|District||North 24 Parganas|
|• Municipality Chairman||Krishna Majumdar|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Basirhat|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Basirhat Dakshin, Basirhat Uttar|
Basirhat subdivision was formed on 1 January 1861 as per a Government order and it consisted of Balia Pargana's Basurhāt, Kalingā, Hāruā and Husenābād Police Stations. Previously, Basirhat was under the jurisdiction of Barasat Sub-division and was named as Basurhāt till 1896. Basirhat municipality was established on 1 April 1869 and it is divided into 22 wards covering an area of 22.5 km².
As per the 2011 census, Basirhat Urban Agglomeration had a population of 144,891, out of which 73,491 were males and 71,400 were females. The 0–6 years population was 12,578. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 86.88 per cent. Bengali is the principal language spoken in the area.
The sources which are considered till now behind the naming of Basirhat are as follows:
- Bahurhāt—market for various items
- Banserhāt—market for buying and selling bamboos
- Bastirhāt—low land market
Agriculture is the main source of income though other industries like brick making and fisheries are also dominant in this area.
Some of the schools of Basirhat are:
- Basirhat Purna Chandra Majumder Girls' High School
- Basirhat Town High School
- Basirhat Hari Mohan Dalal Girls' High School
- Basirhat High School
- Bhabla Tantra Sir Rajendra High School
- Bhabla Lady Mukharjee Girls' High School
- Shibati High School
- Panitor High School
- Basirhat Baroda Prosad Vidyapith Girl's High School
- Itinda Union High School
Basirhat has a long history of farmer's movements like the Tebhaga movement. Freedom fighter Dinesh Chandra Majumder was born here in 1907. Noted industrialist, Sir Rajen Mukherjee was born at Bhabla (also spelt Bhyabla) near Basirhat.
Basirhat was connected with Barasat by the narrow gauge Barasat Basirhat Railway operated by Martin's Light Railways. It was closed down in 1955 and subsequently converted to broad gauge. The railway tracks in the region have been electrified and there are EMUs services to Sealdah and Hasnabad provided by the Kolkata Suburban Railway. Bus services to Kolkata and other places are also available.
- Official District Administration site
- "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above". Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- Sengupta, Subodh Chandra and Bose, Anjali, p 470.
- "Groundwater Arsenic contamination in West Bengal-India (19 years study )". Groundwater arsenic contamination status of North 24-Parganas district, one of the nine arsenic affected districts of West Bengal-India. SOES. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-24.