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Zanjira Upazila


Zanjira Upazila (shariatpur district) area 239.53 sq km, located in between 23°16' and 23°27' north latitudes and in between 90°13' and 90°26' east longitudes. It is bounded by lohajang and tongibari upazilas on the north, shariatpur sadar and naria upazilas on the south, Naria upazila on the east, shibchar and madaripur sadar upazilas on the west.

Population Total 179322; male 92030, female 87292; Muslim 177476, Hindu 1801 and others 45.

Water bodies Main river: padma.

Administration Zanjira Thana was formed in 1973 and it was turned into an upazila in' 1984.

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

1

12

126

195

17352

161970

749

37.6

30.3

Municipality
Area (sq km) Ward Mahalla Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)

13.18

9

19

17352

1317

37.56

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

Kunder Char 51

10000

5019

4651

35.46

Joynagar 43

3580

6744

6612

33.42

Zanjira 94

3993

3375

3472

27.49

Naodoba 65

4119

9988

9097

29.15

Paler Char 73

9744

7832

7509

31.28

Purba Naodoba 80

5573

8013

7428

27.68

Bara Krishnagar 21

2724

5828

5116

31.51

Bara Gopalpur 12

2148

4565

4418

28.20

Barakandi 14

5772

9315

8702

27.29

Bilaspur 29

3124

7270

7337

27.59

Mulna 58

3977

6465

6180

36.72

Sener Char 87

4438

8791

8243

30.11

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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History of the War of Liberation During the war of liberation in 1971 a number of skirmishes were held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in this upazila. During this time the local razakars burnt the village south Namakandi; they also caused heavy damages in the village. A number of freedom fighters of this upazila were killed during the War of Liberation.

Marks of the War of Liberation Martyrs' memorial 1; memorial monument 6.

Religious institutions Mosque 747, temple 4, tomb 1, ashrama 1. Noted religious institutions: Zanjira Upazila Parishad Jami Mosque.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 31%; male 35.5%, female 26.4%. Educational institutions: college 4, technical college 1, primary teachers training institute 1, secondary school 17, primary school 70, community school 6, kindergarten 12, madrasa 11. Noted educational institutions: Zanjira Degree College, Zanjira Mohar Ali Pilot High School (1938), Zanjira Hat Model Government Primary School, Zanjira Samsul Ulum Madrasa.

Cultural organisations Library 1, club 2, community centre 1, music school 1, shilpakala academy 1, cinema hall 2, auditorium 1, theatre group 1, cultural organisation 2, women's organisation 2,' playground 10.

Main sources of income Agriculture 71.32%, non-agricultural labourer 1.80%, industry 0.79%, commerce 12.77%, transport and communication 1.79%, service 3.96%, construction 0.45%, religious service 0.20%, rent and remittance 1.89% and others 5.03%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 74.40%, landless 25.60%; agricultural landowner: urban 60.23% and rural 75.96%.'

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, mustard, onion, garlic, kalijira, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Kaun, linseed, gram.

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

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 14, dairy 45, poultry 63.

Communication facilities Pucca road 59 km, semi-pucca road 270 km, mud road 77 km; waterway 2.5 nautical miles.

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

Noted manufactories Rice mill, oil mill, saw mill, ice factory, welding factory.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, bamboo work and cane work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 16, fairs 4, most noted of which are Kazir Hat and Laukhola Hat.

Main exports Hilsa fish, jute, vegetables, onion, garlic, kalijira.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 11.59% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 96.60%, tap 0.33%, pond 0.63% and others 2.44%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 19.23% (rural 16.43% and urban 44.75%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 76.59% (rural 79.52% and urban 49.92%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 4.18% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health centre 1, satellite clinic 3, union health and family welfare centre 12, community clinic 16, private clinic 3, diagnostic centre 2, veterinary hospital 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, HEED Bangladesh. [Shahjahan Khan]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Field report of Zanjira Upazila 2007.