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Shibganj Upazila (Bogra District)


Shibganj Upazila (bogra district) area 315.92 sq km, located in between 24°55' and 25°07' north latitudes and in between 89°11' and 89°28' east longitudes. It is bounded by gobindaganj (gaibandha) upazila on the north, bogra sadar, kahaloo and dupchanchia upazilas on the south, sonatola and gabtali upazilas on the east, kalai and khetlal upazilas on the west.

Population Total 352415; male 181581, female 170834; Muslim 335918, Hindu 16003, Buddhist 12, Christian 34 and others 448.

Water bodies Main rivers: karatoya, nagar, Gangnai, Bhimti, Nungalar.

Administration Shibganj Upazila was formed on 24 March 1983.

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

-

12

245

429

8609

343806

1118

47.2

35.8

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

3.76

2

8609

2290

47.2

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


Atmul 7

7843

15450

14239

31.68

Kichak 39

6282

15793

14923

35.61

Deuli 31

6500

14425

13788

36.74

Pirab 71

5973

11604

11050

41.45

Bihar 15

5243

16063

14675

38.47

Buriganj 23

5322

11044

10510

34.73

Maidanhata 47

7602

15856

15493

30.43

Majhihatta 55

6505

11758

11021

45.74

Mokamtala 63

6264

18473

17134

38.68

Roynagar 79

5770

17200

15881

37.71

Shibganj 94

7395

18178

17065

30.54

Saidpur 87

6615

15737

15055

34.37

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Mahasthan Garh (Roynagar), bhasu viharA, tomb and Mosque of Hazrat' shah sultan balkhi mahisawar (r), Bihar Hat Jami Mosque.

History of the War of Liberation On 4 April 1971, the Pak army brutally killed 16 persons of the same family at Maidanhata. Besides, one freedom fighter was killed in a frontal encounter with the Pak army at village Panch Pir Saralpur.

Religious institutions Mosque 591, temple 30, tomb 2, sacred place 1. Noted religious institutions: Mahasthan Mazar Jami Mosque, Bihar Hat Jami Mosque, Shibganj Chowdhury Bari Jami Mosque, tomb of Hazrat Shah Sultan Balkhi Mahisawar (R), Deuli Chaki Bari Kartoni Puja Mandir.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 24.1%; male 31.7%, female 16%. Educational institutions: college 7, technical and business management college 5, secondary school 37, primary school 163, madrasa 35. Noted educational institutions: Shibganj Pilot High School (1931).

Newspapers and periodicals Periodical: Sonali Upohar; irregular: Vor Holo Dor Kholo; defunct: Nagar.

Cultural organisations Library 3, club 73, women's organisation 1, cinema hall 5, playground 32.

Tourists spots Mahasthan Garh Museum.

Main sources of income Agriculture 55.47%, non-agricultural labourer 2.92%, industry 2.21%, commerce 12.74%, transport and communication 3.01%, service 11.39%, construction 1.67%, religious service 0.22%, rent and remittance 2.55% and others 7.82%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 59.9%, landless 40.1.'

Main crops Paddy, wheat, maize, potato, ginger, betel leaf, jute, sugarcane, turmeric, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Pulse, gram, sesame, kaun, arahar, linseed.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, litchi, banana, papaya, guava, futi, coconut, palm, wood apple, shaddock.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 36, poultry 61.

Communication facilities Pucca road 170 km, semi-pucca road 4 km, mud road 785 km.

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

Noted manufactories Cold storage 7, welding factory 15.

Cottage industries Goldsmith 30, blacksmith 40, potteries 80, weaving 294, wood work 150, bamboo work 70, tailoring 450.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 55, fairs 5, most noted of which are Mokamtala Hat, Mahasthan Hat, Chandihara Hat, Shibganj Hat, Shihali Hat, Kichak Hat, Gangnagar Mela, Shiladevir Ghater Mela, Shesh Baishakhi Mela at Mahasthan and Bariarhat Mela.

Main exports Banana, potato, paddy, turmeric, wheat, vegetables.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 17.53% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 93.48%, tap 0.24%, pond 0.11% and others 6.17%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 17.61% (rural 17% and urban 43.05%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 30.58% (rural 30.61% and urban 29.62%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 51.80% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health centre 1, hospital 1, health and family planning centre 8, charitable dispensary 5, community clinic 48, clinic 2, veterinary hospital 1, satellite clinic 1, union health centre 11.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, proshika, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha, Palli Unniyan Sangstha. [Md. Sahidul Islam]

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