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Kovvuru
Kovvuru
Location of Kovvuru
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates 17°01′00″N 81°44′00″E / 17.0167°N 81.7333°E / 17.0167; 81.7333
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) West Godavari
Population 39,193 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kovvuru or Kovvuru or Kovuru (Telugu: కొవ్వూరు) is a small town, municipality and mandal in West Godavari district, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated adjacent to the west bank of the Godavari River.

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Quick Facts

During the Godavari Pushkaralu, held every 12 years, Gopadala revu and temple are sacred places. There are many temples of various Hindu Gods in the Gopadala revu (Bank of the Cow's Footsteps). People from all over India come here for the holy dip in the river during the pushkaram.

There are three bridges across the Godavari River linking Kovvuru with Rajahmundry. The oldest of these was built by Sir Arthur Cotton and is over a hundred years old. Subsequently, a rail-cum-road bridge was built and most recently, another exclusive rail bridge was built for the Indian Railways.

Andhra Sugars company, which has a branch in Kovvuru is one of the oldest companies in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It was set up a few days before India gained its independence in 1947.

In the recent assembly elections Kovvuru was the only constituency in West Godavari won by the Telugu Desam Party. In the 1999 assembly elections, it was the only constituency in West Godavari won by Congress Party.

There are many a small villages surrounding this simple town, namely Vadapalli, Thougummi, Pasivedala, Dommeru, etc., A tour to all these lush green villages will give a glimpse of the agricultural economy the entire region has been dependent on. Pasivedala is 5 KM away and its name also has similar origins as Kovvuru. (Pasuvu means Cow in telugu. Vedana means struggle). Later English people named it as Pasivedala.

One ancient temple, the Sarswathi Mandiramu, is near the factory on the banks of river Godavari. There is a big group of temples located near Factory : Sivalayam, Gayatridevi temple, Ramalayam, Krishna temple, Shirdi Saibaba temple.

Notable schools in Kovvuru include the Deepthi English Medium Public School and Dr.S.R.K High School.

Even though the town is well known during the early days after India's independence, it hasn't seen much progress of late. The fact that it is very near to Rajahmundry, a City with great commercial potential in the Godavari districts hasn't done much help. In fact the development and quick commercial growth of Rajahmundry has been detrimental to its own growth And also the negligence of elected representatives by the people of Kovvuru.

Geography

The Godavari River at Kovvuru

Kovvuru is located at 17°01′00″N 81°44′00″E / 17.0167°N 81.7333°E / 17.0167; 81.7333.[1] It has an average elevation of 11 Metres (36 Feet).

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[2] 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.

Assembly constituency

Kovvuru is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. There are 1,68,312 registered voters in Kovvuru constituency in 1999 electtions.

List of elected members:[3]

  • 1952- Pinnamaneni Sree Ramachandra rao(CPI)
  • 1955- Alluri Bapineedu (INC)
  • 1962- Alluri Bapineedu (INC)
  • 1967- Kuntamukkala Buchirayudu (IND)
  • 1972- Alla Hanumantha rao (IND)
  • 1978 - Munshi Abdul Aziz (INDIRA CONGRESS)
  • 1999 - G.S.Rao (CONGRESS)
  • 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994 and 2004 - Pendyala Venkata Krishna Rao (TDP)
  • 2009 - T.V.Rama Rao (TDP)

Panchayats and Villages

There are 17 village panchayats in Kovvuru mandal.[4]

  • Arikirevula (village and panchayat)
  • Chidipi (village and panchayat)
  • Decherla (village and panchayat)
  • Dharmavaram (village and panchayat)
  • Dommeru (village and panchayat)
  • Isukapatlapangidi (village and panchayat)
  • Kovvuru (panchayat and mandal headquarters)
  • Kumaradevam (village and panchayat)
  • Madduru (village and panchayat)
  • Madduru Lanka (village and panchayat)
  • Nandamuru (village and panchayat)
  • Pasivedala (village and panchayat)
  • Penakanametta (village and panchayat)
  • Seethampeta (village and panchayat)
  • Thogummi (village and panchayat)
  • Vadapalli (village and panchayat)
  • [Vemuluru](village and panchayat)http://www.indiastudychannel.com/sites/109882/-Vemuluru.aspx

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