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Siliguri
Metropolitan city
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Old view of Siliguri,
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City Centre
,Cosmos Mall
Siliguri is located in West Bengal
Siliguri
Siliguri
Siliguri is located in India
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Location of Siliguri in West Bengal
Coordinates: 26°43′N 88°26′E / 26.71°N 88.43°E / 26.71; 88.43Coordinates: 26°43′N 88°26′E / 26.71°N 88.43°E / 26.71; 88.43
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Darjeeling (62%), Jalpaiguri (38%)
Government
 • Type Municipal Corporation
 • Body Siliguri Municipal Corporation
 • Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya(CPI(M))
 • ADM / SDO Rajanvir Singh Kapur (IAS)
Area
 • Metropolitan city 260 km2 (100 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,327.12 km2 (898.51 sq mi)
Area rank 2nd in West Bengal, 1st in Northeast India
Highest elevation 140 m (460 ft)
Lowest elevation 114 m (374 ft)
Population (2011 census)[1]
 • Metropolitan city 705,579
 • Rank 3rd in West Bengal, 2nd in Northeast India
 • Density 2,700/km2 (7,000/sq mi)
 • Metro[2] 1,057,438
Languages
 • Official Bengali, Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 734 001-734 015 (city limits), 734 401-734 436, 735 133-735 135(suburbs)
Telephone code 0353, 0354, 03561
Vehicle registration WB 71/72/73/74/76/772
Lok Sabha constituency Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri
Vidhan Sabha constituency Siliguri, Dabgram-Phulbari, Matigara-Naxalbari
Website www.siligurismc.com www.darjeeling.gov.in www.siliguri.gov.inwww.jalpaiguri.gov.in

1The coordinates given here are in metric system and based upon the Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Map Center 2005

2 The Vehicle Code given here based upon the Siliguri Sub Divisional Court, Darjeeling District Court and Jalpaiguri District Court documentations.

Siliguri (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is located on the banks of the Mahananda River and the foothills of the Himalayas.

Demographics

Based on Census data of 2011, the city had a population of 705,579, while the population of Siliguri UA/Metropolitan is 1,057,438.[1][2] Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. In Siliguri, 10% of the population is under six years of age.

Due to the city's booming economy, it has drawn people from Bihar, Jharkhand, North Bengal, North-East, Sikkim and other parts of India in search of livelihood. Siliguri also has a large population of Tibetans and a notable number of Bhutanese permanently settled in the city[3]

It is the 3rd largest city in West Bengal after Kolkata and Howrah and also the 2nd largest city in North East India after Guwahati.

History

Siliguri, the gateway of North East India,[4] got municipal status in 1949 and grew into Municipal Corporation in 1994. It is one of the most rapidly developing and growing metropolis of the state and also of the country. It is situated in both Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri district.

Siliguri also known for its '4T': Tea, Timber, Tourism and Transport.[4]

Transport

Rail

There are three railway stations serving the town, New Jalpaiguri railway station, Siliguri Junction railway station and Siliguri Town railway station.[4]

The New Jalpaiguri railway station, also known as NJP, was opened in 1964 as a greenfield project. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train is the main attraction of this station.

Air

Bagdogra International Airport is the airport of Siliguri city.[4]

Education

Education forms an important part of the city, with a University named University of North Bengal, shortened as NBU, which was established in 1962.

A few of the other schools and colleges in Siliguri, alphabetically, are: Gyan Jyoti College, Inspiria knowledge campus, Isabella School, Siliguri, Nepali Kalyan High School, North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri Boys High School, Siliguri College, Siliguri College of Commerce, Siliguri Institute of Technology, Siliguri Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Surendra Institute of Engineering & Management & Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya

Climate

Climate data for Silguri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20
(68)
22
(72)
25
(77)
30
(86)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
28
(82)
26
(79)
24
(75)
21
(70)
26.8
(80.4)
Average low °C (°F) 2
(36)
8
(46)
13
(55)
20
(68)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
25
(77)
23
(73)
16
(61)
8
(46)
4
(39)
16.2
(61)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 8
(0.31)
18
(0.71)
33
(1.3)
94
(3.7)
300
(11.81)
658
(25.91)
818
(32.2)
643
(25.31)
538
(21.18)
142
(5.59)
13
(0.51)
5
(0.2)
3,266
(128.58)
Source: Siliguri Weather

References

  1. ^ a b "Siliguri City Population Census 2011 - West Bengal". census2011.co.in. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Siliguri Metropolitan Urban Region Population 2011 Census". census2011.co.in. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bangla immigrants to be pushed back". The Times Of India. 5 November 2001. 
  4. ^ a b c d http://www.siliguri.gov.in/about.html

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