Jump to: navigation, search

Mehendiganj Upazila


Mehendiganj Upazila (barisal district) area 435.79 sq km, located in between 22°41' and 23°55' north latitudes and in between 90°23' and 90°38' east longitudes. It is bounded by hizla and muladi upazilas on the north, barisal sadar and bhola sadar upazilas on the south, Bhola Sadar, lakshmipur sadar and raipur upazilas on the east, Muladi and Barisal Sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total 304364; male 154400, female 149964; Muslim 291679, Hindu 12569, Buddhist 8, Christian 48 and others 60.

Water bodies Main rivers: meghna, Lata, arial khan, tentulia, Dharmaganj, Azimpur, Naya Bhanga, Chilmari and Sultani.

Administration Mehendiganj Thana was turned into an upazila on 15 October 1983.

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

1

13

124

155

32952

271412

698

63.8

44.4

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

14.96

09

11

29281

1957

62.53

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

2.29

-

3671

1603

65.22

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

Andhar Manik 15

6106

10750

10448

45.81

Alimabad 13

12913

13605

13173

40.01

Ulania 94

6096

19323

18103

49.48

Gobindapur 40

10580

14995

13961

39.15

Char Gopalpur 55

6593

7450

7104

41.59

Char Ekkaria 47

11548

15179

15405

43.07

Chandpur 39

4212

10965

10998

42.62

Jangalia 71

8845

10282

9705

34.07

Dari Char Khajuria 63

4687

5902

5651

37.65

Bidyanandapur 31

7667

6242

6261

45.26

Bhasan Char 23

4524

7515

7511

54.95

Mehendiganj 87

5777

7489

7479

52.46

Lata 79

7141

9870

9717

54.98

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

MehendiganjUpazila.jpg

Archaeological heritage and relics Ulania Zamindar Bari and Mosque, statue of Basudeb, Kella (fort) of Sangram Singh (built during the Mughal period).

Marks of the War of Liberation Memorial monument 1 (Patarhat RC College compound).

Religious institutions Mosque 330, temple 28.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 46.5%; male 46.5%, female 46.5%. Educational institutions: college 5, secondary school 30, primary school 70, madrasa 113. Noted educational institutions: Patarhat' RC College, Ekta College, Ulania Mujaffar Khan College, Andhar Manik Secondary School, Amirganj Secondary School, Laskarpur Uttar Jangalia Secondary School, Udaypur Muslim Akandh Secondary School, Ulania Cornation Secondary School, Ulania Girls' Secondary School, Kalikapur Romij Memorial Secondary School, Patarhat Muslim High School (1924), Bhasan Char SM High School (1943), Andhar Manik Azimpur Dakhil Madrasa, Andhar Manik Alimabad Islamia Senior Madrasa, Aslamia Isalamia Dakhil Madrasa, Ulania Ahmadia Girls' Dakhil Madrasa, Patarhat Senior Madrasa, Bhasan Char Nesaria Senior Madarasa, Madartali Islamia Senior Madrasa, Santoshpur Senior Madrasa.

Cultural organisations Library 1, club 42, cinema hall 1, women organisation 5, playground 35, theatre group 1.

Main sources of income Agriculture 59.76%, non-agricultural labourer 4.33%, commerce 13.68%, transport and communication 1.44%, service 7.55%, construction 1.70%, rent and remittance 2.45% and others 9.09%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 58.85%, landless 41.15%; agricultural landowner: urban 52.30% and rural 59.62%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, pulse, sweet potato, onion, betel leaf, sugarcane, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Sesame, linseed, kaun, mustard.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi, blackberry, palm, coconut, custard apple, betel nut.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 51, poultry 174, hatchery10.

Communication facilities Pucca road 60 km, semi-pucca road 5' km, mud road 550 km.

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

Noted manufactories Flour mill 1, ice factory 5, biscuit factory 20, salt factory 1, bidi factory 1.

Cottage industries Blacksmith 50, potteries 86, mat manufacturing 56, bamboo work 20, nakshi kantha 18.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 28, fair 1, most noted of which are Patarhat, Ulania Hat, Court Hat, Banglabazar Kazir Hat and Dafadar Hat.

Main exports Betel leaf, onion, sweet potato, betel nut, pulse.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 4.96% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 83.40%, tap 0.25%, pond 8.35% and others 8.01%.

Sanitation 40.96% (rural 36.96% and urban 75.10%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 50.84% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 8.20% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 13, satellite clinic 4.

Natural disasters The floods of 1822 and 1895 and the cyclones of 1864, 1961 and 1965 caused heavy damages to settlements, properties and other crops of the upazila.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, caritas, asa, proshika. [Ahsan Habib]

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