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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Topsia is located in Kolkata
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°32′09″N 88°23′22″E / 22.535861°N 88.389564°E / 22.535861; 88.389564Coordinates: 22°32′09″N 88°23′22″E / 22.535861°N 88.389564°E / 22.535861; 88.389564
Country India
StateWest Bengal
Metro Line 6VIP Bazar metro station, Rittwick Ghatak metro station - under construction
Municipal CorporationKolkata Municipal Corporation
KMC ward66
 • TotalFor population see linked KMC ward page
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
700039 (Topsia)
Area code(s)+91 33 2343-2344
Lok Sabha constituencyKolkata Dakshin
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKasba

Topsia is a neighbourhood, of East Kolkata, in Kolkata district, West Bengal, India.


The East India Company obtained from the Mughal emperor Farrukhsiyar, in 1717, the right to rent from 38 villages surrounding their settlement. Of these 5 lay across the Hooghly in what is now Howrah district. The remaining 33 villages were on the Calcutta side. After the fall of Siraj-ud-daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, it purchased these villages in 1758 from Mir Jafar, and reorganised them. These villages were known en-bloc as Dihi Panchannagram and Topsia was one of them. It was considered to be a suburb beyond the limits of the Maratha Ditch.[1][2][3]

In the eastern fringes of Kolkata, the neighbourhoods such as Tangra, Tiljala, Topsia and Dhapa, were populated largely with people who migrated from poverty-stricken and caste-ridden villages, in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They came with dreams of a better life but landed in the slums with open drains, pigsties, factory chimneys and pungent chemicals. They found work in the tanneries and factories, and also engaged in menial work. A big proportion of them were Chamars, but there also were Doms, Dosads, Mehtars and Kahars. They were all Harijans and they formed a majority. They escaped from the petty persecution they faced in their villages but were far removed from the main stream of urban life and culture. They have been here, living in depressing conditions, for more than a century.[4]


Police district[edit]

Topsia police station is one of the nine police stations in the South-east division of Kolkata Police. It is located at 106A, New Park Street, Kolkata-700017.[5]

Karaya Women police station, has jurisdiction over all police districts under the jurisdiction of the South-east division, i.e. Topsia, Beniapukur, Ballygunge, Gariahat, Lake, Karaya, Rabindra Sarobar and Tiljala.[5]


Atmosphere by the Forum group, is a luxury condominium in Topsia, off E.M. Bypass. It consists of twin towers, both rising to a height of 499 feet, across 39 floors. Suspended between the twin towers at the top is a floating sky sculpture, named Deya, meaning cloud. The 100 m tubular sculpture has four levels. Forum Atmosphere is offering 5 BHK apartments, ranging in size from 6,000 to 8,750 sq feet. Each apartment has a private terrace and a garden. As of 2018, the project is in an advanced stage.[6][7][8][9]


LLR Public School, a higher secondary school affiliated to the CBSE board, is located at 16E, East Topsia Road, Topsia.[10]

External links[edit]

Kolkata/East travel guide from Wikivoyage


  1. ^ "District Census Handbook Kolkata, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Pages 6-10: The History. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ Cotton, H.E.A., Calcutta Old and New, first published 1909/reprint 1980, pages 103-4 and 221, General Printers and Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  3. ^ Nair, P.Thankappan, The Growth and Development of Old Calcutta, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol. I, pp. 14-15, Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Oxford University Press, 1995 edition.
  4. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Raghab, The Inheritors: Slum and Pavement Life in Calcutta", in "Calcutta, The Living City" Vol II, Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Pages 78-82, First published 1990, 2005 edition, Oxford University Press, ISBN 019 563697 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.
  5. ^ a b "Kolkata Police, South-east Division". Topsia police station. KP. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Atmosphere". Forum group. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Forum unveils floating structure in Kolkata project". 11 June 2015. magicbricks. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Forum Atmosphere". squareyards. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ "The Skyscraper Center". TSC. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  10. ^ "LLR Public School". time2study. Retrieved 28 February 2018.