Block (district subdivision)

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A block is an administrative division of some South Asian countries. In the United States it is a synonym for a city block, which refers to a small part of a city or town.


Further information: Gewog

In Bhutan, a block is called a gewog. It is essentially for oil a group of villages. Gewogs are official administrative units of Bhutan. The country is composed of 205 gewogs.

Each gewog is headed by a gup or headman.


Administrative structure of India

Block is a district sub-division which is next to Taluk level administration. For planning purpose district is divided into four levels

  1. Taluks
  2. Blocks
  3. Gram Panchayats
  4. Villages

A taluk may consist of one or more number of blocks. Blocks are normally Planning & Development units of district in addition to taluks. Block would represent a compact area for which effective plans will prepared & implemented through Village Panchayats.

For example Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh has 7[1] blocks namely:

Sr. No. Block Name the
1 Ajitmal
2 Bhagyanagar
3 Sahar
4 Bidhuna
5 Achalda
6 Erwakatra
7 Auraiya

Block Development Officer[edit]

The Block Development Officer is the official in charge of the block. Block Development Officers monitor the implementation of all the programs related to planning and development of the blocks. Coordination of development and implementation of plans amongst more than one block is provided by a Chief Development Officer (CDO). BDO office is the main operation wing of the government for the development administration as well as regulatory administration.

United States[edit]

Main article: City block

In the United States a "block" refers to an area of a municipality such as a city or town which is surrounded by streets on all sides; such a piece of land is more fully known as a city block. For walking purposes, a "block" is the land distance between two streets, about 1/10 or 1/12 of one mile.


In parts of Australia, parcels of land of around 6 to 20 acres (2.4 to 8.1 ha) were allocated by Government to working-class men at nominal rent during the depression of the 1890s with the object of giving them work and, potentially, a source of income. Some eventually prospered, but those on marginal land were doomed to failure. Proponents of the "block system" included George Witherage Cotton. Holders of such allotments were referref to as "blockers" or "blockies".[2]

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  2. ^ W. S. Ransom (editor) The Australian National Dictionary page 65. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1988 ISBN 0 19 554736 5