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Madhyamgram

Madhyamgram
মধ্যমগ্রাম
Kolkata Metropolitan
Madhyamgram Crossing (Chowmatha) on Jessore Road
Madhyamgram Crossing (Chowmatha) on Jessore Road
Madhyamgram is located in West Bengal
Madhyamgram
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates:
Country India
State West Bengal
District Number of wards = 25
Government
 • Municipality Chairman Mr. Rathin Ghosh[1]
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2013[Approx])
 • Total 254,219
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700129/700130
Telephone code 91 33
Vehicle registration WB 26
Lok Sabha constituency Barasat
Vidhan Sabha constituency Madhyamgram

Madhyamgram is a place and neighborhood in the City of Joy, Kolkata within the Indian state of West Bengal and urban of Metropolitan City Kolkata, having Calcutta (Kolkata) postal code and telephone zone (33). It is also called the Fortune City of Kolkata. It is under the jurisdiction of Barasat sadar subdivision[2] within the limit of Barasat and Airport police stations and under the local jurisdiction of Madhyamgram Municipality. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Climate 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Transport 5
  • Education and culture 6
  • Sports 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

The history of Madhyamgram is a story of flourishment and downfall. Madhyamgram was in the Kingdom of Raja Protapaditya Roy, one of the twelve feudal provinces of Bengal and Ruler of Jessore during the Mughal regime.

On 20 December 1757 Mirzafar, the Nawab of Bengal presented twenty four parganas to East India Company as dowry which also included Madhyamgram, under Anwarpur Pargana adjacent to Barasat.

The first Railway line from Madhyamgram to Duttapukur was commissioned in 1882 when the station was called Chandipur and Madhyamgram was then named as Majher Gaon, probably because the area was situated between Badu (Chakradharpur Mouza) and Sajirhat (Guchuria Mouza).

The present narrow Noai Canal now acting as dividing border line between New Barrackpore and Madhyamgram stretching from the South of Ganganagar to Sajirhat in the West was actually a wide river, once called Labanyabati which through colloquial transformation became Noai river and after years of silt depositions it turned into Noai Canal.

At that time Anwarpur Pargana was famous for tobacco trade and a special sweet smelling blended tobacco was manufactured in Madhyamgram.

Over and above Madhyamgram was also a big paddy growing area and Labanya river was a medium of navigation for export of those products. Besides, Madhyamgram was also famous for fine and beautiful embroidery works and those gratifying beauty was getting appreciation from Delhi and Mumbai. Many Muslim families used to maintain livelihood through those works.

In this way of historical evolution and step by step development planning we got the present day Madhyamgram.

Climate

The climate is tropical, like the rest of the Gangetic West Bengal. The hallmark is the Monsoon—early June to mid September. The weather remains dry during the winter (mid-November to mid-February) and humid during summer.

Temperature :41 °C in May (max) and 8.3 °C in January (min)

Relative Humidity: Between 50% in March & 90% in July

Pin-700129 & 700130.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[4] Madhyamgram had a population of 198,964. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Madhyamgram has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 71%. In Madhyamgram, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Economy

Earlier Madhyamgram Crossing on Jessore Road; traffic jam, including the "cycle-van"s

There is a major textile mill and a rubber factory. The business of the city centres around retailing, though there are dealers who supply mainly to the rest of the district. Madhyamgram also hosts an integrated computer hardware and software development unit. However, the major occupation of its residents is service. The neighbourhood is characterized by its close proximity to Airport 15 minutes. The major advance of Madhyamgram is the transportation facility with Road mode and the Local Railway Section. Literally, you can find any bus route direct or connecting from Madhyamgram to various parts of Kolkata and bordering towns and villages to Bangladesh.

Transport

A large part of the population of Madhyamgram depend on railways. Primary station is Madhyamgram Railway Station. Auto Service is one of the most popular transport to reach nearby towns like Sodepur, New Barrackpur & Barasat. Battery operated Toto-van is also used for short distance. The Rail connectivity links Madhyamgram with Major Areas and rest of Kolkata. Jessore Road is seen as the most important road connection with other parts of City. Via Jessore Road one can easily reach Kolkata Airport. Also Sodepur road of Madhyamgram leads to BT road, an important transport link to heart of kolkata from North. Sodepur Road is treated as the connecting road between Jessore & BT Road. Other regular transport services like Private & Govt. Public transport Bus, Taxi, Rented Car service are available in Madhyamgram. Because of growing importance of Madhyamgram, now latest Volvo type large Air-conditioned Bus Services are also available during peak office hours.

As per West Bengal Metro Rail future projects, There will be a route from Barasat to Dumdum. This route includes Madhyamgram as one of the most important stops to minimise heavy traffic in office time.

Education and culture

Madhyamgram has a number of secondary and higher secondary schools and two graduate colleges, namely, the Vivekananda College and the Acharya Prafulla Chandra College. The latter, though territorially in the New Barrackpur municipality, has a close relationship with Madhyamgram, especially in student composition. The two most famous schools are Madhyamgram High School and Madhyamgram Girls High School. There's also Acharya Prafulla Chandra Girls High School & Acharya Prafulla Chandra Boys High School. Now The Acharya Prafulla Chandra Vidyayatan become one of the best schools in Madhyamgram. The popular English medium schools are Julien Day School, in Ganganagar and Sudhir Memorial Institute, near Doltala, St. Judes Higher Secondary School at Basu Nagar. There are also an Engineering and a management college. Camellia Institute of Technology and Camellia School Of Business Management here.

Painter Shri Jahar Dasgupta resides in Madhyamgram. A sculpture of poet Rabindranath Tagore which is placed near Madhyamgram Railway station also done by Dasgupta. He runs an Art School 'SENJUTI' for young kids and students since 1984 and this school has been a major contributor in art and culture of Madhyamgram.

Sports

Madhyamgram High School is famous for winning the Subroto Cup, all-India inter-school soccer competition, a record number of times, seven times (undisputed record till date) which include a hatrick (year 1981-82-83). There are quite a few footballers who hail from Madhyamgram. There are two Football coaching camps - one, in Ward no. 19 at Pallishree playground, started function on and from 12.06.2005, and the other, in Ward no. 7 at Basunagar playground, started function on and from 18-9-2005 which are organised and managed by the Madhyamgram Municipality. Several number of playground and parks are there where all kinds of outdoor games are being organized. There are two Cricket Coaching Camps - One, in between Ward no.22 & Ward no.11 at Basunagar Ground, and the other, in Ward no.12 at Udayrajpur Ground.

There is one swimming in Pool at Ward no. 4 where veteran Coaches are involved for coaching the children all over the year.

Table tennis star Mouma Das belongs to Madhyamgram.
Football players;-Khokon Ghosh, Abhijit Roy Chowdhury and Sanjib Bhattacherjee belong to Madhyamgram. Cricket Players : Prasenjit Banerjee,Preetam Ghosh,Debasish Bose,Goutam Ghosh,Uddipan Mukherjee belong to Madhyamgram.

References

  1. ^ Official District Administration site
  2. ^ District-wise list of statutory towns,
  3. ^ "Base Map of Kolkata Metropolitan area". Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

External links

  • Kolkata/Northern fringes travel guide from Wikivoyage
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