The city basking in warm sunlight by the side of India’s most auspicious river! Halisahar, on the east bank of the River Ganga-Hooghly, in the district of North 24 parganas of West Bengal, under the Barrackpore Sub-Division is at a 50 km distance from the metro city of Kolkata. With a total area of 8.29 km² Halisahar, at present, serves a population of 1.35 lakhs. Modern industrialization started its march in Halisahar holding hand with the growing up of Jute industries by the riverside. The first Jute Mill came in the area in 1919-1920. Paper-pulp factory was established here on 1918. It is well connected by roadways and railways.
Halisahar, for centuries thrived as a prosperous city with a glorified history earning fame for its port and ship-yard during the rule of the Pala dynasty (750- 1050 AD), trade center during the Senas (1060-1220 AD), a cultural and educational joint during the rules of the Muslims (end of 11th century AD-15th century AD) as well as during the two hundred years of British rule.
The rich heritage city of Halisahar on the eastern side of the River Ganga-Hooghly, with a history of pride of near 1300 years, boast of the great son of the soil, saint-poet Ramprasad Sen. While it gave the society persons like spiritual guru Iswar Puri, Saint-Poet Sadhak Ramprosad, the founder of Dakshineswar Temple and very charitable Lokmata Rani Rashmoni, it also martyred its son Sri Rajib Lochan Roy at Baharampur Military camp as a soldier of the First war of Independence of India in 1857 and gave birth to one of the greatest revolutionaries ever, Bipin Behari Ganguly during the British rule in India.
Halisahar took birth as separate municipal government on 1st July, 1917. It is very near to once famous Mulajor (now Shyamnagar), birthplace of Poet Bharat Chandra Roy-Gunakar, Bhatpara – the once famous centre for Sanskrit education with numerous schools (‘Tols’, as known in early days) and Naihati, the birthplace of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the writer of India’s national song “Vandey Maataram”. It remained under Naihati Municipality between 1st March, 1869 and 1st March, 1903. Between 1903 and 1917 Halisahar and Kanchrapara (Kanchanpally of yesteryear) togetherly formed a municipality.
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