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|District||South 24 Parganas|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Batanagar is a town in South 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. It is one of the places named after the multinational shoe company Bata. There is a plant of the Bata company here. The employees mostly reside in Batanagar.
Batanagar was established to start the first shoe factory in India by Czech industrialist Thomas Bata. The Bata brand was established on August 24, 1894 in Zlín, then in Austria-Hungary (now in Czech Republic). The company first established itself in India in 1931 by renting a building to start an experimental shoe production plant in Konnagar, West Bengal with 75 Czech experts. Jan Antonin Bata then built up an industrial manufactuing city called Batanagar in 1934, as well as other factories in Digha near Patna, and elsewhere in India, employing more than 7,000 people.Later Batanagar became one of the bigger sub-urban towns near Kolkata.
Not only the Bata India Shoe factory, another very remarkable feature of Batanagar, is that shoe-making is a pre-dominant cottage industry in Batanagar. Countless houses and families are dedicated to manufacturing shoes of various makes - leather, PVC, jute, etc. for some of the leading shoe brands in India. For example - Khadim's, SreeLeathers, Titas and Liberty which are some of the most renowned shoe makers in India, have outsourced a major portion of their shoe making process to the various entities in Batanagar. Every alternate home in Batanagar houses a small unit which is manufacturing shoes.
This feature was born out of necessity, as most of the families residing in Batanagar are dependent on the Bata factory for their livelihood, hence whenever the factory gets locked-out, these families are very severely affected. Hence shoe making from their homes has given them an alternate source of earning.
There are several higher secondary level schools including the Bata Boys' School, Bata Girls' School, Nangi Boys' School and Nangi Girls' School in Batanagar area. There are no college in Batanagar, the nearest colleges are Maheshtala college and Budgebudge college. Mahestala College was accredited by NAAC in May 2004.It has Computer Science as Honours course affiliated by Calcutta University. UGC funded Career Oriented Vocational courses like Journalism & Video Production, Communicative English are fast gaining popularity among students. In the XI Plant one more course on Fashion Technology will be started in 2008.There is also an engineering college Budge Budge Institute of Technology (B.B.I.T.) affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology (W.B.U.T.) offering B.Tech & Diploma courses on various engineering streams such as Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) , Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) , Electrical Engineering (EE) , Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Civil Engineering (CE), alongwith MBA course. This institute is one of the best engineering college in Budge-Budge area and has one of the biggest college campus in Budge-Budge. Every year the institute organizes test-fest attended by several college students .
The place has also given to India some of the greatest footballers, like Sankar Banerjee (ex-India International and Mohun Bagan coach),Dilip Banerjee, Krishnendu Roy, Shankar Adhikary, Goutam Guha Roy, Shanti Majumdar, Manash Bhattacharya to name a few.