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Kalyani

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Kalyani is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located around 50km from Kolkata — the capital of West Bengal, forming the northern most boundary of Kolkata metropolitan area. Kalyani is the administrative headquarters of Kalyani subdivision, a part of Nadia district. Situated on the banks of Hooghly River, the city is spread over an area of 29.14sqkm. According to the 2011 census, Kalyani had a population of 100,620.During the World War II, Kalyani was site of an American Airbase, known by the name of Roosevelt Town or Roosevelt Nagar. It was developed as a planned town in early 1950s by the Government of West Bengal on behest of Bidhan Chandra Roy - the second Chief Minister of West Bengal for hosting the Indian National Congress meeting and to accommodate the housing needs of the growing population of Calcutta. Kalyani being a planned town, it is characterised by underground sewerage system, paved roads forming rectangular grids, tree lined avenues and community parks.Kalyani has a dedicated industrial zone having numerous industries including Andrew Yule and Company, Kalyani Breweries ( UB Group), and Dabur; though many of the industries have closed or stopped production. It is an important center of education in West Bengal, with two universities — University of Kalyani and Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya; three engineering colleges;one medical college and other institutes of higher education and research. Kalyani Stadium has emerged as an alternative location to Kolkata for holding numerous I-League football matches and other sporting events. The Bengal Cricket Academy and a stadium has been established by Cricket Association of Bengal in Kalyani for promotion and development of cricket.
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