Asansol is the second biggest city in West Bengal, after Kolkata. It is also one of the busiest commercial centres of India and the most populated city in West Bengal. It is located approximately 200 km from Kolkata, West Bengal’s capital. The city’s economy is primarily dependant on its coal and steel industries and railways.
Asansol was ranked 11th among the fastest-growing cities in India. It is known for some significant religious spots, heritage temples and scenic parks.‘Asan’ refers to a species of tree that is usually found growing on the banks of River Damodar. ‘Sol’ translates to land. Asansol has been coined as a combination of these two terms.
The city is located amid two famous rivers - River Ajay and River Damodar. This cosmopolitan city has hot, dry summers and cold, chilly winters. Asansol is primarily a mining and industrial town, that is rapidly emerging as a modern city. Its economy is dependent on its trade and commerce, steel and coal industries and railways. Asansol boasts of the highly flourishing coal industry. It is also home to one of the country’s busiest railways. Well-known industries in the Asansol region include Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Hindustan Cables, Indian Railways, Eastern Coalfields etc. The city offers numerous attractions to visitors and is fast emerging as a tourist circuit.
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