Rajpur Sonarpur

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Sonarpur
সোনারপুর
Rajpur Sonarpur
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Skyline view of Rajpur Sonarpur from a residential project
Skyline view of Rajpur Sonarpur from a residential project
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Sub-Division Baruipur
District South 24 Parganas
Parliamentary constituency Jadavpur
Railway Stations Kalikapur, Bidyadharpur, Subhashgram, Sonarpur, Narendrapur, Garia, New Garia
Government
 • Type Chairman-Council
 • Body Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality
Area
 • Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta) 55.00 km2 (21.24 sq mi)
Elevation 8.5 m (27.9 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Rank 7th in West Bengal
 • Density 8,605/km2 (22,290/sq mi)
 • Urban 423,806
 • Metro 650,000 appx.
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700084 700094 700103 700145 700146 700147 700148 700149 700150 700151 700152 700153 700154
Telephone code +91 33 2427/2434/2477/2495
Vehicle registration WB 01 to WB 10, WB 19, WB 20, WB 22, WB 22U, WB 95, WB 96
Lok Sabha constituency Jadavpur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Sonarpur Uttar, Sonarpur Dakshin
Website www.rajpursonarpurmunicipality.in

Rajpur Sonarpur (Bengali: রাজপুর সোনারপুর), popularly known as Sonarpur (Bengali: সোনারপুর), is a southern neighbourhood of Kolkata, India and a municipality under Sonarpur police station. While they form a common municipality both the places are also identified individually. It is bounded by Baghajatin, Bansdroni to the north, Barisha, Pailan to the west, Chakberia to the east and Baruipur to the south. It is well known for being the location of the Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission, the ancestral place of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Bipadtarini Chandi Bari Temple

History[edit]

The area was home to the royal landlords (jamindars). The name Rajpur has been thus derived from the Bengali words Rajar Puri (bn: রাজার পুরী) to Rajpuri and in this form to the now Rajpur. Being on the banks of the Adi Ganga (Old Ganges), Rajpur was one of the major locations of Bengal at that time. The proximity to Kolkata's southern district and being on the banks of Adi Ganga, which is just across the river made the place to be well connected. The old jamindar's house in Rajpur Harinavi is like the Roy Choudhury's. The family stayed in Rajpur. The Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math set up an ashram in the Narendrapur area and made the school and college popularly known as Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission. Rajpur is the ancestral place of the renowned Indian patriot and freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Temple of Bipadtarini Chandi (considered an avatar of Goddess Kali), popularly known as Bipadttarini Chandi Bari is another famous place and is visited by a lot of people.

Geography[edit]

Rajpur is located at 22°25′N 88°25′E / 22.41°N 88.42°E / 22.41; 88.42 It has an average elevation of 8 m (26 ft).

Sonarpur is located at 22°26′N 88°25′E / 22.43°N 88.42°E / 22.43; 88.42 It has an average elevation of 9 m (30 ft).

Major Localities and Landmarks[edit]

Garia[edit]

Garia, one of the major landmarks of the area, is the gateway to Rajpur Sonarpur

New Garia (Nayabad)[edit]

Main article: New Garia

New Garia is a fast-growing neighbourhood in the eastern part of Garia. The terminal metro station of Kolkata metro in the south is located here.

Boral[edit]

Boral is another major locality of the area. A very old temple namely of historical importance (said to be as old as the reigns of the Sen rulers of Bengal, however the old construction has been ruined)- Tripurasundari Temple near Boral High School. In early 1953, the principal photography of the Satyajit Ray's debut film Pather Panchali was done at Boral, then a small village on the outskirts of Kolkata, now a locality of Garia. A decade later, Ray again shot a scene of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in the dense bamboo groves near a local pond.[1]

Hindustan More[edit]

Its one of the posh areas of Rajpur Sonarpur location with renowned multi speciality nursing home like Hindustan Health Point and shopping destination like Bizaare Bazar with residential projects like Victoria Greens having its own commercial area.

Mahamayatala[edit]

Mahamayatala is a well known place in Rajpur Sonarpur area. There are many residential apartments or complex, shops, all required stuffs for living. Mahamayatala is known for its famous Maa Mahamaya Temple.

Kamalgazi[edit]

Kamalgazi is one of the major connectivity points of Rajpur-Sonarpur. One of the oldest and the largest mosque of the district is situated here.from this place rajbhawan is only 12 km. it is linked with e m bypass and a new road and flyover flyover is almost ready. Ramakrishna mission narendrapur is 0.5 km from this place. garia more is 2.75 km away.

Narendrapur[edit]

Home to the esteemed Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is Narendrapur. One of the major place of interest of Rajpur Sonarpur, the Wood Square Mall is located in this area. Several housing complex projects are being set up at this place.

Sonarpur Junction Station area[edit]

Sonarpur Junction railway station is the major rail point of the city.

Rajpur Bazar[edit]

One of the mostly congested and noisy area of Rajpur Sonarpur is the Rajpur Bazar (Rajpur Market) area. Being the oldest part of the area, it has been put up in an unplanned and clumsy manner.

Harinavi[edit]

Harinavi is one of the major residential areas of Rajpur Sonarpur. The head office of the prestigious Rajpur-Sonarpur Municipality is located in the area. many of the major housing projects by various Real estate firms are being built up around this area.

The city also includes the localities of Malancha, Kodalia, Subhashgram, Boral, Sonarpur, Bose pukur, Nandan, Srirampur, New Garia, Chak Garia, Techno City, Panchpota, Model Town, Tentulberia, East Tentulberia, Ramgarh, Briji, Sreenagar, Panchasayar, Balia, Fartabad, Ramchandrapur, Bidyadharpur, Kalikapur etc.

Recent Developments[edit]

Flyover under construction for extension of E M Bypass at Kamalgazi More in Sonarpur

Before the Sate Highway 1 (also known as E M Bypass) project Rajpur Sonarpur was connected to Kolkata by N.S.C Bose Road (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road) and Garia Main Road. Which is a dream of distant past now after the construction of State Highway - 1 (SH-1) and the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass easily connecting the place with heart of Kolkata and the state highway to the rest of West Bengal as well as with the port area of Diamond Harbour. Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (E M Bypass) are famous for their congested rush hour traffic. As a result of that the place has got an attention recently over again.

Wood Square Mall - A new feather in the skyline of the Rajpur Sonarpur lifestyle

The city of Rajpur Sonarpur saw an immediate rush for land. It has also turned up in the recent real estate boom of the metropolis over the last 10 years Rajpur Sonarpur has developed into a popular residential community. Many multi-storied apartment complexes have been built (e.g.Srijoni Complex, Sherwood Estate, Mayfair Group Apartments, Sugam Park, South Winds Residential Complex, Deeshari Mega City,Victoria Greens, Siva Complex,) attracted by the amenities, as well as by the easy connectivity over the E M Bypass and State Highway-1. Newly constructed roads have made access to the area very easy. Many parts have turned up as a transportation gateway to Kolkata. The Hardware Park at the Sonarpur Chowhati, initiated by the Government of West Bengal is being built up in rapid speed.

Luxury living at Sherwood Estate in Narendrapur, Sonarpur

Peerless had built an excellent housing complex namely "PRANTIK HOUSING COMPLEX" located at Sonarpur Station Road.

South Winds luxury residential project at Sonarpur Chowhati

The city of Rajpur Sonarpur is also geared towards luxury living with big real estate projects like Srijoni Complex, Sherwood Estate, South Winds, Deeshari Mega City Township Project, Primarc Sukriti, Avani Victoria Greens, Atri Green Valley, SGIL Gardenia building up luxury apartments with plenty of open spaces and amenities of a mini townships in varioues localities like Narendrapur, Rajpur Chowhati, Rajpur market and Rajpur Harinavi between N.S.C Bose Road and E M Bypass. Heavyweight transportation businesses are growing in the area.

More of the residential and commercial real estate businesses are coming to the city with bigger projects.

Connectivity & Transport[edit]

New Garia Metro Station is one of the 3 major Metro Stations in the area of Rajpur Sonarpur

The entire area of Rajpur Sonarpur is well connected through the State Highway - 1, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Road and the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Garia, a part of Rajpur Sonarpur serves as the major connectivity point. From Garia, transportations like Buses, Kolkata Metro Railway are available.

Railway Transportation[edit]

Railway is the primary mode of transport of Rajpur Sonarpur. The entire area of Rajpur Sonarpur is served by the Bidyadharpur, Kalikapur, Champahati, Subhashgram, Sonarpur Junction, Narendrapur, Garia and New Garia railway stations on the Sealdah South section of the Kolkata Suburban Railway. Sonarpur Junction is the main railway station of this entire area. It is one of the busiest stations of Sealdah division. More than 110 pairs of local trains ply through Sonarpur Junction on a daily basis. There are four platforms in this station: Platform 1 is used for Sealdah bound up trains while Platform 2 is used mainly for Baruipur/Namkhana(Lakhsmikantapur)/Diamond Harbour bound down trains. Platform 3 is used mainly for up and down Sonarpur locals while Platform 4 is used primarily for Canning bound down trains. There are also several computerised booking counters for long distance trains. The only EMU carshed of Sealdah South section is present here.

Surface transport routes and many private bus routes ply from Garia to many important destinations via E.M. Bypass and the main roads. There are also long distance bus routes specially the Digha bus route which also ply from Garia regularly.

Buslines[edit]

CTC Bus plying on E M Bypass

There are also many bus lines that ply over and from the various places of the city.

CTC Bus lines
CSTC Bus lines
Private Bus lines
SD Series
KB Series
JM Series
Mini Bus lines
WBSTC Franchisee Bus lines
WBSTC Bus lines
STA Bus Routes
Bus lines without Numbers

Major roads of Rajpur Sonarpur[edit]

Sonarpur Junction is the major Railway station on the Kolkata Suburban Railway network in Sealdah South Section of Eastern Railway

List of Metro Stations in Rajpur Sonarpur[edit]

List of Railway Stations in Rajpur Sonarpur[edit]

  • Subhashgram
  • Sonarpur Junction
  • Narendrapur
  • Garia
  • New Garia
  • Bidyadharpur
  • Kalikapur

Pincodes[edit]

The area of Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality having Pincodes of Rajpur Sonarpur area are follows:

700084 Garia

700094 Srinagar

700103 Narendrapur

700145 Malancha Mahinagar

700146 Kodalia

700147 Subhasgram

700148 Harinavi

700149 Rajpur

700150 Sonarpur

700151 Dakshin Jagatdal

700152 Panchpota

700153 Laskarpur

700154 Boral

743330 Chakberia Tamatha

Demographics[edit]

Rajpur Sonarpur is the 7th largest municipality of West Bengal in terms of population after Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Howrah, Siliguri, Asansol, Durgapur and Maheshtala with an area of 55.00 sq. km.[2] As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Rajpur Sonarpur in 2011 is 423,806; of which male and female are 215,983 and 207,823 respectively. Although Rajpur Sonarpur city has population of 423,806; its urban / metropolitan population is appx. 650,000. Area of Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality is about 55sq km. the density of the city itself is 8605/km2. While the area of greater Sonarpur is 183.63 km2 which is roughly equal to the area of the city of Kolkata. The density of greater Sonarpur is 3600/km2.[3]

In education section, total literates in Rajpur Sonarpur city are 357,154 of which 188,374 are males while 168,780 are females. Average literacy rate of Rajpur Sonarpur city is 91.06 percent(which is greater than the literacy rate of state capital Kolkata) of which male and female literacy was 94.28 and 87.71 percent.[4]

The sex ratio of Rajpur Sonarpur city is 962 per 1000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 952 per 1000 boys.[5]

Total children (0-6) in Rajpur Sonarpur city are 31,588 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 16,186 boys while 15,402 are girls. The child forms 7.45% of total population of Rajpur Sonarpur City.

With the partition of India there was a massive influx of refugees from East Pakistan into Kolkata and its peripheral areas. Of over a million refugees who entered West Bengal in 1950 alone settled mostly in squatter colonies between Naihati and Sonarpur on the east bank of the Hooghly and between Mogra and Uluberia on the west bank.[6]

Education[edit]

There are many primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in this area. The eminent institution Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission, is one of the major schools and residential colleges of the city. The autonomous college Ramakrishna Mission Residential College is the most prestigious educational institute of the city. Some popular schools are:

Ramakrishna Mission Residential College Campus at Narendrapur, Sonarpur
Campus of Ramakrishna Mission
  • Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya
  • Kamrabad Uchcha Vidyalaya
  • Kamrabad Girls High School
  • Sonarpur Vidyapith
  • Rajpur Vidyanidhi High School (local name  : Bangla School)
  • Harinavi DVAS High School
  • Ghasiara Vidyapith High School
  • Subhashini Balika shikshalaya
  • Techno India Group Public School[7]
  • Indus Valley World School[8]
  • Padmamani Balika Vidyalaya
  • Atulkrishna High school
  • Sri Sri Sarada Sishu Vidyapith
  • Sarada Vidyapith(H.S.)
  • Sonarpur Sishu Vidyapith
  • Shishu Niketan
  • Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya
  • Lion's Calcutta Greater Vidya Mandir
  • BDM International School
  • St.Stephen's school

There is also one general college Sonarpur Mahavidyalaya under the University of Calcutta and one private Engineering-Management college, Future Institute of Engineering and Management, Future Business School, Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Swami Vivekananda Institute of Science & Technology, Bengal Institute of Technology, Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, Swami Vivekananda Institute Of Modern Science, Shree Ramakrishna Institute of Science & Technology. Giribala Primary school, Nafar Chandra Balika Vidyalaya(girls), Anukul Chandra High School(boys)are most famous schools

Banks and ATMs[edit]

Banks located here are:

ATM located here are:

Hangout Places and Restaurants/Cafe[edit]

Hangout Places[edit]

  • Wood Square Mall
Cafe Coffee Day - Inside Wood Square Mall

Restaurants/Cafe[edit]

  • Neelanjana multicuisine restaurant & BAR (between 228 bus stand and tentultala bus stand)
  • Cafe Coffee Day (Wood Square Mall)
  • Domino's Pizza
  • New Machranga Restaurant (Indian, Chinese and Bengali Food) Near Railway Station
  • Bindas (Indian & Chinese Restaurant)
  • Alishaan (Indian & Chinese Restaurant)
  • Monginis Confectioners
  • The Sugar & Spice Confectioners
  • Kathleen Confectioners (Wood Square Mall)
  • Kwality Swirls Ice Cream Parlour (Wood Square Mall)
  • Kichukhan Multi-cuisine Restaurant (Rajpur Market)
  • Cloud 9 (Sonarpur Station Road)
  • Zaffran (Harinavi Gangar More)
  • Khana Khazana (Khirishtala)
  • Baburchi Hotel and Restaurant

Shopping[edit]

Garia is one of the major shopping areas of Kolkata.[9] It is home to many shopping malls and departmental stores. Some of the shopping places of Rajpur Sonarpur are :

  • Wood Square Mall, Narendrapur
  • Big Bazaar, Wood Square Mall, Narendrapur
  • Spencer's, Garia Station Road.[10]
  • Spencer's, Mahamayatala.[11]
  • Spencer's, Upohar Town Centre, Chak Garia.
  • Proyozonio.[12]
  • Bizarre Bazar.[13]
  • Sonar Bangla Shopping Complex.[14]

Healthcare[edit]

Peerless Hospital
  • Hindusthan Health Point, at Hindusthan Bus Stop.
  • Welkin diagnostic center.
  • Remedy diagnostic center.
  • Neotia Mediplus Super Speciality Clinic ( A unit of Park Hospitals)168 Garia Main Road, Kolkata 700084 (Opp. 228 bus stand)
  • Genome Diagnostic Center (Mahamayatala)
  • Suraksha Diagnostic Center (Mahamayatala)
  • Sonarpur Rural Hospital (Subhashgram)
  • Pranati Seva Sadan (Rajpur Rathtala, by Rajpur-Sonarpur Municipality)

Soanarpur Rural Hospital, situated at Subhasgram, Sonarpur, provides round the clock emergency services including Specialist OPD/General OPD and Gynaecology & Obstetrics related Surgical treatments.

Culture[edit]

The city has been the ancestral place or home for a number luminaries

Rabindra Bhavan - Auditorium at Rajpur Sonarpur


Rajpur Sonarpur has a chequered history in the field of culture. The residents of this place are well known for their interest in music, drama, the arts and literature. The only indoor stadium in the city, the Ramakrishna Mission Narendrapur Stadium, is located in the heart of Rajpur Sonarpur along the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Road.

Rajpur Sonarpur Harinavi is the home to the Harinavi Bramho Samaj.

Pilgrimage & Tourist Spot[edit]

The Bipadtarini Chandi Bari is Hindu Pilgrimage Sites and one of very known Hindu Pilgrimage sites recently situated in Rajpur Sonarpur. Boral tripureswari temple is a historical place.2 km away from garia. Bosepukur Panchanan Mandir is one of the oldest very known Hindu Pilgrimages situated at Bosepukur.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apu Doesn’t Live Here Anymore". Indian Express. Apr 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Rajpur-Sonarpur Municipality details as of JNNURM Official site of Department of Municipal Affairs". Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Census of India". 
  4. ^ "Census of India". 
  5. ^ "Census of India". 
  6. ^ Chatterjee, Nilanjana, The East Bengal Refugees – A Lesson in Survival, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol II, edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, pp 74-75, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-563697-X
  7. ^ Techno India Group Public School Branches
  8. ^ Indus Valley World School
  9. ^ Shopping areas in Kolkata
  10. ^ Spencers-Garia
  11. ^ Spencer's Stores in India
  12. ^ Proyozonio-Garia
  13. ^ Bizarre Bazar-Garia
  14. ^ Sonar Bangla Shopping Complex

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