Kulti is a neighborhood in Asansol in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the Asansol Sadar subdivision of the Paschim Bardhaman district. The city of Kulti lies between two great rivers ? the Damodar and the Ajay. The rivers run parallelly with the city in between, and the area is composed of undulating laterite soil. Kulti was a small village earlier but it underwent major development when the IISCO plant was set up in the area. Kulti had India?s first blast furnace that operated in the plant at Burnpur from 1875 to the 1950s. Steel was manufactured for the first time in India in open hearth furnaces in 1904 at Kulti. Spun pipes were made for the first time in India at Kulti. Kulti is an industrial township with most of its residents employed in the industrial belt in and around the city. There are a few places worth visiting nearby such as Maithon Dam, Panchet Dam, Bakreshwar, Bishnupur and Tagores Shantiniketan.
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