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Chatkhil Upazila


Chatkhil Upazila (noakhali district) area 133.89 sq km, located in between 22°58' and 23°08' north latitudes and in between 90°53' and 91°02' east longitudes. It is bounded by ramganj, shahrasti and manoharganj upazilas on the north, lakshmipur sadar upazila on the south, sonaimuri upazila on the east, Ramganj and Lakshmipur Sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total 215391; male 104051, female 111340; Muslim 208293, Hindu 7069 and others 29.

Water bodies Fridar canal is notable.

Administration Chatkhil Thana was formed in 1977 and it was turned into an upazila in 1983.

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

1

9

116

129

27059

188332

1609

66.92

65.63

Municipality

Area
(sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

13.92

9

16

27059

1944

66.92

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

Khilpara 28

3782

11441

12641

59.32

Nayakhola 47

3796

11793

12982

72.12

Parkote 66

3481

11000

11309

68.10

Panchgaon 57

2506

5049

5385

67.01

Badalkut 17

4664

11611

12677

67.69

Mohammadpur 38

5566

15396

16818

63.70

Ramnarayanpur 76

3000

9783

11013

61.25

Sahapur 85

3250

8833

9210

67.72

Hatpukuria Ghatlabag 19

3040

5494

5897

63.65

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Religious institutions Mosque 288, temple 12. Noted religious institutions: Chatkhil Bazar Mosque.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 65.80%; Male 65.17%, female 66.36%. Educational institutions: college 1, secondary school 27, primary school 104, community primary school 8, kindergarten 40, madrasa 19. Noted educational institutions: Chatkhil PG (Panchgaon) Govt. High School (1907), Khilpara Multilateral High School (1914).

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Chatkhil Barta; weekly: Purbashikha.

Cultural organisations Library 4, club 13, cinema hall 1, playground 12.

Main sources of income Agriculture 29.69%, non-agricultural labourer 2%, industry 0.92%, commerce 14.70%, transport and communication 4.55%, service 16.21%, construction 2%, religious service' 0.48%, rent and remittance 21.29% and others 8.16%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 61.98%, landless 38.02%; agricultural landowner: urban' 57.72% and rural 62.58%.

Main crops Paddy, pulse, betel nut, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Sesame, linseed, mustard, sweet potato, aush paddy.'

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, papaya, coconut, guava, date.

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

Communication facilities Pucca road 185.83 km, semi-pucca road 213.17 km, mud road 37.5 km.'

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

Noted manufactories Rice mill, flour mill, chilli mill, ice factory.

Cottage industries Weaving, blacksmith, potteries, cane work, bamboo work, wood work, metal work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 22, fairs 2, most noted of which are Chatkhil, Panchgaon, Dashgharia and Khilpara bazars and Chaitra Sankranti Mela.'

''Main exports Paddy, coconut, betel nut, banana.'

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification network. However 46.26% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Natural resources Natural gas has been discovered in the Saptagaon area of Badalkut union.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 88.41%, tap 2.95%, pond 3.07% and others 5.58%. The presence of intolerable level of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of this upazila.

Sanitation 70.72% (rural 68.88% and urban 80.56%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 19.60% (rural 21.12% and urban 8.72%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 10.08% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 9, hospital 4.

Natural disasters The floods of 1988, 1998 and the cyclone of 2004 caused heavy damages to settlements livestock and crops of the upazila.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, caritas, CARE. [Tawheed Hossain Chowdhury]

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