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Kaptai Upazila


Kaptai Upazila (rangamati district) area 259 sq km, located in between 22°21' and 22°35' north latitudes and in between 92°05' and 92°18' east longitudes. It is bounded by rangamati sadar and kawkhali upazilas on the north, rajasthali upazila on the south, belaichhari on the east, rangunia and Kawkhali upazilas on the west.

Population Total 66135; male 36677, female 29458; Muslim 38759, Hindu 4049, Buddhist 579, Christian 22696 and others 52. Indigenous communities such as chakma, marma, Tanchanga and tripura belong to this upazila.

Water bodies Main river: karnafuli;' kaptai lake is notable.

Administration Kaptai Thana was formed in 1966 and it was turned into an upazila on 7 November 1983.

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

-

5

10

148

44871

21264

255

68.3

42.9

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate
(%)

108.78

3

44871

412

68.27

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

Wagga 86

12160

4760

3812

43.93

Kaptai 57

24320

10654

7575

66.78

Chandraghona 19

12160

11155

8525

77.07

Chitmaram 38

7040

2189

2096

43.67

Raikhali 76

20480

7919

7450

43.83

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 60.3%; male 67.2%, female 51.5%. Educational institutions: college 1, secondary school 5, vocational educational institution 1, primary school 100.

Main sources of income Agriculture 32.02%, non-agricultural labourer 8.14%, commerce 11.87%, transport and communication 2.13%, service 36.83%, construction 1.08%, religious service 0.20%, rent and remittance 0.46% and others 7.27%.

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Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 56.55%, landless 43.45%; agricultural landowner: urban 63.39% and rural 43.52%.'

Main crops Paddy, hilly potato, cotton, ginger, vegetables.

Main fruits Jackfruit, banana, lemon, coconut, pineapple.

Communication facilities Pucca road 77.50 km, semi-pucca road 24 km, mud road 158 km.

Noted manufactories Chandraghona Paper Mill, Rayon Industry, Kaptai Hydro-Electric Project, engineering workshop, steel mill.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, weaving, blacksmith, bamboo work, cane work, wood work.

Tourist spots Kaptai National Park, Kaptai Lake, Chhit Murong Pagoda.

Main exports Banana, electricity, cotton, ginger, jackfruit, bamboo and cane products.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 52.68%' of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 23.39%, tap 42.90%, pond 2.60% and others 31.11%.

Sanitation 45.83% (rural 17.12% and urban 60.92%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 40.07% (rural 49.16% and urban 35.29%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 14.10% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Hospital 8, satellite clinic 2, upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are asa, 'proshika, CDF, CHCP, IDF, Hill Vission, Epsha. [Atikur Rahman]

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