Patuakhali District

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Patuakhali
পটুয়াখালী
District
Location of Patuakhali in Bangladesh
Location of Patuakhali in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 22°21′15″N 90°19′05″E / 22.3542°N 90.3181°E / 22.3542; 90.3181Coordinates: 22°21′15″N 90°19′05″E / 22.3542°N 90.3181°E / 22.3542; 90.3181
Country  Bangladesh
Division Barisal Division
Patuakhali 1969
Area
 • Total 3,220.15 km2 (1,243.31 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 1,535,854
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 8600
Website www.patuakhali.gov.bd

Patuakhali (Bengali: পটুয়াখালী) is a district in South-central Bangladesh. It is a part of the Barisal Division.

This is the main entrance for the beach of Kuakata. Famous for watching both the sunrise and sunset, it is called "সাগরকন্যা" meaning The Daughter of Sea. জমিদার বাড়ী

Geography[edit]

It is adjacent to the Bay of Bengal. The area of the district is 3220.15 km2.[1]

Patuakhali city is surrounded on three sides by rivers. The two major rivers are Laukathi and Lohalia, which are directly connected with the Bay of Bengal. The city has an inland airport used for transport and private travel across the country.

A number of different tribal peoples live in the district.

Subdistrict[edit]

There are 8 upazilas in this district. They are:

  1. Bauphal Upazila
  2. Galachipa Upazila
  3. Dashmina Upazila
  4. Kalapara Upazila
  5. Mirzaganj Upazila
  6. Patuakhali Sadar Upazila
  7. Dumki Upazila
  8. Rangabali Upazila

Administration[edit]

  • Deputy Commissioner (DC): A.K.M Shamimul Haq Siddique [1]
  • Superintendent of Police (SP): Mr. Moshfiqur Rahman.[2]
  • Administrator of Zila Porishod: Mr. Khan Mosharraf Hossain [3]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is the profession of the most of the people. Fishing is also a prominent profession of this district. Thousands of boats go into the deep sea to fish and come back with tons of fish. Paddy, jute, and different types of vegetables are the main product of agriculture sector.[citation needed] Main sources of income Agriculture 57.05%, non-agricultural labourer 5.37%, industry 1.03%, commerce 13.79%, transport and communication 2.04%, service 9.22%, construction 2.13%, religious service 0.26%, rent and remittance 0.40% and others 8.71%.

Crops[edit]

Main Crops of Patuakhali district areas as follows:[2]

Fruits[edit]

The fruit trees indigenous to Patuakhali district areas as follows:[3]

Education[edit]

The literacy rate of Patuakhali is 54.1%; male 56.2% and female 52.0% (District Statistics, 2011). Educational institutions: university 1, medical College 1, college 65, primary teachers training institute (PTI) 1, polytechnic institute 1, vocational institute 1, technical school 5, secondary school 324, primary school 1143, satellite school 14, community school 9, kindergarten 36, madrasa 506. (District Statistics, 2011)[4]

Universities
Medical College
Colleges
Schools
Polytechnic Institute

Religion[edit]

The district of Patuakhali consists 3892 mosques, 187 temples, three Buddhist temples and two churches.[citation needed] Muslims 93.02%, Hindu 6.87%, Buddhist 0.09%, Christian 0.02% (District Statistics, 2011).[5]

Patuakhali city[edit]

The city of Patuakhali is situated beside two local rivers: Laukathi River and Lohalia River. During high tides some of the regions of Patuakhali get flooded. The Bay of Bengal is not far from the region.

At the entrance of the city there is a bridge that connects Barisal (the divisional city) with Patuakhali and Kuakata beach.

As Patuakhali is a coastal area, it is affected almost every year by natural disasters like cyclones, floods and tornadoes. To help the disaster-affected people, many NGO's are active in the area. They play a vital role in developing the life style of poor people.

Bura Ghuranga river view from the bank of Bura Ghuranga river in beside the Gazi Bhari, East Auliapur, Ronghopaldi, Arojbegi, Dhasmina.

Port of Payra[edit]

Port of Payra is planned to become the third sea port of Bangladesh (after Chittagong and Mongla). The Indian Minister of Shipping Mr. Nitin Gadkari announced in April 2016 that a proposal and detailed report for a port at Payra in Bangladesh have been completed. India and Bangladesh will set up a high-level committee to work out details, including investment details. However this is still in the speculative stage. While initially Indian involvement in the development of this port was still not clear,[6] India is interested in this port to counter China's influence in the Bay of Bengal.[7]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerin, Iffat (2012). "Patuakhali District". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ http://203.112.218.65:8008/WebTestApplication/userfiles/Image/District%20Statistics/Patuakhali.pdf
  3. ^ Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, pp. 16–16
  4. ^ http://203.112.218.65:8008/WebTestApplication/userfiles/Image/District%20Statistics/Patuakhali.pdf
  5. ^ http://203.112.218.65:8008/WebTestApplication/userfiles/Image/District%20Statistics/Patuakhali.pdf
  6. ^ "India keen to set up a port in Bangladesh: Nitin Gadkari". The Economic Times. Mumbai. 11 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Hassan, Zia (17 June 2016). "Deep politics of deep sea ports". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 

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