Phulbari Upazila, Dinajpur
|• Total||229.55 km2 (88.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||564/km2 (1,460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
|Website||Official Map of Phulbari|
Phulbari is located at. It has 24816 units of house hold and total area 229.55 km².
As of the 1991 Bangladesh census, Phulbari has a population of 129,435. Males constitute 51.51% of the population, and females 48.49%. This Upazila's population over age of eighteen is 67,837. Phulbari has an average literacy rate of 31.7% (7+ years); the national average is 32.4% literate. Phulbari Upazila (dinajpur district) with an area of 229.55 km2, is bounded by Parbatipur and Chirirbandar upazilas on the north, Birampur upazila on the south, Nawabganj (Dinajpur) and Birampur upazilas on the east, West Bengal of India on the west. Little Jamuna is the main river.
Phulbari (Town) consists of 9 wards and 11 mahallas. The area of the town is 16.03 km2; population 28557; male 51.05%, female 48.95%. The density of population is 1781 per km2. The literacy rate among the town people is 55.1%.
Phulbari is an important business centre. Its importance grew significantly with the development of the Barapukuria coal mine and the Madhyapara hardrock mine, both located within a few kilometres from the town.
The government was working in 2006 with Asia Energy (now Global Coal Resources PLc - GCR) on a plan to develop an open-pit mine in Phulbari, Dinajpur. Opponents have protested the plans because of adverse environmental and social effects. An estimated 120,000 people may be displaced, including indigenous groups. Protesters have said such a mine would endanger an important food-producing region, as well as the quality of the water supply depended on by tens of thousands of people. There were major protests in Bangladesh in 2006, and the government closed the mine. As talks began again on the project, protesters conducted a week-long march from Phulbari to Dhaka in October 2010. In December 2010, an alliance of groups protested in London at a meeting of GCR company officials and stockholders.
Phulbari has 10 Unions/Wards, 182 Mauzas/Mahallas, and 150 villages.
- Advocate Mostafizur Rahman, M.P. Honorable State Minister
Ministry of Land, People's Republic of Bangladesh.
- Md. Aminul Islam Bablu (Upazila Chairman, Phulbari) is also best known as one of the central leaders of the movement against coal extraction in an open pit method from the Phulbari coal reserve.
- "Population Census Wing, BBS.". Archived from the original on 2005-03-27. Retrieved November 10, 2006.
- "Massive protest in London", BanglaNews24, 10 December 2010, accessed 25 March 2013