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Forbesganj is located in Bihar
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25Coordinates: 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25
Country  India
State Bihar
District Araria
Elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 50,475
 • Official Maithili, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 854318
Telephone code +91-6455-22****
Sex ratio 1.14 /
Lok Sabha constituency Araria
Vidhan Sabha constituency Forbesganj

Forbesganj is both a town and a municipality in the Araria District (formerly Purnia District before 1990) in the state of Bihar, India. Situated at the border of Nepal and India, the town is an important economic location in the region. The development of infrastructure here has recently increased because of the broad gauge railway services on the Katihar-Jogbani route and construction of the national highway, NH-57. These developments are predicted to improve the town's economy.[citation needed]

Famous People[edit]

"Phanishwar Nath 'Renu" was a famous writer from Forbesganj.

He wrote "Maila Anchal" which is considered one of his
masterpieces and was later produced for television.

Jaleshwar Prasad Gupta (popularly known as J.P. Gupta) was a prominent freedom fighter for Forbesganj, who contributed a lot to the welfare of this region. [Vaguely at 10/December 2013

Pandit Ramdeni Tiwari Dwijdeni (1885 - 1952) was a great freedom fighter from Forbesganj. He was the first elected Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA) from this town.

Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh ( 1964- present ) is a virtuoso in the field of surgery and currently holds the Chief Medical Officer post. Singh works at the Forbesganj referral hospital beside his own multi speciality clinic. The " Panipuri " stalls by him on the occasion of Republic day are one of the most memorable sites for the locals.

He has been a pioneer in conducting family planning camps and is recognized by the government as one of the most talented surgeons in town. After his M.B.B.S from PMCH ( Patna Medical college and Hospital ), and M.S ( Master in Surgery ) from Indore he started his practice in his hometown, Muzaffarpur. But his ultimate dream run started when he moved to Forbesganj back in 2004, when people were troubled by floods. Since then, there hasn't been any looking back for him. Currently he is the most celebrated Medical officers in the area.


Apart from Hindi, Maithili is the most common language spoken by the people in Forbesganj. Bengali, Bhojpuri and Marwari are other common languages spoken particularly in this town area.


Forbesganj is located at 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25.[1] It has an average elevation of 46 meters (150 feet). The Nepalese border is only 12 km away.


As of the 2012, Forbesganj had a population of 373,933.The female to male ratio here is 89.98%. Forbesganj has an average literacy rate of 47%, the same as its state, Bihar. Male literacy is 49.47%; female literacy is 26.89%.The non-working population is 51.47% of the total population. There is a total of 79,741 children under the age of 6 in Forbesganj. Forbesganj is the biggest subdivision and town of the Araria district.


For a long time Forbesganj was known for its jute production, but the advent of synthetic fibers and the closing of mills due to non-profitability caused the jute industry to die a slow death. With the broad-gauge conversion of the railway tracks and construction of a four-lane highway, the economic activities are set to pick up. Some MNC's and Indian Companies are planning to set up huge manufacturing and R&D units in Forbesganj. Recently, the demand for small-scale industries has also increased. Forbesganj, due to its diversity, maybe soon given an SEZ status for the development of the nearby areas and to revive the trade that once used to flourish here.


The town has a railway station with both broad-gauge (Katihar Jogbani branch line) and meter gauge tracks. Railway services are available for Katihar (five passenger trains, daily), Delhi (12487 Jogbani-Delhi Seemanchal Exp., seven days per week), Kolkata (3160 Jogbani-Kolkata Exp, three days per week), and Saharsa (two express and two passenger trains daily, meter gauge). Trains for almost all big locations in India can be boarded from Katihar (98 km from Forbesganj).

Frequent bus services are available for Jogbani (Nepal Boarder), Araria (District Headquarters), Purnia (Commissioner's Headquarters), and Katihar. Many night-service and luxury buses travel between Forbesganj and Patna, the state capital.

There is also an abandoned aerodrome in the town.

Schools and Institutes[edit]

  • Lee Academy High School
  • Bhagwati Devi Goyal Girls High School
  • Mithila Public Sr. Secondary School
  • Shri Rani Saraswati Vidya Mandir
  • Ebenezer Mission School
  • Modern Academy
  • Modern Public School
  • Shishu Bharati
  • Shishu Shiksha Niketan
  • Modern Children Academy
  • Central Public School
  • Pravat Primary School
  • JP Memorial Public School
  • Thana Middle School
  • Adarsh Vidyalaya
  • DDS High School
  • Boys Middle School
  • Government Adarsh Madhya Vidyalaya
  • KKD High School
  • Ram Lal High School
  • Central Model School
  • IHHS
  • Institute of Banking Services (IBS)


Net Point[edit]

Creative cyber station,vijay cinema compound.

Computer Institute[edit]

[Institute of Advance & Professional Studies]

  • KIIT Computer Center
  • DIGITECH Computer Education
  • PYREX Technology
  • NIIT Forbesganj


Hospitals and medical services[edit]

Forbesganj has adequate medical facilities. The government hospital includes that at the Sadar Road, Referral Hospital which has Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh as CMO. Private clinics include Dr. Alakh Niranjan's Clinic, which are popular for basic surgery, ultrasonography, x-ray etc.

One of the critical clinics in the town is " Mata Merriam nursing home ". Famous mainly for the in-house surgeon, Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh, who is a specialist in general surgery, laproscopic surgery and child diseases.

But for major medical assistance available in Purnia division.


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