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Melur was constituted as a Town Panchayat as per 3.12.1888 St. Joerge Gazette No. 86 and upgrade as Third grade municipality in the year 1978. As per G.O. No. 85, date: 1.1.1978. The population of the town was then 33743. The entire area of Melur Town Revenue villages Melur and Karuthapuliampatti was included within the jurisdiction of the municipality. At present from 22.5.1998 onwards as per G.O. No.5. Municipal Administration and Watersupply Department, classified as Second grade municipality. The Municipal office is situated nearly 0.5 kms East from bus stand, on the Melur to Thiruvathavur State Highways Road.

Melur is a town and a municipality in the Madurai district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Melur is called Thaikramam ('Mother of Villages'). It is the biggest taluk within the Madurai District.

Melur is a manufacturer and exporter of ploughs. Granite production is an important industry; granite from Melur is exported around the world. Situated within a largely agricultural area, most of the people living around Melur are employed in agriculture, chiefly in the cultivation of rice.

The Lord Thirumarainathar and Vethanayaki Amman Temple, Thiropathi Amman Temple, and Manickavasagar Temple are in Thiruavathavoor. The Hanuman Temple is at the Pakulam road. The Lord Sri Ram temple and mosque are located opposite each other. There are five mosques in town: in the Trichy main road named JAMIYA MASJID MOIYADEEN MOSQUE; near Chekkadi; Masjid Noor near Al Ameen High School; Koofa Masjid near Nondi Kovil Patti; and Thaqva Masjid near Baskaran Hospital Al-aqsa mosque near perumal patti MOHAMADHIYA PURAM MOSQUE.

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