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Diocese of Hosur
Diocese of Hosur

The eparchy of Hosur includes the northern part of Tamil Nadu state, where there are around 50,000 Syro-Malabar faithful in the city of Chennai and another 15,000 in the nearby cities of Chingleput, Dharmapuri, Vellore and Pondicherry. Their pastoral care is entrusted to 22 priests, from the eparchy of Irinjalakuda, and responsible for 44 pastoral centres. There are also 73 women religious working in the region, who manage eight schools and other pious works.

Despite the concentration of the Syro-Malabar faithful in Chennai, the new eparchy will have as its see the city of Hosur. The Cathedral and Chancellery will in any case be close to Chennai: Saint Antony’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Noothenchery and the Saint Thomas Pastoral Centre in Aynavaram.

Transportation

Road

National Highway AH43(Old NH7) passes through Hosur connecting it with Bangalore, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Palakkad and Salem. This stretch of the highway passing through the town is a Golden quadrilateral Highway Hosur has a central bus station which was re-constructed and opened on July 18, 2010. TNSTC Salem Division buses connect Hosur to major cities and towns in Tamil Nadu and also to neighboring states. Several private bus services and KSRTC also operate buses connecting Hosur.

Rail                                                   

Hosur has a railway station, located on the Bengaluru-Dharmapuri-Salem railway line and falls under the Bengaluru Division of the South Western Railway. Hosur is well connected to major cities across the country by rail.

Air

Hosur Aerodrome was established in 1994. It has 7012 feet long and 150 feet wide runway. The present aerodrome located at Bellagondahalli is maintained by TAAL.The nearest major airport is the Bengaluru International Airport, about 80 km from Housr.

Climate

Hosur experiences a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Hosur usually enjoys salubrious and moderate climate throughout the year, with occasional heat waves. The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 17.1 °C and the hottest month is May with an average high temperature of 33.6 °C. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 12 °C, and summer temperatures seldom exceed 35 °C. Hosur receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest monsoons and the wettest months are October, September and August, in that order. The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms but no flooding. Humidity is 31% and average rainfall is 84 cm.                                                                                                                                           

Economy

Hosur is an industrial hub and houses several automobile and manufacturing industries. The major companies include Kansai Nerolac Paints,TVS Motors, Ashok Leyland, Titan, Hindustan Motors, Kamaz Vectra Motors, Alstom, Faiveley Transport, Caterpillar Inc., Carborundum Universal, Exide Industries Ltd, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Unilever,Schaeffler, TTK Prestige,Tab India Granites Pvt Ltd,Bata Shoes and Del Monte Foods. There are plans for the development of an Information Technology Special Economic Zone near Hosur. ELCOT has called for applications for the allotment of land in the IT Park of Hosur in the month of June 2010. Proximity to Bangalore is seen as advantage.

A variety of fruits and vegetables are cultivated around Hosur. The land is very fertile and there is significant access to fresh water as well as labor. Crops consist of tomatoes, cabbages, onions, mangoes, capsicum, carrot, cucumber, beans, coriander leaves, turnip and radish. Roses are also grown in large numbers. District Livestock Farmwas started in 1824. Central Sericultural Germplasm Resources Centre (CSGRC)was established in 1991 to protect and conserve mulberry and silkworm germ plasm resources. 

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