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Belgharia is a locality in Kamarhati Municipality of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is close to Kolkata and also a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).

Belgharia
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Belgharia is located in Kolkata
Belgharia
Belgharia
Location in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Belgharia is located in West Bengal
Belgharia
Belgharia
Belgharia (West Bengal)
Belgharia is located in India
Belgharia
Belgharia
Belgharia (India)
Coordinates: 22°39′N 88°23′E / 22.65°N 88.38°E / 22.65; 88.38Coordinates: 22°39′N 88°23′E / 22.65°N 88.38°E / 22.65; 88.38
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictNorth 24 Parganas
RegionGreater Kolkata
Metro StationBaranagar (under construction)
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyKamarhati Municipality
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700056, 700083
Telephone code+91 33
Vehicle registrationWB
Lok Sabha constituencyDum Dum
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKamarhati

EtymologyEdit

The name "Belgharia" is derived from "Bell Ghor". There was a Big bell used for calling the porters for unloading and carrying jute from the boats.

HistoryEdit

The oldest jetty was situated in Ariadaha on the river Ganges. In the 17th century Belgharia and Nimta were the biggest wholesale markets for jute, fish and vegetables.

Ramakrishna Paramhansa visited this place eight times; the first time was in 1875. Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Ramakrishna also resided here.

GeographyEdit

 
Cities and towns in the southern portion of Barrackpore subdivision in North 24 Parganas district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town,
N: neighbourhood/ administrative location
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

LocationEdit

96% of the population of Barrackpore subdivision (partly presented in the map alongside, all places marked on the map are linked in the full screen map) lives in urban areas. In 2011, it had a density of population of 10,967 per km2 The subdivision has 16 municipalities and 24 census towns.[1]

For most of the cities/ towns information regarding density of population is available in the Infobox. Population data is not available for neighbourhoods. It is available for the entire municipal area and thereafter ward-wise.

Police stationEdit

Belgharia police station under Barrackpore Police Commissionerate has jurisdiction over Kamarhati municipal area.[2][3]

DemographicsEdit

Kolkata Urban AgglomerationEdit

The following Municipalities, Census Towns and other locations in Barrackpore subdivision were part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration in the 2011 census: Kanchrapara (M), Jetia (CT), Halisahar (M), Balibhara (CT), Naihati (M), Bhatpara (M), Kaugachhi (CT), Garshyamnagar (CT), Garulia (M), Ichhapur Defence Estate (CT), North Barrackpur (M), Barrackpur Cantonment (CB), Barrackpore (M), Jafarpur (CT), Ruiya (CT), Titagarh (M), Khardaha (M), Bandipur (CT), Panihati (M), Muragachha (CT) New Barrackpore (M), Chandpur (CT), Talbandha (CT), Patulia (CT), Kamarhati (M), Baranagar (M), South Dumdum (M), North Dumdum (M), Dum Dum (M), Noapara (CT), Babanpur (CT), Teghari (CT), Nanna (OG), Chakla (OG), Srotribati (OG) and Panpur (OG).[4]

EconomyEdit

Now it has become a business hub, well connected with Kolkata through trains, buses and other means of transport. The nearest Industrial area is Kamarhatty (3 km), with the following companies: Agarpara Jute Mill, Allied Ceramic, ESDEE Allumina, Emami, Kamarhatty Jute Mill, Texmaco,[5] TIL, WIMCO.

TransportEdit

 
The Feeder road to the Belgharia railway station.

Feeder road is one of the main roads in Belgharia. Feeder road connects Belghoria to Barrackpore Trunk Road (BT Road) on the west and through Madhusudan Banerjee Road (MB Road) to Nimta, Birati and consequently to Jessore Road in the east.

Belgharia railway station is one of the stations on the main train line (Sealdah-Ranaghat line) starting from Sealdah Station. Other nearby railway station are Birati railway station and Baranagar Road railway station. The newly built Belghoria Expressway which links with Dumdum Airport on Jessore Road and Nivedita Setu on the Ganges increased the importance of this place.

The under Construction Baranagar metro station, which is a part of the line 1 or the North South line and will also serve as the planned terminus of line 5 of Kolkata Metro, is close to Belgharia. Kamarhati is also a planned Metro Station of line 5 of Kolkata Metro, near to Belgharia.

 
Belghoria Expressway near Nivedita Setu.
 
Kolkata new proposed metro route (Baranagar - Barrackpore)

BusesEdit

Mini bus

Private bus

RTA bus routes

STA bus routes


CSTC bus routes

CTC bus routes

EducationEdit

Bhairab Ganguly College was established at Belgharia in 1968. It offers honours courses in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, history, philosophy, political science, geography, education, physical education, physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology, physiology, economics, electronics, computer science, accountancy and general BA, BSc and B Com courses.[6][7]

CultureEdit

Ramakrishna Mission is also situated here. They run a Students' Home for meritorious poor and needy students along with a three-year Diploma Engg. College . They also conduct relief activities with a public library and homeopathic dispensary. A small unit of Ramkrishna Mission is situated here (near Belgharia flyover) which was established by Swami Vijnananandaji, architect of Belur Math.

The population consists of generally middle class Bengali. Of late a lot of student messes has sprung up chiefly because of the comparative low cost of living and close proximity to the city of Kolkata.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "District Statistical Handbook". North 24 Parganas 2013, Tables 2.1, 2.2, 2.4b. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "District Statistical Handbook". North 24 Parganas 2013, Table 2.1. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Barrackpore Police Commissionerate". List of Police Stations with telephone numbers. West Bengal Police. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011" (PDF). Constituents of Urban Agglomeration Having Population Above 1 Lakh. Census of India 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Texmaco".
  6. ^ "Bhairab Ganguly College". BGC. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Bhairab Ganguly College". College Admission. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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