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GEONKHALI

2020-02-10
Geonkhali is a village and scenic tourist spot in the Mahishadal Block of East Midnapore district of West Bengal. It is located 130 km to the south of Kolkata at the confluence of the rivers Hooghly, Rupnarayan and Damodar. At the confluence, the river is so wide as to resemble the sea, making for a spectacular sight. Geonkhali is connected to Gadiara and Nurpur by regular launch services. Geonkhali houses several water treatment plants that supply fresh water to Haldia where the water is saline. A proposed ₹2,200-crore shipyard project by the Apeejay and Bharti groups at Geonkhali was abandoned in the aftermath of the Singur and Nandigram incidents following opposition by local residents to acquisition of their fertile agricultural lands. The village affected were: Bhangagora, Deulpota, Badur, Babupur and Hariballavpur.