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Suburb of Asansol
Rupnarayanpur is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°49′N 86°54′E / 23.82°N 86.90°E / 23.82; 86.90Coordinates: 23°49′N 86°54′E / 23.82°N 86.90°E / 23.82; 86.90
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Paschim Bardhaman
Elevation 153 m (502 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 22,152
Demonym(s) Asansolians / Asansolites/ Asansolbashi
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Asansol
Vidhan Sabha constituency Barabani

Rupnarainpur (Hindusthan Cables Town) is a suburb of Asansol under Salanpur/ Chittaranjan police stations,[1] in Asansol Sadar subdivision of Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The post office on the company's area is called Hindustan Cables PO.


Rupnarainpur is located at 23°49′N 86°54′E / 23.82°N 86.90°E / 23.82; 86.90.[2] It has an average elevation of 153 m (502 ft).

Asansol is composed of undulating laterite soil. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[3]


The first production unit of Hindustan Cables was set up in 1952 in Rupnarainpur, in technical collaboration with Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd.for production of paper insulated dry core cables. In 2007 updated and expanded Rupnarainpur unit, with an installed capacity of 63 LCKM, manufactures polythene insulated jelly filled cables and aerial cables.

Facilities for manufacturing 1 million pairs of telephone coiled cords and 1.5 million pieces of computer cords have been set up in the unit. The telephone cords (2 way ovular straight and 4 way ovular extensible etc.) conform to latest specification and cater to Indian market and the computer cords for Computer Industries.[4][5]

This company used to make profits up to 1993-94. Since 1995, it has been incurring losses. Tata Consultancy Study Report has clearly stated that revival of HCL is viable provided HCL is diversified into new products. The cost of revival, as per their recommendation, would be Rs.281.22 crore whereas the cost of closure would be Rs.1,766.61 crore.[6]

Bihar Pottery has refractory unit at Rupnarainpur but the refractory industry in the region is facing an uncertain future.[7]


As of 2001 India census,[8] Hindusthan Cables Town had a population of 22,152. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Hindusthan Cables Town has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 74%. In Hindusthan Cables Town, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Hindusthan Cables Town has eight primary, one secondary and two higher secondary schools.[9]


  1. ^ District-wise list of statutory towns
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Rupnarainpur
  3. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  4. ^ Hindustan Cable website
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, pp 658-659
  6. ^ Lok Sabha debates
  7. ^ Refractory Industry
  8. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ 7th All-India School Education Survey 2003

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