Sonatala Upazila

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Sonatala
সোনাতলা
Upazila
Sonatala is located in Bangladesh
Sonatala
Sonatala
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 25°2′N 89°30′E / 25.033°N 89.500°E / 25.033; 89.500Coordinates: 25°2′N 89°30′E / 25.033°N 89.500°E / 25.033; 89.500
Country  Bangladesh
Division Rajshahi Division
District Bogra District
Area[1]
 • Total 156.75 km2 (60.52 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Total 186,778
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 5826
Website sonatala.bogra.gov.bd(Bengali)

Sonatala Upazila (Bengali: সোনাতলা উপজেলা) is an upazila of Bogra District in the Division of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Sonatala Thana was established in 1981[3] and was converted into an upazila in 1984.[4] It is named after its administrative center, the town of Sonatala.

Geography[edit]

Sonatala Upazila has a total area of 156.75 square kilometres (60.52 sq mi).[1] It borders Rangpur Division to the north, Sariakandi Upazila to the east and south, Gabtali Upazila to the south and west, and Shibganj Upazila, Bogra to the west.[4][5]

Beels[importance?][edit]

  • Gobochanra Beel
  • Mohicharan Beel
  • Padir Beel
  • Satbeel

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. (000) ±%
1981 153 —    
1991 146 −4.6%
2001 168 +15.1%
2011 187 +11.3%
Source:
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics[1]

According to the 2011 Bangladesh census, Sonatala Upazila had 45,869 households and a population of 186,778, 13.2% of whom lived in urban areas.[2] 10.6% of the population was under the age of 5.[6] The literacy rate (age 7 and over) was 43.2%, compared to the national average of 51.8%.[7][8]

Economy[edit]

Famous markets (Hat)[edit]

  • Sonatola Hat
  • Balua Hat
  • Karamja Hat
  • Sayed Ahmed College Hat
  • Pakulla Hat

Administration[edit]

Sonatala Upazila is divided into Sonatala Municipality and seven union parishads: Balua, Digdair, Jorgachha, Madhupur, Pakulla, Sonatala Sadar, and Tekani Chukainagar. The union parishads are subdivided into 94 mauzas and 125 villages.[1]

Sonatala Municipality is subdivided into 9 wards and 16 mahallas.[1]

Transport[edit]

Rail stations Sayeed Ahmed College, Bhelurpara, and Sonatala are on the branch line connecting Santahar and Kaunia. In July 2014 they were served by six or eight intercity and six mail trains a day.[9]

Education[edit]

There are three colleges in the upazila. Government Nazir Akhter College, founded in 1967, is the only public one. A private one is Balua Hat Degree College, founded in 1987.[1][10]

The madrasa education system includes one fazil madrasa.[11]

Notable residents[edit]

Late, Khan Bahadur Ibrahim(Founder of Sonatola Pailot High school), Ex. MP Dr. Habibur Rahaman, Ex. Chairman Zalal Uddin Akondo, Ex.Chairman Abdul Baki Mondol, ATM mizanur Rahman Boby(Ex.Director Pollibiddut) DR. Farhad Ali Khan.(Late) the heroic and a famous doctor. A.K.M.Ahsanul Tayeb Zakir,(Ex-Mayor,Sonatol Pourashava),( Chairman,Sonatola Upazilla)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "District Statistics 2011: Bogra" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-01" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Upazila Administration Background". Sonatala Upazila. Retrieved 17 July 2014. (Bengali)
  4. ^ a b Harun-or-Rashid, Md. (2012). "Sonatala Upazila". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  5. ^ "Sonatala Map". Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-04" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population Census 2011: Bogra Table C-06" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Census 2011: Bangladesh at a Glance" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bogra Schedule". Bangladesh Railways. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Baluyahata Degree College". Sonatala Upazila. Retrieved 18 July 2014. (Bengali)
  11. ^ "List of Institutions". Ministry of Eduction. Retrieved July 15, 2014.