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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 (2001)
 • Total 41,982
 • 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 surged 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.[vague]


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 2001 India census,[2] Forbesganj had a population of 41,982. Males constitute 53% of the population while females are 47%. Forbesganj has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 67%; female literacy is 54%. 16% of the population of Forbesganj is under 6 years of age. 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

Net Point[edit]

Creative cyber station,vijay cinema compound.

  • Sahuji Net Point Kali Mandir Ward No-24

Computer Institute[edit]

  • AICT Computer Academy
  • AICT Computer Education

Institute of Advance & Professional Studies

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


  • Moti Babu Institute of Technology
  • +2 Lee Academy
  • Forbesganj College
  • ITI College
  • Jira Devi Sital Sah Mahila College
  • B D B K S College, Forbesganj
  • IGNOU Forbesganj College, Forbesganj

Hospitals and medical services[edit]

Forbesganj has adequate medical facilities. The government hospital includes that at the Sadar Road, Referral Hospital. Private clinics include Dr. Alakh Niranjan's Clinic and Dr. Mantu Thakur Hospital, which are popular for basic surgery, ultrasonography, x-ray etc. But for major medical assistance available in Purnia division.


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