Katpadi (pronounced [kaːtpaːdi]) is a locality in Vellore, at the northern part of Vellore city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Located on the gauge line between Chennai-Bangalore and Villupuram-Tirupati, it is also the home of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
Vellore city North
|Talukas||Katpadi [Vellore North]|
|• Body||Vellore Municipal Corporation|
|• Mayor||Mrs.P. Karthiyayini|
|Elevation||260 m (850 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||91 416|
|Vehicle registration||TN 23|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Arakkonam|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Katpadi|
|Civic agency||Vellore Municipal Corporation|
Politics and geographyEdit
Katpadi is no longer a separate municipal unit and has become part of Vellore City Municipal Corporation (VCMC). The two places are collectively known as Vellore and together form the eighth-largest metropolis in Tamilnadu.
Katpadi lies in the northern side of the Palar River with the Andhra Pradesh state border about a five-minute drive from Katpadi Junction. When Vellore was upgraded to a corporation, Katpadi was also included in its city limits.
The original Katpadi village is now called Old Katpadi which lies on road which connects Thiruvalam and Chittor bus stop. The Government Boys Higher Secondary School located here is more than 100 years old.
A broad gauge railway line which connects Tamil Nadu to Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu (Chennai - Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupathi - Mysore) passes through Katpadi. The railway station is location on Cuddalor - Chittor State Highway, SH 9 (now NH-234).
Katpadi Junction is the name of the primary railway station of Vellore city.
Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT)Edit
The Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT) is in Katpadi. In 2010 it was ranked as one of the best private engineering university in India by the magazine India Today, VIT University has six schools of study and also houses the VIT Business School. VIT is also the first Indian university to be accredited by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in London and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the US. The college has around 15,000 students from India and from over 20 countries.
More than 150 trains cross through Vellore's Katpadi Junction daily. The number of commuters has increased[when?], mainly due to the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), the temple town of Tirupati and more recently the Golden temple at Sripuram.
Chittoor bus standEdit
Named for once being the starting point for all Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh buses, it is the third largest bus terminus in the city of Vellore. There is a statue of C. N. Annadurai there, and there are buses to Gudiyatham, Walaja, Arcot, Ranipet, Thiruvalam, Ponnai, Vallimalai and Muthukadai from here. There is a new building being built[when?] by the corporation for shops and a public shelter.
The local Vellore city bus starts off from Senguttai to Bagayam (via Central Bus Terminus, CMC and Town Bus Terminus) and also available from Katpadi Railway Station to Bagayam(via New Bus Stand terminus, CMC and Old bus stand terminus).
There are four statues of leaders in Katpadi, located in four major bus stops.
- C. N. Annadurai at the Chittoor bus stop
- M. G. Ramachandran at Odai Pillayar Koil
- K Kamaraj at Auxilium College Roundana
- Periyar E. V. Ramasamy at Kalyana Mandabam
- Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar at Kangeyanallore Road
The theaters in Katpadi are:
- AASCAR Cinemas (previously called Balaji Theatre)
- Vishnu Theater
- Galaxy Cinemas (previously called Apsa Theatre)
- PVR CINEMAS
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
- VIT Ranking in India Today: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Photo/3308/3/best-engineering-colleges-in-india,-2010.html
- "Vellore Institute of Technology". The Times Of India.