Chittaranjan Avenue

Chittaranjan Avenue, more commonly C.R. Avenue (Formerly Central Avenue), a principal north-south thoroughfare in Central-North Kolkata. It starts from Beadon Street (Dani Ghosh Sarani/Abhedananda Road) crossing (Girish Park) in the north and ends at Chowringhee Road-Bentinck Street Junction (Esplanade) in the south. The road is renamed after Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, a nationalist politician and freedom-fighter of India.[1] North of Beadon Street crossing, Chittaranjan Avenue becomes Jatindra Mohan Avenue.[2]

Chittaranjan Avenue
C.R. Avenue
Chittaranjan Avenue - Kolkata 2011-12-18 0059.JPG
Former name(s)Central Avenue
Maintained byKolkata Municipal Corporation
LocationKolkata, India
Postal code700006, 700007, 700012, 700072
Nearest Kolkata Metro stationGirish Park, MG Road, Central, Chandni Chowk, Esplanade
north endGirish Park
south endEsplanade


Traffic Jam on C.R. Avenue

The road is arterial in maintaining north to central and vice versa connection in Kolkata. The road remains always busy. A major portion of the Kolkata Metro Line 1 runs beneath this road. Several important places are on this road, including Beadon Street crossing, Girish Park, Vivekananda Road crossing, Jorasanko, Mahajati Sadan, MG Road crossing, Kolkata Medical College, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Bowbazar, Khirode Vidya Binode Avenue-Dr. Lalit Banerjee Sarani crossing, B.B. Ganguly Street crossing, Ganesh Chandra Avenue crossing, Chandni Chowk and Esplanade.


The road is bi-directional throughout the day. Certain crossings are however unidirectional, that is, in certain crossings vehicles can turn only in a specific direction and the other direction-turning is a punishable crime.



  1. ^ "10 facts you shouldn't miss about the 'Deshbandhu'". 16 June 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  2. ^ Google maps