Gariahat Road

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Gariahat
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Gariahat Flyover near Golpark
Gariahat Flyover near Golpark
Gariahat is located in Kolkata
Gariahat
Gariahat
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°30′59″N 88°21′59″E / 22.516363°N 88.366498°E / 22.516363; 88.366498Coordinates: 22°30′59″N 88°21′59″E / 22.516363°N 88.366498°E / 22.516363; 88.366498
CountryIndia
StateWest Bengal
DistrictKolkata
CityKolkata
Metro StationKalighat and Hemanta Mukherjee(under construction)
KMC Wards68, 86
BoroughsKolkata Taluk
Government
 • BodyKolkata Municipal Corporation
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700019
Lok Sabha constituencyKolkata Dakshin
Vidhan Sabha constituencyBallygunge
Planning agencyKMDA
Civic agencyKolkata Municipal Corporation
Websitewww.kmcgov.in

Gariahat Road connects Ballygunge Phari with Prince Anwar Shah Road and Raja SC Mullick Road near Jadavpur Police station in the southern part of Kolkata, India. The space under Gariahat flyover hosts one of the most prominent open air public chess playing areas in Kolkata.[1]

Localities[edit]

Gariahat falls under Ballygunge area and is a Retail Market for saris (not only from typical Bengal but from all across India), electronics, good restaurants & all together provide a very long stretch for window shopping too. It is the hub and shopping capital of South Kolkata.

It is one of the main roads of South Kolkata that starts from Ballygunge Phari-Hazra Road crossing and from there travels southwards towards the Gariahat market. The Ballygunge AC market and the Dakshinapan shopping center are two of the main attractions that one will find on the Gariahat Road. A newly built mall named Mukti World, came up near Ballygunge Phari joining the bandwagon of malls in Kolkata. Many handicraft and textiles emporium of government can also be seen here. A huge number of jewellery shops are also located here. Gariahat is also famous for its fish market. It connects to / intersects some of the most important roads of the city namely Ballygunge Circular Road, Gurusaday Dutta Road, Hazra Road, Rashbehari Avenue, Southern Avenue and Prince Anwar Shah Road. Smaller roads like Garcha Road, Dover Lane, Hindustan Road, Ekdalia Road, South End Park, etc. all originate from Gariahat Road.

The Gariahat road at Rashbehari avenue crossing

The entire stretch starts from Park Circus Crossing (where it is known as Syed Amir Ali Avenue), and heads south through Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue (known as Old Ballygunge Road) with Birla Mandir, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum on its sides, then bears the name Gariahat Road from Ballygunge Phari and passes by Gol Park, and moves on to Dhakuria Bridge after which it is known as Gariahat Road (South), having Jodhpur Park to its right and Dhakuria/Selimpur to its left (East). The road eventually connects to Raja SC Mullick Road (which goes down further south up to Garia) at the intersection of Prince Anwar Shah Road and Jadavpur Police station. Jadavpur University happens to be one of the major landmarks at one end of this road as it winds its way down from Park Circus, Ballygunge, Gariahat Crossing, Gol Park [Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kankulia/Keyatala], Dhakuria & Jodhpur Park.

The stretch from the Gariahat crossing to the Park Circus crossing, passing through the posh Ballygunge area, is among the busiest and probably the most important artery in southern part of Kolkata.

Chess playing[edit]

After the Gariahat flyover was built, the local government in collaboration with the police converted the area under the flyover into a public chess playing arena. Lit by floodlights, it consists of a series of chess tables and chairs, where people can come freely and play chess with each other. The spot quickly turned into a popular championship spot for new as well as existing chess talent and aficionados. It was covered on NDTV by the journalist Ravish Kumar in January 2019, when he accidentally noticed this on a trip to Kolkata.[1]

Landmarks[edit]

Gariahat Road 'Pantaloons'

Restaurants & Eateries[edit]

Mukti World night view

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prime Time with Ravish Kumar". NDTV. 17 January 2019.

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