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Baghaichhari Upazila


Baghaichhari Upazila (rangamati district) area 1868.80 sq km, located in between 23°04' and 23°44' north latitudes and in between 92°05' and 92°24' east longitudes. It is bounded by Tripura and Mizoram (India) on the north, langadu and barkal upazilas on the south, Mizoram (India) on the east and dighinala upazila on the west.

Population Total 78519; male 42056, female 36463; Muslim 18310, Hindu 4316, Buddhist 1142, Christian 54717 and others 34.

Water bodies Main rivers: Kachalang, Shijakh; Ugalchhar beel and kaptai lake are notable.

Administration Baghaichhari Thana, now an upazila, was formed in 1965.'

Upazila
Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural Urban Rural

-

8

19

177

64211

14308

44

45.37

32.87

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

23.31

2

14308

614

45.4

Union
Name of union and GO code Area (acre) Population Literacy rate (%)
Male Female

Amtali 35

1920

1766

1585

43.52

Kedarmara 47

6400

4812

4293

39.29

Baghaichhari 11

5760

4012

3720

41.59

Bangaltali 23

4480

6252

5556

31.58

Marishya 59

2560

4884

4262

45.44

Rupakari 71

5120

4296

3652

46.47

Sarboatali 35

3200

5057

4518

38.61

Sajek 83

437760

12743

10462

23.25

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Religious institutions Mosque 36, temple 7, church 10, pagoda 15, buddhist vihara 84, palitol 3; noted religious institutions: Ayrjapur Buddha Vihara.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 35.2%; male 43%, female 26.1%. Educational institutions: college 2, secondary school 19, primary school 327, kindergarten 1, madrasa 4. Noted educational institutions: Kachalong Degree College, Sajek College, Kachalong High School, Baghaichhari High School, Uluchhari Primary School, Amtali Primary School.

Cultural organisations Library 1, club 24, cinema hall 1.

Main sources of income Agriculture 74.19%, non-agricultural labourer 4.82%, commerce 6.65%, transport and communication 1.38%, service 5.66%, construction 2.79%, rent and remittance 0.28% and others 4.23%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 65.12%, landless 34.88%; agricultural landowner: urban 54.31% and rural 67.61%.

Main crops Paddy, potato, cotton, ginger, turmeric, chilli, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Wheat, mustard seed.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi, black berry, guava, pineapple, papaya.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries This upazila has a number of fisheries, dairies and poultries.'

Communication facilities Roads: pucca road 30 km, semi-pucca road 30 km, mud road 1250 km; waterways 69.11 nautical miles.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, bullock cart, horse carriage.

Manufactories Rubber factory, ice factory, rice mill.

Cottage industries goldsmith, potteries, blacksmith, weaving, embroidery, bamboo and wood work, cane work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars 8, most noted of which are Upazila Sadar Bazar and Dudchhari Bazar.

Main exports Banana, papaya, ginger, turmeric, jackfruit, bamboo, cane.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work; however 10.06% dwellings have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 94.67%, pond 0.16%, tap 0.43% and others 4.74%.

Sanitation 9.74% (urban 22.26% and rural 6.85%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 83.05% (urban 76.73% and rural 84.51%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 7.21% of households do not have latrine facilities.'

Health centres Hospital 1, upazila health complex 1, family welfare centre 4, union satellite health centre 1, maternity centre 1, private clinic 12.

NGO activities Green Hill, Bangla German Sampriti. [Rintu Talukder]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Baghaichhari Upazila 2007.