Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
|KMC Ward||50, 51, 52, 53, 61, 62, 63|
|Metro Station||Esplanade, Park Street and Sealdah(under construction)|
|Parliamentary constituency||Kolkata Uttar and Kolkata Dakshin|
|Assembly constituency||Chowranghee, Ballygunge and Bhabanipur|
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Area code(s)||+91 33|
Taltala (also spelt Taltola, archaic spelling Taltollah) is a neighbourhood in central Kolkata, in the Indian state of West Bengal. One of the old neighbourhoods of the metropolis, it has a police station on its own name.
According to H. E. A. Cotton Taltala was chiefly peopled by Bihari Muslim khalasis and lascars. Wellesley Street (renamed Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road) is described as a ‘fine broad thoroughfare’, along the course of which is situated Wellesley Square (renamed Haji Mohd. Mohsin Square). To the north of it is the Madrasa.
In 1758, one year after their decisive win in Battle of Plassey, the British East India Company commenced construction of the new Fort William in the center of the village Gobindapur. The inhabitants of the village were compensated and provided with land in Taltala, Kumortuli and Shovabazar.
Although a predominantly Muslim locality, its early Hindu settlers included Durga Charan Banerjea, father of Surendranath Banerjea. Muslims have been living in the area since the early 19th century, and the earliest inhabitants were mainly Bengali Muslims, though Bihari Muslim settlers began arriving in a flood since 1870-1880 and more so since the 1980s.
In 1888, one of the 25 newly organized police section houses was located in Taltala.
Ward nos 52 and 53 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation are under Taltala Police Station and part of Taltala. Small parts of ward nos 50 and 51 (only under Taltala Police Station) are part of Taltala. Ward no. 62, under both Park Street Police Station and Taltala Police Station, is also a part of Taltala. Ward no 61, under Park Street Police Station, is a part of Taltala too. A little part of ward no 63 (only under Park Street Police Station) is also a part of Taltala. The neighbourhood is bound by Bowbazar in the north, Entally in the east, Park Street neighbourhood in the south and Janbazar and Chowringhee in the west. Great celebrities of Taltala are Surendranath Banerjee, Durga Charan Banerjee, Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee, Hirendranath Mukherjee, Rezaul Karim, Dr. Moni Biswas, Dr Tamiz Khan, Narendranath Sen, Tripura sankar Sensastry, Sudam Banerjee, Nilmoni Mukherjee, Bijoy Singh Nahar, Benjamin Gomes, Syed Badruddoja and so on
Taltala Women police station, located at the same address as above, covers all police districts under the jurisdiction of the Central division i.e. Bowbazar, Burrabazar, Girish Park, Hare Street, Jorasanko, Muchipara, New Market, Taltala and Posta.
Ward nos. 52 and 53 (Taltala Police Station area) of Kolkata Municipal Corporation had a total population of 43,348 in the 2001 census, of which 24,121 were males and 19,227 were females. Ward nos. 50 and 51 (Taltala Police Station Area) had population of 17,251 and 13,556 respectively. Ward nos. 61, 63 (Park Street police station area) had population of 29,704 and 24,387 respectively. Ward no. 62 (under both the Police Stations) had a population of 34,832. The locality is largely Urdu-speaking. Urdu-speaking Muslims form 85% of the population. Taltala has its own literary Bengali journal named Taltala Darpan.