Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh or BBD Bagh (originally referred to as Tank Square) is located in the western part of Central Kolkata. It exists in the form of a large square situated on the central reservoir lake (‘tank’), surrounded by palms trees. At one time, it used to supply water to the young city. Some locals still called it as ‘Dalhousie Square’, named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Lieutenant and the Governor General of India between 1847—1856. The current name, BBD Bagh, is given after the nationalists trio, Binoy, Badal and Dinesh, who had attempted assassination of Lord Dalhousie.
Though the BBD trio could not succeed in their assassination plan, tried in 1930; the attack holds great significance in the self-determination struggle. They executed their attack within the panoramic 1780 Writers’ Building that has its magnificent south facade resembling to a French provincial city hall. A workplace to clerks (writers) during the times of East India Company, pen-pushing bureaucracy still finds solace here.
Though many magnificent structures of great colonial-era are on the verge of losing their existence, some masterpieces are still standing tall around the square, narrating the glory of magnificence. Wonderful Wren-style spire of St Andrews Church and the old Standard Chartered Building situated on Netaji Subhash Rd casts a spell with its vaguely Moorish feel. The wrought-iron balconies and carved nymphs at the rear end of red-brick Standard Buildings are among the not-to-miss sights on BBD Bagh.