Rajpur Sonarpur

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Sonarpur
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Skyline View of Rajpur Sonarpur from a Residential Project
Skyline View of Rajpur Sonarpur from a Residential Project
Sonarpur is located in West Bengal
Sonarpur
Sonarpur
Location in West Bengal, India
Sonarpur is located in India
Sonarpur
Sonarpur
Sonarpur (India)
Coordinates: 22°26′57″N 88°23′29″E / 22.4491°N 88.3915°E / 22.4491; 88.3915Coordinates: 22°26′57″N 88°23′29″E / 22.4491°N 88.3915°E / 22.4491; 88.3915
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DivisionPresidency
DistrictSouth 24 Parganas
CityKolkata
Established1876; 143 years ago (1876)
Government
 • TypeChairman–Council
 • BodyRajpur Sonarpur Municipality
Area
 • Total49.26 km2 (19.02 sq mi)
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total424,368
 • Density8,600/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, Hindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700070, 700084, 700094, 700096, 700103, 700146, 700147, 700148, 700149, 700150, 700151, 700152, 700153, 700154
Telephone code+91 33 2427/2434/2477/2495
Vehicle registrationWB-01 to WB-10, WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99
Lok Sabha constituencyJadavpur
Vidhan Sabha constituencySonarpur Uttar, Sonarpur Dakshin
Websitewww.rajpursonarpurmunicipality.in

Rajpur Sonarpur, popularly known as Sonarpur, is a city and a municipality of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a neighbourhood in South Kolkata. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). In fact, Rajpur and Sonarpur are two separate towns. Since the formation of the municipality, these two towns are known together as Rajpur Sonarpur. It is bounded by Baghajatin, Bansdroni to the north, Barisha, Pailan to the west, Chak Baria 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[citation needed]. 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.

Geography[edit]

Rajpur Sonarpur city is located at 22°26′57″N 88°23′29″E / 22.4491°N 88.3915°E / 22.4491; 88.3915. It has an average elevation of 9 metres (30 ft).

Demographics[edit]

As per 2011 Census of India, Rajpur Sonarpur city had a total population of 424,368, of which 215,405 (51%) were males and 208,963 (49%) were females. Population below 6 years was 35,274. The total number of literates was 350,721 (91.69% of the population over 6 years).[1]

Major Localities and Landmarks[edit]

Kamalgazi is the centre and most developed area of this municipality. Boral is also a major locality of the city. 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. Now Boral is also well known for the engineering institute Future Institute of Technology. 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 Sonarpur. A decade later, Ray again shot a scene of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in the dense bamboo groves near a local pond.[2]

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

Recent Developments[edit]

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

Before the State Highway–1 (also known as E.M Bypass) project Rajpur Sonarpur was connected to Kolkata by N.S.C Bose Road (Netaji Subash 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, Ozone) 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.

Civic Administration[edit]

There is a Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality which is one of the oldest municipalities in the West Bengal. It is divided into 35 wards. As per 2015 municipal election, it is controlling by the All India Trinamool Congress.[3]

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 are available. 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, Baruipur regularly.

Railway Transportation[edit]

Railway is the primary mode of transport of Rajpur Sonarpur. The entire area of Rajpur Sonarpur is served by the Kalikapur, Bidyadharpur, Subhashgram, Sonarpur Junction, Narendrapur, Garia and New Garia railway stations on the Sealdah–Sonarpur line of the Kolkata Suburban Railway. Sonarpur Junction is the main railway station of this entire area. It is one of the busiest railway stations of Sealdah railway division. More than 115 pairs of local trains ply through Sonarpur Junction on a daily basis. There are four platforms in this station. The only EMU carshed of Sealdah South section is present here.

Major Roads of Rajpur Sonarpur[edit]

  • State Highway–1
  • Eastern Metropolitan Bypass
  • Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Road
  • Garia Main Road
  • Garia Station Road
  • Boral Main Road
  • Rajpur Kalitala To Joyenpur
  • Sonarpur Station Road
  • Sonarpur-Bantala Road (This road connects Sonarpur To Ruby Kasba Golpark, Science City, Rajarhat New Town, Bhangore)
  • Basanti Expressway
  • Sonarpur-Rajpur Road (H.C. Sarani/ Aghore Sarani)
  • Sonarpur-Tematha Road
  • Gangajoara Main Road (Sonarpur Station to Garia Station Via Gangajoara)


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]

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
  • Future Institute of Technology, Garia, Boral.
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
  • Future Campus School
  • Techno India Group Public School[4]
  • Indus Valley World School[5]
  • Padmamani Balika Vidyalaya
  • Atulkrishna High school
  • Sri Sri Sarada Sishu Vidyapith
  • Sarada Vidyapith (H.S.)
  • Sonarpur Sishu Vidyapith
  • Shishu Niketan
  • Lion's Calcutta Greater Vidya Mandir
  • BDM International School
  • St.Stephen's School
  • Gorkhara vidyamandir (HIGH)
  • Swarnim International School

There is also one general college Sonarpur Mahavidyalaya under the University of Calcutta and many private Engineering-Management colleges, 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

Notable People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Census – Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Apu Doesn't Live Here Anymore". Indian Express. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
  3. ^ "Rajpur-Sonarpur Municipality details as of JNNURM Official site of Department of Municipal Affairs". Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  4. ^ Techno India Group Public School Branches Archived 2011-01-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Indus Valley World School