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Sarishabari Upazila


Sarishabari Upazila (jamalpur district) area 263.48 sq km, located in between 24°34' and 24°50' north latitudes and in between 89°43' and 89°56' east longitudes. It is bounded by madarganj and jamalpur sadar upazilas on the north, bhuapur upazila on the south, gopalpur and' dhanbari 'upazilas the east, sariakandi, kazipur and sirajganj sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total 316007; male 161683, female 154324; Muslim 307222, Hindu 8692, Buddhist 39 and others 54.

Water bodies Main rivers: jamuna, Jhinai; Balakuria Beel and Kauamara Beel are notable.

Administration Sarishabari Thana was formed in 1960 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

1

12

120

146

17320

222763

588

43.8

31.3

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

3.58

9

17

17320

4838

43.8

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

Karnibari 56

12920

12356

11136

38.42

Kazla 55

16509

8644

8116

13.23

Kamalpur 44

5336

12118

11970

26.07

Kutubpur 63

4836

12533

11943

33.05

Chandan Baisha 25

3180

5216

5165

36.81

Chaluabari 19

14454

7588

6979

17.25

Narchi 75

3881

9005

8816

36.40

Fulbari 31

5876

16042

15418

39.66

Bohail 12

17155

7251

6522

29.35

Bhelabari 11

3644

8059

7665

26.25

Sariakandi 88

6328

7188

6953

36.28

Hat Sherpur 37

6813

8063

8017

31.33

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Five domed Raspal Jami Mosque (nineteenth century), Narapara Fort (sixteenth century).

History of the War of Liberation In 1971 the Pak army in collaboration with their local agents conducted mass killing, plundering and torturing; they also set many houses of the upazila on fire.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 8 (adjacent to Baushi bridge, Muktijoddha Samsad compound, Aramnagar, Outer signal, Shaicharpara, Kandharpara, Checheabadha, Pingna Shahi Mosque, Parpara).

Religious institutions Mosque 530, temple 19.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 39.2%; male 42.9%, female 35.3%. Educational institutions: college 9, homeopathy college 1, technical college 2, secondary school 35, primary school 117, community school 4, mass education centre 55, madrasa 23. Noted educational institutions: Alhaj Riajuddin Talukder Degree College (1967), Pingna English High School (1879), Pingna High School (1896), Doail High School (1911), Chaparkona Mohesh Chandra High School (1919), Sarishabari Rani Nidmoni Model High School (1920), Sarishabari RDM High School (1920), Balaridia Primary School (1869), Pogaldigha Primary School (1890), Aramnagar Kamil Madrasa (1922), Pingna Madrasa (Emperor Shahjahan's period),

Newspapers and periodicals Weekly: Nabatan.

Cultural organisations Library 76, club 65, theatre group 1, cinema hall 2, women's organisation 32, playground 17.

Main sources of income Agriculture 63.84%, non-agricultural labourer 2.76%, industry 1.31%, commerce 12.29%, transport and communication 2.91%, service 8.06%, construction 1.28%, religious service 0.22%, rent and remittance 0.36% and others 6.97%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 65.90%, landless 34.10%; agricultural landowner: urban 47.56% and rural 69.39%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, mustard, sugarcane, ground nut, sweet potato, musuri, betel leaf, turmeric, chilli, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops China, kaun, sesame, linseed.

Main fruits Mango, coconut, betel nut, banana, papaya.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Dairy 5, poultry 15, hatchery 3, cattle breeding centre 4.

Communication facilities Pucca road 119 km, semi-pucca road 27 km, mud road 296 km; railway 17 km; waterway 16 nautical miles.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, dhuli.

Noted manufactories Jute mill, fertiliser factory, welding factory.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, weaving, nakshi kantha, wood work, bamboo work, cane work, jute and cotton work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 60, fairs 3, most noted of which are Aramnagar Hat, Boira Hat, Pingna Hat, Bhatara Hat, Bagarpar Mela and Baushi Panchapir Mela.

Main exports Jute, jute made goods, mustard, rice, chilli, fertiliser, milk.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 23.55% (urban 40.05% and rural 20.47%) of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 92.16%, tap 1.83%, pond 0.09% and others 5.92%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 21.71% (rural 21.78% and urban 21.32%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 50.99% (rural 51.06% and urban 50.61%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 27.30% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 8, satellite clinic 4, diagnostic centre 2.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, caritas, CARE, DANIDA. [Sayed Md. Abdullah Al Mamun Chowdhury]

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