BBD Bagh (formerly Dalhousie Square), Kolkata (Calcutta)

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B.B.D. Bagh (Bengali: বি.বা.দী.বাগ), formerly called Dalhousie Square, is the shortened version for Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (বিনয়-বাদল-দীনেশ বাগ). It is the seat of power of the state government, as well as the central business district in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal.Origin of nameB.B.D. stands for three young Indian independence freedom fighter — Benoy, Badal and Dinesh — who on 8 December 1930 shot dead the Inspector General of Prisons, N.S. Simpson, in the balconies of the Writers' Building of the then Dalhousie Square. The square had been named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. At different times it has been called ‘The Green before the Fort’ or Tank Square.GeographyThe B.B.D. Bagh area is near the Hooghly River in the western part of central Kolkata and is a square built around the old Lal Dighi tank. The old fort built by the British was near where the General Post Office now is. The area was in the heart of Kalikata or the White Town in old Calcutta.
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  • BBD Bagh is the heart of Kolkata. On all directions, one can see and enjoy Kolkata's Heritage Buildings . It has the Kolkata GPO.,The Writers' Buildings, The Commercial Library, the Reserve bank of In...  more »
  • Each building around the square has an interesting of its own.. such as Writers Building. Imperial government offices, commercial establishments. Now called BBD Chowk, ironically to honour those freed...  more »
  • What a historic collection of buildings, going back to the East India Company days! The area also includes the Law Courts and some positively Dickensian legal chambers, outside which men with typewrit...  more »