Bidhannagar

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Bidhannagar
Saltlake City
Satellite City and Neighbourhood of Kolkata
The skyline of Bidhannagar's IT hub, Sector V.
The skyline of Bidhannagar's IT hub, Sector V.
Nickname(s): Salt Lake City
Bidhannagar is located in Kolkata
Bidhannagar
Bidhannagar
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°35′N 88°25′E / 22.58°N 88.42°E / 22.58; 88.42Coordinates: 22°35′N 88°25′E / 22.58°N 88.42°E / 22.58; 88.42
Country India
State West Bengal
District kolkata, North 24 Parganas district
City Kolkata
Founded by Siraj-Ud-Daulah, Bidhan Chandra Roy
Named for Bidhan Chandra Roy
Government
 • Body Municipal Corporation
Elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 218,323
 • Density 15,590/km2 (40,400/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration WB-07(Commercial Vehicles), WB-08(Private Vehicles)
Lok Sabha constituency

Barasat

Dum Dum
Vidhan Sabha constituency

Bidhannagar Rajarhat Gopalpur

Rajarhat New Town
Website bidhannagar.org

Bidhannagar or Salt Lake City as it is popularly called, is a planned satellite town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It was developed between 1958 and 1965 to accommodate the burgeoning population of Kolkata.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, Bidhannagar had a population of 218,323 (Males 111,363; Females 106,960). Bidhannagar has an average literacy rate of 90.44% (higher than the national average of 74%),[1] with male literacy of 93.08% and female literacy of 87.69%.[2]

Geography[edit]

An example of the many wetlands and lakes that still surround Bidhannagar.

Bidhannagar is located at 22°35′N 88°25′E / 22.58°N 88.42°E / 22.58; 88.42.[3] It has an average elevation of 11 metres (49 ft). Demographically this is the most enriched part of Kolkata as it is very near to the airport. Many of the fast-growing IT companies are located in this area.

Administration[edit]

Bidhan Nagar Fire Station

Bidhannagar was originally developed and built under the direct administration of the Irrigation and Waterways Department of the Government of West Bengal. Originally, it came under the Public Works (Metropolitan Development) Department. It then came under the wings of Metropolitan Development Department which was renamed the Urban Development Department in 1991. In 1989, a Notified Area Authority had been set up to administer the area. Ultimately in 1995, Bidhannagar got its own elected body called Bidhannagar Municipality consisting of 23 wards (later increased to 25 wards). All the plots of land in Bidhanannagar are leasehold plots and the Urban Development Department (the Lessor) directly manages the land matters. The Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate is responsible for law enforcement in the city. The proposal for merger of Bidhannagar corporation with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was mooted for some times.[4] Air Port, Rajarhat, Gopalpur, Baguiati, Kestopur, Salt Lake, Lake Town already under the jurisdiction of the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate. On 18 June 2015 Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) was constituted by merging the existing municipal areas of Bidhannagar Municipality and Rajarhat Gopalpur Municipality and the panchayat area of Mahishbathan II Gram Panchayat.[5] Lots of Government offices were shifted to Bikash Bhawan, Putra Bhawan, Sasthya Bhawan at Bidhannagar to reduce the pressure of central Kolkata.

Colleges[edit]

Schools[edit]

Schools in Bidhannagar include the Hariyana Vidya Mandir, Bidhannagar Government High School, Bidhannagar Municipal School, a combined primary and high school and a branch of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, named Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Salt Lake School, Mother International School, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Education, Laban Hrad Vidyapith. Also there are two Kendriya Vidyalaya in Salt Lake viz. K.V. No. 1 & K.V. No. 2 Salt Lake.

Catholic schools include St. Joan's School, Our Lady Queen of the Missions School and St. Francis Xavier School.

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