HALDIA

 

Haldia is a city and a municipality in Purba Medinipur in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a major seaport located approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Calcutta near the mouth of the Hooghly River, one of the distributaries of the Ganges. The population in 2001 was 170,695.

How to reach
Haldia is best reached by Train and Bus. The nearest train station is at Haldia Bandar and the nearest airport is at Kolkata.

By bus

Route
The road route from Kolkata is: Esplanade - 63km - Kolaghat - 3km - Mecheda - 56km
- Haldia


From Kolkata, catch a bus at Esplanade or at Howrah headed for Haldia. AC Buses are also available to reach Haldia.
The bus route traverse via NH-6 via Kolaghat via Nandakumar to Haldia (NH-41).Total duration of bus journey 2.5 hours (Approx)

By Train

Route

From Howrah Railway Stn.you can avail Haldia Local which traverse via Panskura stn. , Tamluk Stn. to Haldia Bandar Station.

From Howrah Railway Stn. by any Local train upto Mecheda Station then by Bus to Haldia (via NH-41).

 

Haldia is being developed as a major trade port for Calcutta, intended mainly for bulk cargoes. The port is quite modern, uses conveyor belts for loading and unloading and has the world's second largest lock gate-1010 ft x 130 ft and a depth of 48 ft. The Haldia Refin­ery and Haldia Fertilizers may be paid a visit with prior permission. The Centinery Park also attracts tourists. Haldia is a ideal spot for weekend tour. The industrial city has several factories, including South Asian Petrochemicals Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Exide, Shaw Wallace, Tata Chemicals, Petrochemical complex (Haldia Petrochemical) and Hindustan Lever, in addition to various light industries. The port has attracted factories of foreign companies, like Mitsubishi Chemical Company (MCC). A large number of companies are also being set up now, Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCI), primarily being ancillary industries to the Haldia Petrochemicals. The Haldia Petrochemicals is the second largest project of such kind in India.

The Haldia Township is bordered by the Haldi River an offshoot of the Ganges River. The riverside in Haldia is a favorite destination for residents and one can see people strolling down the riverside during the evenings.

Haldia is also a base of Indian Coast Guard. There is a hover-port to house two of the six hovercrafts belonging to the Indian Coast Guard.

CLIMATE

The climate of Haldia is a typical moderate one with winter temperatures ranging from 8 degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius. Winters are cool and present and it is also the festival time for inhabitants here with the Haldia Utsav taking place during the same time.
Summers can be hot and humid with temperatures going up to 40 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is moderate, and the rainy months are between May and September.

TRANSPORT

The transportation system of Haldia is extremely well developed and it is connected to Kolkata by both bus and train. Recent efforts have seen introduction of new air conditioned buses which takes less than three hours from the place to Kolkata. In terms of local transport cars, bikes, auto rickshaws and specially bi cycles are the most common means.