Kankurgachi

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Kankurgachi
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Kankurgachi is located in India
Kankurgachi
Kankurgachi
Coordinates: 22°34′34.5″N 88°23′15.1″E / 22.576250°N 88.387528°E / 22.576250; 88.387528Coordinates: 22°34′34.5″N 88°23′15.1″E / 22.576250°N 88.387528°E / 22.576250; 88.387528
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
KMC ward 30, 31, 32
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700 054
Area code(s) +91 33

Kankurgachi is a neighbourhood in North-Central Kolkata, India. With a cosmopolitan crowd and several commercial buildings and restaurants, Kankurgachi is considered as one of the most affluent and elite places in Kolkata.[1]

History[edit]

Kankurgachi was developed by the Kolkata Improvement Trust (formerly Calcutta Improvement Trust.)[citation needed]

In 2015, a suspected counterfeiting operation was traced back to Kankurgachi.[2] The counterfeiters produced fake Indian and United States currency and may have been operating for five years.

Transportation[edit]

The area is well connected with other parts of the city by extremely convenient bus and auto routes. However, some roads in Kankurgachi were reported to be in bad repair in 2014.[3]

Buses from almost every location in and around Kolkata are available from here. Auto-rickshaw services are extremely frequent in this area, and are available from Kankurgachi to Phulbagan, Salt Lake Bidhan Nagar, EM Bypass, Sealdah, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital and Ganesh Talkies regularly. Ultadanga, one of the city’s important junctions and the location for one of Kolkata’s busiest railway stations Bidhan Nagar Road, is less than a kilometer away from Kankurgachi. The place is a major junction to reach few other important destinations, namely the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata Airport and Rajarhat New Township.

Commerce and services[edit]

Kankurgachi is primarily marked by a huge outlet of Pantaloons, one of India’s leading retailers. Tanishq, Fabindia, Koutons and M.P. Kankurgachi has been called a "jewelry hub" with several large jewelry stores in the area.[4]

Kankurgachi is considered to have "an excellent social infrastructure."[1]

In addition, the area is also noted for providing good health care services.[1]

Axis Bank, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, Allahabad Bank, Indian Bank, UBI and PNB are some of the major banks located here. Many renowned educational and training centers are also situated in this area, the most prominent one being Arena Animation Kankurgachi, one of Eastern India’s largest animation centers. Bengal Chemicals, a renowned chemical trader was found by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy in Kankurgachi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Real Estate Defines Lifestyle and Economy of West Bengal". India Blooms. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fake Currency Unit Unearthed in Kolkata". The Times of India. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bad Roads to Dampen Puja Fun". Times of India. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Sutodia, Sandhya (30 April 2013). "Kankurgachi Emerges as the Jewelry Hub". Diamond World. Retrieved 2 July 2015.