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Ballavpur is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°35′03″N 87°07′01″E / 23.584293°N 87.116954°E / 23.584293; 87.116954Coordinates: 23°35′03″N 87°07′01″E / 23.584293°N 87.116954°E / 23.584293; 87.116954
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Barddhaman
Population (2001)
 • Total 5,391
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 713323
Telephone code 91 341 244

Ballavpur is a census town under Raniganj police station[1] of Asansol subdivision in Barddhaman district in the state of West Bengal, India. The place is adjacent to Raniganj town. It on the northern bank of Damodar River and Mejia is across the river in Bankura District.


Ballavpur is located at 23°35′03″N 87°07′01″E / 23.584293°N 87.116954°E / 23.584293; 87.116954.

The Asansol-Durgapur region is composed of undulating latterite region. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[2]


As of 2001 India census,[3] Ballavpur had a population of 5,391. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Ballavpur has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 61% of the males and 39% of females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Bengal Paper Mills was set up at Ballavpur in 1887. At the time of independence it was producing 11,760 tonnes of paper.[4][5] The mill was closed in 1983. The EMTA Group of Kolkata has taken over the assets and properties of the Bengal Paper Mills Co Ltd. The deal cost the group Rs 25 crore. The Rs 350-crore turnover EMTA Group is engaged in the coal mining business. It has been proposed that a new company would be formed and an industrial complex would be set up at the plant complex. Outdated machinery and technology will be discarded and new machinery for manufacturing specialty paper set up. It has also been proposed to set up an integrated steel plant, and a 300 MW capacity thermal power plant within the existing complex. The total investment in these projects would be Rs 1,600 crore and would be commissioned in phases by April 2009.[6]


  1. ^ District-wise list of stautory towns
  2. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ History of Paper Technology in India
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, pp 494, 664
  6. ^ The Hindu Business Line 8 June 2005 , The Telegraph 9 June 2005