Kasba, Kolkata

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Kasba
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Parliamentary constituency Kolkata Dakshin
Assembly constituency Kasba
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700042, 700068,
Area code(s) +91 33

Kasba is a suburb of the city of Kolkata, India. It is situated in the southern part of the city encircled by the Sealdah South section of the Eastern Railways to the west, Dhakuria and Haltu to the south, the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to the east and the locality of Tiljala to the north.

History[edit]

'Kasba' means hamlet in Bengali and that was what it was - a hamlet for the people working in the nearby leather and allied factories of Tiljala and Tangra and also for the people working in various capacities for the residents of their highly prosperous neighbouring locality of Ballygunge just across the railway track to the west. (Incidentally, the word 'kasba', which means the same in Hindi and Bengali, also means the same as the Arabic 'casbah'.

The area received a major chunk of its current residents as a result of the partition of Bengal and India in 1947 by way of East Bengali Refugees.[1] The main attraction for staying in Kasba was that it was just across the railway tracks from Ballygunge and Gariahat and so commuting to the locality was not an issue. The locality was also served by the Ballygunge railway station, giving a boost to its reachability.

The first breakthrough for the locality came with the construction of the Bijon Setu, a flyover over the railway tracks right next to the Ballygunge railway station. This brought Kasba closer to the Kolkata mainstream and also resulted in quite a number of people finding the locality habitable. But the rowdy image of the locality persisted when, in 1982, some political workers murdered 17 members of the Ananda Marg sect on this very flyover.[2]

A recent and more auspicious development for Kasba was the linking of the Rash Behari Connector to the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. This link made Kasba an integral part of the growth direction that the city was taking - towards the east. Kasba became more than just a passing area and stopover for a whole section of people taking the E.M. Bypass from Ballygunge and the whole south Kolkata. Cheap availability of land, proximity to the major business areas of the prosperous southern part of the city and excellent commuting facilities combined together taking this once volatile area to being one of the most economically viable and visible parts of the city.

The first developments took place around the junction of the Rash Behari Connector and the E.M. Bypass - the Kasba Golpark area. Ruby Hospital, the office of Siemens and a host of government-sponsored housing complexes came up in the area. Then the Meghalaya House shifted lock, stock and barrel to this growth region from their old premises at Russel Street, huge amounts of money began pouring into real-estate activities and this resulted in feverish construction activity all along the stretch of the Rash Behari Connector.

Apart from all these, Kasba has also become renowned for two of the biggest and well known Durga Pujas organised nowadays - the Kasba Bosepukur Shitala Mandir and Kasba Bosepukur Talbagan pujas, which draws thousands of people from across the city and state.

Attractions of Kasba is Dharmatala United Club's Kali Puja, a very big budget Puja in Kasba. Procession of this Puja is also worth watching.

Educational institutions[edit]

Important establishments[edit]

  • Ruby General Hospital, Kasba Golpark
  • Siemens, Rash Behari Connector
  • Meghalaya House, Rash Behari Connector
  • Genesis Hospital
  • Garden High School
  • Naba Ballygange Mahavidyalaya
  • Kasba New Market
  • Purba Abasan

External links[edit]

Kolkata/South travel guide from Wikivoyage

Notes[edit]