Thursday, 9 May 2013

BBD Bagh, Kolkata




About BBD Bagh                    

The seat of power of the West Bengal government and Kolkata’s central business district lies in the B.B.D. Bagh area, which stands for the shortened name of Benoy, Badal, Dinesh Bagh. They were young activists in India’s struggle for Independence, who was shot dead on 8th December 1930 in the Writer’s Building balcony by N.S.Simpson, the Inspector General of Prisons.

At that time, this area was known as Dalhousie Square, named after the then Governor General of India, Lord Dalhousie (1847 - 1856). This place has been also called by the names of Tank Square or “The Green Before the Fort”.

Situated close to the River Hooghly, the B.B.D Bagh is around the Lal Dighi tank towards the western part of central Kolkata. In old Calcutta, this was the heart of the White Town or Kalikata and continues to be so, of Kolkata. Major important buildings of the state can be found like The Writer’s Building, Royal Exchange where once Robert Clive used to reside and is presently the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Secretariat of the Government of West Bengal, St. John’s Church and Telephone Bhawan.

Popularly known as the “office para” or the locality of offices, this place is famous for the economical food available throughout the day. This area has the statue of the Darbhanga’s humanitarian Maharaja Lakshmeshwar Singh (1858 - 1898) that was sculpted by Edward Onslow Ford and the Mausoleum of Job Charnock in the yard of St. John’s Church that might interest visitors.