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Overview

Map of South Bengal

The stretch from Andal to Barakar covering Raniganj, Jamuria, Asansol, Burnpur, Neamatpur, Kulti and Barakar, composed of about 40 kilometres along Grand Trunk Road forms one urban agglomeration, all of which falls within Asansol subdivision area. The gaps between the contiguous urban centres are filled with collieries and small settlements. The Chittaranjan – Rupnarayanpur urban centre are also closely linked. For the purposes of planning the entire stretch from Panagarh to Barakar is overseen by the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA).

History

Clock tower,Asansol

Initially people of Dravidian and Austroloid stock inhabited this region. Around two thousand five hundred years ago, it became an area of significant Jain activity. According to some, the last Tirthankar of Jain religion, Mahavira Vardhamana, used to live and work in the area. The district and headquarters town thus came to be known as Bardhaman. Some identify the spread of Jainism in West Bengal with the Aryanisation of the region.

Economy

Modernisation of ISP

The city's economy is based on the coal and steel industries. Situated in the Damodar River valley, the city has evolved and expanded over time to a population of one million, ranking it 23rd in India. It is located about 200 km from Kolkata.Asansol is the 42nd Fastest growing city in the world and 10th in the India.

Industrial decline and revival

Culture

Asansol is located in one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse states in the entire country of India. There are a number of people at Asansol who come from different ethnicities and religions. All these people live together in harmony. The majority of the people living here speak Bengali. The people are found of dancing as well as watching movies and films.

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