Talking about Kolkata makes one remind of busy city life, crowd markets, narrow lanes and by lanes. But there is other face of the city where you can feel the ambiance of the busy yet beautiful city life. Visit to Rajarhat which is an upcoming and planned satellite city on the north eastern fringes of Kolkata. It is located in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The total area of Rajarhat is approximately 28 sq.km.
Rajarhat is planned to be an IT hub with residential facilities. Earlier, Rajarhat area consisted of two villages namely Rajarhat and Bhangar, with a lot of water bodies and cultivable land. Rajarhat was thought to be developed in late 1990’s under the leadership of then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya. There are plans for developing Rajarhat at least three times bigger than Salt Lake City, Kolkata which is currently the IT hub.
The new township is almost three times bigger than the neighboring planned Salt Lake City. Ample care has been taken to regulated the day to day city life of this part of Kolkata. From Transportation to Healthcare, Leisure & entertainment everything is planned to make the life enjoyable and comfortable. Bengal Unitech of Unitech group, DLF, Singapore
based Keppel Land, Shapoorji Pallonji, Ambuja Realty, Bengal Peerless etc. are some of the
real estate companies which have already entered the market in Rajarhat
and are offering commercial as well as residential projects.
Layout of Rajarhat Kolkata
The city of Rajarhat is planned in the following fashion :
Action Area 1
It mainly consists of malls, residential and commercial plots and a small Central Business District.
Action Area 2
This is supposedly the main Central Business District. It would incorporate parks like Unitech and DLF. Also, attractions such as an open maidan – which is rarely found in a city like Kolkata . Apart from these, would be the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art. Action Area 2 would have plots for large apartment complexes. Also will have an Eco-Park.
Action Area 3
It would have high rise residential complexes and also mini townships within itself.
Employment Opportunities in Rajarhat
From Real estate companies to IT all have their own set of plans for this planned city.Major IT companies like Genpact, Capgemini, Tech Mahindra, Ericsson, Accenture, Philips, HCL Technologies, eRevMax, Aegis, Xoriant Corp. Cognizant,IBM have already entered into the arens.While others like
TCS, Infosys and many more are tryinh hard yo carve a niche for themselves in this satellite city of Kolkata.
Wellness and Healthcare in Rajarhat
One of the major healthcare institutions which is being planned in Rajarhat is the Tata Cancer Centre. Apart from these, there are other hospitals which are coming up. A few worth mentioning are Zoom Healthcare, Charnock Hospital and Uma Medical and Research Centre. Apart from these, corporate hospitals like Apollo group of Hospitals, which have a long tradition of providing good healthcare across India, would also set their feet in Rajarhat.
Places for Entertainment in Rajarhat
Majority of the offices and apartments in Rajarhat have their own private club houses for entertainment. But, for more interactions and a better social life, a lot of public parks have also do exist in Rajarhat.Some of the major attractions near Rajarhat include :
- Nicco Park – which is one of the major amusement parks for all the Kolkatians
- Aquatica – Which is one of the most famous water parks in Kolkata
- Vedic Village –for the ones who are interested in holistic living including yoga, massage, spa and meditation
- Nalban – which is a family picnic spot with huge number of waterfalls
Apart from these, there are a lot of malls for hanging out in Rajarhat. Some of these malls include the Axis Mall, City Centre Mall, Home Town, Down Town and Block by Block Mall. And soon, DLF Emporio mall which would cater to the needs of the elite would soon be in.
Hotels for Business Travelers
There are several hotels which exist as well as are being planned in Rajarhat for business travelers. ITC Sonar, Hyatt Regency, Ginger Hotels, Novotel and Westin are on the verge of shaping up. Swissotel is the only operational hotel.
Thus, Rajarhat offers a good lifestyle away from the crowd of Kolkata.