Fulbari Upazila

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Phulbari

ফুলবাড়ী
Phulbari is located in Bangladesh
Phulbari
Phulbari
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 25°31′N 88°53′E / 25.517°N 88.883°E / 25.517; 88.883Coordinates: 25°31′N 88°53′E / 25.517°N 88.883°E / 25.517; 88.883
Country Bangladesh
DivisionRangpur Division
DistrictDinajpur District
Area
 • Total229.55 km2 (88.63 sq mi)
Population
 (1991)
 • Total129,435
 • Density560/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
WebsiteOfficial Map of Phulbari

Phulbari (Bengali: ফুলবাড়ী) is an Upazila of Dinajpur District in the Division of Rangpur Division, Bangladesh.[1]

Geography[edit]

Phulbari is located at 25°31′00″N 88°53′00″E / 25.5167°N 88.8833°E / 25.5167; 88.8833 . It has 24816 households and total area 229.55 km².

Fulbari Upazila is bounded by Parbatiput and Chirirbandar Upazilas on the north, Nawabganj and Birampur Upazilas on the east, Birampur Upazila on the south and Kumarganj CD Block on the west.[2][3][4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 1991 Bangladesh census, Phulbari has a population of 129,435. Males constitute 51.51% of the population, and females 48.49%. This Upazila's population over age of eighteen is 67,837. Phulbari has an average literacy rate of 31.7% (7+ years); the national average is 32.4% literate.[5] Phulbari Upazila (dinajpur district) with an area of 229.55 km2, is bounded by Parbatipur and Chirirbandar upazilas on the north, Birampur upazila on the south, Nawabganj (Dinajpur) and Birampur upazilas on the east, West Bengal of India on the west. Little Jamuna is the main river.

Phulbari (Town) consists of 9 wards and 11 mahallas. The area of the town is 16.03 km2; population 28557; male 51.05%, female 48.95%. The density of population is 1781 per km2. The literacy rate among the town people is 55.1%.

Economy[edit]

Phulbari is an important business centre. Its importance grew significantly with the development of the Barapukuria coal mine and the Madhyapara hardrock mine, both located within a few kilometres from the town.

The government was working in 2006 with Asia Energy (now Global Coal Resources PLc - GCR) on a plan to develop an open-pit mine in Phulbari, Dinajpur. Opponents have protested the plans because of adverse environmental and social effects. An estimated 120,000 people may be displaced, including indigenous groups. Protesters have said such a mine would endanger an important food-producing region, as well as the quality of the water supply depended on by tens of thousands of people. There were major protests in Bangladesh in 2006, and the government closed the mine. As talks began again on the project, protesters conducted a week-long march from Phulbari to Dhaka in October 2010. In December 2010, an alliance of groups protested in London at a meeting of GCR company officials and stockholders.[6]

Administration[edit]

Phulbari has 10 unions/wards, 182 mauzas/mahallas, and 2000 villages.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Md. Rezaul Karim (2012), "Phulbari Upazila (Dinajpur District)", in Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.), Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
  2. ^ "Phulbari Upazila (Dinajpur District)". Banglapedia. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ "District Census Handbook 2011 Dakshin Dinajpur" (PDF). Map of Dakshin Dinajpur showing CD Blocks on the fourth page. Directorate of Census Operations. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  4. ^ "District Human Development Report". Uttar Dinajpur. Page 14: Map showing locational setting of Uttar Dinajpur district (includes Dakshin Dinajpur district). Department of Planning, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Population Census Wing, BBS". Archived from the original on 2005-03-27. Retrieved November 10, 2006.
  6. ^ "Massive protest in London" Archived 2013-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, BanglaNews24, 10 December 2010, accessed 25 March 2013