduwadi, 13% of the population was under 6 years of age.

Transport[edit]

Kurduwadi is known mainly for the narrow gauge railway workshop and railway junction, Kurduvadi railway station, on Central Railway of Indian Railways. A branch railway line takes off from Kuruwadi connecting Osmanabad and Latur towards East and Pandharpur and Miraj towards South-West. The branch line called Barshi Light Railway was narrow gauge until 2008. Now it has been converted to broad gauge. The new broad gauge track made a detour to connect Osmanabad which was not connected by railway line. The converted broad gauge track from Latur to Osmanabad was commissioned in September 2007 and the converted broad gauge track from Osmanabad-Barshi to Kurduvadi was commissioned in October 2008.

Kurduwadi is a railway junction where one major railway track between Wadi and Daund and a branch line track between Latur Road and Miraj intersect. The track from Daund continues to Pune and Mumbai towards west and to Manmad towards north-northwest. The branch line from Latur towards east of Kurduvadi connects Miraj in south-southwest and was called Barshi Light Railway as it was a narrow gauge track. Solapur lies southeast of Kurduvadi and connects to Bijapur. A part of the narrow gauge Barshi Light Railway track from Kurduvadi to Pandharpur (52 km) was converted to broad gauge in 2001. The narrow-gauge track from Pandharpur to Miraj was converted to broad gauge in 2010. The converted broad gauge track was commissioned in the last quarter of 2010 for freight trains and February 2011 for passenger trains. Now trains run on the broad gauge track from Miraj to Kurduvadi. These include trains from Miraj to Parbhani and from Kolhapur to Solapur via Miraj. The converted Miraj-Kurduvadi railway line has shortened the railway distance between Kolhapur, Solapur and Parbhani.

The gauge conversion project from Latur to Miraj took almost two decades to complete.

Notable landmarks[edit]

  • National Highway 965 and

National Highway 548C

  • Narrow gauge railway workshop of Indian Railways.
  • Nearby beautiful temple of Chinchgaon tekadi
  • Mahatma Gandhi statue
  • Vitthal Corporation Ltd.Mhaisgaon(Sugar and Textile Industry)-7 km from Kurduwadi at Mhaisgaon.
  • Deepak Petroleum company. Dealer: Bharat Petroleum Corporation
  • Nilambar Bharat Gas Agency Madha Road Kurduwadi
  • Shri Datta sales &Bekary this shop famous in kurduwadi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Map
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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