Saltora (community development block)
শালতোড়া সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
|Community development block|
|• Total||314.13 km2 (121.29 sq mi)|
|Elevation||153 m (502 ft)|
|• Density||390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||91 3241|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Bankura|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Saltora|
Saltora (community development block) is an administrative division in Bankura Sadar subdivision of Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Saltora police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Saltora.Government of West Bengal has planned a Special Economic Zone in Saltora.
The soil is undulating, red and latté rite based. Climatically the zone is within tropical dry sub-humid area having rainfall ranging from 1100 to 1400 mm and temperature maximum 45 °C and minimum 10 °C normally. This region is undulating with mounds and valleys. Soils are well drained and are susceptible to soil erosion due to rapid external drainage or run off, soil reaction ranges from acidic in ridges and near neutral in valleys. Agriculture in this region mostly depends on rain. Ground water is not easily and economically tappable.
In the 2001 census, Saltora community development bloc had a total population of 121,810 of which 62,357 were males and 59,453 were females. Decadal growth for the period 1991-2001 was 9.81% for Saltora, against 13.79% in Bankura district. Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84%.
Government of West Bengal has planned a Special Economic Zone in the less fertile area of Saltora. It has also earmarked certain blocs of Bankura district, considered by some to be a “neglected” district, for industrial development.
As the Saltora area is located just opposite, across the Damodar River, to the flourishing Burnpur industrial zone of Bardhaman district, the viability of the proposed SEZ is assured.Steel Authority of India Limited is funding the construction of a bridge across the Damodar, connecting Burnpur with Madhukunda nearby.
The proposed area for the SEZ comprises 126 acres (0.51 km2), out of which 55.16 acres (223,200 m2) are vested and in possession of the state land and land reforms department. Besides the SEZ proposal another 3,000 acres (12 km2) are proposed to be acquired to set up a complete industrial hub. There are hints of political opposition to the land acquisition.
An all-party delegation met the chief minister of the state on 18 June 2007 and demanded that the state government should take steps to invite entrepreneurs to invest in those areas of the district which are lying unused for decades. Subsequently, the opposition party SUC has staged a protest demonstration in front of the bloc development office and the district chairman of Trinamool Congress has demanded ”the publication of a white paper clarifying that not a single furlong of agricultural land is to be destroyed out of the bid.” Comparatively more fertile areas of the state at Singur and Nandigram have seen agitations, even violence, against acquisition of agricultural lands.
Saltora has two colleges. - 1.Netaji Centenary College (Degree College), 2. B.Ed.College.
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