Durgapur – situated at a distance of about 190 Km from Kolkata in the Bardhaman district is popularly called “The Steel City”. The city with two major Steel manufacturing units of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) and Alloy steel Plant (ASP) is one of the fastest growing cities of Eastern India.
A number of other manufacturing and industrial units like Durgapur Project Limited (DPL), Alstom Power Boilers Ltd, Philips Carbon Black Ltd, Birla Cement, Graphite India Ltd, Durgapur Chemicals, Shyam Steel, UltraTech Cement, Jai Balaji Sponge Iron and quite a few others make Durgapur an industrial city in true sense.
Just as its industries, the industrial workers of Durgapur have a rich legacy of fighting for their rights. As a matter of fact the working class of Durgapur has been the face of the entire working class of the country. Durgapur has seen several long struggle of the working class, some of which were peaceful but at times the soil of Durgapur got red by the blood of its workers. Comrade Jabbar and Comrade Ashis Dasgupta were the first two martyrs of the movement of the working class of Durgapur. 6th August 1966 has a special significance in the history of Durgapur. It is on this day that comrade Jabbar and Comrade Ashis Dasgupta were killed in police firing.
The 35 day long strike by the workers of Durgapur from 10th March to 6th April 1966 created history and gave Durgapur a permanent place as a city which knows to resist oppression and fight for its rights. Durgapur thus developed a culture of its own which is hardly found anywhere in the country.
At a time when the Central Government has made it clear that disinvestment is there one point agenda as far as profitable PSU’s are concerned, the responsibilities of the working class of Durgapur has increased manifold. The city dominated by industrial workers has always delivered upon the hopes and aspirations of the entire working class of the country. The legacy is all set to continue further.