Dhakuria (ঢাকুরিহা) is a census town in South 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India. Dhakuria it is a locality in the city of Kolkata. It is located in the southern part of the city and is surrounded by Ballygunge and Kasba in the north, Haltu in the east, Jadavpur in the south and the Lake Gardens and Jodhpur Park areas in the west.
The locality is sometimes referred to as the poor man's locality of South Kolkata, surrounded as it is by rich and famous areas, while it still remains primarily a middle-class neighbourhood.
The two most important landmarks that signify this locality are the Dhakuria railway station and the Gariahat Road (South) which are the lifeline of this locality and it's USP.
The development of Dhakuria can be traced back to the late fifties & sixties, when a large influx of refugees had started from Bangladesh. At that time the southern city limits were up to Ballygunge Lake areas (now known as Golpark).
The areas beyond the Eastern railway tracks at Golpark started developing with large numbers of people building up their homes there. The area was very different from the neighbouring Ballygunge. While Ballygunge dotted the homes of the rich, wide tree lined roads (at Golpark, Southern avenue), Dhakuria was marked with comparatively narrow lanes & bylanes.
With the construction of the Dhakuria bridge, Dakshinapan & Jodhpur Park, the area started getting an upmarket look. Well educated, middle class people preferred to stay up at Dhakuria because of its good neighbourhood & proximity to the city proper & Ballygunge.
Dhakuria is part of Calcutta South (Lok Sabha constituency)