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Mahadebpur Upazila


Mahadebpur Upazila (naogaon district) area 397.67 sq km, located in between 24°48' and 25°01' north latitudes and in between 88°38' and 88°53' east longitudes. It is bounded by patnitala upazila on the north, manda and naogaon sadar upazilas on the south, badalgachhi and Naogaon Sadar upazilas on the east, niamatpur and porsha upazilas on the west.

Population Total 265763; male 137174, female 128589; Muslim 211008, Hindu 48704, Buddhist 240, Christian 43 and others 5768.

Water bodies Main rivers: atrai, Shiva; Sikari Beel and Belakuthi Beel are notable.

Administration Mahadebpur Thana was formed in 1898 and it was turned into an upazila on 15 December 1983.

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

-

10

307

302

11337

254426

668

65.0

44.4

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

7.15

4

11337

1586

45.32

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

Uttargram 45

7444

13986

13093

45.65

Enayetpur 38

11409

13382

12806

49.22

Khajur 57

10972

14309

13416

42.27

Chandas 19

7825

13412

12579

44.33

Cheragpur 28

10311

11874

11012

45.08

Bhimpur 09

8275

12932

11729

42.02

Mahadebpur 66

9997

17510

15952

51.51

Roygaon 76

10287

14343

13575

43.58

Safapur 85

8398

12434

11901

47.24

Hatur 47

12816

12992

12526

40.56

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Archaeological heritage and relics Residence of Satish Roychaudhury (present government college building), 108-room two storied mud building, Addhabari Mandir (Khajur), Raghunath Jeu Mandir, Khoslahara Dighi, Alta Dighi, Bhim Sagar.

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History of the War of Liberation Mahadebpur was under Sector 7 during the war of liberation. During this period the Pak army conducted mass killing and heavy plundering; they also set many houses of the upazila on fire.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 1, mass killing site 3.

Religious institutions Mosque 360, temple 13, sacred place 2.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 45.3%; male 50.2%, female 40.2%. Educational institutions: college 6, secondary school 50, primary school 128, kindergarten 3, madrasa 27. Noted educational institutions: Mahadebpur Government College (1967), Jigatala High School (1920), Mahadebpur Sharbamangal Multilateral High School (1921), Jantigram TA High School (1926), Bagdob High School (1940), Chandas High School (1940), Saraswatipur High School (1940), Dhonjol High School (1942), Kalusahar High School (1942), Roygaon High School (1946), Joanpur High School (1964), Mahadebpur Girls' High School (1974), Jahangirpur Model High School (1983), Hamidpur Jigatala High School, Jigatala Minor School (1923), Bachra Primary School (1900), Enayetpur Multilateral Fazil Madrasa (1970).

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Mahadebpur Samachar.

Cultural organisations Library 1, club 15, sports organisation 32, theatre group 1, women organisation 2, jatra party 1, cinema hall 3, playground 55.

Main sources of income Agriculture 78.66%, non-agricultural labourer 2.52%, industry 0.86%, commerce 8.011%, transport and communication 2.91%, service 2.93%, construction 0.6%, religious service 0.09%, rent and remittance 0.07% and others 3.25%.

Main crops Paddy, wheat, potato, sugarcane.'

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Sweet potato, kaun, barley, sesame.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, water-melon, litchi, banana, papya.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 25, dairy 85, poultry 40, hatchery 11.

Communication facilities Pucca road 58 km, semi-pucca road 2 km, mud road 1615 km; waterway 10 nautical miles; helipad 1.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage.

Noted manufactories Auto rice mill 1, oil mill 13, flour mill 25, saw mill 26, ice factory 5, biscuit factory 1, candy factory 1, bidi factory 2, welding factory 15, brick-field 17.

Cottage industries Goldsmith 550, blacksmith 75, potteries 325, weaving 12, bidi factory 140, embroidery 350, bamboo work 250.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 36, fairs 1, most noted of which are Mahadebpur Hat, Matajee Hat, Soti Hat, Pathakata Hat, Saraswatipur Hat and' Chakgauri Hat and Baishakhi Mela.

Main exports Paddy, rice, water-melon, sugarcane molasses, banana, papaya.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 21.7% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 96.73%, tap 0.37%, pond 0.15% and others 2.75%.

Sanitation 15.95% (rural 14.12% and urban 60.73%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 18.77% (rural 19% and urban 13.13%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 65.28% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 5, family planning centre 4, family welfare centre 5, clinic 6, community clinic 35.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha. [Chittaranjan Mandal]

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