Belgharia

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Belgharia
Neighbourhood
Feeder road to Belgharia railway station
Belgharia is located in West Bengal
Belgharia
Belgharia
Location West Bengal, India
Belgharia is located in India
Belgharia
Belgharia
Belgharia (India)
Coordinates: 22°39′N 88°23′E / 22.65°N 88.38°E / 22.65; 88.38Coordinates: 22°39′N 88°23′E / 22.65°N 88.38°E / 22.65; 88.38
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictNorth 24 Parganas
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyKamarhati Municipality
Languages
 • OfficialBengali
 • Additional officialEnglish[citation needed]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700056, 700083
Telephone code+91 33
Vehicle registrationWB
Lok Sabha constituencyDum Dum
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKamarhati, Baranagar

Belgharia is a locality in Kamarhati Municipality of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is close to Kolkata and also a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). Belgharia is also known for wholesale market for all types of Bags/Luggages/Purse etc. One must visit and check the Bag Market beside Belgharia Railway Station. The great Dakshineswar Kali Temple of Kolkata is in approximately three kilometers distance from Belgharia Railway Station. The Vivekananda Setu on the river of Hooghly which is one of the oldest bridge in Calcutta established for the connection between the city of Howrah and Kolkata is also at the adjacent area of Belgharia.

Etymology[edit]

The name "Belgharia" is derived from "Bell Ghor". There was a Big bell used for calling the porters for unloading and carrying jute from the boats.

History[edit]

The oldest jetty was situated in Ariadaha on the river Ganges. In the 17th century Belgharia and Nimta were the biggest wholesale markets for jute, fish and vegetables in South Bengal. The smart bois of belgharia made it happen.

Ramakrishna Paramhansa visited this place eight times; the first time was in 1875. Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Ramakrishna also resided here.

Geography[edit]

Cities and towns in the southern portion of Barrackpore subdivision in North 24 Parganas district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town,
N: neighbourhood/ administrative location
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

Location[edit]

96% of the population of Barrackpore subdivision (partly presented in the map alongside, all places marked on the map are linked in the full screen map) lives in urban areas. In 2011, it had a density of population of 10,967 per km2. The subdivision has 16 municipalities and 24 census towns.[1]

For most of the cities/ towns information regarding density of population is available in the Infobox. Population data is not available for neighbourhoods. It is available for the entire Municipal area and thereafter ward-wise.

Police station[edit]

Belgharia police station under Barrackpore Police Commissionerate has jurisdiction over Kamarhati Municipal area.[2][3]

Demographics[edit]

Kolkata Urban Agglomeration[edit]

The following Municipalities, Census Towns and other locations in Barrackpore subdivision were part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration in the 2011 census: Kanchrapara (M), Jetia (CT), Halisahar (M), Balibhara (CT), Naihati (M), Bhatpara (M), Kaugachhi (CT), Garshyamnagar (CT), Garulia (M), Ichhapur Defence Estate (CT), North Barrackpur (M), Barrackpur Cantonment (CB), Barrackpore (M), Jafarpur (CT), Ruiya (CT), Titagarh (M), Khardaha (M), Bandipur (CT), Panihati (M), Muragachha (CT) New Barrackpore (M), Chandpur (CT), Talbandha (CT), Patulia (CT), Kamarhati (M), Baranagar (M), South Dumdum (M), North Dumdum (M), Dum Dum (M), Noapara (CT), Babanpur (CT), Teghari (CT), Nanna (OG), Chakla (OG), Srotribati (OG) and Panpur (OG).[4]

Economy[edit]

Belgharia has now become a business hub, well connected with Kolkata through trains, buses and other means of transport. The nearest Industrial area is Kamarhatty (3 km), with the following companies: Agarpara Jute Mill, Allied Ceramic, ESDEE Allumina, Emami, Kamarhatty Jute Mill, Texmaco,[5] TIL, WIMCO.

Transport[edit]

Feeder road is one of the main roads in Belgharia. Feeder road connects Belgharia to Barrackpore Trunk Road (B.T. Road) on the west and through Madhusudan Banerjee Road (M.B. Road) to Nimta, Birati and consequently to Jessore Road in the east. Feeder Road and Madhusudan Banerjee Road (M.B. Road) are connected with a rail over-bridge named Kabi Satyendranath Dutta Setu above Belgharia railway station.[6] The newly built Belghoria Expressway which links with Dumdum/Kolkata Airport on Jessore Road and Nivedita Setu on the Hooghly River increased the importance of this place.

Bus[edit]

Private Bus[edit]

Mini Bus[edit]

WBTC Bus[edit]

Bus Routes Without Numbers[edit]

Train[edit]

Belgharia railway station is one of the stations on the main train line (Sealdah-Ranaghat line) starting from Sealdah Station.

Metro Rail[edit]

Kolkata new proposed Metro Line 5 (Baranagar - Barrackpore)

The under Construction Baranagar metro station, which is a part of the Kolkata Metro Line 1 (North-South line) and will also serve as the planned terminus of Kolkata Metro Line 5, is close to Belgharia. Kamarhati is also a planned Metro Station of Kolkata Metro Line 5, near to Belgharia.

Education[edit]

Bhairab Ganguly College was established at Belgharia in 1968. It offers honours courses in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, history, philosophy, political science, geography, education, physical education, physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology, physiology, economics, electronics, computer science, accountancy and general BA, BSc and B Com courses.[7][8]

Culture[edit]

Ramakrishna Mission is also situated here. They run a Students' Home for meritorious poor and needy students along with a three-year Diploma Engg. College. They also conduct relief activities with a public library and homeopathic dispensary. A small unit of Ramkrishna Mission is situated here (near Belgharia Rail Overbridge) which was established by Swami Vijnananandaji, architect of Belur Math.

Popular adda zones in belgharia are 4 no Platform, Mashir Dokan and Alipore math.

The population consists of generally middle class Bengali. Of late a lot of student messes has sprung up chiefly because of the comparative low cost of living and close proximity to the city of Kolkata.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Statistical Handbook". North 24 Parganas 2013, Tables 2.1, 2.2, 2.4b. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "District Statistical Handbook". North 24 Parganas 2013, Table 2.1. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Barrackpore Police Commissionerate". List of Police Stations with telephone numbers. West Bengal Police. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011" (PDF). Constituents of Urban Agglomeration Having Population Above 1 Lakh. Census of India 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Texmaco".
  6. ^ Google maps
  7. ^ "Bhairab Ganguly College". BGC. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Bhairab Ganguly College". College Admission. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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