Kolaghat

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Kolaghat
কোলাঘাট
Town
Kolaghat is located in West Bengal
Kolaghat
Kolaghat
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°26′N 87°52′E / 22.43°N 87.87°E / 22.43; 87.87Coordinates: 22°26′N 87°52′E / 22.43°N 87.87°E / 22.43; 87.87
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purba Medinipur
Population (2001)
 • Total 23,707
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 721134
Telephone code 03228
Lok Sabha constituency Tamluk
Vidhan Sabha constituency Panskura Purba
Website purbamedinipur.gov.in

Kolaghat is a census town situated on the banks of the Rupnarayan River in the Midnapore East district of West Bengal. It is located in the Panskura–II community development block of the Tamluk subdivision. It is also the headquarters of the Panskura–II CD block. Kolaghat Thermal Power Station is located here, which is managed by West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL), a department of the State Government of West Bengal.

The riverside has become a popular picnic spot and is often crowded with people, particularly during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The town is notable for its Hilsa fish.

Geography[edit]

Kolaghat is located at 22°26′N 87°52′E / 22.43°N 87.87°E / 22.43; 87.87.[1] It is located in the Panskura–II community development block of the Tamluk subdivision.[2] It is also the headquarters of the Panskura–II CD block.[3] Kolaghat police station serves the town.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[4] Kolaghat had a population of 23707. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kolaghat has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 64%. In Kolaghat, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Economy[edit]

West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) of West Bengal Government runs the 6 X 210 MW Thermal Power Station at Kolaghat. It is the largest in the state sector.[5] Madras Cements Ltd. (Branded-Ramco Cement) has also opened a grinding unit near the ash pond of the Thermal Power Project. http://ramcocement.in/images/overallview-Kolaghat.jpg

Transport[edit]

Kolaghat is on the Golden Quadrilateral. It is 54.4 km from Kolkata and 60.45 km from Kharagpur. The Kolaghat Bridge (namely Sarat Setu) is the only which connects the South India.[6]

Education[edit]

In 1998, the College of Engineering and Management, Kolaghat[7] was set up here. The high schools are K.T.P.P. High School (K.T.P.P. Township), Kola Union High School, Kolaghat Jogendra Girls High School, Gopalnagar K.K. Institution (Gopalnagar Kaliprasanna Kar Institution), Baishnabchak M.C. High School(Baishnabchak Mahesh Chandra High School) with hostel facility, Khadinan Adarsha Primary School. The Rabindrabharati College (affiliated to Vidyasagar University, Midnapur)is all set to construct its new campus here. Kolaghat National Youth Computer Training Centre,[8] Computer (NAHM-NYC) is a promising centre for teeming multitude of youths in and around the whole of India. And aiming to spread the computer education to the remotest corner of the country and developing Vocational abilities with utmost sincerity and determination. NAHM-NYC is aunit of Navjyoti Education Society (NES), Registered under Govt. of West Bengal, Act XXVI, 1961 and Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. The Programmes of NAHM - National Youth Computer is organized by NAHM -Group of Institutions-An ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution. The Brand NAHM-NATIONAL YOUTH COMPUTER and its logo is a enlisted Trade Mark of Govt. of India. The Institute has plans for recognition from AICTE, NCVT and West Bengal State Council of Technical Education in near future. Kolaghat Youth Computer Training Centre,[9] A joint Initiative with Youth Services Department, Govt. of W.B is also situated here. Jashar-All-Woliya Senior Madrasha(Jashar,3no)

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