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Neighborhood in Asansol
Barakar is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°44′N 86°51′E / 23.73°N 86.85°E / 23.73; 86.85Coordinates: 23°44′N 86°51′E / 23.73°N 86.85°E / 23.73; 86.85
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bardhaman
Demonym(s) Asansolians / Asansolites/ Asansolbashi
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Asansol
Vidhan Sabha constituency Kulti

Barakar is the western neighborhood in Asansol,[1] Bardhaman district in the state of West Bengal. It is situated at the border of the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Grand Trunk Road passes through Barakar. The neighborhood is located on the banks of Barakar River.



Asansol is composed of undulating latterite region. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[2] At the western fringe of the area the Barakar forms the boundary with Jharkhand.


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  2. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3