Faridpur-Durgapur (community development block)

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Community development block
Faridpur-Durgapur is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Coordinates: 23°32′17″N 87°16′50″E / 23.53806°N 87.28056°E / 23.53806; 87.28056
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bardhaman
Parliamentary constituency Asansol
Assembly constituency Pandaveswar
 • Total 55.83 sq mi (144.60 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 108,619
 • Density 1,950/sq mi (751/km2)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
Literacy Rate 67.34 per cent
Website http://bardhaman.gov.in/
For other places with similar name, see Faridpur (disambiguation).

Faridpur-Durgapur (community development block) (Bengali: ফরিদপুর-দুর্গাপুর সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক) is an administrative division in Durgapur subdivision of Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Faridpur and New Township police stations serve this block. Headquarters of this block is at Loudaha. Sarpi, Mandarbani and Sirsha are urban areas in this block.[1][2]


Faridpur is an old village. The area was earlier densely forested.[3]Some ancient Buddhist sculptures were discovered in the village of Pratapur under Faridpur police station.[4]Peterson’s Gazetteer of 1910 mentions five police stations under Asansol subdivision – Asansol, Raniganj, Kanksa, Barakar and Faridpur.[5]


Faridpur is located at 23°32′17″N 87°16′50″E / 23.538007°N 87.280518°E / 23.538007; 87.280518.

Faripur-Durgapur community development block has an area of 144.60  km2.[2]

The Asansol-Durgapur region is composed of undulating latterite soil. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[6]

Kunur River, one of main tributaries of the Ajay, 112 km in length, has its origin near Bansgara in the Faridpur police station area. With water from several small streams swelling it during the monsoons, it often floods large areas of Ausgram and Mangalkot police stations. It joins the Ajay near Ujani village.[7]

Gram panchayats[edit]

Gram panchayats of Faridpur-Durgapur block/panchayat samiti are: Gogla, Gourbazar, Ichapur, Jemua, Laudoha and Protappur.[8]


As per 2001 census, Faridpur-Durgapur block had a total population of 108,619, out of which 59,253 were males and 49,336 were females. Faridpur-Durgapur block registered a population growth of 19.00 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Bardhaman district was 14.36 per cent.[2]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[9]

Scheduled castes at 35,692 formed around one-third the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 8,211.[10]


NH 2 or the Grand Trunk Road, passes through this block.


As per 2001 census, Faridpur-Durgapur block had a total literacy of 67.34 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 77.94 per cent female literacy was 55.14 per cent. Bardhaman district had a total literacy of 70.18 per cent, male literacy being 78.63 per cent and female literacy being 60.95 per cent.[11]


There are 8 high schools in the block with 4995 students and 2 higher secondary schools with 2739 students. 67.3 per cent of block population was literate. Literacy was 77.9 per cent amongst males and 55.1 per cent among females. The block had 5 libraries.[12]


Faridpur is one of the areas of Bardhaman district which is affected by arsenic contamination of ground water.[13] 1233


During the period 1967 to 1972, there was an assembly constituency named Faridpur. Ajit Kumar Bandopadhyay of INC won the seat in 1972.[14] Sanat Kumar Banerjee of CPI (M) won it in 1971.[15]Manoranjan Bakshi of Bangla Congress won it in 1969 and 1967. [16][17]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Burdwan district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 4, Barddhaman District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  3. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali) , Vol I, p 17, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  4. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p 255
  5. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p 370
  6. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  7. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p. 35
  8. ^ "No. 229 (Sanction)-PN/P/II/1G-5/2005(Pt.II) dated 02.02.09". Allotment No. 5 for five districts – Cooch Behar, Burdwan, Uttar Dinajpur, Hooghly and Bankura. Government of West Bengal - Department of Panchayats & Rural Development. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  10. ^ "TRU for all Districts (SC & ST and Total)". Census 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 5, Bardhaman District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  12. ^ District Census data
  13. ^ Arsenic contamination
  14. ^ Assembly elections 1972
  15. ^ Assembly elections 1971
  16. ^ Assembly elections 1969
  17. ^ Assembly elections 1967