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Raipura Upazila


Raipura Upazila (narsingdi district) area 312.77 sq km, located in between 23°52' and 24°04' north latitudes and in between 90°44' and 90°59' east longitudes. It is bounded by belabo and bhairab upazilas on the north, narsingdi sadar, banchharampur and nabinagar upazilas on the south, brahmanbaria sadar and Nabinagar upazilas on the east, shibpur and Narsingdi Sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total' 454546; male 231449, female 223097; Muslim 435686, Hindu 18761, Buddhist 14 and others 85.

Water bodies Main rivers: meghna, arial khan, old brahmaputra.

Administration Raipura Thana, now an upazila, was formed in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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

-

24

113

241

34411

420135

1453

44.9

32.7

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

13.49

6

34411

2551

44.90

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

Adiabad 6

2743

8824

8013

44.73

Amirganj 10

3895

16279

15186

42.64

Alipura 8

2376

8286

8234

39.83

Uttar Bakharnagar 94

1993

9460

9068

25.76

Char Aralia 30

2237

6743

6491

26.18

Char Madhua 33

2119

4579

4673

24.47

Char Subuddi 37

1896

9906

9632

29.36

Chandpur 27

4981

9091

8474

20.25

Chanderkandi 23

2654

10467

10321

43.98

Daukar Char 40

1160

5313

4602

49.91

Nilakhya 71

4339

10947

10439

20.51

Palashtali 74

4067

14699

14242

31.71

Paratali 78

5112

12298

11690

29.06

Banshgari 16

3426

7773

7744

23.02

Maheshpur 47

2592

10694

10581

30.14

Marjal 50

3168

10311

9895

36.34

Mirzanagar 54

2382

10318

9680

35.80

Mirzapur 57

3196

9971

9750

35.63

Mirzar Char 61

1939

3840

3893

23.19

Musapur 64

2502

12494

12337

43.83

Radhanagar 81

2404

7331

7250

31.95

Raipura 84

3344

12738

12638

42.62

Sreenagar 91

5846

12147

11698

17.52

Hairmara 44

1601

6940

6566

43.29

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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History of the War of Liberation In 1971 the Pak army established their camp in the present Upazila Bhaban and conducted mass killing and torture in the upazila; they also set many houses on fire. The freedom fighters destroyed a number of bridges and culverts of the upazila in order to disrupt communication of the Pak army. Raipura upazila was liberated on 12 December.

Religious institutions Mosque 655, temple 20. Noted religious institutions: Raipura Jami Mosque, Abdullapur Jami Mosque, Char Subuddi Jami Mosque.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 33.6%; male 37.1%, female 30.1%. Educational institutions: teachers training institute 1, college 5, secondary school 43, primary school 213, madrasa 51. Noted educational institutions: Primary Teachers Training Institute, Raipura Degree College, Raipura Government Technical Vocational Institute, Adarsha Technical Training College, Adiabad Islamia High School and College (1912), Raipura RKRM High School (1903), Pirijkandi High School (1924), Sirajnagar MA Pilot High School (1947), RM High School, Khidirpur High School, Raipura Pilot Girls' High School, Daulatkandi Mohiuddin High School, Abdullapur High School, Char Subuddi Junior High School, Veluar Char Nimna Secondary School, Raipura Upazila Dakhil Madrasa, Char Subuddi Dakhil Madrasa, Islampur Hamidia Dakhil Madrasa.

Cultural organisations Library 6, club 22, women society 18, cultural organisation 3, cinema hall 1.

Main sources of income Agriculture 46.49%, non-agricultural labourer 3.52%, commerce 17.18%, transport and communication 2.56%, service 5.45%, construction 1.33%, rent and remittance 4.90% and others 18.57%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 55.67%, landless 44.33%; agricultural landowner: urban 44.24% and rural 56.58%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, mustard, potato, nut, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Jute, aus paddy, linseed, kaun, arahar.

Main fruits Mango, blackberry, jackfruit, banana, papaya, guava, plum, watermelon.

Communication facilities Pucca road 171.44 km, semi-pucca road 123 km, mud road 230 km, railway 27 km; waterway 28 nautical miles.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, weaving, blacksmith, potteries, bamboo and wood work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 40, most noted of which are Sreerampur Hat, Radhaganj Hat, Marjal Hat, Hasnabad Hat, Manipura Hat, Banshgari Hat, Hashimpur Hat, Maulavibazar Hat and Algi Bazar.

Main exports Potato, vegetables.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 31.27% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 92.22%, pond 0.37%, tap 0.57% and others 6.84%.

Sanitation 34.52% (rural 33.07% and urban 72.56%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 37.95% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 27.53% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning clinic 17, artificial breeding centre 7, satellite clinic 2, diagnostic centre 5, veterinary hospital 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, proshika. [Md. Ahiduzzaman Sarkar]

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