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Keraniganj Upazila


Keraniganj Upazila (dhaka district) area 166.87 sq km, located in between 23°37' and 23°47' north latitudes and in between 90°13' and 90°29' east longitudes. It is bounded by savar and singair upazilas on the north, narayanganj sadar upazila on the south, hazaribagh, kamrangirchar, lalbagh, kotwali and shyampur thanas and Savar and Narayanganj sadar upazilas on the east, nawabganj, Singair and serajdikhan upazilas on the west. The upazila town is located on the south western side of Dhaka City and on the other side of the buriganga.

Population Total 603114; male 322732, female 280382; Muslim 550740, Hindu 52257, Buddhist 48, Christian 17 and others 52.

Water bodies Main rivers: Buriganga, dhaleshwari, ichamati.

Administration Keraniganj Thana was formed in 1817 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

-

12

122

422

603114

-

3614

51.8

-

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

166.87

122

603114

3614

51.8

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

Aganagar 06

650

35686

23348

54.74

Kalatia 25

4266

15669

16474

52.19

Kalindi 34

1676

18885

16478

57.89

Konda 43

6268

26526

23548

47.94

Zinjira 94

582

48321

40251

55.77

Taranagar 77

4397

17075

16280

43.30

Tegharia 86

4330

16104

15340

47.82

Basta 08

4844

14467

14254

44.69

Ruhitpur 51

3730

14590

13663

42.59

Subhadya 69

2761

79686

66693

55.37

Sakta 60

4386

22455

20785

56.97

Hazratpur 17

4160

13268

13268

34.42


Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Archaeological heritage and relics Jinjira Palace (Mughal Subadar Ibrahim Khan II built this palace as his recreation resort. After the fall of Sirajuddwla, Ghaseti Begum, Amina Begum, wife of Sirajuddowla and his daughter were kept confined in this palace), house of Zamindar Prashanta Karmakar (Upazila Office Building).

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History of the War of Liberation During the war of liberation, the Pak army set most of the houses of the villages Konakhola, Basta, Brahmankritta, Goalkhali, Walitia and Khagail Kholamora on fire. The Pak army were driven away by counter attacks of the freedom fighters.

Religious institutions Mosque 585, temple 96, tomb 1.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 51.8%; male 56.4%, female 46.5%. Educational institutions: college 8, technical college 1, secondary school 38, primary school 112, madrasa 14.

Cultural organisations Club 60, community centre 25,' cinema hall 5, auditorium 2.

Main sources of income Agriculture 11.31%, non-agricultural labourer 3.73%, industry 3.62%, commerce 29.14%, transport and communication 7.37%, service 16.94%, construction 3.66%, religious service 0.19%, rent and remittance 4.65% and others 19.39%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 35.46%, landless 64.54%.

Main crops Jute, wheat, potato, onion, oil seed.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aus paddy, khesari, motar pulses.

Main fruits Mango, Jackfruit, banana, papaya, coconut.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Dairy 424, poultry 179.

Communication facilities Pucca road 132 km, semi-pucca road 71 km, mud road 352 km. Culvert 3, bridge 228.

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

Noted manufactories Textile industries, cold-storage, jute mill, brick-field.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, embroidery, wood work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 18, fairs 2, most noted of which are Kalatia Bazar, Ati Bazar, Ruhitpur Bazar, Jinjira Bazar, Kaliganj Bazars, Jindapir Mazar Mela and Adu Pagla Mela.

Main exports Jute, oil seed.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 85.28% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 93.27%, tap 3.98%, pond 0.36% and others 2.39%.

Sanitation 60.77% of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 37.11% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 2.12% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, Union health and family welfare centre 15, family planning centre 5,' satellite clinic 3, health centre 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are asa, brac, proshika, Protasa, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha. [Md Abu Hasan Farooque]

References' Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Field report of Keraniganj Upazila 2010.