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Nawabganj Upazila (Dhaka District)


Nawabganj Upazila (dhaka district) area 244.80 sq km, located in between 23°34' and 23°45' north latitudes and in between 90°01' and 90°17' east longitudes. It is bounded by singair upazila on the north, dohar upazila on the south, keraniganj, serajdikhan and sreenagar upazilas on the east, harirampur and manikganj sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total 296605; male 145548, female 151057; Muslim 231488, Hindu 59559, Buddhist 5535 and others 23.

Water bodies Main rivers: ichamati, Kaliganga; Aona Canal and Bhangabhita Canal are notable.

Administration Nawabganj Thana was formed in 1874 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

-

14

190

329

15797

280808

1212

63.6

53.9

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)


Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

1.76

6

15797

8975

63.57

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

Agla 6


3720


7863


8257


56.83


Kalakopa 74


1700


10778


10015


63.86


Kailail 67


8630


13415


12700


45.20


Galimpur 47


2241


5713


6063


60.29


Churain 40


5165


10494


10902


60.20


Joykrishnapur 61


3990


7727


8759


51.16


Nayansree 81


5468


12061


13370


58.94


Bakshanagar 13


2077


8976


9464


59.50


Baruakhali 33


2602


6499


7021


47.62


Barrah 27


4224


11433


12077


54.45


Bandura 20


3689


14662


14871


61.91


Jantrail 54


4807


11072


11273


51.68


Shikari Para 88


2738


7743


8599


46.89


Sholla 94


9459

17112

17686

45.75

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Braja Niketan, Hasnabad Church, Bakshanagar Church, Baghmara Math, remnants of the residence of Zamindar Khelaram Dada.

Religious institutions Mosque 485, temple 195, church 6, tomb 2. Noted religious institutions: tomb of Hazrat Afaz Uddin Shah (R) (Galimpur).

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 54.4%; male 56.4%, female 52.6%. Educational institutions: college 7, secondary school 34, primary school 109, community school 13, madrasa 4. Noted educational institutions: Bandura Holy Cross High School (1912), Churain Tarini Bama High School (1923).

Cultural organisations Club 48, community centre 1, music academy 1, cinema hall 4, cultural organisation 3, women organisation 1, theatre group 2.

Main sources of income Agriculture 31.01%, non-agricultural labourer 3.07%, industry 3.68%, commerce 12.98%, transport and communication 1.95%, service 12.26%, construction 3.82%, religious service 0.13%, rent and remittance 19.36% and others 11.74%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 42.42%, landless 57.58%; agricultural landowner: urban 25.62% and rural 43.32%.

Main crops Boro paddy, aman paddy, potato, jute, mustard, pulse.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aus paddy, tobacco.

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

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 250, dairy 240, poultry 165.

Communication facilities Pucca road 96.50 km, semi-pucca road 106 km, mud road 660 km; waterway 11 nautical miles; bridge 3, culvert 150.

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

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

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 41, fairs 4, most noted of which are Bairagi Paush Mela at Bandhanpara and mela of Hazrat Afaz Uddin Shah (R) at Galimpur.

Main exports Jute, cotton sari and lungi.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 42.05% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 93.41%, tap 0.36%, pond 1.31% and others 4.92%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 38.69% (rural 37.52% and urban 60.56%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 55.90% (rural 56.97% and urban 36.04%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 5.41% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, union health and family welfare centre 10, community clinic 26, satellite clinic 4, family planning centre 4.

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

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