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Raichak is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Raichak is located in India
Location in India
Coordinates: 22°13′07″N 88°07′18″E / 22.2187°N 88.1218°E / 22.2187; 88.1218
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictSouth 24 Parganas
CD BlockDiamond Harbour II
 • Total0.58 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
8 m (26 ft)
 • Total1,243
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
 • OfficialBengali[2][3]
 • Additional officialEnglish[2]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91 3174
Vehicle registrationWB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99
Lok Sabha constituencyDiamond Harbour
Vidhan Sabha constituencyDiamond Harbour

Raichak is a village under Diamond Harbour police station of Diamond Harbour II CD Block in Diamond Harbour subdivision of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal.[4]


Raichak is located at 22°13′07″N 88°07′18″E / 22.2187°N 88.1218°E / 22.2187; 88.1218. It has an average elevation of 8 metres (26 ft).


As of 2011 Indian Census, Raichak had a total population of 1,243, of which 630 were males and 613 were females. Population within the age group of 0 to 6 years was 125. The total number of literates in Raichak was 823, which constituted 66.2% of the population with male literacy of 72.2% and female literacy of 60.0%. The effective literacy rate of 7+ population of Raichak was 73.6%, of which male literacy rate was 80.4% and female literacy rate was 66.7%. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes population was 1,133 and 3 respectively. Raichak had 282 households in 2011.[1]



The fort gradually fell into ruins and was converted to a lively 5-star hotel, Raichak on Ganges, formerly Radisson Fort.

The hotel has a scenic view of the river. Those who are adventurous can also use the Raichak jetty or the nearby Nurpur jetty and take a ferry across the river to go to Kukrahati in East Midnapore district or Gadiara in Howrah district.

Abandoned bridge proposal

The proposal for a bridge across the Hooghly River from Raichak to Kukrahati, which will connect Haldia to Kolkata, had been hanging fire for many years. In earlier years, it was thought that the 2 km long cable bridge costing over Rs. 3,000 crore would be built with Malaysian support.[5] Thereafter, the Japanese came into the picture.[6] Subsequently, the Japanese were replaced by the Indonesian Salim Group.[7][8]

The construction of the Eastern Link Highway, linking Barasat with Raichak, which would have been 100 km long and 100 m wide and spread over 2,500 acres (10 km2), was also on the anvil. The road would have ultimately terminated at Nandigram. The projects were to be implemented by New Kolkata International Development Private Ltd, a special purpose company that had been promoted by the Salim Group, the Universal Success Group and Unitech.[9]

The entire project and associated programmes were abandoned by the Left Front government after the Nandigram violence in 2007.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Census of India: Raichak". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Fact and Figures". Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). Ministry of Minority Affairs. p. 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Census of India". District-wise list of stautory towns. Directorate of census operations, West Bengal. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Who will help Haldia make this highway?". The Statesman, 21 May 2003. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Bridge feasibility study next month". The Statesman, 7 June 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Bridge of dreams". Editorial. The Statesman, 29 August 2006. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Will WB lose its largest FDI investor?". The Economic Times, 12 August 2006. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  9. ^ "Bengal inks pact with Indonesian group". The Hindu Business Line, 1 August 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  10. ^ "Trinamool Congress revives jinxed bridge project". The Times of India, 13 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2016.

External links

Raichak travel guide from Wikivoyage