(Last Updated on : 07-04-2009)
Jalgaon, a city of western India, lies to the north of the Maharashtra state in Jalgaon District. Located on the northern Deccan Plateau, Jalgaon is a part of the productive, irrigated agricultural region of Khandesh. Jalgaon is a municipal corporation. Formerly part of territory controlled by the Holkar family of Maratha rulers, Jalgaon was included in British India's Bombay Presidency in 1818 and part of independent India in 1947.
Jalgaon in modern days boasts of vast industrial areas, educational institutes and good hospitals. The city is well developed with good roads, shopping centres, and residential areas, and also has good communication and transport infrastructure. Jalgaon lies very close to the world famous Ajanta Caves and is one of the primary attraction places for tourists all around the World. Jalgaon experiences a diverse climate. It is exceptionally hot and dry during summer with temperatures rising as high as 47 degrees Celsius. Jalgaon receives almost 700 mm rainfall during monsoons, which is followed by soothing temperature during the winters.
The city is served by several major rail lines with routes to Mumbai, Nagpur, Delhi and Surat. It lies on national highway 6 that connects the city to Surat and Kolkata. The Ajanta Caves are located about 64 km (about 40 mi) to the south of Jalgaon, and the Yaval Wildlife Sanctuary is about 32 km (about 20 mi) to the north, which are the two prime excursion points from this city.
Jalgaon is often known as the Banana Capital of India. Jalgaon is known to produce more than 16% of India's banana production and is one of the world's major banana producing regions. According Mahabanana, an association of banana growers of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra state has 72,000 hectare of land under banana plantation, of which about 66%, that is, 48,000 hectare is in Jalgaon district alone. Jalgaon is also one of world's the largest pulse milling centers. It has some of the nation's best jewellery makers and is a leading cotton-producing area. It is a well-developed, highly industrialised city and is growing at a blazing speed due to the presence of highly trained workforce, great communications, and transportation access being on the NH-6 between east and west India and also the railway Junction of Bhusaval.
Upon entering Jalgaon city through the railway station, the first building that visitors gaze upon is the 17-floor Jalgaon Municipal Corporation. Adjoining this is the Golani complex with more than 500 shops and flats. On the either side of Mahatma Gandhi road towards the tower visitors sprawl around the Phule market, well known as a retail market for clothing, cosmetics, and almost all consumable items. Further along is another one of Jalgaon's important markets known as Dana Bazaar, a wholesale market for food grains. Subhash chowk and Jewellery (Saraf bazaar) are also big markets of the city. Jalgaon is one of biggest Jewellery markets in Maharashtra and famous for its Gold quality and designs.
North Maharashtra University is located in Jalgaon and has an authority over the entire Khandesh area which including places like Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar districts. There are many other schools and colleges in Jalgaon and also a large number of engineering colleges. Moolji Jaitha College is the premier academic institution, established in 1945. It is the senior most College of the North Maharashtra region. This college is located in 25 Acres sprawling campus absolute serene such that a student automatically turns himself into learning with full concentration devoid of diversions.
Jalgaon is a noteworthy collection and distribution center of agricultural goods and agriculture input industry. The most important products are jowar and raw cotton and banana; the region's rich volcanic soil is particularly well suited to cotton production. Jalgaon is nowadays becoming a well trading center of Maharashtra and a leading producer of sugarcane. This year the sugar production has increased. The onion dehydration plant in Jalgaon has annual onion dehydration capacity of 10,000 tonnes, which is about 15 per cent of the total exports of dehydrated onions from India. Jalgaon is an important center for cotton-textile and vegetable oil mills, particularly groundnut-oil and hydrogenation plants. The Jalgaon city surrounded by various well-known and reputed industries like irrigation, pipe, forging, clothes.
Some notable names that succeeded in the domain of business in Jalgaon are Jain Irrigation Systems, Raymond Limited - Textile Division, Oasis Ceramics Pvt. Ltd., Bosch (Formerly Kalyani Brakes), Wipro Ltd., Legrand India Private Limited, Prabhat Soda, Supreme Industries, Marico (Sweekar & Saffola edible oil), Bharat Petroleum (Refilling Plant) and A-1 Bharit Center.
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