The uniqueness of this industrial town lies in the serene natural beauty it has to offer-a perfect balance of development and natural beauty. Founded in 1959, this river town lies at the confluence of the Hoogly river and the Haldi river in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. The township is a visual treat as it is surrounded by the Haldi river.
A Sneak Peek into HaldiaA sneak peek into the genesis of development of Haldia Port reveals that with the advent of freedom in 1947, increase and growth in the volume of trade and the accompanying industrialization, it was felt that a suitable location was required to augment the handling capacity of Calcutta Port. Hence, a new dock system at Haldia came into being to provide economies in cost as well as to increase capacity.
History of Haldia ( Source: Flickr)
Today, the port town is home to factories of major Indian and Multinational conglomerates. Some of the notable companies who have set shop in Haldia are South Asian Petrochemoicals, Shaw Wallace, Tata Chemicals, Hindustan Unilever etc. In addition to these numerous factories, Haldia is also a base of Indian Coast Guard.
Climate in Haldia
The summers in Haldia are hot & humid when temperatures range between 24 degrees Celsius to 39 degrees Celsius.Haldia also receives a handsome amount of rainfall, especially during the monsoon season. The average rainfall is recorded around 1580 mm. The typical rainfall months are between May & September, but Haldia receives rainfall in winters as well.
Mahishadal Rajbari (Source : Flickr)
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People in Haldia
How to Reach Haldia
Regular buses ply from Kolkata to Haldia, and recently air conditioned buses have also been introduced between these two destinations which take less than three hours for the entire journey.
However, if you have an adventurous bend of mind, there is always an option of travelling on NH 117 in your beloved car.
Though there is no direct train from Kolkata to Haldia, one can travel from Kolkata to Tamluk on train and then travel from Tamluk to Haldia in a taxi.