Bhatar (community development block)

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Bhatar
Community development block
Bhatar is located in West Bengal
Bhatar
Bhatar
Location in West Bengal
Coordinates: 23°25′10″N 87°55′00″E / 23.41944°N 87.91667°E / 23.41944; 87.91667
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bardhaman
Parliamentary constituency Bardhaman-Durgapur
Assembly constituency Bhatar
Area
 • Total 160.00 sq mi (414.40 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2001)
 • Total 236,397
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
Literacy Rate 64.14 per cent
Website http://bardhaman.gov.in/

Bhatar (community development block) (Bengali: ভাতার সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক) is an administrative division in Bardhaman Sadar North subdivision of Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Bhatar police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Bhatar.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Bhatar is located at 23°25′10″N 87°55′00″E / 23.4193710°N 87.9166490°E / 23.4193710; 87.9166490.

Bhatar community development block has an area of 414.40  km2.[2]

It is located in the laterite plains between Damodar River and Ajay River.[3] Khari or Khargeswari River flows through the area, providing scope for supply of sand from places such as Karjona. It is believed that the river was earlier linked with Damodar.[4] The Orgram area is forested.[5] The area has facilities for canal irrigation.[6]

Gram panchayats[edit]

Gram panchayats of Bhatar block/panchayat samiti are: Amarun I, Amarun II, Aruar, Balgona, Bamunara, Barabelun I, Barabelun II, Bhatar, Bonpas, Mahachanda, Mahata, Nityanandapur, Sahebganj I and Sahebganj II.[7]

History[edit]

There are Sati temples at Mondalpara and Maidal burning ghat in Bonpas village, and in Mohanpur village bearing witness to the now-defunct practice of sati in the area.[8]

In the 18th century the area faced massive attacks of the Bargi warriors.[9]

This being a canal-irrigated area had faced agitations, in the 1930s, against the imposition of taxes for canal water.[10]

Demographics[edit]

As per 2001 census, Bhatar block had a total population of 236,397, out of which 121,066 were males and 115,331 were females. Bhatar block registered a population growth of 12.33 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Bardhaman district was 14.36 per cent.[2]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[11]

Scheduled castes at 77,921 formed around one-third the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 23,654.[12]

Literacy[edit]

As per 2001 census, Bhatar block had a total literacy of 64.14 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 72.99 per cent female literacy was 54.86 per cent. Bardhaman district had a total literacy of 70.18 per cent, male literacy being 78.63 per cent and female literacy being 60.95 per cent.[13]

Health[edit]

Bhatar is one of the areas of Bardhaman district which is affected by arsenic contamination of ground water.[14]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Burdwan district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 4, Barddhaman District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, p14, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  4. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p31, p39
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p39
  6. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, pp447-450
  7. ^ "No. 229 (Sanction)-PN/P/II/1G-5/2005(Pt.II) dated 02.02.09". Allotment No. 5 for five districts – Cooch Behar, Burdwan, Uttar Dinajpur, Hooghly and Bankura. Government of West Bengal - Department of Panchayats & Rural Development. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  8. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p529
  9. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, pp292-293
  10. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p472
  11. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  12. ^ "TRU for all Districts (SC & ST and Total)". Census 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  13. ^ "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 5, Bardhaman District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  14. ^ Arsenic contamination "Groundwater Arsenic contamination in West Bengal-India (20 years study )". Bardhaman. SOES. Retrieved 2011-09-09.