Khopoli, is an industrial city in the
Khalapur taluka of Raigad
district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at the base of the
Patalganga River which is the tailrace channel of
Power station flows through Khopoli.
It is a municipal council and is a part of the
Khopoli Municipal council covers an area of 30 km2.
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.
It is also located on NH 4, about 80 km south of Mumbai.
1 Geography and history
3 Industries in Khopoli
4 Educational institutions in Khopoli
Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal
5 Culture and religion
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
Khopoli Power House 410204 and Jagdish Nagar 410216. STD
Khopoli is (0)2192.
A colonial source describes
Khopoli as follows:
The Bhor ghat 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
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 is the site of the first privately owned hydroelectric power
India built by Tatas.
In the 2011
Khopoli had a population of 1,08,648. 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
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
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
Special Steels Division
Mahindra Ugine Steel
Mohan Rockey Spring Water Breweries Limited
Paper & Pulp Conversions Ltd (PAPCO), a pioneering paper &
paperboard mill started by industrialist Baburaoji Parkhe. The first
Khopoli which brought electricity to the town. Started
Khopoli in 1949 and closed down in 1990.
SANPlast PVT LTD Limited
Tata Hydro Electric Power Supply Company 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
Wheelabrator Alloy Castings Limited
Zenith Steel Pipes Limited
Educational institutions in Khopoli
Various institutions run schools, colleges and a polytechnic.
Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal
Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal runs the following
institutions in Khopoli
Khopoli (English Medium School)
Anand Shala School,
Khopoli (English Medium School)
Carmel Convent School (English Medium School)
Vasant Deshmukh Memorial School (VDM) (English Medium School)
Jagdish Chandra Mahindra Memorial School (JCMM)
Janata Vidyalaya Junior College
Janata Vidyalaya (Marathi Medium School)
Khopoli Hindi Vidyalaya (Hindi Medium School)
K. M. C. College (Affiliated to
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
Mahasivaratri day -
Maagha Vadya 13.
The PAPCO Mill complex has a
Parashurama temple and
Fire temple or
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.
The Akhil Bharatha
Ayyappa Seva Sangham, includes the
in its list of
Ayyappa temples in
India and abroad.
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