Gangarampur

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Gangarampur
City
Gangarampur is located in West Bengal
Gangarampur
Gangarampur
Location in West Bengal, India
Gangarampur is located in India
Gangarampur
Gangarampur
Gangarampur (India)
Coordinates: 25°24′N 88°31′E / 25.4°N 88.52°E / 25.4; 88.52Coordinates: 25°24′N 88°31′E / 25.4°N 88.52°E / 25.4; 88.52
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictDakshin Dinajpur
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyGangarampur Municipality
 • ChairmanPrasanta Mitra
 • District MagistrateShri Sharad Kumar Dwivedi posted at District Headquarters Balurghat sadar.
Area
 • Total10.29 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
Elevation
25 m (82 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total56,175
 • Density5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
733124
Telephone code03521
Vehicle registrationWB61 - WB62
Lok Sabha constituencyBalurghat
Vidhan Sabha constituencyGangarampur
WebsiteOfficial website

Gangarampur is a city and a municipality in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of the Gangarampur subdivision. The city is located on the bank of river Punarbhaba. It became the subdivision of newly formed district Dakshin Dinajpur when Paschim Dinajpur was bifurcated into Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur in 1992. In ancient time people often call the city Damdama or Devkot.

Geography[edit]

Cities and towns in the Dakshin Dinajpur district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre, H: historical site
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

Location[edit]

Gangarampur is located almost in the middle of Dakshin Dinajpur district at 25°24′N 88°31′E / 25.4°N 88.52°E / 25.4; 88.52.[1] It has spread linearly along the banks of the Punarbhaba River.[2] It has an average elevation of 25 metres (82 feet). The area of the city is 10.29 Sq. km.

In the map alongside, all places marked on the map are linked in the full screen version.

Climate[edit]

Gangarampur has a Tropical wet-and-dry climate, with summer monsoons. The maximum temperatures can often exceed 38 °C (100 °F) during May–June. Winter tends to last from December to early-February, with the lowest temperatures hovering in the 4 °C (40 °F) to 8 °C (47 °F) range during December and January. Monsoon is the most notable phenomenon in the climate of the city. Maximum rainfall occurs during the monsoon in July–August.

Climate data for Gangarampur, India
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24
(76)
28
(82)
33
(92)
37
(98)
36
(97)
34
(94)
33
(91)
32
(90)
33
(91)
32
(89)
29
(84)
26
(79)
32
(89)
Average low °C (°F) 11
(52)
13
(56)
18
(64)
22
(72)
24
(76)
26
(78)
26
(79)
26
(78)
26
(78)
23
(73)
17
(63)
13
(55)
20
(68)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 13
(0.5)
10
(0.4)
15
(0.6)
43
(1.7)
120
(4.8)
520
(20.3)
620
(24.4)
560
(22.2)
240
(9.5)
99
(3.9)
10
(0.4)
2.5
(0.1)
2,260
(88.8)
Source: Weatherbase[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[4] Gangarampur had a population of 56,175. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Gangarampur has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 74%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 70%. In Gangarampur, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Historic population

1991 31,177
2001 53,533
2011 56,175

Education[edit]

Colleges[edit]

There are many colleges in the city limits:

  1. Gangarampur College[5]
  2. Gangarampur B.Ed College
  3. Gangarampur Government Polytechnic
  4. Vidyasagar Primary Teachers Training Institute
  5. Vidyasagar College of Education

Schools[edit]

There are many public and private schools in the city limits:

  1. Gangarampur High School
  2. Gangarampur Girls' High School
  3. Holy Cross Primary School
  4. Holy Cross Girls High School
  5. St. Joseph High School
  6. Kadihat Belbari High School
  7. Orient National School
  8. Chittaranjan English Medium School
  9. Kids Hall
  10. Ujjwal Kids World
  11. Rabrindra Smriti Vidyapith
  12. Indranarayanpur Colony High School
  13. Shemrock Disha Play School
  14. Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Gangarampur
  15. Promod Dasgupta Smrity Vidyapith
  16. St. Pauls School
  17. Niranjan Ghosh Smriti Vidyapith
  18. Jamir Smriti Public Mission School
  19. Kabitirtha Bangla Academy

Economy[edit]

The economy of Gangarampur is driven by agricultural farming, small business, handloom and handloom based handicrafts. Important handloom potential areas are located in Boaldaha, Korial, Belberi-I, Belberi-II and various parts in Gangarampur Municipality area. Important handloom products include cotton ordinary saree, cotton Mala saree, ladies churidar set (churidars are tightly fitting trousers worn by both men and women in South Asia), gents kurta/panjabi and Shirting Than (Length of cloth) etc. According to the annual report published by Directorate of Textiles (Govt. of West Bengal) Bordangi (located near Gangarampur College) area has 588, where as rest of Gangarampur area has 252 looms.[6]

Transportation[edit]

Gangarampur is connected to Kolkata, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Balurghat and other major places in North Bengal by both bus and train services.

Bus[edit]

The only State highway passes through Gangarampur is State Highway 10 (West Bengal). The state highway has recently been upgraded into National Highway 512 (India) by Government of India.[7] This highway connects Gangarampur with National Highway 12 (India), which is the only other National Highway in Dakshin Dinajpur. This newly upgraded 96 kilometers long National Highway is stretched from Gazole to Hilli (near Indo/Bangladesh). Both private and public night bus services to Kolkata, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar are available. Buses to Balurghat, Raiganj and Malda run frequently throughout the day. Recently the New Bus Terminal near the old one was inaugurated.

Gangarampur New Bus Terminal

Train[edit]

Gangarampur Railway Station was built earlier in 2004 and the first train ran on 30 December 2004. The station is located at the south side of the city near Gangarampur College. Few express trains like Gour Express, Balurghat-Howrah Express, Balurghat-Kolkata Express, Balurghat-Siliguri Intercity Express stops at Gangarampur Railway Station.

Gangarampur Railway Station

Neighborhoods[edit]

Gangarampur is not a biggest city but it is well maintained city. These are the neighborhoods of Gangarampur City

Health[edit]

The subdivisional hospital is located at the eastern side of the city near Kaldighi. The hospital runs with 250 beds. For improvement of overall health care services in Dakshin Dinajpur district many intervention-specific projects/programmes like improvement of infrastructural facilities in the secondary level hospitals, reducing the prevalence of Malaria, creating awareness about HIV, to look after the reproductive and child health of the below poverty line people in the municipal areas, providing free treatment/medicine to them etc. are taken under consideration.[8] Gangarampur Super Speciality Hospital is now #2 Hospital in Dakshin Dinajpur district. Balurghat superspeciality hospital has 10 floor.#1. Balurghat district hospital is just 35 km from Gangarampur

Banking Facilities[edit]

There are Many Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Co-operative Banks & Regional Rural Bank in Gangarampur. Many Banks ATM's are also Available 24 hours for cash withdrawn in the every corner of Gangarampur City.

Public Sector Banks[edit]

Private Sector Banks[edit]

Co-operative Banks[edit]

Dakshin Dinajpur District Central Cooperative Bank

Regional Rural Banks[edit]

Sports[edit]

The favourite sports in Gangarampur are cricket and football like other parts of West Bengal. As in the rest of India, cricket is popular in Gangarampur and is played on grounds and in streets throughout the city. The Football Club ground, a vast field that serves as the city's largest park, hosts several minor football and cricket games.

Gangarampur Stadium is located by the state highway (SH 10) near Kaldighi. The stadium was built in early twenty first century.

Gangarampur Stadium

Balurghat DSA is just 35 km from gangarampur

Language[edit]

Bengali is the main language of Gangarampur. The principal communities are Hindus and Muslims, constituting the major portion of the population. There are many temples, mosques and churches around the city for religious practice.

Attractions[edit]

Bangarh[edit]

Bangarh is the site of an archaeological dig, where work commenced in 1938 on uncovering remains of structures dating from the pre-Maurya Empire (326 BCE–180 BCE) to the Pala Empire (8th to 12th century).[9]

Kaldighi[edit]

Kaldighi Lake and Dhaldighi Lake, located at the east side of the city, are home to migratory birds and freshwater fish. The lakes are a tourist attraction as well as a source of revenue for local fishermen.[10]

Fishermen catching fish in Kaldighi

Dargah of Shah Ata[edit]

The building was probably constructed in the 14th century, on the site of a temple dating to the Pala Empire (8th to 12th century). The building is a brick and stone mausoleum, the burial site of Mollah Atar-Uddin or Shah Ata.[11]

Parks[edit]

There are three parks for hangout and refreshment for children and all age people.

Kalitala Children Park[edit]

Kalitala Children Park, Gangarampur

Kalitala Children Park (Bengali: কালিতলা শিশু উদ্যান) is owned by Gangarampur Municipality,[12] and is Located at National Highway 512 and Adjacent with Punarbhaba River in Gangarampur city. It's about 1 kilometer from Gangarampur Bus Stand and 2 kilometer from Gangarampur railway station. The view of Kalitala Children Park from over the Punarbhaba Bridge is beautiful. The Park situated in almost middle of the city.

Movie Theater[edit]

There are two Movie Theater for watching Bengali and Hindi movies.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Gangarampur, India". www.fallingrain.com.
  2. ^ "Flood Management, Gangarampur". Dakshin Dinajpur district.
  3. ^ http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=596066&cityname=Balurghat-West-Bengal-India Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Official Web Site of Department of Municipal Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal". www.wbdma.gov.in.
  5. ^ "Gangarampur College, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India Reviews". college.globalshiksha.com.
  6. ^ "Directorate of Textiles, Handlooms, Spinning Mills, Silk Weaving & Handloom Based Handicrafts Division". www.westbengalhandloom.org.
  7. ^ "State wise Length of National Highways in India - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India". morth.nic.in. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Health Centres". www.ddinajpur.nic.in.
  9. ^ "Eight eras of Indian history unearthed in Bangarh". The Telegraph. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ "DM's DESK". www.ddinajpur.nic.in.
  11. ^ "History of Dargah of Shah Ata". ASI, Kolkata Circle.
  12. ^ "Kalitala Children Park". Cybo. Retrieved 16 August 2017.