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Kalapara Upazila

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Kalapara Municipality :

It consists of 9 wards and 24 mahallas with an area of 19.49 sq km. It has one Dakbungalow.

Total Population --------------------------------------

16330

Male ---------------------------------------------------

55.18%

Female ------------------------------------------------

44.82%

Density per sq km -----------------------------------

838

Literacy ----------------------------------------------

39.37%

 

 

Population :

Total ---------------------------------------------------

2,02,080

Male ---------------------------------------------------

1,02,700

Female ------------------------------------------------

9,380

Religious Institutions :

Mosque -----------------------------------------------

290

Temple ------------------------------------------------

45

Buddhist Vihara -------------------------------------

04

Girja/Church ----------------------------------------

01

Pagoda ------------------------------------------------

1 (Sadarpur, Hazipur)

Literacy :

Average literacy --------------------------------------

59.92%

Educational Institutions :

College ------------------------------------------------

7

High School ------------------------------------------

32

Junior High School -----------------------------------

7

Madrasa -----------------------------------------------

28

Govt. Primary School ------------------------------

78

Regi. Govt. Primary --------------------------

72

Regi. Non Govt. Primary --------------------------

4

Community School ---------------------------------

12

 

Prominent Institutions :

• Nozaharuddin Bishwas College

Cultural Institutions :

Fisherman Co-operative Society --------------------

11

Public Library -----------------------------------------

1

Women’s Association -------------------------------

1

Cinema Hall -------------------------------------------

4

Theater Stage -----------------------------------------

1

Community Centre -----------------------------------

1

Playground ---------------------------------------------

22

Main Occupations :

Agriculture --------------------------------------------

45.63%

Fishing -------------------------------------------------

5.67%

Commerce --------------------------------------------

10.01%

Service ------------------------------------------------

3.56%

Agricultural Labourer -------------------------------

18.89%

Wage Laborer ----------------------------------------

4.57%

Others -------------------------------------------------

11.67%

Land Use :

Cultivable Land --------------------------------------

45328 hectares

Fallow Land ------------------------------------------

93 hectares

Single crop -------------------------------------------

Double corp ------------------------------------------

10.59%

Triple Crop Land ------------------------------------

3.19%

Cultivable Land under Irrigation ------------------

1.75%

Land Control :

Landless -----------------------------------------------

41.53%

Marginal -----------------------------------------------

15.04%,

Small Peasant -----------------------------------------

35.06%

Rich Peasant ------------------------------------------

8.37%

Average distribution ---------------------------------

0.259 hectare/ Head

Value of Land :

The market value of the first grade arable land is Taka 2,000 per 0.01 hectare.

Main Crops :

• Paddy
• Pulse
• Sugarcane
• Watermelon
• Vegetable

Main Fruits :

• Banana
• Papaya
• Coconut
• Guava
• Plum

Fisheries and Dairies :

• Shrimp 28
• Livestock 5
• Poultry 45
• Hatchery 1

Communication Facilities :

Pucca road --------------------------------------------

45km

Semi-pucca road --------------------------------------

70 km

Mud Road ---------------------------------------------

840 km

Traditional Transport :

• Palanquin
• Country boat
• Most of these means of transport are Extinct and nearly extinct.

Manufactories :

• Rice Mill 35
• Saw Mill 6
• Ice Mill 25
• Flour Mill 6

Cottage Industries :

• Goldsmith 25
• Blacksmith 50
• Woodwork 12

Hats, Bazaar and Fairs :

Hats and Bazaars 17

Fairs 1 (Rash-purnima Mela).

Most Noted: Kalapara hat, Mahinpur hat, Kuakata.

Main Exports :

• Paddy
• Hilsa Fish

NGO Activities :

There are 17 NGOs working.
Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, SONGKALPA, TRUST, DHAKA AHSANIA MISSION, KODEC, SPEED TRUST, UDDIPAN, SSDP, FHI.

Health Centres :

• Upazila Health Complex 1
• Family Health Care Clinic 7
• Satellite Clinic 1
• Family Planning Centre 9
• Private clinic 1

No. of Voters :

•Total 1,38,032
•Female 66,097
•Male 67,935

Important Place :

• Kuakata Buddhist Vihara, Kapradanga
• Buddhist Math (dilapidated)
• Mistripara Buddhist Vihara (dilapidated)

Archaeological Heritage :

Kuakata Buddhist Vihara, Kapradanga Buddhist Math (dilapidated), Mistripara Buddhist Vihara (dilapidated).

Historical Events :

The Rakhain tribe of Bangladesh first settled in this upazila. A section of the people belonging to the Buddhist Rakhain tribe of Arakan came to this upazila in quest of better living and first settled at Khepupara and Kuakata. Tradition goes that the Rakhains on excavating wells traced fresh water in the area and thereby settled there. The Rakhain word ‘kansai’ means beach of fate. The place was named as Kansai after this. The place was subsequently renamed as Kuakata (digging of well) after the wells dug out by the Rakhains. The upazila though named as Kalapara, the upazila sadar is known as Khepupara. It is said that two influential Rakhain chiefs used to reside on either side of a canal running northsouth through the upazila, Kalau Magh on the eastern bank ang Khepu Magh on the western side. The habitation on eastern bank of the cannal was named as Kalapara after the name of Kalau Magh and that on the western bank as Khepupara after Khepu Magh.

 
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