Park Street, Kolkata

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Park Street in the 1930s
Jawaharlal Nehru's statue at Park Street
Park Street in the 1930s

Park Street (officially Mother Teresa Sarani and earlier Burial Ground Road), is a famous thoroughfare in the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. The street runs through what was a deer park of Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Calcutta from 1773 to 1789, hence the earlier name, its current official name was given by Kolkata Municipal Corporation in honour of Mother Teresa.

Location and importance[edit]

The Park hotel
Night scene in Park Street

In the 1970s and 1980s much of Kolkata's night life took place at Park Street. Many noted musicians had played at popular night spots such as Trinca's, Blue Fox, Mocambo and Moulin Rouge. Even before that, in the 1940s, 50s and 60s Kolkata's prolific night life was centred on Park Street. The Park Hotel chain started with the opening of its first hotel, the 150 room, The Park on the fashionable Park Street on 1 November 1967.[1]

Park Street remains Kolkata's foremost dining district, with many restaurants and pubs, it is often known as "Food Street" and "The Street that Never Sleeps".

This road originates from Chowringhee Road (J L Nehru Road) and connects to Park Circus 7 point crossing in a south eastern direction, the portion of Park Street between Chowringhee Road and Mullick Bazar has been one of the city's attractions for years. Several important roads originate from/intersect at Park Street in the northward and southward directions, namely Russell Street, Middleton Row, Camac Street, Wood Street, Loudon Street and Rawdon Street towards the South and Free School Street, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road towards the North. Park Street also intersects AJC Bose Road at Mullick Bazar crossing and eventually goes to Park Circus from where other major roads such as Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Darga Road, Park Circus Connector starts and connects to important areas such as Ballygunge, E M Bypass, CIT Road Kolkata.

Park Street has been the recreation zone for Kolkata people since the British era. However, in the last 20 years, many new restaurants, malls, 5-star hotels and nightclubs have opened in other areas of the city and Park Street has lost much of its earlier attraction as being the numero uno entertainment hub of Kolkata. However, it is still one of the prime commercial and entertainment zones of the city. Park Street is traditionally decorated with lights on Diwali, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Landmarks[edit]

St Xavier's College
'Park Plaza' office at Park St. - Camac St. crossing

Park Street has notable landmarks, showrooms and buildings, and cenotaphs and tombs of prominent figures from the British Raj era and European population such as: .

Police district[edit]

Park Street police station is part of the South division of Kolkata Police. Located at 89, Park Street, Kolkata-700016, it has jurisdiction over the police district which is bordered on the north from the north-west corner of the junction of Dr. Md. Ishaque Road (old Kyd Street), Jawaharlal Nehru Road (old Chowringhee Road) and Janaki Saha Road (old Mayo Road), thence crossing Jawaharlal Nehru Road to the north-east corner of the junction of Dr. Md. Ishaque Road (old Kyd Street) and Jawaharlal Nehru Road, thence eastward by the northern limits of Dr. Md. Ishaque Road up to Mirza Galib Street (old Free School Street) and thence northward along the western limits of Mirza Galib Street up to the north-west corner of the junction of Mustaque Ahmed Lane (old Marquis Street) and Mirza Galib Street, thence crossing Mirza Galib Street, to the north-east corner of the junction of Mustaque Ahmed Lane and Mirza Galib Street, thence eastward by the northern limits of Mustaque Ahmed Lane to Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road (old Wellesly Street), thence crossing Rafi Ahmed Kidwai to the north-east corner of the junction of Mustaque Ahmed Lane and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, thence eastward by the northern limits of Haji Md. Mohsin Road and Alimuddin Street respectively to Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road thence crossing Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road up to the north-east corner of the junction of Alimuddin Street and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road.[2]

It is bordered on the east from the north-east corner of the junction of Alimuddin Street and the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, thence by southward the eastern boundary of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road up to the south-east corner of the junction of Park Street and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road.[2]

It is bordered in south from the south-east corner of the junction of Park Street and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road (old Lower Circular Road) then crossing Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road to the south west corner of the junction of Park Street and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, then westward by the southern limits of Park Street to Jawaharlal Nehru Road (old Chowringhee Road) thence crossing Jawaharlal Nehru Road up to the south-west corner of the junction of Park Street, Outram Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road.[2]

It is bordered on the west From the south-west corner of the junction of Park Street, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (old Chowringhee Road) and Outram Road, thence northward by the western limits of the Jawaharlal Nehru Road up to the north-west corner of the junction of Dr. Md. Ishaque Road (old Kyd Street), Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Janaki Saha Road (old Mayo Road).[2]

See also - Park Street police district map

Tollygunge Womens police station has jurisdiction over all the police districts in the South Division, i.e. Park Street, Shakespeare Sarani, Alipore, Hastings, Maidan, Bhowanipore, Kalighat, Tollygunge, Charu Market, New Alipur and Chetla.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The First Lady of boutique". Express Hospitality (Indian Express Group). 16–31 March 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kolkata Police". South Division. KP. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 

External links[edit]

Kolkata/Esplanade travel guide from Wikivoyage - covering Park Street