Balurghat

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Balurghat Town
বালুরঘাট শহর
City
Balurghat Town is located in West Bengal
Balurghat Town
Balurghat Town
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.76°E / 25.22; 88.76Coordinates: 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.76°E / 25.22; 88.76
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Dakshin Dinajpur
Government
 • Chairman Ms. Chayanika Laha
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,51,183
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 733 101
Telephone code 03522
Vehicle registration WB-61/WB-62
Lok Sabha constituency Balurghat
Vidhan Sabha constituency Balurghat

Balurghat (Pron:ˌbʌlʊəˈgɑ:t) is the headquarters of the Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal in India. Hili (Bangladesh border) lies few kilometers from the heart of the city.

Geography[edit]

Balurghat is located at 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.77°E / 25.22; 88.77.[1] It has an average elevation of 25 metres (82 feet). River Atreyee runs across the city.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 census, Balurghat Urban Agglomeration had a population of 164,593, out of which 82,466 were males and 82,127 were females. The 0–6 years population was 10,349. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 91.66 per cent.[2]

As of 2001 India census,[3] Balurghat had a population of 135,516. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Balurghat has an average literacy rate of 88.8%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 92.5% of the males and 85.7% of females literate. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Economics[edit]

Balurghat is a distribution centre in northern West Bengal. The main goods traded here include rice, jute, sugar cane, and oilseeds.[4] Also some amount of jute is grown in the outskirts of the town.

Transportation[edit]

Already well-connected by road to Malda, Siliguri, Kolkata, Raiganj and other premier cities in North Bengal, Balurghat now sports a railway terminus, Balurghat railway station, as well located on the western bank of River Atrayee. The town of Balurghat is on the eastern shore, so one has to take a cyclerickshaw or an autorickshaw (motorised three-wheeler) to the town. A bridge connects these two shores. The railway line to Balurghat commences at Eklakhi railway station in Maldah district,is now connected to Kolkata via Gour Exp and Tebhaga Exp. The distance between Eklakhi and Balurghat is about 79 km and it crosses two rivers en route - Tangon and Punarbhaba. Two trains connect Balurghat to Kolkata directly. They are: 1. Gour Express (Departure 5:05pm everyday) 2. Tebhaga Express (Departure 6 am daily except Sunday) One train connect Balurghat to New Jalpaiguri. This is Balurghat-NJP intercity express

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Balurghat High School
  • Balurghat Lalit Mohan Adarsha Uccha vidyalaya
  • Balurghat Girls' High School
  • Balurghat N.C. High School
  • Balurghat N.C. Girls' High School
  • Atreyee D.A.V. Public School CBSE
  • Balurghat Khadimpur Boys' High School
  • Balurghat Khadimpur Girls' High School
  • Balurght Khidirpur High School
  • Balurghat R.C.D. Girls' High School
  • Balurghat G.L.P. High School
  • Balurghat J.L.P. Vidyachakra
  • Balurghat Ashutosh Balika Vidyalaya
  • Balurghat Taran Chandra High School
  • Balurghat Nalanda Vidyapith
  • Balurghat Techno India Group Public School
  • Balurghat Central School
  • Raghunathpur B.M. High school
  • Kabitirtha High School
  • Prachya Bharati High School
  • Namabangi High School
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Balurghat
  • Green View English Academy, Balurghat
  • Dangarhat High School, Dangarhat
  • Bahicha L.K High School,p.o:atrai

Colleges[edit]

  • Balurghat College, College Square
  • Balurghat Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Uttar Chakbhabani
  • Balurghat B. Ed. College, Hili Road, Mongolpur
  • Balurghat Law College, Amritakhanda
  • Balurghat I.T.I.
  • Techno Global, WBUT, Mongolpur
  • Promath Ch. Memorial College, Public Bus-stand
  • Balurghat xenna I.T.I., Mongolpur
  • The George Telegraph Training Institute −Balurghat Centre-Chakbhabani

Festivals[edit]

Durga Puja,Kali Puja,Saraswati puja and Biswakarma Puja are widely celebrated at Balurghat. Bolla Kali Puja is celebrated at Bolla, approximately 15 kilometres from Balurghat, in end-November each year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Balurghat
  2. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above". Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  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. ^ Balurghat, from Encyclopædia Britannica.

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