Bhatar (community development block)
|Community development block|
|• Total||160.00 sq mi (414.40 km2)|
|Elevation||121 ft (37 m)|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (570/km2)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5.30)|
Bhatar (community development block) (Bengali: ভাতার সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক) is an administrative division in Bardhaman Sadar North subdivision of Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Bhatar police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Bhatar.
Bhatar is located at.
It is located in the laterite plains between Damodar River and Ajay River. Khari or Khargeswari River flows through the area, providing scope for supply of sand from places such as Karjona. It is believed that the river was earlier linked with Damodar. The Orgram area is forested. The area has facilities for canal irrigation.
Gram panchayats of Bhatar block/panchayat samiti are: Amarun I, Amarun II, Aruar, Balgona, Bamunara, Barabelun I, Barabelun II, Bhatar, Bonpas, Mahachanda, Mahata, Nityanandapur, Sahebganj I and Sahebganj II.
This being a canal-irrigated area had faced agitations, in the 1930s, against the imposition of taxes for canal water.
As of 2001[update] census, Bhatar block had a total population of 236,397, out of which 121,066 were males and 115,331 were females. Bhatar block registered a population growth of 12.33 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Bardhaman district was 14.36 per cent.Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.
As of 2001[update] census, Bhatar block had a total literacy of 64.14% for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 72.99% female literacy was 54.86%. Bardhaman district had a total literacy of 70.18%, male literacy being 78.63% and female literacy being 60.95%.
Bhatar is one of the areas of Bardhaman district which is affected by arsenic contamination of ground water.
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