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Brief History : Uttarpara-kotrung

Uttarpara - a small town on the banks of river Hooghly - is an outstanding place for many reasons.

For, this narrow stretch of 2-Km land has witnessed so many historical events, initiated such path breaking liberal movements in 19th century Bengal, touched lives of such an astounding array of luminaries and pioneered so many social transformations - that far outstrips its size or significance accorded in contemporary history.

A fair and un-biased compilation of its golden past and vibrant present is essential for anyone interested in development of Bengal and its culture.

Area: 23 sq mi (approx.)

Population: 500,422 [approx. 2011 census]

How to reach: By Train : Go to Howrah Station and catch any train for Bandel or Burdwan by Main line. It will take you to Uttarpara. By Road : G.T Road connects it with other parts of the country. It is well connected by Bus no. 54/2 , 56 from Howrah and Bus no. 3 from Serampore to Shyambazar.

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Uttarpara boasts of a rich cultural heritage. Philanthropic zamindar of Bengal, Sri Joy Krishna Mukherjee, who was related to the family of founder Ratneshwar through marriage, contributed towards establishment of library, a public hospital and a school. The town once boasted of sylvan peace, beautiful buildings, epitome of great architectural works and steeped in cultural heritage. But, that is fast giving way to flats and modern apartment buildings to accommodate the ever increasing populace. Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt spent his last days in Uttarpara Joykrishna Library.

In 1909, Aurobindo Ghosh gave his last political speech before leaving for Pondicherry to embrace monkhood. This speech, known as 'Uttarpara Speech', is a valuable work for understanding Hinduism and Sanatan dharma by Sri Aurobindo.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose also came to Uttarpara once and gave his political speech. A heritage building is under renovation process to keep the memory of this great freedom fighter.

Significance of the location :

It is the border town of Howrah and Hooghly district only bridged by a man made "Khal" popularly known as "Bally Khal". It is well connected to the greater Kolkata from Bally Bridge. With the Metro railway coming up in Dakhshineswar, Uttarpara will soon be a hub of business and other activities.

# Courtsey - wikipedia

Attractions of Uttarpara-kotrung

Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library

Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library is a district library in West Bengal, and one of the first of its kind in Asia. Located in Uttarpara, a small town on the banks of the Hoogly river, this library was established by Babu Jaykrishna Mukherjee (1808–1888) and opened to the public in 1859. Though in the decade of facebook and google people are fast forgetting the habit of reading, this library is still one of the finest among scholar and book lovers.

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Hindustan Motors is an Indian automotive manufacturer based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is part of the Birla Technical Services industrial group. The company was the largest car manufacturer in India before the rise of Maruti Udyog.

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Shalimar Wires Industries Limited Uttarpara, was set up in 1962, with a mission to provide import substitution to the Indian Paper Industry, which was then totally dependent on imports for all its vital and significant machine clothing inputs.

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