Dhakuria

Dhakuria is a locality in the city of Kolkata, (previously Calcutta), in West Bengal, India.

Dhakuria
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Dhakuria is located in Kolkata
Dhakuria
Dhakuria
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°30′37″N 88°22′16″E / 22.5104°N 88.3711°E / 22.5104; 88.3711Coordinates: 22°30′37″N 88°22′16″E / 22.5104°N 88.3711°E / 22.5104; 88.3711
Country India
StateWest Bengal
CityKolkata
DistrictKolkata[1][2][3]
Kolkata Suburban RailwayDhakuria railway station
Metro StationKalighat, Rabindra Sarobar, Hemanta Mukherjee(under construction) and Kavi Sukanta(under construction)
Municipal CorporationKolkata Municipal Corporation
KMC wards90, 91, 92, 93
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)+91 33
Lok Sabha constituencyKolkata Dakshin
Vidhan Sabha constituencyRashbehari, Kasba

It is located in the southern part of the city and is surrounded by Ballygunge and Kasba in the north, Haltu in the east, Jadavpur/ Garia in the south and Lake Gardens/ Jodhpur Park in the west. It has a Postal Index Number (PIN) code of 700 031. Some localities adjacent to Golpark and Jodhpur Park also have Postal Index Number (PIN) code of 700 029 and 700 068 respectively.

Prominent landmarks include Dhakuria railway station, bus terminal # 37, Dhakuria AMRI Hospital and Dakshinapan Shopping Complex.

AMRI Hospital, Dhakuria

EtymologyEdit

The word Dhakuria is from the word 'Dhaakur' (in Bengali: 'ঢাকুর') which means lakes, ponds. Previously, this area had many lakes. Some claim that Dhakuria is also the name of a place in East Pakistan (now: Bangladesh).

HistoryEdit

The history of Dhakuria stretches back to the early 1800s. Even after large scale modernization in the last few decades, there are several buildings that still exist today that predate 1900.

The rapid population growth of Dhakuria, similar to rest of the City of Kolkata, can be traced back to the late fifties. At the time the southern city limits were up to Ballygunge Lake areas (now known as Golpark). By the early sixties, the neighbouring locality Jodhpur Park had also become an attractive spot for several upscale single-family residential home development projects.

The areas beyond the Eastern railway tracks at Golpark started developing with large numbers of people settling in. The area was very different from the neighbouring Ballygunge. While Ballygunge dotted the homes of the rich, wide tree-lined roads (at Golpark, Southern Avenue), Dhakuria was marked with comparatively narrow lanes and bylanes. The nomenclature of most of the sub localities of this area bears the mark of age-old family dominances viz. Roypara, Bannerjeepara, Daspara, Ghoshpara, Mukherjeepara, Biswaspara, Naskarpara etc. The Pakrashi’s were amongst the first few families who came and started residing here (the early 1820s). The Dhakuria Kalibari was also founded by the Pakrashi family.

After the introduction of Dakshinapan, a multi-storied shopping mall and one of the first of its kind in Kolkata, (at the west boundary of Dhakuria in the early 80s), the area started getting an upmarket look.[4] Since then, Dhakuria's population is swelling with well-educated, middle-class people because of its schools, low crime rate and proximity to other important locations.

Four Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) wards are spread all over Dhakuria (Wards 90, 91, 92 and 93). Dhakuria is currently under the Rashbehari Assembly and Kasba Assembly Territory. Both Assembly Territories are under Kolkata Dakshin Parliamentary Constituency.

Educational institutionsEdit

  • The Modern Academy (ICSE/ISC)
  • Dhakuria Ram Chandra High School
  • Binodini Girls High School
  • Dhakuria Sree Ramkrishna High School
  • Sree Ram Roy Institution
  • Lake Point Convent School
  • Pareshnath Balika Bidyalaya
  • Pravabati Sishu Shikshayatan
  • Andrews High School
  • Sri Aurobindo Seva Kendra School Of Nursing
  • Bengal Music College

Places of interestEdit

  • Dhakuria Post Office (700031)
  • Dhakuria Rail Overbridge (Renamed as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Setu in 2013)
  • Dakshinapan shopping centre
  • Rabindra Sarobar (Dhakuria Lake)
  • Babubagan and CIT Scheme (famous for Sarbojanin Durga Puja)
  • Japanese Buddhist Temple
  • Miniature of Howrah Bridge at Dhakuria Lake (known as Hanging Bridge), Swimming Pool & Rowing Clubs
  • Lake Kalibari
  • Birla academy, 60 ft Idol of lord Krishna at Birla Academy
  • Rabindra Sarobar Stadium
  • Indian Oil Bhawan (State Head Office of Indian Oil Corporation)
  • Office of Income Tax (South Kolkata Region)
  • Madhusudan Mancha (A theatre for Arts and Cultural performances)
  • Dhakuria Kalibari (Temple)
  • Tanupukur Sishu Udyan (Children Park)
  • Ganguly Pukur (Public Pool)
  • Dhakuria Public Library (A century old library, founded in 1904)
  • CLT (Children Little Theater, Estd- 1951).

Famous people from DhakuriaEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kolkata South district".
  2. ^ "South 24 Parganas district".
  3. ^ "web.archieve.org" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Dakshinapan Shopping Complex".
  5. ^ https://www.deviantart.com/avix

External linksEdit

  Kolkata/South travel guide from Wikivoyage

22°30′37″N 88°22′16″E / 22.5104°N 88.3711°E / 22.5104; 88.3711