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Shariatpur Sadar Upazila


Shariatpur Sadar Upazila (shariatpur district) area 175.10 sq km, located in between 23°08' and 23°18' north latitudes and in between 90°14' and 90°23' east longitudes. It is bounded by zanjira and naria upazilas on the north, kalkini upazila on the south, damudya, bhedarganj and Naria upazilas on the east, madaripur sadar upazila on the west.

Population Total 199016; male 101265, female 97751; Muslim 187538, Hindu 11437, Buddhist 10, Christian 23 and others 8.

Water bodies Main rivers: Binodpur, Palong; Naria Canal is notable.

Administration Shariatpur (former name Palong) Thana was turned into an upazila in 1984. Municipality was formed in 1990.

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

1

11

105

151

41310

157706

1137

59.0

38.9

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

25.50

9

26

41310

1620

58.98

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

Angaria 17

4917

11949

11266

35.40

Chandrapur 28

3860

6587

6761

33.45

Chikandi 38

3783

9044

8524

33.77

Chitalia 47

2972

7384

6928

34.56

Domsar 57

3322

7145

7167

39.96

Tulasar 95

1958

5079

4889

35.20

Palong 66

1374

3451

3450

57.00

Binodpur 19

5759

7460

7396

33.92

Mohammadpur 62

1977

3352

3289

43.53

Rudrakar 76

5598

11754

11687

43.83

Shaul Para 85

2959

6612

6532

47.84

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics South Baluchar Mosque, Bilaskhan Mosque (Mughal period).

History of the War of Liberation During the war of liberation in 1971 a number of encounters were held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in which about 313 members of the Pak army were killed.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 1 (Atipara), memorial monument 1 (Manohar Bazar), martyrs' memorial 1.

Religious institutions Mosque 570, temple 27, math 1. Noted religious institutions: Burir Hat Mosque, Manasa Mandir.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 43.2%; male 46.9%, female 39.4%. Educational institutions: college 3, technical college 2, Primary Teachers Training Institute (PTI) 1, secondary school 27, primary school 94, community school 28, kindergarten 18, madrasa 11. Noted educational institutions: Shariatpur Government College, Shariatpur Government Girls' High School, Palong Tulasar Gurudas Government High School, Palong Multilateral High School (1939), Domsar Jagatchandra Institution (1907), Chikandi Sharaf Ali High School (1884), Rudrakar Neelmani High School (1915), Shariatpur Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, Angaria Osmania Qaumia Madrasa, Kauadi Dakhil Madrasa.

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Hunker; weekly: Shariatpur, Rudrakantha, Muktir Kantha, Shetu, Kagojer Pata, Saptapalli Samachar; defunct weekly: Jabanbandhi,' Chikandi Barta, Shariatpur Barta.

Cultural organisations Library 3, club 6, shilpakala academy 1, music academy 2, shishu academy 1, theatre stage 1, theatre group 1,' cinema hall 2, auditorium 3, community centre 1.

Main sources of income Agriculture 59.58%, non-agricultural labourer 3.08%, industry 1.03%, commerce 14.26%, transport and communication 3.53%, service 8.13%, construction 1.60%, religious service 0.35%, rent and remittance 0.94% and others 7.50%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 65.58%, landless 34.42%; agricultural landowner: urban 46.60% and rural 70.68%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Kaun, arahar, china, hemp jute.

Main fruits Mango, blackberry, banana, coconut, wood apple.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 20, dairy 25, poultry 1303.

Communication facilities Pucca road 78 km, semi-pucca road 15 km, mud road 318 km; waterway 2' nautical miles. Bridge 185.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin.

Noted manufactories Shoe factory, welding factory.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, wood work, tailoring, brass and bell metal work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 12, fair 1, most noted of which are Angaria Hat and Shaul Para Hat.

Main exports Brass and bell metal products.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 20.09% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 86.42%, tap 2.17%, pond 4.17% and others 7.24%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 45.75% (rural 35.12% and urban 85.32%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 44.42% (rural 53.56% and urban 10.40%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 9.83% of households do not have latrine facilities

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, union health and family planning centre 15, community clinic 4, clinic 1, satellite clinic 4, charitable dispensary 1, diagnostic centre 2, veterinary hospital 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa. [Md. Shajahan Khan]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Field report of Shariatpur Sadar' Upazila 2011.