|Neighbourhood in South Kolkata (Calcutta)|
|Metro Railway Station||Gitanjali|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Area code(s)||+91 33|
Naktala is a neighbourhood in South Kolkata, under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation in West Bengal, India. It is bounded by Ganguly Bagan to the north, Bansdroni to the west, Garia Crossing to the south and Baishnabghata to the east.
Previously forest, swampland and a peaceful rural area, dotted with ponds and the occasional dak bungalow (the erstwhile Dalgis bungalow) in between, Naktala is located by the Tolly's Nullah (Adi Ganga canal) connecting Kolkata to the Vidhyadhari River to the east. It has evolved with time from a sleepy to a bustling neighbourhood, burgeoned and prospered with the arrival of people from all over, mainly East Bengal after independence.
The name is supposed to have originated from Nagtala (Nag meaning Snake, a place of snakes) according to one source and from Nak meaning Swarga(Heaven).
Naktala is an upmarket suburban area of Kolkata in the southern part of the city, in the vicinity of Tollygunge and Garia. The Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Road connecting these two places, divides Naktala into two.
Naktala is connected by road and metro railway to the other parts of Kolkata. Many buses ply on the main Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road (NSC Bose Road) and the closest metro station is Gitanjali.
Naktala is close to Dhakuria (4 km), Jadavpur (2 km), Garia (1.8 km), Purba Putiary (2.5 km), Panchasayar (2.5 km), Tollygunge (3.0 km), Kasba (3.3 km).
Naktala is rich in schools, with colleges mostly in Garia, Netaji Nagar and elsewhere. The schools are :
- Mukul Bose Memorial Institution
- Ananda Ashram Balika Vidyapith
- Maharishi Vidya Mandir
- Bani Bhavan High School
- Shri R K Ananda Ashram Girls School
- Khanpur Girls High School
- All Saints Academy
- Naktala High School
- B.D. Memorial School, Bansdroni.
- Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi actor
The Shiva Temple, on the main NSC Bose Road, the Shitala Temple, Yogomaya Kali Mandir, and also the Sri Guru Ashram (Durga Prashanna Paramahansha Road) and elsewhere.
Durga puja is celebrated at Naktala with great pomp. Other festivals include the Old Rath Jatra fair at Rathtala and local fairs round the year.
Naktala has several nursing homes and hospitals.
- Acharya Durga Prasanna Paramahamsa Sebayatan
- BC Roy Polio Clinic and Hospital for Crippled Children
- Sevangam Medical Complex
- Nidan Poly Clinic
- Meera Seva Kendra
- Springdale Health Care Unit
- Udayan Nurshing Home Near Bansdroni
The climate is tropical. The hallmark is the monsoon season, from early June to mid September. The weather remains dry during the winter (mid November to mid February) and humid during summer.