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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
|District||South 24 Parganas|
|• Body||Maheshtala Municipality|
|Elevation||9 m (30 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, Hindi, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||+91 33|
|Vehicle registration||WB-01 to WB-10, WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Maheshtala|
Batanagar is a locality in Maheshtala Municipality of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a neighbourhood in South West Kolkata. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). It is one of the places named after the multinational shoe company Bata. There is a plant of the Bata company here. The employees mostly reside in Batanagar.
Batanagar was established to start the first shoe factory in India by Czechoslovak industrialist Tomáš Baťa. The Bata brand was established on 24 August 1894 in Zlín, then in Austria-Hungary (now in Czech Republic). The company first established itself in India in 1931 by renting a building to start an experimental shoe production plant in Konnagar, West Bengal with 75 Czechoslovak experts. Jan Antonín Baťa then built up an industrial manufacturing city called Batanagar in 1934, as well as other factories in Delhi and Patna, and elsewhere in India, employing more than 7,000 people. Later Batanagar became one of the bigger suburban towns near Kolkata.
Batanagar lies on the right bank of the river Ganges. Nungi or Nangi, the nearest rail station, is 23 km from Sealdah on the Sealdah–Komagatamaru Budge Budge line of Eastern Railway.and just 9 km from Taratala.
Not only the Bata India Shoe factory, another very remarkable feature of Batanagar, is that shoe-making is a predominant cottage industry in Batanagar. Countless houses and families are dedicated to manufacturing shoes of various makes - leather, PVC, jute, etc. for some of the leading shoe brands in India. For example, - Khadim's, SreeLeathers, Titas and Liberty which are some of the most renowned shoe makers in India, have outsourced a major portion of their shoe making process to the various entities in Batanagar. Every alternate home in Batanagar houses a small unit which is manufacturing shoes.
This feature was born out of necessity, as most of the families residing in Batanagar are dependent on the Bata factory for their livelihood, hence whenever the factory gets locked-out, these families are very severely affected. Hence shoe making from their homes has given them an alternate source of earning.
There are several higher secondary level schools including the Bata Boys' School, Bata Girls' School, BatanagarSri Ramkrishna Ashram Vivekananda Vidyamandir, Nungi high school, Nungi Balika Bidyalay, Bangla jatio sikhsa mandir, jagtala suryakumar high school in Batanagar area. There are also some secondary level schools. There is no college in Batanagar; the nearest colleges are Budge Budge College and Maheshtala College . Mahestala College was accredited by NAAC in May 2004. A private college, Batanagar Institute of Engineering, Management & Science (BIEMS), offering various technical, management and basic science programs, is also in operation here.
The place has also given to India some of the greatest footballers, like Sankar Banerjee (ex-India International and Mohun Bagan coach), Dilip Banerjee, Krishnendu Roy, Shankar Adhikary, Goutam Guha Roy, Shanti Majumdar, Manash Bhattacharya to name a few.
Durga Puja celebration in Batanagar
Emergency Contact Details
|Municipality||Maheshtala Municipality [Contact - .2490-1651, 2490-3389]|
|Hospital||Matrisadan [Telephone No. - 2490-4223; Ambulance : 2492-4224]
Budge Budge Medical Superintendent ESI Hospital [2480-3908, 2470-1396]