Gobardanga

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Gobardanga
গোবরডাঙ্গা
Town
Gobardanga is located in West Bengal
Gobardanga
Gobardanga
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°52′N 88°46′E / 22.87°N 88.76°E / 22.87; 88.76Coordinates: 22°52′N 88°46′E / 22.87°N 88.76°E / 22.87; 88.76
Country  India
State West Bengal
District North 24 Parganas
Government
 • Municipality Chairman Subhash Datta1
Area
 • Total 13.5 km2 (5.2 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 41,618
 • Density 3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Bangaon
Vidhan Sabha constituency Gaighata
Website north24parganas.nic.in

Gobardanga is a town and a municipality under Habra police station of Barasat sadar subdivision2 in North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is one of the oldest municipality of West Bengal.

Etymology

Go means 'world/earth', Bar means 'Greatest' and Danga means 'Place'. i.e. "Gobardanga" means "the greatest place on earth". Although "Gobar" literally translated from Bengali means Cow-dung.

History

It has strong historic background from the pre-independence era, i.e. jamindar bari, oxebow lake, site of probably the first widow remarriage & Brhama samaj in modern India.citation needed Gobardanga is also known as The Village of Theatre.citation needed It has 12 theatre groups.

Geography

Gobardanga is located at 22°52′N 88°46′E / 22.87°N 88.76°E / 22.87; 88.76.3 It has an average elevation of 6 metres (19 feet). It is situated on the banks of the river Jamuna.

Transport

It is 58 km from Sealdah Station on the Sealdah-Bangaon branch line of Eastern Railway.From Sealdah it is next to Macchhalandapur railway station and before Thakurnagar railway station.It is near about 25 km from Bongaon on road.

Demographics

As of 2011 India census,4 Gobardanga had a population of 57,878. Male Population 29,466 and female Polpulation 28,412.Out of this Population 12,765 is SC and Gobardanga has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 75%. In Gobardanga, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Education

There are several renowned schools in this town. Gobardanga Khantura High School (1856) is one of the oldest high schools in modern Indiacitation needed. Gobardanga Khantura High School had a golden period of school sports from 1970 to 2001. At that time some Golden students represents State. Some of them are Bhajahari Kundu(Runner),Bidhan Das (Athletics), Debmalya Ghosh (Basketball), Prabir Kundu, Samar Kundu (Makai),Sanjib Acharya,Shankar Deb ( Football), Biswajit Roy (Athletics & Basketball), etc.

Another feather in the cap is of an institution which is a symbol of progress of female education, that is, Khantura Girls' High School(Established in 1910).

Gobardanga has a college named Gobardanga Hindu College which is afflited to West Bengal State University.5 It is a NAAC accredited "A" Grade College.

There is a reputed commercial college named Gobardanga Commercial College which is affiliated to West Bengal State Council of Technical Education in Gobardanga. This renowned college is situated at the station road of Gobardanga. It is established on 1994. There is a sister concern of this college where mainly studied for Rajeev Gandhi Computer Saksharta Mission courses. It is situated just beside of Gobardanga Old Post Office. The director of this institution is Mr. Sudipta Dutta.

Healthcare

Gobardanga has a Rural Hospital named Gobardanga Rural Hospital which in-charge is Dr. Swapan Ghosh, M.B.B.S. He is a renowned doctor in the locality.

North 24 Parganas district has been identified as one of the areas where ground water is affected by arsenic contamination.6

References

  1. ^ Official District Administration site
  2. ^ District-wise list of statutory towns
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Gobardanga
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Affiliated College of West Bengal State University".  Retrieved 10 November 2012
  6. ^ "Groundwater Arsenic contamination in West Bengal-India (19 years study )". Groundwater arsenic contamination status of North 24-Parganas district, one of the nine arsenic affected districts of West Bengal-India. SOES. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 







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