Bhadrapur Municipality

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Bhadrapur
भद्रपुर नगरपालिका
Nickname(s): 
Bhadrapur Bazaar
Bhadrapur is located in Province No. 1
Bhadrapur
Bhadrapur
Location in Province 1
Bhadrapur is located in Nepal
Bhadrapur
Bhadrapur
Bhadrapur (Nepal)
Coordinates: 26°32′40″N 88°05′40″E / 26.5444°N 88.0944°E / 26.5444; 88.0944Coordinates: 26°32′40″N 88°05′40″E / 26.5444°N 88.0944°E / 26.5444; 88.0944
Country   Nepal
ProvinceProvince No. 1
DistrictJhapa District
Government
 • MayorGanesh Pokhrel (Nepali Congress)
 • Deputy MayorRadha Karki (Rastriya Prajatantra Party)
Elevation
91 m (299 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total18,164
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
Postal code
57200
Area code(s)023
Websitewww.bhadrapurmun.gov.np
Map of Bhadrapur
Map of Consolidated Bhadrapur Municipality.

Bhadrapur (Nepali: भद्रपुर) is a town and municipality in Jhapa District in the Province No. 1 of southeastern Nepal. It lies on the banks of the Mechi River, and shares borders with Bihar state, India on the south and West Bengal state on the north. There is a border crossing with a customs office for goods. Galgalia village in Kishanganj district borders with Bhadrapur

Bhadrapur is one of Nepal's oldest municipalities. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it had a population of 18,164.[1] Bhadrapur Airport has flights to Kathmandu. This airport is the best way to reach Kathmandu from the eastern part of Nepal and India (i.e., West Bengal, Sikkim).

Bhadrapur is one of the most multi-cultural cities in Nepal. In this city live people from all the districts from Nepal and who migrated from India, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Different ethnic and religious backgrounds, such as Rajbanshi, Dhimal, Meche, Brahmin, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Tamang, Madbadi, Bengali, Muslim, etc., are living in Bhadrapur by maintaining a cordial relation, peace, and harmony among the people. Bhadrapur is the "tea city" of Nepal. It is a starting point for tourist attractions. A few hours' ride north takes one close to the Himalayas. There are good roads up to a height of around 3,700 metres (12,100 ft).

Bhadrapur has important governmental and other important infrastructures, including a zonal hospital, airport, Mechi Multiple campuses, different schools, Mahendra park, stadium police and military headquarters, and hosts the Central District Offices.

However, due to the construction of the Mahendra Highway or East-West Highway (north of Bhadrapur), economic activities have shifted north to the junction of the highway Birtamod. This has left Bhadrapur with a receding population and crippled its once-booming economic activity.

In the last decade, Bhadrapur has slowly transformed itself into a tea hub with new plantations and tea factories being established every year. The much-awaited Mechi Bridge joining Bhadrapur to India (Galgalia) is constructed now and acts as a lifeline to the revitalization of Bhadrapur as well as the far eastern part of Nepal. There is a checkpoint at the border.

History[edit]

Bhadrapur was a very prosperous city during the early 1900s. It was renowned for its rice cultivation due to its rich fertile soil. This period saw rice mills being established. The prosperous rice business led Bhadrapur to its most prosperous period. Now, Bhadrapur has transformed into a major city of tea factories as the old rice mills are no longer operating.

Industries[edit]

Bhadrapur is home to Momento Apparels, which was one of Nepal's largest exporters of ready-made garments. The factory has been forced out of operation since 2012. In its heyday, the factory had a workforce of 2,000, and supplied ready-made garments to the US (including retail outlets such as Walmart and JC Penny) and several European countries.[2][3]

Education[edit]

College, +2 Level, and Schools[edit]

  • National Marigold English School
  • Chandra Bhanu Jyoti Higher Secondary School
  • Mechi Multiple Campus
  • Mechi Multiple College Science
  • Bright Star English Boarding School
  • Siddhartha Shishu Sadan
  • Bhadrapur Higher Secondary School (est. 2002 B.S.)
  • Birendra Higher Secondary School
  • Araniko Higher Secondary School
  • Emerald Academy Higher Secondary School
  • Bibhuti vidya mandir higher secondary school
  • Bidur English Secondary School
  • Puhatu Janajyoti High School
  • Bhanusmriti High School
  • S.S. Niketan English High School
  • Pragyan Academy
  • Gyan Sarovar Niketan High School
  • Shree Sharada Lower Secondary School (Balika School)
  • Shree Prithvi Lower Secondary School (Namuna School)
  • Maheshpur Lower Secondary School
  • Jiwanjyoti Lower Secondary School
  • Pashupatinath Lower Secondary School
  • Kalwalguri Lower Secondary School
  • Saraswati Lower Secondary School
  • Janakalyan Lower Secondary School
  • Krishna Primary School
  • Bhagawati Primary School
  • Bhrikuti Primary School
  • Bhanu Primary School
  • Pashupati Primary School
  • Gautambuddha Primary School
  • Pashupati Primary School (past Maheshpur VDC)
  • Mechi Primary School
  • Aadarsh Primary School
  • Dolma Memorial
  • Greenfield English School
  • Galaxy International School
  • Gurukul Kids School
  • Montessori Kinderworld
  • Modern English high school (estd -2052)
  • Himali Higher Secondary School
  • Aarambha Shikshyalaya
  • HolyLand English School
  • Moran Memorial School (estd-2056 )

Communication and entertainment[edit]

To promote local culture Bhadrapur has one FM radio station: Nagarik F.M 107.5  MHz. It is a community radio station.

Krishna Raj Complex has a cinema hall which is situated at Bhadrapur Bazar. Abala Chitra Mandir, which was the first cinema hall in Bhadrapur was reconstructed in the Krishna Raj Complex. Jawahar Talkies is a cinema between the Bhadrapur Municipality office and Mechi River.

Transport[edit]

Bus services from Bhadrapur Kathmandu, janakpur, Dhankutta, Dharan Biratnagar Birjung Damak Gauriganj gauradaha jhapa Illam kakaritta lahan Gaighat and local buses.

Bhadrapur Airport is served by Nepal Airlines, Saurya Airlines, Shree Airlines, Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air with daily flights. Nepal Airlines flies 3 times a week, the others have daily flights. The first flight to Kathmandu is at 10:00 am and the last flight is 9:00 pm.

Hospitals[edit]

  • Mechi Zonal Hospital
  • Pathivara hospital private limited.

Image Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VDC Municpality Report 2011". Census Nepal 2021. November 2012. p. 6. Archived from the original on 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  2. ^ Dhakal, Chandi Raj (2002-03-14). "We need trade, not aid". Nepali Times (Interview). ISSN 1814-2613. OCLC 244793967. Archived from the original on 2022-03-12. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  3. ^ Portel, Parbat (2014-03-03). "Former garment giant Momento lies in ruins". Kathmandu Post. Jhapa. ISSN 1563-9770. Archived from the original on 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2020-06-20.