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History of Durgapur
Durgapur is a city in the southern part of West Bengal. Durgapur is a very well developed industrial city with good connectivity, both in terms of road and rail. Durgapur is well-known as one of India's leading steel producing centres. It was after the year 1962, that Durgapur started its first development with the operation of its main steel plant. Other major steel industries located here include alloy, coal washery, coal mining machinery, brick and tile manufacturing plant. Durgapur houses several power plants and chemical engineering industries, which have been established here in recent years. Durgapur was discovered in the late fifties by then Chief Minister of Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Durgapur is an ancient city with shopping options all round in the form of small shops and merchant setups scattered around the city. The town has developed with time and now houses some shopping malls and is popular for the Bankura Horse that is available in wood or terracotta.The planned industrial township of Durgapur was designed by Benjamin Polk and Allen Stein. The topography of the town is uneven considering its first development was due to the industries in the town.
People and Culture of Durgapur
The presence of the Damodar River in the region has been one of the primary reasons behind the industrial development of this place. Some of the popular attractions of the town are Durgapur Steel Plant and mostly temples or mosques where celebrations like Durgapuja, Kalipuja, Rath Jatra, Id and Muharram are held. Other popular places of attraction here include Durgapur Barrage, Kumarmangalam Park and Troika Park. Durgapur is well-connected with all major cities through railways from where auto rickshaws are available to move around town. The best way to travel around the city is by CNG auto and mini buses that run regularly.
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The climate of Durgapur is very mixed and variable throughout the year with summers ranging from the month of March to May with an average temperature of 32 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 45 degree Celsius. The same months are not suitable for travelling because of the possibility of cyclones and storms. Monsoons visit Durgapur between the months of June to September with heavy rainfall in these months. December to February are the winter months in Durgapur when the average temperature maximum is 20 degree Celsius and the minimum is 6 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Durgapur is between the months of October and February.
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