I took this shot yesterday.. I clicked it from a roof of my friend's house at Saltlake, Kolkata.. We were working on our project whole night.. We slept at 5:30 am, before sleeping I clicked this..
Bidhannagar (Bengali: বিধাননগর), or Salt Lake City as it is popularly called, is a planned satellite town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It was developed between 1958 and 1965 to accommodate the burgeoning population of Kolkata, the state capital. It is now a hub of economic and social expansion and is famous as the centre for IT in the city. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, was instrumental in formulating the plan to build this satellite area, and the township was named Bidhannagar in his honour. The city was built on a reclaimed salt-water lake, which gave rise to its popular name of "Salt Lake City".
At the 2011 census, Bidhan Nagar had a population of 218,323 (Males 111,363; Females 106,960). Bidhan Nagar has an average literacy rate of 90.44% (higher than the national average of 74%), with male literacy of 93.08% and female literacy of 87.69%.
The earliest known reference of Bidhannagar in history is that on 17 June 1756, Siraj ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, camped at this place to chalk out the strategy for attacking the British East India Company at Fort William. The said attack led to the infamous massacre in Black Hole Prison that occurred on 20 June. After the death of Siraj ud-Daulah in 1757 in the Battle of Plassey, the right and title of these swampy salt water lakes remained with Mir Jafar and his descendants, who were supported by the Company who had won in that battle. Gradually, the right of the lakes went to the hands of local landlords and there happened a spurt in the pisciculture in the area. In 1865, the British officially started reclaiming these salt water bodies by connecting it with Mahratta Ditch (canal). In 1878, the Government leased out the right of the place to Nandalal Das and Durgacharan Kundu till 1887. On 30 April 1890, the Government again advertised in the newspaper and gave the leasehold right to the highest bidder, Bhabanath Sen, who offered INR 3400 for the rights. The said right ended in 1899. In 1906, the Government again leased out the lakes for 10 years to the highest bidder against INR 9750.
Now in 2012, it is a very highly developed part of Kolkata and even whole West Bengal. Finally, on 16 May 1955, Calcutta Gazettee Government notification was published, which stated that the Governor of West Bengal has been pleased to acquire 8,760.50 acres (35.4525 km2) of Bheries (pisciculture area) under the Sec1.(4) of Land Acquisition Act, 1884. The basic area included the mauzas, that is, Hadia, Nayabad, Karimpur, Jagatipota, Mukundapur, Pargachhia, Tentulbari, Panchpota and a few minor others. In 1958, the Chief Minister Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy put his steps in the area for the first time. The global tender, for the reclamation of salt water lakes was floated in 1959, which was won by M/s. "Invest Import" Company of erstwhile Yugoslavia. These marshy, shallow salt water lakes were chosen as the site for developing the auxiliary township of Kolkata. Salt Lake City, later renamed as Bidhannagar, as a mark of recognition to one of its founders, Dr. Roy.
In fact, the area was a conglomerate of several salt lakes, a low-lying saucer shaped area, which was lower than the adjoining drainage channels. The only available method of development was to fill these salt lakes to a higher level which would permit gravity drainage through the nearby channels. The Hooghly river, lying in the western fringe of Kolkata, needed dredging to maintain the minimum draught for ships. By May 19, 1956, the Government had taken over the lands and then gradually Salt Lake started taking shape. The erstwhile Yugoslav firm "Invest Import" (selected by a global tender) was entrusted with the reclamation work of the swampy land area. Pipes were laid down from Chitpur lockgate in the north of Kolkata to Salt Lake for bringing silt from the bed of Hooghly river to Salt Lake via a number of pumping stations. It took nearly 7 years to fill up the 12.35 km˛ of land with dredged silt, which was once a very fertile fishing zone. On 16 April 1962, the Salt Lake City was officially born.The original planner of Bidhannagar was a Yugoslav named Dobrivoje Tošković.His master plan was approved by the Government on 9 April 1964.He revisited his planned city in 2007.
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krzychu30 (12793) 2013-10-19 12:59
new day is waking up with delightful,warm colors and light.Was definitely worth to get up so early my friend!
The view you provide us here is beautiful,just like the colors of the rising sun.
Have a nice sunday
fabbs99 (11252) 2013-10-19 13:23
Nice shot in the early hours.Very attractive capture in great contrasts and colors. Very nice perspective and good framing, nice colors and depth of field and an excellent overall quality.TDFS.
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-10-20 5:03
Sunrise and sunset, the way the world shows us hw beautiful it can be, and you captured this so well here. The sun looks like it is shaking off its blankets to enter and warm another day. A beautiful silhouette too. Thanks as always.
subhendu_bagchi (21168) 2013-10-22 12:57
hello brother, here you presented this sunrise moment which is looking nice due to the subtle colour tone of the sky. Great silhouettes in bottom, which provides nice contrast in your composition. A very good one. Tfs.