Ward No. 38, Kolkata Municipal Corporation

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Ward No. 38
Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Ward No. 38 is located in Kolkata Street Map
Ward No. 38
Ward No. 38
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates (dms): 22°34′45″N 88°22′15″E / 22.579167°N 88.370861°E / 22.579167; 88.370861Coordinates: 22°34′45″N 88°22′15″E / 22.579167°N 88.370861°E / 22.579167; 88.370861
Country India
StateWest Bengal
NeighbourhoodsRajabazar, Amherst Street
Parliamentary constituencyKolkata Uttar
Assembly constituencyJorasanko
 • Total28,791
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
700 009
Area code(s)+91 33
Ward No. 38 in Kolkata

Ward No. 38, Kolkata Municipal Corporation is an administrative division of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in Borough No. 5, covering parts of Rajabazar and Amherst Street neighbourhoods in North Kolkata, in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Attempts were made to establish a municipal corporation at Kolkata from the middle of the 19th century. The electoral system was introduced for the first time in 1847, and 4 of the 7 board members were elected by the rate payers. In 1852 the board was replaced by a new one and in 1863 a new body was formed. As per old records, in 1872 there were 25 wards in Kolkata (spellings as in use at that time) – 1. Shyampukur, 2. Kumartuli, 3. Bartala, 4. Sukea Street, 5. Jorabagan, 6. Jorasanko, 7. Barabazar, 8. Kolutola, 9. Muchipara, 10. Boubazar, 11. Padmapukur, 12. Waterloo Street, 13. Fenwick Bazar, 14. Taltala, 15. Kalinga, 16. Park Street, 17. Victoria Terrace, 18. Hastings, 19. Entali, 20. Beniapukur, 21. Baliganj-Tollyganj, 22. Bhabanipur, 23. Alipur, 24.Ekbalpur and 25. Watganj. A new municipal corporation was created in 1876, wherein 48 commissioners were elected and 24 were appointed by the government. With the implementation of the Municipal Consolidation Act of 1888 the area under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation was enlarged. Certain areas were already there but more parts of them were added (current spellings) - Entally, Manicktala, Beliaghata, Ultadanga, Chitpur, Cossipore, Beniapukur, Ballygunge, Watganj and Ekbalpur, and Garden Reach and Tollygunj. The Calcutta Municipal Act of 1923 brought about important changes. It liberalised the constitution along democratic lines.[1][2]

The state government superseded the Corporation in 1948 and the Calcutta Municipal Act of 1951 came into force. Adult franchise was introduced in municipal elections in 1962. With the addition of certain areas in the southern parts of the city, the number of wards increased from 75 to 144.[3]


Ward No. 38 is bordered on the north by Kailash Bose Street and Mahendra Srimani Street; on the east by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Street; on the south by Keshab Sen Street; and on the west by Bidhan Sarani.[4][5]

The ward is served by Amherst Street police station of Kolkata Police.[6][7][8]

Amherst Street Women police station covers all police districts under the jurisdiction of the North and North Suburban division of Kolkata Police, i.e. Amherst Street, Jorabagan, Shyampukur, Cossipore, Chitpur, Sinthi, Burtolla and Tala.[6]


As per 2011 Census of India Ward No. 38, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, had a total population of 28,791, of which 16,196 (56%) were males and 12,595 (44%) were females. Population below 6 years was 1,862. The total number of literates in Ward No. 38 was 23,097 (85.77% of the population over 6 years).[9]

Kolkata is the second most literate district in West Bengal.[10] The literacy rate of Kolkata district has increased from 53.0% in 1951 to 86.3% in the 2011 census.[11]

See also – List of West Bengal districts ranked by literacy rate

Census data about mother tongue and religion is not available at the ward level. For district level information see Kolkata district.

According to the District Census Handbook Kolkata 2011, 141 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation formed Kolkata district. (3 wards were added later).[12]

Election highlights[edit]

The ward forms a city municipal corporation council electoral constituency and is a part of Jorasanko (Vidhan Sabha constituency).[13]

Constituency Name of councillor Party affililiation
2005 Ward No. 38 Salil Chakraborty Communist Party of India (Marxist) [14]
2010 Soma Jaiswal Mukherjee Communist Party of India (Marxist) [15]
2015 Sadhana Basu All India Trinamool Congress [16]
e • d 
Kolkata Municipal Corporation election 2015 summary
Party Seats won Seat change
All India Trinamool Congress 123 (116+7) Increase19
Left Front 13 (15-2) Decrease18
Bharatiya Janata Party 4 (5-1) Increase2
Indian National Congress 2 (5-3) Decrease5
Independents 1 (3-2) Increase3

Source: DNA West Bengal Municipal Election Results, 28 April 2015


  1. ^ Bagchi, Amiya Kumar, Wealth and Work in Calcutta, 1860-1921, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol. I, edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, p. 213-215, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-563696-3.
  2. ^ "A walk down memory lane". About Kolkata. KMC. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Kolkata Municipal Corporation". Kolkata - a municipal history. KMC. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Kolkata: Detail Maps of 141 Wards with Street Directory. D.P.Publications & Sales Concern, 66 College Street, Kolkata-700073, 4th edition 2003.
  5. ^ "Municipal Wards". Yellow Pages.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Kolkata Police". North and North Suburban Division. KP. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  7. ^ Kolkata: Detail Maps of 141 Wards with Street Directory, Fourth Impression 2003, Map No. 24, D.P.publication and Sales Concern, 66 College Street, Kolkata - 700 073.
  8. ^ "Table 3 District Wise List of Statutory Towns (Municipal Corporation, Municipality, Notified Area and Cantonment Board), Census Towns and Outgrowths, West Bengal, 2001". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ "2011 Census – Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  10. ^ "District Census Handbook Kolkata, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII B" (PDF). Page 25: District Highlights, 2011 Census. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "District Census Handbook Kolkata, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Pages 63-64: Literacy Rate. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ "District Census Handbook Kolkata, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Map on third page plus demographic data about all the wards in the handbook. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Delimitation Commission Order No. 18 dated 15 February 2006" (PDF). West Bengal. Election Commission. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  14. ^ Search the web for COUNCILLORS OF KOLKATA MUNICITIPAL CORPORATION. In the search list click on this. On clicking one gets an option for "List of KMC Councillors" at the bottom of the page. Press <Open> to get to Adobe Acrobat file.
  15. ^ "Kolkata Municipal Corporation General Election Results 2010". Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  16. ^ Prabahat Khabar, Hindi newspaper, print edition, 29 April 2015