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Bhedarganj Upazila (shariatpur district)  area 313.39 sq km, located in between 23°08´ and 23°24´ north latitudes and in between 90°23´ and 90°36´ east longitudes. It is bounded by munshiganj sadar, naria and matlab uttar upazilas on the north, damudya and gosairhat upazilas on the south, chandpur sadar upazila and Meghna river on the east, Naria and shariatpur sadar upazilas on the west.

Population  Total 237769; male 119589, female 118180; Muslim 231435, Hindu 6276, Buddhist 10 and others 48.

Water bodies  Main rivers: padma and meghna; Banglabazar canal is notable. 

Administration  Bhedarganj Thana was turned into an upazila in 1983 and Bhedarganj Municipality was formed in 1997. 

 

Upazila

Municipality

Union

Mouza

Village

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

Urban

Rural

Urban

Rural

1

13

87

371

7821

229948

758

68.5

39.4

Municipality

Area
(sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

2.15

9

12

6899

3209

68.69

Upazila Town

Area
(sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

0.60

1

922

1537

66.99

Union

Name of union and GO code

Area (acre)

Population

Literacy rate (%)

Male

Female

Arshi Nagar 12

5164

8374

8017

39.30

Kachikata 51

14484

13521

12581

26.31

Char Kumaria 17

7932

7304

7200

44.23

Char Census 28

5038

8561

8270

25.73

Char Bhaga 15

4152

11777

10606

38.57

Chhaygaon 25

3973

6849

7112

54.98

Tarabunia 94

14271

10543

10808

22.70

Dhakhin Tarabunia 32

2785

8269

7537

22.40

Digar Mahishkhali 43

5768

10057

10237

44.69

Narayanpur 69

1631

3835

3991

56.17

Mahisar 60

3240

7291

7848

57.62

Rambhadrapur 77

3690

7676

8316

55.46

Sakhipur 86

5682

11768

12222

42.50

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

 

Archaeological heritage and relics  Ashram of Digambari Ma at Mahisar.

History of the War of Liberation  During the war of liberation in 1971 the Pak army in collaboration with their local agents conducted mass killing and destruction in the upazila. Many freedom fighters were killed in two skirmishes and in one direct battle with the Pak army.

 

 

Marks of the War of Liberation  Mass grave 1 (Mahisar); memorial monument 1 (Bhedarganj Sadar).

Religious institutions  Mosque 450, temple 15, ashrama 1. Noted religious institutions: Kartikpur Zarina Trust Jami Mosque, Upazila Jami Mosque.  

Literacy rate and educational institutions  Average literacy 40.4%; male 42.6%, female 38.2%. Educational institutions: college 4, primary training institute 1, secondary school 25, primary school 106, community school 23, kindergarten 15, madrasa 9. Noted educational institutions: MA Degree College, Haji Shariatullah Degree College, Bhedarganj Head Quarter Pilot High School.

Cultural organisations  Club 10, library 2, community centre 2, musical academy 1, Shilpakala Academy 1, cinema hall 1, auditorium 1, theatre group 1, playground 10.

Main sources of income  Agriculture 67.98%, non-agricultural labourer 2.24%, industry 0.59%, commerce 11.64%, transport and communication 1.89%, service 5.61%, construction 1.04%, religious service 0.24%, rent and remittance 1.57% and others 7.20%.

Ownership of agricultural land  Landowner 66.83%, landless 33.17%; agricultural landowner: urban 47.27% and rural 67.50%.

Main crops  Paddy, jute, mustard, wheat, sugarcane, onion, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops  Sesame, linseed, barley.

Main fruits  Mango, black berry, jackfruit, plum.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries  Fishery 25, dairy 45, poultry 58. 

Communication facilities  Roads: pucca 128 km, mud road 271 km; waterways 2 nautical miles; culverts 9, bridges 8.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport  Palanquin.

Noted manufactories  Rice mill, flour mill, ice factory, saw mill.

Cottage industries  Blacksmith, potteries.

Hats, bazars and fairs  Hats and bazars are 27, fair 1. Bhedarganj Bazar, Sener Bazar and Mahisar Mela are notable.

Main exports  Jute.

Access to electricity  All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 6.86% dwellings have access to electricity. 

Sources of drinking water  Tube-well 92.14%, pond 2.30%, tap 0.23% and others 5.33%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in the shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation  26.48% (rural 24.49% and urban 85.05%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 61.89% (rural 63.59% and urban 12.05%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 11.62% of households do not have latrine facilities. 

Health centres  Upazila health complex 1, union health and family planning centre 10, clinic 20, diagnostic centre 1, veterinary hospital 1.

NGO activities  asa, brac, CARE.  [Billal Hossain]

References  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Bhedarganj Upazila 2007. 

 

 

 

 

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