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Geography :
Dakshin Dinajpur Latitude 26 deg 35' 15" N   25 deg 10' 55" N Longitude 89 deg 00' 30" E   87 deg 48' 37" E
Geographical Area = 2162 sq km.The district is drained by a number of North-South flowing river like Atreyee, Punarbhaba,
Tangon and Brahmani. It is predominantly an agricultural district with large area of land being under Cultivation.The River
Atryee comes from Bangladesh and again goes to Bangladesh through Kumarganj and Balurghat blocks.The Punarbhaba flows
through the Gangarampur and Tapan blocks.The Tangon flows through the Kushmandi and Banshihari blocks.There is another
small river named Jamuna in the Hili block.


History :

The district of West Dinajpur comprised an area, which in ancient times formed a part of the kingdom of Pundravardhana, the
country of the Pundras. The district of Dakshin Dinajpur has reasons to be proud of its rich historical and cultural heritage. It was a
part of undivided Dinajpur district of erstwhile Bengal which was known as Pundra Vardhan Bhukti in ancient times. West Dinajpur
District was created out of the erstwhile Dinajpur district in 1947 at the time of partition of India. The rest of the
Dinajpur district is now in Bangladesh. The West Dinajpur district was enlarged in 1956 at the time of reorganisation of the State
with the addition of some areas of Bihar. The district was bifurcated into Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur on 01.04.1992. New
railway line has been laid between Eklakhi and Balurghat, the district headquarter. Train services have been started on 30.12.2004.
There is one State Highway with only 3 KM of National Highway no. 34 falling within the district. Bengali is the principal language of
the district,

District Profile :

*Sub-Division 2     *Blocks 8      *Municipality      *Wards 41      *Gram-panchayat 65      *Village 2,317        
*Mouza 1,646      *Panchayat Samity      *Gram-Sansad 929   *Primary Schools 1189     *Secondary Schools 106         
*Higher Secondary Schools 26      *Colleges       *Public Libraries 57      *Junior High Schools 20    *Senior Madrasha12   *P.T.T.I.1      *Anganwadi Centres 1267      *Sishu Siksha Kendras 535     *Junior High Madrasha 4     *Junior Madrasha 1    
*NCLP Schools 40     *District Hospital 1      *Sub-divisional Hospital 1  *Rural Hospital 1      *Police Hospital 1     
*Leprosy Control Units 2       *Homeopaths 12      *Dispensaries 8       *Clinics    *Ayurvedic Centres 5


Important Telephone Numbers :

District Administration :

 (STD Code 03522)

Administrative Building
District Magistrate Office: 255201/255005(D)/255488 (Fax) Residences: 255202/256005/255346(Fax) E-mail: dm-bgt-wb@nic.in / dm-blr@nic.in
Addl. District Magistrate (G) Off. 255248 Res. 255204   Addl. District Magistrates (D) Off.  255203/255506 Res. 255589
Addl. District Magistrate (R) Off.  256902 Res. 255479  D.L & L.R.O Off.  255314/58176 Res.  255494
Secretary, Zilla Parishad  Off.  255358 Res. 255073   Project Director, DRD Cell   Off.  255307 Res.  259143
SDO, Gangarampur at Buniadpur Off. 953524-2559084/259950(T) Res. 259467                                                                           S.D.O. Balurghat  Off. 255205 Res.255206   Spl. Land Acquisition Officer  Off.  255616                                                               P.O. cum D.W.O., BCW   Off.  255624  Res.258915           
D.M.BC. Dev & Fin Corpn.  Off.  255627/255059   Dy. DLLRO   Off.  258177    D.P. & R.D.O.  Off.  255607   D.Pl.O.  Off.  255610
D.P.O.S.H.S.D.P-II   Off. 258396    OC, General   Off. 255606    OC, Election Off.  255612  Res. 255622 R.T.O  Off. 255684 N.D.C.   Off. 255615  Res. 255608  Treasury Officer No. – I   Off. 255617 Treasury Officer No. – II  Off.  258106  Supt. Of Excise   Off. 255322     Res. 255632 Dist. Controller (F&S)   Off.   256636   D.P.O. (I.C.D.S.)  Off.  255119 D.R.O. Off.  255614 A.R.C.S. Off.   255638  D.I.O. (NIC) Off.   255116  Sr. S.O.C.D.   Off.   255611 Vigilance Inspector Off. 255669   O.S. Off.   255635    Nazir   Off.   255618   Dist. Election Office  Off.   255634      
Dist. Control Room  Off.   256000     D.L. & L.R.O. Off. 255609 Circuit House   255605 (G.F) / 56006 (F.F.)   
District Judge  Off.   255207   Res.   255238 Addl. District Judge   Off.   270491   Addl. District Judge (Spl. Court) Off.  270492    


Asstt. District Judge Off.  259528      CJM Off.  255209    SDJM Off.  255208 Res.255243    Govt. Pleader Off.   255724   Res. 255404  
Public Prosecutor 
Off.   255921    Res. 255977    Supdt. of Police  Off.  255321    Res. 255502                                                     Addl. Supdt. Of Police   Off.   255323 Res. 255324    Dy. SP. HQ Off. 255650  Res. 255327   
Sabhadhipati  Off. 255366/55229(D) / 55279 (Fax) Res. 255356   Saha Sabhadhipati   Off.  257375                                   Chairman, DPSC Off.  255264  Secretary DPSC  Off.  255268    BLG. Municipality 255450 (CP) / 255680                                   GMP. Municipality 953521 -255140  CMOH Off.  255640/255235  Res. 255272                                                                              Supdt. Dist.Hospital  Off.  255641  Res. 255274     Asst.Commner, C.T.  Off.   255112  PAO Off.  2552
Dy. Dir. ARD   Off.  255645   EE – Irri  Off.  255113    EE – AM  Off. 255568   Res. 255994   EE- AI   Off.  255912  
EE – CPWD  Off.  255425  Res. 255465 EE - NF, Rly Off.   259230  Res. 259180  DE, WBSEB Off. 255532 Res.256397 EE, PWD  Off. 255839  Res. 255752   EE, PHE Off.  255576 Res. 255688 EE, PWD (Elec) at Malda 953512-252831   AE, WBSEB   Off.  255352   AE, PWD   Off.   255267/255558 DM. FCI  Off.   255231  DICO  Off. 255277  
Supdt. Jail
Off. 255226   DLO Off.  256889/255319    DYO  Off. 257592   DMEEO  Off.  255214  ALC  Off. 255368  SDO (T)  Off. 255296   JTO  Off. 255566  Asstt. Dir. Fisheries Off.  255625 DPO, DPEP Off.   256822  DI of School (Pri) Off.   255262   DI of School (Sec)  Of SDJM, Gangarampur 953524-259601 SDPO, Gangarampur 953524-259360 (O+R)   SDLLRO, Gangarampur   953524-259689  SDLLRO, Balurghat  Off.   255678  SDCFS,Balurghat  Off. 255234    BDO Balurghat   Off. 255213   Res. 270861 BDO, Kumarganj  Off. 254205  Res. 254629  BDO, Hili   Off. 250248 Res. 250960  BDO, Tapan  953521-252213 (O+R) BDO, Gangarampur    953521-255056 (O+R)   BDO, Banshihari   953524-259322 BDO, Harirampur   953524-265139 (O+R)   BDO, Kushmandi   953524-263486 (O+R)  Dist. Engineer, DDZP Off.   255357   Res. 255473  Asst. Engineer, PWD Balurghat Off. 257255   Secretary, Zilla Sainik Board  Off. 58175  Res. 58217       
Supdt, Dist Collection, DumDuma  
Off. 55226  



Arpita Ghosh TMC
Constituency: Balurghat (West Bengal) 
Permanent Address:




Libraries :
Balurghat Block
*Amritakhanda Anchal Palli Pataghar  Vill. Kamarpara PO. Amritakhanda
Rural Type of Library
*Malancha Palli Pathagar Vill. Malancha PO. Danga 
Rural Type of Library
*Yukta Sangha Town Library Vill & PO Balurghat
Town Type of Library
*Maitreechakra Primary Unit Pathagar Vill & PO Balurghat 
Primary Unit Type of Library
*Chak-Kashi Tarun Palli Pathagar Vill. Chak-Kashi PO. Jalghar  
Rural Type of Library
*Chakvrigu Granthagar Vill & PO Chakvrigu
Rural Type of Library
*Jalghar Rural Library PO. Jalghar
Rural Type of Library
*Faridpur Atoir Palli Pathagar PO. Bidaypur Rural Type of Library
*Patiram Manorama Palli Pathagar PO. Patiram
Rural Type of Library
*Khashpur G C Rural Library PO. Khashpur
Rural Type of Library
*Boaldar Palli Pathagar PO. Bara Kashipur
Rural Type of Library
*Khanpur S K S Pathagar PO. Khanpur  
Rural Type of Library
*District Library PO. Balurghat
District Library


Harirampur Block
*Danagram Milanee Rural Library Danagram
Rural Type of Library
*Harirampur Udayan Palli Pathagar Harirampur
Rural Type of Library
*Vivekananda Milan Palli Pathagar Baragram
Rural Type of Library
*Namtore Jatirgram Palli Pathagar Namtore
Rural Type of Library
Kumarganj Block
*Kumarganj Block Central Rural Library PO. Gopalganj
Rural Type of Library
*Barahar Rural Library PO. Mahipur
Rural Type of Library
*Sumitra Sahitya Sadan Rural Library PO. Samjhia
Rural Type of Library
*Jakhirpur Palli Pathagar PO. Jakhirpur
Rural Type of Library
*Chandganj Bharat Mitram Rural Library PO. Chandganj
Rural Type of Library
*Ramkrishnapur Girish Palli Pathagar PO. Ramkrishnapur
Rural Type of Library
*Deor Palli Pathagar Deor
Rural Type of Library
*Madarganj Tarun Palli Pathagar Batun
Rural Type of Library
Tapan Block
*Tapan Palli Pathagar Tapan  
Rural Type of Library
*Jamalpur Pathachakra  Kardaha 
Rural Type of Library
*Karaichenchara M S Palli Pathagar Karaichenchara
Rural Type of Library
*Ramchandrapur Granthagar Kendra Ramchandrapur 
Rural Type of Library
*Nalini Smiriti Palli Pathagar Chenchra
Rural Type of Library
*Dwipkhanda Anchal Palli Pathagar Daralhat
Rural Type of Library
*Gofanagar Palli Pathagar Gofanagar 
Rural Type of Library


Kushmandi Block
*Kushmandi Rural Library Kushmandi
Rural Type of Library
*Mahisbathan Lenin Palli Pathagar Manikore
Rural Type of Library
*Aminpur Palli Unnayan Sangha  Aminpur 
Rural Type of Library
*P Mollapara Palli Pathagar Manikore
Rural Type of Library
*Singtore Palli Pathagar Kushmandi
Rural Type of Library
*Makoir Palli Pathagar Khunia 
Rural Type of Library
Gangarampur Block
*Gangarampur Milanee Town Library Gangarampur
Town Type of Library
*Puratan Gangarampur Rural Library Raghabpur
Rural Type of Library
*Anita Devi Smriti Pragati Palli Pathagar Rajibpur
Rural Type of Library
*Snehalata Das Palli Pathagar Sairapur
Rural Type of Library
*Nayabazar Palli Pathagar Nayabazar
Rural Type of Library
*Harekrishna Konar Smriti Palli Pathagar Ashokgram
Rural Type of Library
*Banihari Young Club & Palli Pathagar   Jan chi
Rural Type of Library
*Sarbamangala Bidyut Pathagar Sarbamangala
Rural Type of Library


Banshihari Block
*Buniadpur Palli Pathagar Buniadpur
Rural Type of Library
*Doulatpur Rural Library Doulatpur
Rural Type of Library
*Nabarun Palli Pathagar Sigadaha 
Rural Type of Library
*Sihol Public Rural Library Sihol
Rural Type of Library
*Bimala Smriti Palli Pathagar Badalpur
Rural Type of Library
Hili Block
*Hili Kumudnath Town Library Hili
Town Type of Library
*Balupara Haladhar Palli Pathagar Fatepur
Rural Type of Library
*Trimohini P G Town Library Trimohini
Town Type of Library
*Teor Palli Pathagar Teor
 Rural Type of Library
*Binshira Sri Krishna Palli Pathagar Teor
Rural Type of Library
*Sadal Sabyasachi Palli Pathagar Jamalpur
Rural Type of Library


Education :
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1.Balurghat High School. 2.Balurghat Lalit Mohan Adarsha 3.Ucchavidyalay 4.Balurghat Girls High School.                            5.Balurghat NC High School. 6.The Atreyee English Medium School, CBSE. 7.Balurghat Khadimpur High School                 8.Balurghat Khadimpur Girls High School 9.Balurghat Khidirpur High School                                                              Colleges                                                                                                                                                    1.Balurghat College 2.Balurghat Womens' College 3.Balurghat Atreyee B.Ed. College 4.Balurghat Law College                     5.Balurghat ITI College


Administration :
Sub-Divisions  :
2 (two) Balurghat (Sadar) Sub-Divisions    Gangarampur at Buniadpur.                               
Blocks :  8 (Eight) *Balurghat   *Hili   *Kumarganj     *Tapan   *Gangarampur   * Kushmandi  *Banshihari  *Harirampur
Municipalities :  2 (two) *Balurghat Municipality    *Gangarampur Municipality

Places To Visit :

At Hili Block

This is very famous for the international Indo-Bangladesh Border Checkpost. Distance from Balurghat district Headquarters is 25

(twenty five) Kilometres. It is well connected by State Highway. On the way to Hili, Bangladesh Border can be seen just by the side

of the road. Nowadays, hundreds of trucks full of commodities are engaged in export business. At present there is only one PWD

Bungalow which can be used to accommodate tourists.


Sarongbari is a small forest and a very attractive picnic spot. One small hut has been constructed with drinking water facilities and is

managed by Hili Panchayat Samiti. Prior permission is to be sought from the Block Development Officer, Hili, to enter this spot.

At Balurghat Block

Balurghat is the district Headquarters of the Dakshin Dinajpur district. Balurghat town played an important role in the August

Movement in the year 1942 against the British and occupies a place of pride in the history of freedom movement of lndia. This is a

small municipal town surrounded by green trees and is free from pollution. 1 (One) Kilometre away from Balurghat, there is a small

forest at Raghunathpur. There is one Bungalow of Forest department inside the forest. There is another small forest known as

Dogachhi forest about 6 Km west of Balurghat town. During winter season, many tourist and local people organise picnic parties and

visit this place on payment of a nominal charge. By the side of the Dogachhi forest, there is a Zigzug canal with boating facility which

is a major attraction for the people visiting this place.


*College Museum

The college museum of Balurghat, though a small one, is worth seeing. Many antique collections including coins, inscriptions,

sculptures, terracotta, ornamental stones, etc. of ancient ages are preserved here. Two inscriptions have been deciphered by Prof

A K Goswami which has thrown new light on the religious belief of the Pala period.


It is situated on the Patiram-Trimohini road about 18 Kms away (North-East) from Balurghat town. This place is very famous for the

Tebhaga Movement. History tells us that in the year 1946, the share croppers of this area raised a movement for establishing their

¾ percentage share of the crops. To combat this movement the British Force along with local Zamindars started various oppressive

measures including plunder, rape, setting fire, etc. In the face of such oppression, the movement instead of subsiding, further flared

up. The local cultivators also lent their whole-hearted support to the movement. On 20 February, 1947, a large contingent of Police

force went to Khanpur to arrest the leaders of the Tebhaga Movement. Under the leadership of SriI Chiarshai Sekh, the people

disconnected the road. The Police arrested Smt Jasoda Rajbanshi, W/o NilKantha Rajbanshi (Party Secretary), Sri Gopeshwar Das

Mohanta, Sri Ghutui Kolkamar, Sri Gajimuddin and Sri Sashi Barman.

However, the share croppers under the leadership of Chiarshai Sekh succeeded to snatch away those arrested cultivators from the

police jeep and damaged the vehicle. The Police then opened fire. As per report police fired about 121 rounds upon the public. As a

result 21 (twenty one) cultivators died on the spot. Among these victims were people belonging to the Hindus, Muslims and the

Schedule Tribes. There is a small memorial in the spot inscribing the names of the patriotic souls

*Patiram Thakur Estate

On the Balurghat-Malda state highway, the Patiram Thakur Estate can be seen by the side of the river Atreyee. Old buildings of this

estate are still there bearing the memory of the Tagore family.


*Bolla Ma Kali Temple

About 20 Kms away from Balurghat town on the Balurghat- Malda Highway, the village BOLLA is situated. There is a famous Kali

temple named after "Bolla Ma Kali'. There is a story behind this temple. It is said that one Zamindar was arrested by the British as

he could not pay the tax for his Zamindari. Goddess Kali came Goddess 'Kali' and started worshipping her. As the Zamindar was

freed on a Friday following the Rash Purnima Friday, Kali Puja is being observed here on every Friday following the Rash Purnima.

Thousands of devotees throng the place to offer prayers and puja from different parts of the district. The Puja Committee organise a

3 (three) day fair on the occasion. This is also famous for sacrificing animals (Bali).to his rescue and the Zamindar was freed the very

next day. As a token of gratitude, he built a temple of Ma Kali.

At Tapan Block

The big lake of Tapan namely Tapan Dighi is situated in the village Tapan at a distance of 35 Km. from Balurghat town and 15 Km.

from Gangarampur town. It is well connected by pucca road. Behind the naming of this lake there is a myth that king Laxman Sen

dug this lake with a view to offering Tarpana for his ancestors. This lake is about 2 Km in length and 1 Km in breadth.On the

northern bank of this lake, one dilapidated mound dating back to the period of  Buddha can be seen. The real truth can be

unearthed only if excavation work is taken up. Another important site in this area is the village Manohali. One can see large number

of icons still remaining scattered in this area.


At Gangarampur Block


Historically probably the most important of all places in the entire district, Bangarh boasts of the largest share of archaeological ruins

and icons to be found in Dakshin Dinajpur. It is situated 45 Km away from Balurghat town and 65 Km from Malda town. Bangarh was

the capital of Koti Barsha district. During the GUPTA period, the whole of North Bengal was known as Pundra Vardhana Bhukti

(Pradesh). It was again sub-divided into number of Vishayas (District). Koti Barsha Was One Of The Districts. Its Old Name Was

Debkot/Debikot. In a radius of 8 Km of this area, different ancient archaelogical remnants have been found.Under the leadership of

Prof Kunja Gobinda Goswami the excavation work was done between 1938-I941. After excavation, so many historical objects and

archeological ruins have been found beginning from Mauryan era to Muslim period.

*Dhal Dighi

Within 1 (one) Km of Gangarampur town, there is a big lake named "Dhal Dighi". It is about 1.5 Km in length and dates back to the

Pal Dynasty. As colour of the water of this lake was "DHALA" i.e. White, the lake is called Dhal Dighi.On the northern bank of the lake

is the grave of a famous muslim saint Atash Fakir. Some carved stone pillars and wall inscriptions can be seen in this grave.


Just about 200 metres away from Dhaldighi, there is another lake called Kaldighi. This lake is also as big as Dhaldighi. As the colour

of the water of this lake was black it is named as "Kaldighi'. During winter, large number of migratory birds flock to this place.This

Kaldighi has recently been purchased by Dakshin Dinajpur Zilla Parishad for development of Pissiculture and for creating composite

demonstration center of different schemes such as Poultry, Piggery, Milch Cow, Duckery, Biogas plant, Solar energy system, etc.A

brick road has been constructed on each side of the lake. Thick plantation by the side of the bank creates a charming environment in

this area. One children park is also under construction in the area. Further, the district authority has sanctioned fund for construction

of a lodge.


At Kushmandi Block

*Mahipal Dighi

Mahipal lake is situated at a distance of 60 Km from Balurghat and 30 Km from Gangarampur. During the period of Pal Dynasty,

Mahipal II, dug this lake. This is also a very big water body. On the northern bank of this lake there was a "NILKOTHI' of Mr. Tomas

who was a close friend of William Kerry. At that time, William Kerry was also in-charge of another "NILKOTHI' at Madnabati (District-

Malda). The distance from Mahipal to Madnabati is about 30 Km. The ruined buildings of NILKOTHI still attracts the people of this

locality. During winter large number of migratory birds flock to this place

*Aira Forest

From Mahipal road at a distance of 2 Km, there is one small forest belonging to the Forest Dept. This forest has recently been taken

up for beautification by planting ornamental trees and flowers. Further, provision for constructing one lodge is also there, which can

be used to accommodate tourists


At Harirampur Block


This is one of the historical places situated in the eastern side of river Srimati. Its distance is about 35 Km from Gangarampur and

about 60 Km from Malda. Many icons and archeological objects have been found in this area. Some of these are kept in the Police

Station and Block Office.

Apart from this there are 4 (four) big lakes...  *Alta Dighi  *Milian Dighi  *Gor Dighi  *Hati Doba Dighi

These vast water bodies offer a perfect avenue for boating arrangement. This area is well connected by pucca road. During winter,

large number of migratory birds flocks to this place. Near Bairhatta one can visit the village Dehaband, a historically famous site.

Some icons are still lying in this area. Persons interested in history can visit this place to fulfill their inquisitiveness. The icons

discovered in the areas of Harirampur, Gangarampur, Kushmandi have their own style, different from that of the North Indian style.

Ruins of an ancient town surrounded by boundary wall can be found here. This distinct style of sculpture was evolved by the two

famous artists namely 'Dhiman' and 'Bitpala'


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