Around 4000 uprooted Bengalee families were accommodated in the CR Park by this Association; let us appreciate the foresight, dedication of those founding fathers of the Association.. This and future generations should never forget their contribution. Sh. Subodh Gopal Basumallik ( the first President of the Association and the the then Vice- Chairman-DDA),Sh. Bimal Bhusan Chakraborty ( the first Secretary), Late Ranadhir Chandra Sharma Sarkar ( Ex UPSC Chairman and Ex. Secretary- ministry of Law ),Late Shyamaprasanna Senverma (Ex Chief Election Commissioner), Late Arun Kumar Roy ( Ex Finance Sectretary ) are a few names whose lifetime contribution towards building this settlement now called Chitta Ranjan Park. will always be remembered.
· Dream of Chitta Ranjan Park was realized for “displaced persons from East Pakistan who are already residing in Delhi and are gainfully employed in the capital”. In the first phase around 2200 families got land and after about 10 years 714 families were allotted land with the intervention of present Hon’ble President minister Sh. Pronab Mukherjee and Smt Monika Das, Ex MP. Today about 2000 Bengali families are residing in CR Park..
· CR Park is called “Mini Bengal” as the continuity of nurturing Bengali tradition and culture is being maintained through two generations by now; credit goes to Chitta Ranjan Memorial Society, Kali mandir Society, Bangiya Samaj,Bipin Chandra Pal memorial, Purbosree Mahila Samity, etc. and numerous learned and enthusiast residents
E.B.D.P. Association is called “Mother” organization of C.R. Park. Why? Though the Association was registered in 1960 , yet its foundation was laid in 1954 by a few Bengali employees working in the observatory of the Govt. located at Lodi road with Shri M.L. Dutta as its first Secretary. The formed as Association as “Association of Central Govt. Employees dislodged from East Pakistan” and after enrolling in few Members, requested the deptt. of Rehabilitation to allot land to them. Their request was turned down possibly because of limited Membership and without proper support. Then came Shri C.K. Mukherjee, a man with vision, fore-sight and dynamics. He enlarged the scope of the Association by enlisting those Bengalis who were displaced from East Pakistan and gainfully employed in Delhi. As the Membership swelled, the Association was registered in April 1960 as East Pakistan Displaced persons Association. As Secretary of E.B.D.P. Association, Shri C.K. Mukherjee along with other influential Bengalees made all out efforts to get suitable land for rehabilitation of these Members. Amongst quite a few besides Shri C.K. Mukherjee, the contribution of S/shree S.P. Sen Verma, first Chief Election Commissioner, R.C. Sharma Sarkar, Chairman, U.P.S.C., A.K. Roy, Finance Secretary, S.G. Basu Mullick, Vice-Chairman, D.D.A. and political personalities like Aruna Asaf Ali were very significant and effective. In 1964, Shri C.K. Mukherjee handed over a list of 2500 displaced persons to the Ministry of Rehabilitation. While the pulls and pressures were on the then Minister of Rehabilitation Shri Mehar Chand Khanna announced that 218 acres of land between Kalkaji and Chirag Delhi was earmarked to the displaced persons from East Pakistan. The vacant area was rocky and Government got it developed by C.P.W.D.
In 1968, Ministry of Rehabilitation allotted nearly 2200 Plots of eligible categories with plot size varying 160, 210, 310 and 330 sq. yds. And people started living from 1970-1971 onwards. You would now very well realize that had E.P.D.P. (now E.B.D.P.) not there with backing of these foundering and dynamic persons, C.R. Park would not have come about and you and me not staying here in our own houses. That is why it is called “Mother Organization”. With the passage of time it was found that some plot could be curved out allotment to the eligible displaced persons and 714 plots were allotted to them in Pocket 40, K-1, Pocket 52 and MNOP Blocks.
Thereafter, the role of E.B.D.P. shifted from Rehabilitation to infrastructure development and the then Presidents and Secretaries concerned their efforts towards Roads, Markets, Water Supply, Post Office, Police Station etc. etc. and we can now see them functioning in C.R. Park.
Other socio-cultural organisations of C R Park eg. Kali Mandir Society, Bangia Samaj, Chittaranjan Memorial Society, Bipin Chandra Pal Memorial Trust, Purbashree Mahila Samity & Aparajita have also cooperated with us. We also keep close contact with all of the ten Durga Puja Committees in C R park, as well as Police Authority for safe and secured traffic management ; we also arrange fire tender and ambulance every year on such occasions.