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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
|District||North 24 Parganas|
|• Type||Municipal Corporation|
|• Body||Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||+91 33|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Dum Dum|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Rajarhat Gopalpur|
Baguiati is a locality in Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is close to Kolkata and also a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).
Baguiati lies off the Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani, popularly known as VIP Road, in the north-eastern periphery of Kolkata. It is developing into an important commercial and trade center. Krishnapur (more popularly known as Kestopur), Dum Dum and Salt Lake and New Town cities are the nearby areas of Baguiati. This place is said to be named after Bagui's, surname of the native and popular residents of this place. During 1950 the Martin Burn company put-up a rail line form Patipukur, Milk colony to Taki via Dumdum Park-Rajarhat-Khoiberia-Belgachia-Basirhat. During that time they wanted to acquire a piece of land for station and pond (to fill water in steam engine) and approached the Bagui family. The family agreed to give the land on condition that the station be named in recognition of their contribution. The land wanted to be acquired is called "Ati", which is a special Bengali word for 'high land'; not suitable for agriculture, mainly used for farming. Thus the station built for a narrow gauge rail line on the "ati" in the land of Baguis is named as "Baguiati". The rail stopped functioning after a few years. But till date the "Rail Pukur" is there beyond the PWD building at Baguiati crossing. The First Bagui came and settled at Baguiati was "Sahoy Ram Bagui" along with his two son, at least 200 years before, near to 1770. Few members of Bagui family proclaim that, the present area of Baguiati was part of Sundarban Delta, as they have heard from their Great-grand-father. This claim, was partly supported by the fact that the entire adjoining area was mostly wetland till early 1910, like present area of Lake town, Saltlake. Further the entire North-East-Kolkata was well connected to Bidyadhari River flowing from Haroa towards Malancha. There are more than 100 families having family name "Bagui", mainly staying at Baguipara and Narayantala East. The flyover from Dumdum Park to Teghoria along the VIP Road, which was opened in March 2015, helped to keep the traffic congestion away from Baguiati. Subways have been constructed at Kestopur, Baguiati and Joramandir to prevent accidents due to road crossing and they are fully functional now.
A good number of small enterprises exist in this region. These enterprises primarily deal with the import and export of small articles of jute, electronics, watch manufacturing, polyware manufacturing, medical equipment supplies, etc. The township is provided with a number of educational institutes and health care institutes. It also has a dedicated police station under the jurisdiction of the Bidhannagar City police. The region forms one of the many residential places in the city. The population level has been constantly increasing, as has been observed in the rest of the city. This area is highly congested now. Nearby malls include Big Bazaar, Baazar Kolkata, etc.