Kanksa (community development block)

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Community development block
সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
Kanksa is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Coordinates: 23°28′16″N 87°27′16″E / 23.47111°N 87.45444°E / 23.47111; 87.45444
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Paschim Bardhaman
Parliamentary constituency Bardhaman-Durgapur
Assembly constituency Galsi, Durgapur Purba
 • Total 107.89 sq mi (279.44 km2)
Elevation 230 ft (70 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 178,125
 • Density 1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
PIN 713148 (Panagarh Bazar)
713172 (Trilokchandpur)
Telephone/STD code 0343
Vehicle registration WB-37,WB-38,WB-41,WB-42,WB-44
Literacy Rate 76.34 per cent
Website http://bardhaman.gov.in/

Kanksa is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Durgapur subdivision of Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Kanksa is located at 23°28′16″N 87°27′16″E / 23.471199°N 87.454495°E / 23.471199; 87.454495.

Kanksa CD Block is part of the Kanksa Ketugram plain, which lies along the Ajay. The river forms a boundary with Birbhum district on the north for a long stretch and then flows through district.[1]The uneven laterite territory found in the western part of Bardhaman district extends up to Ausgram and then the alluvial flood plains commence.[2] The entire Durgapur-Kanksa-Faridpur-Ausgram area was densely forested even in more recent times. The influx of refugees from East Pakistan and their rehabilitation in the area, and irrigation facilities extended by Damodar Valley Corporation led to destruction of much of the forests in the area, but some still remain.[3]

Kanksa CD Block is bounded by Ilambazar CD Block, in Birbhum district, on the north, Ausgram II and Galsi II CD Blocks on the east, Barjora and Sonamukhi CD Blocks, in Bankura district, on the south and Faridpur Durgapur CD Block on the west.[4][5]

It is located 54 km from Bardhaman, the district headquarters.[4]

Kanksa CD Block has an area of 279.44 km2. It has 1 panchayat samity, 7 gram panchayats, 132 gram sansads (village councils), 86 mouzas and 77 inhabited villages. Kanksa police station serves this block.[6]Headquarters of this CD Block is at Kanksa.[7]

Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1981 and covering an area of 0.14 km2 forms a part of Kanksa block.[8]

Gram panchayats of Kanksa block/panchayat samiti are: Amalajore, Bidbihar, Bonkati, Gopalpur, Kanksa, Molandighi and Trilokchandrapur.[9]



As per the 2011 Census of India Kanksa CD Block had a total population of 178,125, of which 103,594 were rural and 74,531 were urban. There were 91,350 (51%) males and 86,775 (49%) females. Population below 6 years was 20,210. Scheduled Castes numbered 62,239 (34.99%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 18,239 (10.24%).[10]

As per 2001 census, Kanksa block had a total population of 151,255, out of which 78,669 were males and 72,586 were females. Kanksa block registered a population growth of 17.71 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Bardhaman district was 14.36 per cent.[11]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[12]Scheduled castes at 59,956 formed around one-third the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 15,290.[13]

Census Towns in Kanksa CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Arra (7,808), Gopalpur (15,967), Bamunara (6,665), Amlajora (5,856), Kanksa (23,789), Debipur (9,967) and Prayagpur (4,479).[10]

Large villages (with 4,000+ population) in Kanksa CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Basudha (5,166), Ijjatganj (4,085) and Panagarh (5,510),[10]

Other villages in Kanksa CD Block included (2011census figures in brackets): Bidbihar (206), Bankati (1,255), Malandighi (2,590), Banskopa (2,711) and Tilakchandrapur (1,970),[10]


As per the 2011 census the total number of literates in Kanksa CD Block was 120,545 (76.34% of the population over 6 years) out of which males numbered 67,797 (82.05% of the male population over 6 years) and females numbered 52,748 (68.62% of the female population over 6 years). The gender disparity (the difference between female and male literacy rates) was 15.03%.[10]

As per 2001 census, Kanksa block had a total literacy of 68.05 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 78.24 per cent female literacy was 56.96 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.[14]

See also – List of West Bengal districts ranked by literacy rate

Languages and religion[edit]

Bengali is the local language in these areas.[4]

In 2001 Bengali was the mother-tongue of 79.9% of the population of Bardhaman district, Hindi was the mother-tongue of 10.9%, Santali 4.9%, Urdu 2.8%, Bhojpuri 0.1% and Oraon 0.1%. There were other languages spoken by small percentages. However, as of 2017, CD Block-wise/ other region-wise break-up of mother tongue is not available in census/ other official sources.[15]

Religion in Kanksa CD Block

In the 2011 census Hindus numbered 163,186 and formed 91.61% of the population in Kanksa CD Block. Muslims numbered 12,157 and formed 6.82% of the population. Christians numbered 386 and formed 0.22% of the population. Others numbered 2,396 and formed 1.35% of the population.[16]

Rural poverty[edit]

As per poverty estimates obtained from household survey for families living below poverty line in 2005, rural poverty in Kanksa CD Block was 34.23%.[17]



In Kanksa CD Block in 2011, amongst the class of total workers, cultivators formed 9.08%, agricultural labourers 30.20%, household industry workers 3.46% and other workers 57.27%.[18]

In Kanksa CD Block, although cultivators or agricultural labourers formed a good portion of the workforce, comparatively more workers were engaged in the secondary and tertiary sectors.[19]


All 86 or 100% of mouzas in Kanksa CD Block were electrified by 31 March 2014.[18]

All 86 mouzas in Kanksa CD Block had drinking water facilities in 2013-14. There were 52 fertiliser depots, 4 seed stores and 36 fair price shops in the CD Block.[18]


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Persons engaged in agriculture
in Kanksa CD Block

  Bargadars (12.96%)
  Patta holders (23.03%)
  Small farmers (3.31%)
  Marginal farmers (11.59%)
  Agricultural labourers (49.11%)

Although the Bargadari Act of 1950 recognised the rights of bargadars to a higher share of crops from the land that they tilled, it was not implemented fully. Large tracts, beyond the prescribed limit of land ceiling, remained with the rich landlords. From 1977 onwards major land reforms took place in West Bengal. Land in excess of land ceiling was acquired and distributed amongst the peasants.[20]Following land reforms land ownership pattern has undergone transformation. In 2013-14, persons engaged in agriculture in Kanksa CD Block could be classified as follows: bargadars 12.96%, patta (document) holders 20.03%, small farmers (possessing land between 1 and 2 hectares) 3.31%, marginal farmers (possessing land up to 1 hectare) 11.59% and agricultural labourers 49.11%.[18]

In 2003-04 net cropped area in Kanksa CD Block was 11,613 hectares and the area in which more than one crop was grown was 5,268 hectares.[21]

In 2013-14, Kanksa CD Block produced 30,815 tonnes of Aman paddy, the main winter crop from 10,211 hectares, 862 tonnes of Boro paddy (spring crop) from 237 hectares, 380 tonnes of wheat from 120 hectares, 10,825 tonnes of potatoes from 413 hectares and 120 tonnes of sugarcane from 2 hectares. It also produced pulses and oilseeds.[18]

In 2013-14, the total area irrigated in Kanksa CD Block was 1,473.03 hectares, out of which 1,007.58 hectares were irrigated by canal water, 438.17 hectares by river lift irrigation and 27.28 hectares by deep tube wells.[18]


In 2013-14, Kanksa CD Block had offices of 9 commercial banks and 3 gramin banks.[18]


Kanksa CD Block has 7 originating/ terminating bus routes.[18]

Bardhaman–Asansol section
to Asansol–Gaya section, Main Line
to Asansol–Tatanagar–Kharagpur line
106 Asansol Junction
Burnpur Airport / Grand Trunk Road
freight bypass to Damodar Station
101 Kalipahari / Asansol Airfield
Nunia River
88 Raniganj
Damodar River
Mejia Thermal Power Station
83 Baktarnagar Halt
to Andal–Sitarampur branch line
to Andal–Sainthia branch line
80 Andal / Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport
Andal Marshalling Yard
74 Pinjrapol Halt
72 Waria
Durgapur Steel Plant
Alloy Steels Plant
Raturia Angadpur industrial area
Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL)
64 Durgapur
Jai Balaji Industries
Indian Oil Corporation depot
56 Rajbandh
48 Panagarh / Panagarh Airport
NH 2 / Grand Trunk Road
38 Mankar
29 Paraj
23 Galsi
20 Ishan Chandi Halt
to Sahibganj Loop
13 Khana
8 Talit
to Burdwan Katwa Railway
0 Barddhaman Junction
Main line, Chord

Sources: [22][23]

The Bardhaman-Asansol section, which is a part of Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line, Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line and Howrah-Delhi main line, passes through this CD Block and there is a station at Panagarh.[24]

NH 19 (old numbering NH 2)/ Grand Trunk Road passes through this CD Block.[25]

State Highway 14 (West Bengal), running from Dubrajpur (in Birbhum district) to Betai (in Nadia district), of which a section of Panagarh-Morgram Highway is a part, passes through this CD Block.[26]


In 2013-14, Kanksa CD Block had 107 primary schools with 8,035 students, 8 middle schools with 631 students, 11 high school with 6,265 students and 10 higher secondary schools with 9.870 students. Kanksa CD Block had 8 technical/ professional institutions with 3,613 students, 403 institutions for special and non-formal education with 10,656 students[18]

Aryabhatta Institute of Engineering & Management was established at Panagarh in 2003. It is affiliated with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology.[27]

Durgapur Institute of Advanced Technology and Management was established at Rajbandh in 2002. It is affiliated with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology.[28]

Durgapur College of Commerce and Science was established in 2003 at Rajbandh.[29]

Ayan Arnab Sikshan Sanstha at Ajodhya, Bonkati, Panagarh offers BEd courses, was established in 2014.[30]


In 2014, Kanksa CD Block had 1 block primary health centre, 4 primary health centres and 3 private nursing homes with total 39 beds and 4 doctors (excluding private bodies). It had 26 family welfare subcentres. 2,644 patients were treated indoor and 186,363 patients were treated outdoor in the hospitals, health centres and subcentres of the CD Block.[18]

Kanksa CD Block has a block primary health centre at Panagarh and primary health centres at Molandighi, Shyambazar, Shibpur and Silampur.[31][32]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


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  27. ^ "Aryabhatta Instiute of Engineering & Management Durgapur". AIEM. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  28. ^ "Durgapur Institute of Advanced Technology and Management". DIATM. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  29. ^ "Durgapur College of Commerce and Science". College Admission. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
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  32. ^ "2011 District Census Handbook Bardhaman Part XII A" (PDF). Kanksa Block Map on page 280. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 6 March 2017.