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Ultadanga

Ultadanga
উল্টোডাঙা
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Time tower and Rabindranath Tagore sculpture near Muchibazar, Ultadanga (Night View)
Coordinates: 22°35′32″N 88°23′22″E / 22.59225°N 88.389528°E / 22.59225; 88.389528
Country India
StateWest Bengal
CityKolkata
DistrictKolkata
Metro StationShyambazar, Shobhabazar Sutanuti, Bengal Chemical(under construction) and Phoolbagan(under construction)
Municipal CorporationKolkata Municipal Corporation
KMC wards13, 14, 32
Population
 • TotalFor population see linked KMC ward pages
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)+91 33
Lok Sabha constituencyKolkata Uttar
Vidhan Sabha constituencyManiktala

Ultadanga is one of the most crowded junctions in Kolkata. The place is located at the north-eastern fringe of the city and marks the limit of Kolkata District. Prominent places in Ultadanga are Telenga Bagan and Muchi Bazar.

The Bidhan Nagar or Ultadanga railway station.
Busy VIP Road at Ultadanga at night.

Etymology

Ultadanga lay outside the Maratha Ditch, beyond Halsibagan, where the Sikh billionaire Umichand had a garden. It was land on the opposite bank (ulta in Bengali).[1]

History

The East India Company obtained from the Mughal emperor Farrukhsiyar, in 1717, the right to rent from 38 villages surrounding their settlement. Of these 5 lay across the Hooghly in what is now Howrah district. The remaining 33 villages were on the Calcutta side. After the fall of Siraj-ud-daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, it purchased these villages in 1758 from Mir Jafar, and reorganised them. These villages were known en-bloc as Dihi Panchannagram and Ultadanga was one of them. It was considered to be a suburb beyond the limits of the Maratha Ditch.[2][3][1]

The name, Ulta Danga, comes from the original name of the place, Ulta Dingi, or a place where small boats which were colloquially called Dingis were made or repaired. It was a ghaat area, and chances are that this too would be on the banks of the Ganges at some point of time in history, before the river changed its course.

In 1889, Maniktala, Ultadanga and Beliaghata became 'fringe area wards' of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.[4]

Geography

Police district

Ultadanga police station is part of the Eastern Suburban division of Kolkata Police. It is located at Block 13, CIT Scheme No. VIII M, Kolkata-700067.[5]

Ultadanga Women police station, located at the same address as above, covers all police districts under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Suburban division i.e. Beliaghata, Entally, Manicktolla, Narkeldanga, Ultadanga, Tangra and Phoolbagan.[5]

Economy

HSBC, AXIS Bank, Bank of Baroda, United Bank of India, Federal Bank and State Bank of India are some of the bank branches located in this area. Ultadanga is near to some of the most happening shopping malls in the city like Mani Square, City Center, Charnok City, and Pantaloon in Kankurgachi etc. Sony World, one of Kolkata’s biggest Sony showrooms is located at Ultadanga crossing near the station. Honey da Dhaba, Bika, Delhi Darbar and Rose are few of the many restaurants located in and close to the Ultadanga area. Arena Animation Kankurgachi, Jetking Institute, FIIT JEE, Credence Academy, Kolkata Cables, BSNL and BrandMantra Solutions Pvt. Ltd. are some of the prominent institutes and offices in Ultadanga and its surrounding areas. There is also a TITAN Showroom in Ultadanga.[citation needed] Recently a flyover has been constructed in Ultadanga.[6]

Transport

One of Kolkata’s busiest railway stations, the Bidhannagar Road railway station, is located in Ultadanga. It remains packed with passengers throughout the day especially on weekdays. Auto and bus services are available for Baguiati, Salt Lake etc. The area is densely populated with not only people but with shops, restaurants, shopping malls, banks, Government housings, Government and private offices, educational and training institutes etc.

Trams are available from Bidhannagar tram terminus beside the railway station. The trams available are route 18 service to Howrah Bridge terminus and a shuttle service to Rajabazar tram depot.

Education

The Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya, a college previously known as Gurudas College of Commerce, affiliated to University of Calcutta is located in Ultadanga

Fire

On 12 January 2010, a fire broke out at a slum in Ultadanga known as 'Basanti Colony', leaving 1 man dead and 450 homeless. The homes were again built by the Government and had been redistributed among the residents free of cost within 6 months. The area is popularly known as Basanti colony.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Nair, P.Thankappan, The Growth and Development of Old Calcutta, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol. I, pp. 14-15, Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Oxford University Press, 1995 edition.
  2. ^ "District Census Handbook Kolkata, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Pages 6-10: The History. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ Cotton, H.E.A., Calcutta Old and New, first published 1909/reprint 1980, pages 103-4 and 221, General Printers and Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  4. ^ Nair, P.Thankappan, The Growth and Development of Old Calcutta, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol. I, p. 13, Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, Oxford University Press, 1995 edition.
  5. ^ a b "Kolkata Police". Eastern Suburban Division. KP. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ "New height barriers for Ultadanga flyover, steel fence at New Town - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Basanti colony fire leaves 450 homeless, 1 dead - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

External links

Kolkata/North Kolkata travel guide from Wikivoyage