|District||South 24 Parganas|
|CD Block||Diamond Harbour II|
|• Total||0.58 km2 (0.22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|• Additional official||English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||+91 3174|
|Vehicle registration||WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
Raichak is located at. 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.
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.
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. Thereafter, the Japanese came into the picture. Subsequently, the Japanese were replaced by the Indonesian Salim Group.
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.
Raichak travel guide from Wikivoyage
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