Batanagar

Batanagar is a locality in the Maheshtala Municipality of the South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a part of the area covered by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).[3] It is one of the places named after the multinational shoe company Bata. There is a plant of the Bata company here. The employees mostly reside in Batanagar.

Batanagar
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Batanagar
Location in West Bengal
Batanagar
Location in India
Coordinates: 22.5133°N 88.2230°E / 22.5133; 88.2230
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DivisionPresidency
DistrictSouth 24 Parganas
RegionGreater Kolkata
Government
  TypeMunicipality
  BodyMaheshtala Municipality
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Languages
  OfficialBengali[1][2]
  Additional officialEnglish[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700140
Telephone code+91 33
Vehicle registrationWB-01 to WB-10, WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99
Lok Sabha constituencyDiamond Harbour
Vidhan Sabha constituencyMaheshtala
Websitewww.maheshtalamunicipality.org

History

Batanagar was established to start the first shoe factory in India by Czechoslovak industrialist Tomáš Baťa. The Bata brand was established on 24 August 1894 in Zlín, then in Austria-Hungary (now in Czech Republic). The company first established itself in India in 1931 by renting a building to start an experimental shoe production plant in Konnagar, West Bengal with 75 Czechoslovak experts. Jan Antonín Baťa then built up an industrial manufacturing city called Batanagar in 1934, as well as other factories in Delhi and Patna, and elsewhere in India, employing more than 7,000 people. Later Batanagar became one of the bigger suburban towns near Kolkata.

Geography

Cities and towns in the western part of Alipore Sadar subdivision (including Budge Budge I & II, Thakurpukur Maheshtala CD blocks) in South 24 Parganas district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre,
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly
Bakrahat is in Bishnupur II CD block, but Lakshmibala Rural Hospital at Bakrahat serves Budge Budge II CD block and so it is included here.

Area overview

Alipore Sadar subdivision is the most urbanized part of the South 24 Parganas district. 59.85% of the population lives in urban areas and 40.15% lives in the rural areas. In the northern portion of the subdivision (shown in the map alongside) there are 21 census towns. The entire district is situated in the Ganges Delta and the subdivision, on the east bank of the Hooghly River, is an alluvial stretch, with industrial development.[4][5][6]

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.

Location

Batanagar is located at 22°30′48″N 88°13′23″E. It has an average elevation of 9 metres (30 ft).

Economy

Not only the Bata India Shoe factory, another very remarkable feature of Batanagar, is that shoe-making is a predominant cottage industry in Batanagar. Countless houses and families are dedicated to manufacturing shoes of various makes - leather, PVC, jute, etc. for some of the leading shoe brands in India. For example, - Khadim's, SreeLeathers, Titas and Liberty which are some of the most renowned shoe makers in India, have outsourced a major portion of their shoe making process to the various entities in Batanagar. Every alternate home in Batanagar houses a small unit which is manufacturing shoes.

This feature was born out of necessity, as most of the families residing in Batanagar are dependent on the Bata factory for their livelihood, hence whenever the factory gets locked-out, these families are very severely affected. Hence shoe making from their homes has given them an alternate source of earning.

Education

There are several higher secondary level schools including the Bata Boys' School, Bata Girls' School, BatanagarSri Ramkrishna Ashram Vivekananda Vidyamandir, Nungi high school, Nungi Balika Bidyalay, Bangla jatio sikhsa mandir, jagtala suryakumar high school in Batanagar area. There are also some secondary level schools. There is no college in Batanagar; the nearest colleges are Budge Budge College and Maheshtala College . Mahestala College was accredited by NAAC in May 2004. A private college, Batanagar Institute of Engineering, Management & Science (BIEMS), offering various technical, management and basic science programs, is also in operation here.

Transport

Batanagar is well connected by railway. Nangi railway station connects the city with Sealdah railway station by Sealdah–Budge Budge line which connects the metropolis of Kolkata with the rest of India. There are buses connecting Batanagar to other parts of Kolkata. Apart from that both app based and non app based cab agencies provide transport services to Batanagar. For transport inside the city three wheeled autorickshaws and manual rickshaws are good options.

Emergency Contact Details

Municipality Maheshtala Municipality [Contact - .2490-1651, 2490-3389]
Police Station

Maheshtala Police Station [Telephone No. - +(91)-33-24906437]

Hospital Matrisadan [Telephone No. - 2490-4223; Ambulance : 2492-4224]

Budge Budge Medical Superintendent ESI Hospital [2480-3908, 2470-1396]

References

  1. "Fact and Figures". Wb.gov.in. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). Nclm.nic.in. Ministry of Minority Affairs. p. 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. "Base Map of Kolkata Metropolitan area". Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  4. "District Statistical Handbook 2014 South Twety-four Parganas". Table 2.1 , 2.2, 2.4b. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. "Census of India 2011, West Bengal, District Census Handbook, South Twentyfour Parganas, Series – 20, Part XII-A, Village and Town Directory" (PDF). Page 13, Physiography. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. "District Human Development Report: South 24 Parganas". Chapter 9: Sundarbans and the Remote Islanders, p 290-311. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal, 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
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