Ichalkaranji is a town and a
municipal council in Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Ichalkaranji is located at . It has an average elevation of
538 metres (1768 feet).
It is situtated on Panchganaga river bank.
India census, Ichalkaranji had a population of 307,572. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Ichalkaranji has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 66%. In Ichalkaranji, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The religions represented in Ichalkaranji are Hindus and
The language widely spoken is Marathi.
Ichalkaranji - Better known as Manchester of Maharashtra. As it
suggests, Ichalkaranji is the hub for textile industry. Most of the
resident's lives rotate around the warm wheel of powerlooms, their
hearts beats on the "khat-khat" of powerloom. Ichalkaranji is the
fastest growing industrial area in western Maharashtra. Earlier,
Ichalkaranji was famous for cotton dhoties & sarees, but now,
Ichalkaranji produces not only cotton but also sutting, shirting,
denim cloth as it has made a remarkable development in terms of
technology. Ichalkaranji is equipped with approximately 1-1.25 lacs
of Powerlooms and 20,000 of semi-auto looms. There are 3 yarn
spinning mills as well & a sugar factory in Ichalkaranji.
Recently Ichalkaranji has also entered manufacturing and weaving
industry. In 2006 the city was sanctioned under the Textile Cluster
scheme and today boasts of having available all the amenities and
facilities required for the textile industry. It also has 4 textile
parks coming in its vicinity. Ichalkaranji surely has obtained a
place in the textile map of the World. Ichalkaranji is also known
as manchester of Maharashtra
People and Culture
Ichalkaranji can be widely divided into two economic strata -
Labour class and Business class. People either own textile related
business unit or they work in one.
Ichalkaranji is also the hub for cultural activities. The classical
vocal singing was pioneered in Ichalkaranji by Pandit Balkrishna
Bua and the tradition continues till today. There are academies
like Padanyas Kala Mandir, Pandit Balkrishna Bua Sangeet Sadhana
Mandal which are spreading the Indian art forms in the young
generation. They also host many cultural programmes throughout the
year which help in spreading cultural awareness amongst
The textile industrialisation has also led the region in becoming
one of the polluted area in India. Careless utilisation of water
and untreated water dumping into river are major issues of the
region in regards to environment.The people having textile
processing houses , Sizing units
are culprit in this act
and they are posing problems to the natural environment by
emanating wastewater, dumping toxic solid waste and releasing
chemical fumes , carbon dioxides, particulate matter into the
environment. This lethargic attitude towards nature has made life
miserable. Sound pollution due to looms is also alarming. You will
find loom shed in every nook and corners in the residential areas.
The rate of TB (Tubercolasis) is higher than the national level.
Efficiency of people and health of the life have been affected
seriously.Its now time everybody should stand up to save the
environment and save the dyeing Panchaganga River.
Ichalkaranji Municipal Council has made remarkable development in
building the infrastructure. Ichalkaranji can host Ranji Cricket
Matches at its Rajaram Stadium. Ghorpade Auditorium is one of
biggest auditoriums in Maharashtra. The newly built cluster roads
are simply flawless.
Ichalkaranji provides excellent primary and higher secondary
education facilities. Along with arts, science and commerce
colleges, Ichalkaranji also has an engineering college named
Dattajirao Kadam Technical Education Society's Textile and
Engineering Institute Ichalkaranji (DKTE)(www.dktes.com). This
educational institute is very well reputed for its unique courses
like Textile Technology, Man-made Textile Technology, Textile Plant
Engineering, Textile Chemistry, Fashion Technology. It also offer
some courses like Bachelor of engineering in Mechanical
Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics &
Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and