Barasat

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Barasat
বারাসত
Suburb
Barasat is located in West Bengal
Barasat
Barasat
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°43′N 88°29′E / 22.72°N 88.48°E / 22.72; 88.48Coordinates: 22°43′N 88°29′E / 22.72°N 88.48°E / 22.72; 88.48
State West Bengal
District North 24 Parganas
Government
 • Municipality Chairman Sunil Mukherjee[1]
 • MP Kakali Ghosh Dastidar
 • MLA Chiranjeet (Dipak) Chakrabarty
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 237,783
 • Density 2,223/km2 (5,760/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700124 to 700126
Telephone code 91 33 2542
Vehicle registration WB26
Lok Sabha constituency Barasat
Vidhan Sabha constituency Barasat
Website north24parganas.nic.in

Barasat (/ˈbɑːrəˌsʌt/; Bengali: বারাসাত Barasat) is a city in the outskirts of Kolkata, West Bengal India and is the district headquarters of the district North 24 Parganas. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.[2] The town is an important railway and roadway junction. Barasat is also the name of a sub-division centering the city.

As an urban setup in the vicinity of the Kolkata, the town is within the area of Greater Kolkata. Several significant roads like National Highway 34 (Krishnanagar Road leading towards North Bengal), Jessore Road (road leading to Jessore in Bangladesh via Bongaon); road leading to Basirhat etc. cross through the town.

History[edit]

During the period of Moghuls, Ram Sundar Mitra had got the Laminar at Barasat town. Sankar Chakrabrorty, a commander of Pratapaditya, The king of Jessore (at present in Bangladesh), came to Barasat in 1600, and established himself in Barasat town. In 1700 AD Hazarat Ekdil Shah, the Muslim saint, started residing at Kazipara, Barasat. He was known as a social reformer. His tomb, located in Kazipara, is a pilgrimage place of Muslim community. Pratapaditya had made his way to Kolkata from Jessore and Sirajudoulla had made his way to Kolkata from Murshidabad via Barasat, which are later on converted into two National Highways.

During the British Raj, Company officials from Calcutta made Barasat a weekend retreat location. They had made many garden house at various places within Barasat town. Warren Hastings had made his Villa in the heart of Barasat town. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, the renowned Author, was the first Indian Deputy Magistrate of this town.

Indigo cultivation was a major business in and around the town. The indigo merchants were known for their inhuman treatment of the farmers. Titumir, a farmer, had declared revolution against indigo merchants in Barasat. Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Pyari Charan Sarkar, Kalikrishna Mitra were known for undertaking several social reformative actions in Barasat, including development of education, along with women education and widow marriage. In the early nineteenth century, there was a college in Barasat for the cadets who arrived from Europe for the first time to India.[3]

From 1834 to 1861, Barasat was the seat of a joint-magistrate, known as "Barasat District". In 1861, the joint magistracy was abolished, and the Barasat District became a sub-division of the Twenty-four Parganas district.[3] At present it is the district headquarters of North 24 Parganas district.[4]

Geography[edit]

Barasat is located in the Ganges Brahmaputra delta region in the district of North 24 parganas, West Bengal state in the eastern India. The Bangladesh border - at Petrapole is situated about 70/ 80 km from the city.

The average altitude is 11 metres. No notable river flows by the city. The nearest one is Ganges itself — about 15 km to the west. The city is in the Gangetic plain lacking any hills.

Barasat is 22 km from Sealdah Station on the Sealdah–Bangaon branch line. It is at one end of the Barasat-Basirhat-Hasnabad branch line of Eastern Railway.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate is tropical — like the rest of the Gangetic West Bengal. The hallmark is the Monsoon — from early June to mid September. The weather remains dry during the winter (mid November to mid February) and humid during summer.

Temperature :40 °C in May(Max) and 10 °C in January(Min)

Relative Humidity: Between 55% in March & 98% in July

Rainfall: 1,579mm(Normal)[6]

Economy[edit]

An important trade centre for rice, legumes, sugarcane, potatoes, and coconuts, cotton weaving is the major industry in Barasat.[citation needed]

The proximity to Kolkata helps residents commute daily to Kolkata.[citation needed]

Administration[edit]

Barasat Circuit House
Front Gate of Barasat Circuit House, A Government VIP Guest House.

Barasat Municipality[edit]

Barasat Municipality was born on 1 April 1869 but up to 1882, it did not have any independent existence. Like other offices it was controlled by Magistrate Office, during that time there was no Chairman of the municipality, Magistrate was the Controller of municipality. Later on after 1882 Barasat Municipality had got its own formation as an autonomous body and became local government. Barasat Association, a citizens organization, had help Barasat Municipality by donating land for the construction of municipal building.
Total Barasat municipal area divided into 29 nos. of Mouzas. Previously, there were 4 nos. of Wards and after that 18 nos. of Wards under Barasat Municipality. Later on after amalgamating surrounding Panchayets within Barasat Municipality in 1995 and then after, at present Barasat Municipality has 32 nos. of Wards.[4]

Barasat District Court[edit]

District Court handle all kind of local and national cases.

Zilla Parishad (District Council)[edit]

The Zilla Parishad of North 24 Parganas came into existence on 26 June 1986 due to bifurcation of erstwhile 24 Parganas district with respect to North South divide on geographical pattern. This is the highest tire of three tire Panchayati Raj system having its headquarters at Barasat. It has six riverine Panchayat Samities in Sundarban region having saline tract on one side and a rich alluvial tracts of river Ichhamati Basin and industrial belt of Barrackpore on the other side. Its territorial jurisdiction is structured up to the International Border of Bangladesh along the eastern side.[7]
Shri Sanjay Bansal, IAS took over the charge of District Magistrate & Collector, North 24 Parganas on 19 August 2011.

Major City Points[edit]

Dukbangalow More
Barasat Dukbangalow More - A Junction of NH34 and NH35.
Champadali More
Barasat Chapadali More More - A Junction of NH35 and Bashirhat Road.

Champadali More: This is a major city center where the NH35 is divided by Jessore Road and Bashirhat Road. Different bus route's buses are available from here.
Colony More: This is a junction of Krishna Nagar highway and Barakpur Highway road connected to city of joy.
DuckBanglow More: This also another junction of Jessore road and Krishnanagar Highway.

Transport[edit]

Barasat town is well connected with roads to Kolkata, North Bengal, Bangladesh and other towns of West Bengal while many of these routes originates from Barasat Bus Terminal. The two nos. of National Highways (NH 34 & NH 35) and one no of State Highway (SH 2) run through Barasat town, Barasat is also well connected by railway with Sealdah, Bongaon and Basirhat.

Road[edit]

From Kolkata,Take Poor Road (Najrul Islam Sarani) off Ultadanga (V.I.P.Crossing) to reach Airport Gate No. 1 and take right to Jessore Road (National Highway 34).Barasat is 8 kilometres straight drive from this crossing.

Barasat Railway Station

Barasat is a major roadway junction. The NH 34 (initially under the name Krishnanagar Road) goes towards north ultimately to the North Bengal and is the major link between Calcutta and the North-East India. The Jessore Road (NH 35) leads to Bongaon and ultimately to the Bangladesh border at Petrapole. The Taki Road leads to Basirhat, Hasnabad and Taki via Berachampa. The Barrackpore Road links National Highway 35 at Barasat with Kalyani Expressway and Barrackpore.

Barasat Bus Routes : Click Here

Barasat Central Bus Terminus

Rail[edit]

Barasat Junction is the railway station, on Bongaon line of Sealdah Station (North Section). This junction is where Bongaon line and Hasnabad-Basirhat line of Kolkata Suburban Railway get separated. The Barasat - Basirhat Railway line was originally run by Martin's Light Railways. Now it is a section under Sealdah division of Eastern Railways. Hridaypur (Sealdah-Bongaon line) & Kazipara(Barasat-Hasnabad line) are the other railway stations under the area of Barasat Municipality.Currently a Metro railway line is under construction which is basically an extension of Kolkata Metro.

Air[edit]

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is about 11 kilometres from Barasat city. There are Domestic and International terminals separately for domestic and international flights towards different part of the world.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[8] Barasat had a population of 231,515. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Barasat has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; 54% of the literates are male and 46% are female. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Population of Barasat–I CD Block was 249,625 according to 2001 census, with a population density of 2,223 persons per square km.[9] Barasat–II CD Block had a population of 239,699 in 2001 census, with a population density of 1,480 persons per square km.[9]

Culture[edit]

Bhaban in Barasat
Rabinrda Bhaban in Barasat - A cultural hall near to Sethpukur.

The culture milieu in Barasat reflects the usual culturel characteristics of similar small towns in Bengal. The educated middle-class community continues to perpetuate the Bengali cultural manifestations like drama, recitation, classical music, songs and dances, while young Turks take a rather revolutionary stand and let out their feeling in the form of minor little magazines and socially relevant functions like health check up camps etc.

In Barasat some religious ashrams like the ashrams of Pranabananda, Prabhu Jagadbandhu, Shibananda Dham, Shankar Moth O Mission, Sree Sree Yogashram, Hazarat Ekdil Shah Darga etc. are located.Several Christian Churches are also noticed here.The Assembly of God Church is a famous one situated on the NH34.

The cultural diversity has increased over the years with people coming from different parts of the state as well as neighboring Bangladesh. An annual fair held in honour of a Muslim saint, Hazrat Ekdil Shah is attended by both Muslims and Hindus, since hundreds of years. Kalipuja is a very important event in Barasat. All the communities join this occasion together. Kalipuja is organized by different clubs of Barasat. Rabindra Bhavan is a cultural building made by West Bengal state cultural department on Jessore road. Different cultural event and activities are organised throughout the year.

Education[edit]

The town's schools are either run by the state government or by private organisations. Schools mainly use English or Bengali as the medium of instruction. The schools are affiliated with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), or the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. Under the 10+2+3 plan, after completing their secondary education, students typically enroll in a school with a higher secondary facility affiliated with West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) or the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE). Students usually choose from one of three streams — liberal arts, commerce, or science, though vocational streams are also available. Upon completing the required coursework, students may enrol in general or professional degree programmed.

Schools[edit]

KKG
Barasat Kali Krisha Girls High School
Barasat Government High School
Barasat Government High School.
School
Priyanath Junior Basic Institution & Banamalipur Santosh Bhattacharya Memorial High School.

Colleges/University[edit]

Colleges:

BGC
Barasat Government College

University:

Private Institute[edit]

Animation, Visual Effects(Vfx), Web & Graphic Designing, Game Designing and Digital Film Making:

  • Rebus Animation & Compositing Academy ( Academy Web Site ), Near Barasat Colony More, Kolkata - 700126,

Media[edit]

  • Radio: Kolkata's radio stations are available here. Eleven local FM stations: AIR Kolkata (FM Rainbow & FM Gold), Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz), Red FM (93.5 MHz), Aamar FM (106.2 MHz), Gyan Vani (105.4 MHz),Fever FM(104 MHz),Radio One(94.3 MHz),Meow FM(104.8 MHz),BIG FM(92.7 MHz) and Power FM (107.8 MHz) are available.
  • Television: The state-owned television broadcaster Doordarshan provides two free terrestrial channels, while MSO provide a mix of Bengali, Hindi, English and other regional channels via cable.

Sports[edit]

Barasat Stadium
Barasat Stadium

Football (soccer) is the passion of the citizens. Cricket is also played with great fanfare. Besides Indian sports like Kabbadi, kho-kho are also played. Barasat is the home of Barasat Euro Musketeers, a team in the Premier League Soccer of West Bengal.

The Barasat Stadium holds some matches of the Kolkata football league and also several district-level, state-level and, infrequently, national level tournaments of several games like volleyball, soccer etc. The stadium have the capacity of 22000+ with fully concreted one and two tire, 7 gates for entry and exit. There are four towers for Television Telecast with Air Conditioned Dressing Room, Press box and Official Room for Players, Media and VIP Guests.

Achievement on Barasat District Sports Stadium:
Conducted AIFF U - 15 National Football League 2005
Legend Goalkeeper Peter Thangaraj's Benefit Match 2005
IFA Premier Football League Match Every Year
IFA Super Division Football League Match Every Year
IFA Inter School Football, Inter District Football Match Every Year

Barasat Cancer Research & Welfare Centre.

Healthcare[edit]

The North 24 Parganas District Hospital (Barasat State General Hospital) is the major healthcare facility in Barasat. Barasat Cancer Research and Welfare Center is a treatment as well as research facility for cancer patients. Barasat also have several privately operated nursing homes and hospital.

Notable Persons[edit]

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was the deputy Magistrate of 24 Parganas in the 19th century.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official District Administration site
  2. ^ "Base Map of Kolkata Metroploitan area". Kolkata Metroploitan Development Authority. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b Hunter, William Wilson (1885). The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Trübner & co. p. 123. 
  4. ^ a b "Barasat". [1]. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  5. ^ Eastern Railway time table.
  6. ^ "Barasat Climate". [2]. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Barasat Zilla Parishad". [3]. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ a b "Population, Decadal Growth Rate, Density and General Sex Ratio by Residence and Sex, West Bengal/ District/ Sub District, 1991 and 2001". West Bengal. Directorate of Census Operations. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

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