Sitakunda

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Sitakunda or Sitakunda Town, (Bengali: সীতাকুন্ড শহর) is an administrative center and the sole municipality (Pourashabha) of Sitakunda Upazila.

Administration[edit]

The 28.63 km²[1] Sitakunda Town has 9 wards divided into 22 mahallas, and a population of 36,650 distributed to 6,914 units of households (average household size 5.3), including 18,662 men and 17,988 women (Male:Female ratio 104:100).[2][3] The most notable mahallas of the town are Yakubnagar, Nunachara, Mohadebpur, Sobanbagh, Bhuiyan Para, Chowdhury Para (also known as Premtala), Moulvi Para, Amirabad, Edilpur and Shibpur.[4] Shafiul Alam is the mayor of the town, gaining a landslide win over his nearest contender M Abul Kalam Azad in the 2008 mayoral election.[5] Sitakunda is famous for the Chandranath Temple and Buddhist temple.[6] There is a hot water spring at a distance of 5 km to the north of Sitakunda (Chittagong district).[7]

History[edit]

To reduce the population pressure on Chittagong, Sitakunda has been developed as a satellite town of the city, as well as a zone selected for industrial development along with Bhatiari.[8] The municipality is growing fast as an urban center, especially in and around Sitakunda and Mahadebpur mouzas where the Office of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer and other major Government offices, boys' high school and college are located, but public services and facilities like electricity, drinking water, drainage and garbage disposal are still under-provided.[9]

Geography[edit]

The town, situated on an unbroken flat land of alluvial deposits that lies below the level of high tide, is free from tidal effects and flash floods of the area due to an embankment.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area, Population and Literacy Rate by Paurashava- 2001" (PDF). Population Census Wing, BBS. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Household and Population of Statistical Metropolitan Areas in Bangladesh - 2001" (PDF). Population Census Wing, BBS. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ Chowdhury, Shimul Kumar (2012). "Sitakunda Upazila". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  4. ^ "Sitakunda Upazila: Census Results at a Glance - 2001 (Community Series)" (PDF). Population Census Wing, BBS. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  5. ^ News Desk, "AL beats BNP in 8 of 9", The Independent (Dhaka), 2008-08-06. Retrieved on 2009-01-28
  6. ^ Prem Ranjan Dev, "Of Shiva Chaturdashi and Sitakunda", The Daily Star (Dhaka), 2007-02-07. Retrieved on 2009-02-02
  7. ^ Mohammed Abdul Baten & Rashedul Tusher, "Time to move to green energy", The Daily Star (Dhaka), 2007-02-07. Retrieved on 2009-02-02
  8. ^ Urban mass transportation for Chittagong - I, Imon Chowdhooree and Kanu Kumar Das, The Daily Star, Urban Page, 2005-04-08; retrieved: 2007-09-18
  9. ^ a b Land Use Plan of Sitakunda Paurashava; Urban Development Directorate, Government of Bangladesh, 2006; Retrieved: 2007-08-28

Coordinates: 22°37′N 91°39′E / 22.617°N 91.650°E / 22.617; 91.650