Narsingdi District

Narsingdi District (dhaka division) area 1150.14 sq km, located in between 23'46' and 24'15' north latitudes and in between 90'34' and 90'59' east longitudes. It is bounded by kishoreganj district on the north, narayanganj and brahmanbaria districts on the south, Brahmanbaria and Kishoreganj districts on the east, gazipur district on the west.

Population Total 2224944; male 1102943, female 1122001; Muslim 2098829, Hindu 125769, Buddhist 65, Christian 151 and others 130.

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

Administration Narsingdi district was a Sub-division under greater Dhaka district and was turned into a district in 1984. 'Of the six upazilas of the district raipura is the largest (312.77. sq km) and palash is the smallest upazila (94.43 sq km).

Area (sq km) Upazila Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural
1150.14 6 6 70 614 1048 447645 1777299 1934 49.6
Others Information of District

Name of Upazila

(sq km)






(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

Narsingdi Sadar 213.43 2 14 156 275 707525 3315 50.9
Palash 94.43 1 4 54 75 212612 2251 58.6
Belabo 117.90 - 8 51 100 190086 1612 48.5
Monohardi 193.87 1 11 124 165 275112 1419 49.9
Raipura 312.76 1 24 112 239 535796 1713 40.5
Shibpur 217.71 1 9 117 194 303813 1395 55.7

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

War of Liberation On 5 April 1971 the Pak army launched an attack on the Narsingdi Town with rocket launcher in which 3 innocent persons were killed and more than one hundred shops were burnt to ashes. On 29 April the Pak army brutally killed a man at Ghashidia under Shibpur upazila. On 14 July a direct encounter was held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army at a place near Belabo Sadar in which five freedom fighters including Abul Bashar were killed. In the end of October two freedom fighters were killed in an encounter with the Pak army at village Chalandia in Shibpur upazila. A battle was fought between the freedom fighters and the Pak army at Putia of this upazila in which a number of Pakistani soldiers including a captain were killed and so were two freedom fighters. Besides, two freedom fighters of this upazila were killed in an encounter with the Pak army at the end of November. During the war of liberation the freedom fighters launched a surprise attack on the Pak Military Camp at Monohardi High School and killed five Pakistani soldiers. In the middle of August an encounter between the freedom fighters and the Pak army was held at village Doshdona under Shukundi union of this upazila in which 4 Pak soldiers were killed.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 49.6%; male 50.6%, female 48.7%. Noted educational institutions: Narsingdi University College (1949), Narsingdi Mohila College (1955), Shaheed Asad Government College, Satir Kalikumar High School (1901), Balapur High School (1905), Adiabad Muslim High School (1912), Khidirpur High School (1912), Shibpur High School (1918), Sir KG Gupta High School (1919), Charsindur High School (1919), Brahmandi Government High School (1930), Poradia Muslim High School (1930), Parulia High School (1933), Chalakchar High School (1933), Narsingdi Government Girls' High School (1934), Hatirdia High School.

Main sources of income Agriculture 42.73%, non-agricultural labourer 3.01%, industry 7.26%, commerce 17.84%, transport and communication 3.91%, service 10.55%, construction 1.55%, religious service 0.28%, rent and remittance 2.98% and others 9.89%.

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Barta, Uttap, Grameen Darpan; weekly: Narsingdir Khabar, Sandesh, Aotikram, Khorak; periodical: Bandhan, Meghna, Grameen Khabar, Narsingdi.

Folk culture Notable folk culture include Dipanvita Bhiatrie Ditiya (occasion of putting kazol and sandal paste on the forehead of brothers by their sisters aspiring for welfare of brothers), Punnah, Jamai Shasthi, etc.

Amusement centres Arshinagar Park' (Narsingdi Sadar Upazila). [Md. Mosharraf Hossain Sarkar]

See also The upazilas under this district.

References Bangladesh Population Census 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Narsingdi District 2007; Cultural survey report of Upazilas of Narsingdi District 2007.