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Kankurgachi is a neighbourhood in North-Central Kolkata, India. With a cosmopolitan crowd and several commercial buildings and food joints, Kankurgachi is considered as one of the most affluent and elite places in Kolkata. The main intersection of Kankurgachi remains busy throughout the day as all the roads leading out from this crossing connects to some of the most significant locations of the city. Initially, the place was developed by the Kolkata Improvement Trust, which was then known as Calcutta Improvement Trust.
The area is extremely well connected with other parts of the city by extremely convenient bus and auto routes. Buses from almost every location in and around Kolkata are available from here. Auto-rickshaw services are extremely frequent in this area, and are available from Kankurgachi to Phulbagan, Salt Lake Bidhan Nagar, EM Bypass, Sealdah, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital and Ganesh Talkies regularly. Ultadanga, one of the city’s important junctions and the location for one of Kolkata’s busiest railway stations Bidhan Nagar Road, is less than a kilometer away from Kankurgachi. The place is a major junction to reach few other important destinations, namely the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata Airport and Rajarhat New Township.
Kankurgachi is primarily marked by a huge outlet of Pantaloons, one of India’s leading retailers. Tanishq, Fabindia, Koutons and M.P. Jewelers are few other prominent retail outlets located in and near the area. The place further houses some good restaurants like Rose, Honey Da Dhaba, AB's Dilli Durbar,VLCC, Kurry Klub and Jalapeños, and food joints like Dominos, Barista and Tea Junction.
Axis Bank, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, Allahabad Bank, Indian Bank, UBI and PNB are some of the major banks located here. Many renowned educational and training centers are also situated in this area, the most prominent one being Arena Animation Kankurgachi, one of Eastern India’s largest animation centers. Bengal Chemicals, a renowned chemical trader was found by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy in Kankurgachi. Following the closure of several factories and jute mill, the Kankurgachi area is now crammed with rising buildings and growing slums.
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