Tollygunge

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Tollygunge
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Metro Station Mahanayak Uttam Kumar
Parliamentary constituency Jadavpur
Assembly constituency Tollyganj
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700033, 700040, 700092, 700047
Area code(s) +91 33

Tollygunge (Bengali: টালিগঞ্জ) is a locality of South Kolkata. It is flanked by the Eastern Railway south suburban line to the north, Lake Gardens and Golf Green in the east, the Pashchim & Purba Putiaries in the south, and Behala in the west.

History[edit]

Tollygunge is named after Major William Tolly, the Ferdinand de Lesseps of Calcutta, who in 1775-76 started a project to excavate and dredge the Tolly's Nullah (Adi Ganga) (also named for him) as a passage for the people of East Bengal and Assam to Calcutta. He was also granted a license to collect tolls from the passing boats and permitted to open a gunj or market on the eastern bank of the nullah by the British East India Company.

The dream project of Major Tolly became fully alive in 1776 and subsequently it was opened to navigation in 1777. Since then, this 17 mile long canal is known as Tolly's Nullah and the market of Major Tolly as Tollygunge which was somewhere near Tollygunge Road on the eastern bank of this Nullah. Now a large area on both sides of the Nullah bears the name Tollygunge.

Today, Tollygunge is one of the premium localities of Kolkata. Tollywood, the centre of the Bengali film industry, is at Tollygunge.

It is one of the most rapidly developing areas of Kolkata[citation needed].

Transport[edit]

Tollygunge is facilitated with well connected transport mediums. It serves as terminal points of several transport services like the tram, city buses of the Calcutta Tramways company and is a major metro station.

Tollygunge Railway Station is located on the Budge Budge section of the Sealdah South Suburban Railway. The Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (formerly Tollygunge) metro station had been a terminal station of Kolkata's Metro Railway from 1984-2009. From 2009, the overground extension of the Metro Railway has extended the Metro's range to beyond Tollygunge up to Garia.

The Calcutta Tramways Company depot in Tollyguge serves as a terminal point for the tram service (which links it to Ballygunge and B.B.D. Bagh) and city buses operated by the same company. Regular air-conditioned Volvo bus services introduced in 2009 provide easy access to airport and another air-conditioned Volvo bus services introduced in 2012 from Kudghat to Unitech passes through it.

Notable Neighborhoods[edit]

  • Tollygunge Phari
  • Kudghat
  • Ashok Nagar
  • Regent Park
  • Moore Avenue
  • Ranikuthi
  • Netaji Nagar
  • Bansdroni
  • Naktala
  • The Golf Green
  • Haridevpur

Educational Institutions[edit]

  • South Academy High School (Near Bansdroni bazar )
  • G.D.Birla Centre For Education
  • Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management
  • Sir Nripendranath Institution
  • Gangapuri Siksha Sadan
  • Paschim Putiary Sukharanjan Vidyamandir High School
  • Naktala High School
  • Swami Pranabananda Vidyapith
  • Shri Ritam Vidyapith
  • The Assembly of God Church School
  • Miranda High School, Boral
  • B.D. Memorial Institute
  • Narmada High School
  • Brajamohan Tewary Institution
  • Mansur Habibullah Memorial School (Formerly: South End School), Kudghat beside Netaji metro station
  • Ashok Nagar Boys High School
  • Milan Garh Girls High School
  • The Future Foundation School
  • ITI Tollygunge
  • Kalidhan Institution (Near Rashbehari Avenue)

Places of Interest[edit]

Notable Residents[edit]

as well as the house of Mr. Basanta Chowdhury another notable actor.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Kolkata/Southern fringes travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 22°30′N 88°21′E / 22.500°N 88.350°E / 22.500; 88.350