Ben: হলদিয়া haladiẏā
‘Yellow (City)’ City, West Bengal
From Hin/Ben: haldi/haladi, ‘turmeric’, ‘yellow’
Haldia is surrounded by the Haldi River on the west and the Hooghly on the other sides. The name suggests something yellow: the soil, perhaps, or the river. It may also be connected with the Haldar caste of Bengali traders.
Haldia is a major river port and a centre for chemicals and petrochemicals. It is called the ‘Port City’ and services the capital city, Kolkata.