Rajarhat-Newtown, the emerging city along the north-eastern margin of Kolkata, is located in Barasat Sadar subdivision of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.
Originally, the area consisted of two villages, named Rajarhat and Gopalpur. Though the inhabitance in this area dates back to century, it was since late 1990s the industrial development of the area has begun. Spreading over multiple acres, the area which was formerly covered by cultivable land and water bodies has been fast growing into residential and commercial facilities, thanks to the multitude of real estate developers and investors.
The entire area is divided into 3 units- Action Area I, Action Area II & Action Area III which all together forms a well-planned township. The New town Main Road, the life line of Newtown runs across the city connecting Salt Lake with the VIP Road. With good connectivity to many parts of Kolkata and being located within few kilometers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Rajarhat-Newtown had attracted great many Real Estate companies to set up SEZ and IT Parks in and around it, which made room for a large number of national and multi-national companies along with numerous small capital firms. These companies, with huge requirement for human resources, created enormous job opportunities for the educated young generation. Now, it has developed into the second IT Hub of Kolkata with the IT majors like IBM, Accenture, HCL etc. operating from this part. The foundation of dreamt Central Business District in Action Area II will promote the area to an Industrial hotspot.
In September, 2010 Rajarhat-Newtown got the status of one of the seven satellite townships of the country. It has the potential to home thousands of real estate projects intended for middle-class and upper middle-class population. With the upcoming NewGaria-Airport metro railway and the proposed extension of Circular Railway from Bidhan Nagar Road Station to New Town, communication is supposed to become smoother by 2014, making Rajarhat an ideal address to reside.
Rajarhat-Newtown is the home for a number of prominent institutions and educational centers of the city that includes schools for children like Delhi Public School, technical institutes and B schools. The world class hospital TATA Medical Centre at Rajarhat ushers in new hope among thousands of cancer patients in and around Bengal.
This fast developing city houses some of the best known entertainment facilities of Kolkata which includes a few world class shopping malls like the City Centre II, Axis Mall, Home Town etc. Quite a few as The Galleria Mall, Downtown etc are yet to be operational. International hotels like SwissOtel Neotia Vista and The Pride Hotel adorn the new born township, with other luxury hotels under construction. The Vedic Village, the deluxe spa resort at Rajarhat, is an ideal sport for the elites to rejuvenate themselves.
Rabindra Tirtha Complex, the newly found cultural complex at Rajarhat will interest Rabindranath enthusiasts across the globe. Other upcoming projects like Najrul Tirtha Complex, Kolkata Museum of Modern Art etc will secure Rajarhat-Newtown a significant place in the cultural map of Bengal.