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Kolkata is a very large city, area wise as well as population wise. The city, which constitutes the capital of West Bengal state, is situated on the eastern banks of River Hooghly. The city has been divided into different topographical regions, for the sake of clear understanding of its various resources. The city as such can be thought of comprising of five geographical units, that is east, west, north, south and central Kolkata , plus the adjoining regions. The regions allocated in each unit are: East Kolkata - Baguiati, Salt Lake City, Sealdah and Tangra; West Kolkata - Behala, Garden Reach and Khidirpur; North Kolkata - Dakshineswar, Dum Dum, Lake Town, Maniktala, Nager Bazar, Shobha Bazar, Shyam Bazar and Tala; South Kolkata - Alipur, Baliganja, Gariya, Jadavpur, Jodhpur Park, Kalighat, Kasba and Taliganja; Central Kolkata - BBD Bagh, Entali and Esplanade. Some of the adjoining regions of Kolkata city include Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Nadia.

There is a vast network of interlinking roads, railways, subways and water transportation that facilitate the accessibility means in the city. The Kolkata metro runs from the Dum Dum in the north to Tollygunge in the South. The areas or townships have still smaller roads and routes that enable the traffic flow within them. Most of the areas are self sufficient and have establishments like hotels, schools and colleges, medical agencies, markets, etc.


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