My childhood was encapsulated inside a town (at that time) where I was born, Asansol. A high altitude steel city governed by IISCO (Indian Iron and Steel Company) then, now changed to ISP (IISCO Steel Plant) after SAIL took over and Eastern Railway important junction. The town it was then boasted mainly of these two landmarks, slowly I came to know about Sen-Raleigh factory which used to produce the most durable bicycles in this region of Bengal and which got shutdown due to petty trade union politics and also about Glass factory near Kalipahari which suppossedly manufactured glasses of Global quality similar to Belgium glass. Again the Glass factory faced a similar fate as Sen-Raleigh.
I was a proud citizen of this town and remain till date as the people here know the meaning of love and caring. This city also is famous for its huge market area where you will get practically anything you want. The market specialises in electronic products received directly from New Delhi region thus gets the latest electronics before Kolkata does and much cheaper than any city of Bengal.
Nearby tourist attractions are Lah Meyer Park in Burnpur about 20 kilometres from Asansol bus stand and Maithon Dam near Barakar which is a 45 minute drive from the same spot. A very famous Kali temple nearby is Ghaghar Buri and must be visited by the devotees since there is a saying that if anyone ignores her existence beside the road and goes past her without praying they will face disastrous consequences.
Asansol caters to all travellers be it train or bus. SBSTC buses ply throughout the day to Kolkata, Bankura, Malda, Bardhaman, Purulia, Bokaro and many other locations. Its a perfect break point for travellers as it has some fine hotels too. In recent times Asansol has been rewarded with an Engineering College, College of Pharmacy, Galaxy Shopping Mall and Shristinagar Shopping Mall.
Its a nice place where you would find hot water spring in Nirala resort, Baliapur Kalibari enroute Gourangdi route, CLW (Chittaranjan Locomotive Works) is also not far away and opens its gates to all on the Puja day of Vishwakarma.
Island in Maithon Dam
St. Vincent’s School
Asansol’s railway siding is one of the biggest in this region, I knew this as I visited this with my father who was a Doctor in Eastern Railway in my childhood days. There are two convent schools for Boys – St. Patrick’s Higher Secondary and St. Vincent’s and two for Girls – Loreto Convent and Assembly of God Church under the ICSE Board of New Delhi.
The roads I have come across recently are just like the smoothness of butter, driving is an ecstasy over these. Long journeys to various nearby places due to bad roads are a thing of the past due to fabulous work done by Asansol Municipal Corporation.
In short Asansol rules my heart everyday.