Tumkur

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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Tumakuru district.
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Tumkur
ತುಮಕೂರು
ಕಲ್ಪತರು ನಾಡು,ಶೈಕ್ಷಣಿಕ ನಗರ.
City Corporation
Tumakuru
Clockwise from top: Siddaganga Matha, Kote Anjaneya Swami Statue, Globe Library of SSIT, SIT, India Food Park
Clockwise from top: Siddaganga Matha, Kote Anjaneya Swami Statue, Globe Library of SSIT, SIT, India Food Park
Nickname(s): City of Coconuts, City of Education
Tumkur is located in Karnataka
Tumkur
Tumkur
Location of Tumkur in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°20′N 77°06′E / 13.34°N 77.1°E / 13.34; 77.1Coordinates: 13°20′N 77°06′E / 13.34°N 77.1°E / 13.34; 77.1
Country  India
State Karnataka
Region Bayaluseemē
District Tumkur District
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Body Tumkur City Corporation
 • Mayor Lalitha[1]
 • Commissioner Ashaad R Shariff[2]
Area
 • Total 48.60 km2 (18.76 sq mi)
Elevation 822 m (2,697 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 305,821
 • Density 6,300/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Tumakurian
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode(s) 572 xxx
Telephone code +91-(0)816
Vehicle registration KA-06
Official language Kannada
Website www.tumkurcity.mrc.gov.in

Tumkur, officially renamed Tumakuru in 2014, is an industrial city located in the state of Karnataka. Since 28 August 2010, Tumakuru has been accorded the status of a City Corporation. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers northwest of Bengaluru, along National Highway NH4 and NH206. It is the headquarters of the Tumakuru district. Tumakuru plays host for India's first mega food park which is a project of the ministry of food processing. The India Food Park was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014.[3]

Tumkur has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. [4]

Etymology[edit]

Etymologically, the name of the city is believed to have been mutated possibly from "Tumbe ooru" because of the abundance of tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or tamate ooru because of the folk musical percussion instrument tamate, that might have been used most here. Also, it is called as the coconut city.

Another story says that during the rule of cholas Gulur was their capital, since Tumakuru is at high elevation the guards used to be there on any hill with Tumaki (a kind of drum) and used to make sound in case of any alerts; hence the name. The Indian central government approved the request to officially rename the Tumkur and 12 other cities in October 2014. The city officially became "Tumakuru" on November 1, 2014.[5]

Tumkur is also famous for Shree Siddaganga mutt located 5 km towards HITECH city flyover, known for providing free education and dorms for more than 9000 children. Karnataka Rathna Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji is also known as "walking god" is the president of this mutt.

Geography[edit]

Tumakuru is located at 13°20′N 77°06′E / 13.34°N 77.1°E / 13.34; 77.1.[6] It has an average elevation of 822 metres (2696 feet). The city has a station on the South Western railway, 43 m. N.W. from Bangalore.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[7] Tumakuru had a population of 305,821. There are more than 5,00,000 people are live in corporation limit. At the 2001 census, males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Tumakuru has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 70%. About 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. The most common language in the city is Kannada.

Description[edit]

The known history of the Tumkur district begins with the Gangas. The Ganga family ruled over the southern and eastern districts of the state from early in the Christian era to 1025 A.D. The earliest record of the Ganga family found in this district belongs to about 400 A.D. After the Gangas, Tumkur was ruled by the Rastrakutas and the Chalukyas. The Nolambas under these rulers ruled the area for a long time. The cholas also ruled some parts of the District. The Vijayanagara Empire ruled supreme for the latter part of the 13th to 17th century. During 18th and 19th Century, Tumkur was ruled by the Wodeyars of Mysore until independence.

The Tumkur town municipality was set up by the British and Mysore Wodeyars in the 1920s. Self-rule of the residents of Tumkur started after the setting up of the municipality. Tumkur was converted into a city corporation only in 2010 by adding 22 villages adjoining the city. The population is 3,05,877 as per the 2011 census. Tumkur is now a middle class majority city, with a literacy rate of 80%, mainly traders, government employees, small and medium industrialists, self-employed individuals, etc. The GDP of Tumkur is around 16600 crores (2014) and the total collection of income tax in the last financial year was approximately 80 Crores. Being an Agrarian economy, the major plantation crops of Tumkur are coconut and arceanut. The major cash crops are paddy, ragi and groundnut. Iron ore, manganese and granite are the major minerals found in the Tumkur district.

Because of its proximity to Bangalore, besides being the gateway to Karnataka, being on the Chennai – Mumbai industrial corridor and the infrastructure that Tumkur provides, Tumkur has the potential to be the satellite city to decongest the state capital of Bangalore. And also has been identified as National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ). NIMZ of approximately 13500 acres and the HAL helicopter manufacturing facility (Nr Gubbi) 610 acres will be developed as integrated industrial townships with state-of-the art infrastructure and land use on the basis of zoning; clean and energy efficient technology; necessary social infrastructure; skill development facilities, etc., for promoting world class manufacturing activity. Tumkur is home to 24 large scale industries with an investment of 911.42 crores and generating an employment for 6445 persons. The existing 15 medium scale industries and 23804 micro and small industries employ 132994 persons and account for an investment of close to 790 crores. Also 2000 MW of solar power plant on 11000 acres in Pavagada to cater to the power needs of Tumkur and adjoining districts.

Tumakuru is a knowledge hub in the south interior Karnataka and boasts of its own Tumakuru University, two medical colleges, five engineering colleges, 38 degree and postgraduate colleges, one dental college and many polytechnics, high schools and primary schools.

The Indian budget for year 2014-2015 held on the 10th of July 2014 had announced that Tumkur is one of the cities in south India to be developed as a "Industrial Smart" city. Also the city has been selected as one among the 100 in the country shortlisted for the Smart City project. Tumkur is competing now to be one among the 20 to be taken up for development this year. The government of India has promised 100 crores each as a matching grant for five years and the local body with assistance from the state government has to match another 100 crores. Thus, in five years, development in the amount of 1000 crores will happen in Smart City. The Tumkur District Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the leadership of Surendra Shah, President - 2014-16 is striving to make the City of Tumakuru the most aspired city in India.

Transportation[edit]

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, KSRTC, has a divisional office situated in Tumkur City. The city is well-connected to Bangalore and other cities in the state by KSRTC buses. Volvo buses are available for the city, Bangalore. Frequent buses are available connecting other taluks and towns of the district. Two National Highways NH-4 & NH-206 pass through the city. TCB Road(Karnataka)(Tumkur-Chelur-Bukkapatna Road)connects the people of Bukkapatna Hagalavadi and Chelur to Tumkur Corporation City. Plenty of private and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses are currently operating on this route.

Railways also play a major role in connectivity. The city's Railway Station comes under South Western Railway Zone (India) and was constructed during the British period and has been renovated recently. It is located in centre of the city close to the bus stand and the town hall. It is located in the Bangalore-Hubli main line.

The city buses are also available for transportation within the city by KSRTC. Popularly known as Sri Siddaganga Nagara Sarige, named after the holy place, Siddaganga. There are more than 100 buses transporting in the city.

The nearest airport to Tumkur is Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore which is around 90 km from the city.

Media[edit]

Tumakuru has a private FM radio channel 'Siddhartha' situated at SSIT campus,broadcasting in Kannada language. Amogha Local Channel ''Amogha Networks'

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