Balurghat

Balurghat (pron:ˌbʌlʊəˈgɑ:t) is a town & the headquarters (sadar) of the Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal in India. Balurghat has for long been known for its distinguished taste in culture, especially theatre. It is the birthplace of Natyacharya Manmatha Ray.The city is well-known for it's cleanliness and culture.

Balurghat
Balurghat is located in West Bengal
Balurghat
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.76°ECoordinates: 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.76°E
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictDakshin Dinajpur / South Dinajpur
Government
 • ChairmanRajen Shil (AITC)
 • DMSharad Kumar Dwivedi
 • MPArpita Ghosh (AITC)
 • MLABiswanath Chowdhury Revolutionary Socialist Party (India)
 • SPPrasun Banerjee
Elevation
24 m (79 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total2,10,000
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Languages
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
733101
Telephone code03522
Vehicle registrationWB-61/WB-62
Lok Sabha constituencyBalurghat
Vidhan Sabha constituencyBalurghat
Websitehttp://wb.gov.in/

Geography

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Cities and towns in the Dakshin Dinajpur district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre, H: historical site
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

Location

Balurghat is at 25°13′N 88°46′E / 25.22°N 88.77°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 25 metres (82 feet). It covers 10.99sq.km area as the town.

River Atreyee runs across the city, dividing it into disproportionate halves. The heart of the city with all important administrative, cultural and entertainment hubs are on the eastern bank of the river.

In the map alongside, all places marked on the map are linked in the full screen version.

Police stations

Balurghat police station under West Bengal police has jurisdiction over Balurghat municipal area and Balurghat CD Block.[2][3]

Balurghat Women police station has jurisdiction over Balurghat subdivision.[3]

Subdivision and CD block HQ

Balurghat subdivision has its headquarters at Balurghat.[2]

The headquarters of Balurghat CD block is at Balurghat.[4] [5]

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Balurghat urban agglomeration had a population of 164,593, out of which 82,466 were males and 82,127 were females. The 0–6 years population was 10,349. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 91.66 per cent.[6] The town as well as the municipality is of 10.99 sq.km area.

As of 2001 India census,[7] Balurghat had a population of 135,516. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Balurghat has an average literacy rate of 88.8%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 92.5% of the males and 85.7% of females literate. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Economics

Balurghat is a distribution centre in northern West Bengal. The main goods traded include rice, jute, sugar cane, and oilseeds.[8]

Offices

District level offices of Dakshin Dinajpur district (like District Magistrate office, District police office (sp), CMOH, etc.) are in Balurghat. The postal division West Dinajpur division is at Balurghat. FCi headquarters of West Dinajpur is at Balurghat. Sainik Bhawan, All India Radio, Bsnl microwave office, Agricultural research station of three neighbouring districts are in Balurghat. Three Cpwd divisions are in Balurghat. Headquarters of every divisions of pwd of Dakshin Dinajpur are situated at Balurghat. Di (primary), DI (Madhyamik) of schools office, District Mass Education Office (Erst While District Social Education) are in Balurghat. Recently Balurghat got a central jail, RM office of WBSEDCL, and divisional office of fire and emergency department.

Transport

Balurghat Railway Station is the terminus station of the Eklakhi–Balurghat branch line[9]

Trains connecting Balurghat to Kolkata directly include Gour Express, Tebhaga Express and Howrah-Balurghat Bi-weekly Express. Train services also connect Balurghat to Siliguri in the north through Balurghat-Siliguri Intercity Express and Balurghat-Siliguri DEMU. Balurghat also connected to Malda through Balurghat-Malda Local DEMU.

Indian National Highway 512 passes through Balurghat (from Gazole To Hili).

State Highway 10 passes through Balurghat.[10]

Balurghat Airport is situated at the entrance of the town, at Mahinagar. A Kolkata-Malda-Balurghat-Coochbehar flight service has been planned for this airport.
Previously, there was a Kolkata-Malda-Balurghat helicopter service for some years.

Education

Balurghat College was established as an Intermediate college in 1948 at Balurghat. Degree courses were added from 1953 onwards. It is affiliated with the University of Gour Banga and offers honours courses in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, history, political science, philosophy, geography, economics, accountancy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology and computer science. It also offers general courses in arts, science and commerce, and post-graduate courses in Bengali, English and history.[11][12]

Balurghat Mahila Mahavidyalaya was established in 1970 at Balurghat. Affiliated with the University of Gour Banga, it offers honours courses in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, history, geography, philosophy, political science, education, mass communication & journalism, botany and zoology, and general courses in arts and bio-science.[13][14]

Balurghat Law College was established in 2001 at Balurghat. It is affiliated with the University of Gour Banga and approved by the Bar Council of India. It offers a 5-year integrated course leading to the B.A. Ll.B. (Hons) degree.[15][16]

The privately-managed 'Balurghat College for Dental and Medical Sciences' is under construction.

Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya (Majhian Campus) is situated near Balurghat town, at Manipur.

Schools: There is a total of 15 state-government-supported higher-secondary schools in the town.

Festivals

Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Chhath Puja, Saraswati Puja, Biswakarma Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi and Saraswati puja are widely celebrated at Balurghat. Bolla Kali Puja is celebrated at Bolla, approximately 15 kilometres from Balurghat, in end-November each year.

Healthcare

Balurghat General Hospital (District Hospital) has 600 beds, Balurghat Police Hospital has 50 beds and Balurghat Poura Hospital and Matri Sadan has 32 beds.[17]

BALURGHAT SUPER SPECIALITY HOSPITAL.

BALURGHAT COLLEGE FOR DENTAL AND MEDICAL SCIENCES is under construction.

MATRISADAN, Balurghat is a pathological laboratory with multifacilities and special care for female patients.

SONOSCAN HEALTHCARE is multi-specialty pathological lab situated in BALURGHAT.

BALURGHAT NURSING HOME.

MAJUMDAR NURSING HOME.

DISHARI HEALTHPOINT.

APOLLO DIAGNOSTICS.

LIFELINE HEALTH SERVICE & S.C.BOSE DIAGNOSTICS.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Balurghat, India".
  2. ^ a b "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Dakshin Dinajpur". Table 2.1. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Dakshin Dinajpur District Police". Know your PS. District Police. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  4. ^ "District Census Handbook: Dakshin Dinajpur, Series 20 Part XII A" (PDF). Map of Dakshin Dinajpur with CD Block HQs and Police Stations (on the fourth page). Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal, 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ "BDO Offices under Dakshin Dinajpur District". Department of Mass Education Extension & Library Services, Government of West Bengal. West Bengal Public Library Network. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  8. ^ Balurghat, from Encyclopædia Britannica.
  9. ^ "55721x->55421 Malda Town-Balurghat Passenger". Time Table. India Rail Info. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ "List of State Highways in West Bengal". West Bengal Traffic Police. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Balurghat College". BC. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Balurghat College". College Admission. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Balurghat Mahila Mahavidyalaya". BMM. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Balurghat Mahila Mahavidyalaya". College Admission. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Balurghat Law College". BLC. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Balurghat Law College". College Admission. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Health & Family Welfare Department". Health Statistics. Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

External links

Balurghat (Lok Sabha constituency)

Balurghat (Lok Sabha constituency) is one of the 543 parliamentary constituencies in India. The constituency centres on Balurghat in West Bengal. While six of the assembly segments of No. 6 Balurghat (Lok Sabha constituency) are in Dakshin Dinajpur district one assembly segment is in Uttar Dinajpur district. The seat was earlier reserved for scheduled castes but from 2009 it is an open seat.

Balurghat (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Balurghat (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is an assembly constituency in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Balurghat (community development block)

Balurghat is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Balurghat subdivision of Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Balurghat Airport

Balurghat Airport (IATA: RGH, ICAO: VEBG) is located 6 km (4 mi) from Balurghat, a city in West Bengal, India. The airport is currently not in operation.

Balurghat College

Balurghat College is a co-educational institution of higher education located in Balurghat 733101, Dakshin Dinajpur district, West Bengal, India.

The college was established in June 1948 as an intermediate liberal arts college with 96 students. In 1950, the college was recognized by the University Grants Commission and it is supported by the West Bengal government as an aided college. North Bengal University accepted the college as a constituent college in September 2003; it is now under Gour Banga University.Today, the college has grown into a degree college with over 3,000 students, with undergraduate education in arts, sciences and commerce, and postgraduate courses in Bengali and commerce.

Distance education is offered through North Bengal University, and the college is a study centre for Netaji Subhas Open University and Indira Gandhi National Open University.English and Bengali are compulsory languages for all undergraduate students at Balurghat College.

Balurghat railway station

Balurghat is a railway station on the Eklakhi-Balurghat branch line and is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Balurghat city and the surrounding areas.

Dakshin Dinajpur district

Dakshin Dinajpur (Bengali pronunciation: [dokkʰiɳ dinadʒpur]) or South Dinajpur is a of District in North Bengal in the Indian State of West Bengal, India. It was created on 1 April 1992 by the division of the erstwhile West Dinajpur district. The Headquarter (sadar) of the district is at Balurghat. It comprises two subdivisions: Balurghat and Gangarampur at Buniadpur . According to the 2011 population, it is the third least populous district of West Bengal (out of 23).

Eklakhi Junction railway station

Eklakhi is a railway station on the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri line and is located in Maldah district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Eklakhi-Balurghat Branch Line connects Balurghat to the trunk line.

Eklakhi–Balurghat branch line

Eklakhi–Balurghat branch line is a railway line of Indian Railway connecting with Balurghat city and Eklakhi railway station. This line is branch of Howrah-New Jalpaiguri line. In 2011 railway budget the railway authority says that the line will extended up to Hili.

Gangarampur

Gangarampur is a town in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the state of West Bengal, India. There are 18 municipality wards in city. The city is located on the bank of river Punarbhaba. It became the subdivision of newly formed district Dakshin Dinajpur when Paschim Dinajpur was bifurcated into Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur in 1992. In ancient time people often call the city Damdama or Devkot.

Gangarampur railway station

Gangarampur railway station is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Gangarampur city and the surrounding areas. Gangarampur station was built in 2004, and the first train ran on December 30, 2004. The station is located at the south side of the town, near Gangarampur College. A few express trains, like the Gour Express, Tebhaga Express, and Balurghat-Siliguri Intercity Express, stop at Gangarampur railway station.

Hili (community development block)

Hili is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Balurghat subdivision of Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dakshin Dinajpur

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dakshin Dinajpur or locally called as JNV Balurghat is a boarding, co-educational school in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal in India. Navodaya Vidyalayas are funded by the Indian Ministry of Human Resources Development and administered by Navodaya Vidyalaya Smiti, an autonomous body under the ministry.

Kumarganj

Kumarganj is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Balurghat subdivision of Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Malancha railway station

Malancha railway station is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Malancha, Fulbari village and the surrounding areas. Malancha station was built in 2004. A few trains, like the Gour Express, Malda Town - Balurghat passenger trains stop at Malancha railway station.

Mallickpurhat railway station

Mallickpurhat railway station is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Mallikpur, Baul village and the surrounding areas. Mallickpurhat station was built in 2004. A few trains, like the Gour Express, Malda Town - Balurghat passenger trains stop at Mallickpurhat railway station.

Rampur Bazar railway station

Rampur Bazar railway station is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Rampur, Jagadishbati village and the surrounding areas. Rampur Bazar station was built in 2004. A few trains, like the Gour Express, Malda Town - Balurghat passenger trains stop at Rampur Bazar railway station.

Tapan (community development block)

Tapan is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Balurghat subdivision of Dakshin Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

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