Raiganj at a glance
Raiganj is The District Head Quarter and owing to its location importance. The town has obtained the Municipal status in the year 1951 on 15th August. Raiganj has always regional growth centre for economic growth and employment with a vast rural hinter land. Population as per 2001 census is 165212 with a rapid growth. The town is a ‘B’ category one covering an area of 10.76 Sq.km.The town is situated at a distance 400 km from the state capital Kolkata and is connected by means of National Highway 34 and B.G line by rail.
LOCATION AND LOCAL FEATURES
The town Raiganj is located in the lower part of North Bengal. It is the District Head Quarter of Uttar Dinajpur.It is situated in the latitude of 26’19” N and longitude of 89;28” E.The town is located on the National Highway No.34 and is about 75 km to the North of Malda and about 215 km south of Siliguri.To the East the town is linked with another important town Kaliaganj,located adjacent to Bangladesh at a distance of 20 km.The western part of the town is linked with Kathihar in Bihar, by a Broad Gauge line and also capital Kolkata, Kulik, a tributary of river Nagar flows from North-West to South-East and the town is on the left bank of it. Raiganj is 425 km (264 mi) from Kolkata and 181 km (112 mi) from Siliguri.
The area of this town is about10.76 sq.km.But the present growing tendency and trend of urbanization in the area adjacent to this town are also remarkable. The agglomeration areas are also experiencing this trend. Now The vast areas under Birghai, Maraikura, Rupahar, Bahin, karnojora is also growing with the population like the town of Raiganj and this population is dependent on Raiganj town.
Particulars in respect of the Municipality relating to its administration ,communication and other details:
NAME OF THE TOWN :RAIGANJ MUNICIPALITY
ADMINISTRATIVE STATUS : LOCAL SELF GOVT
DATE OF ESTUBLISHMENT : 15TH AUGUST,1951
HIERARCHY IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION : DISTRICT HEAD QUARTER
OTHER GOVT. OFFICE ARE LOCATED IN THE TOWN:
- DISTRICT COURT.
- DISTRICT HOSPITAL.
- PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.
- PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.
- BLOCK DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.
- IRRIGATION & WATERWAYS DEPARTMENT.
- AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.
- DISTRICT VETERINARY HOSPITAL.
- STATE ELECTRICITY OFFICE.
- BLOCK YOUTH OFFICE.
- POST & TELEGRAPH.
- CENTRAL EXCISE.
- D.O (Tel).
NATIONAL HIGHWAY : NH 34
STATE HIGHWAY : SH 10A
RAILWAY STATION : RAIGANJ.
DISTANCE FROM KOLKATA : 400 KM
OTHER TOWN WITHIN 10 MILE RADIOUS : KALIAGANJ
NUMBER OF TOWN NEAREST TO THE TOWN : 35
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION : BY ROAD & RAIL(BROAD GAUGE LINE).
NAME OF THE RIVER : RIVER KULIK
NUMBER OF POST OFFICE : 7
DAILY NEWS PAPERS:
BENGALI: ENGLISH: HINDI:
- 1. ANANDA BAZAR PATRIKA. 1. THE TELIGRAPH. 1.SATYAMARG.
- 2. BARTAMAN. 2. THE STATESMAN. 2.DAINIKVAIWAMITRA.
- 3. PRATIDIN. 3. THE TIMES OF INDIA
- 4. AAJKAL.
- 5. GANASHAKTI.
- 6. UTTAR BANGA SAMBAD.
INDUSTRIAL UNIT IN TOWN: 1. MUSTERED OIL MILL.
2. SOAP MILL-9
3. ICE REFRIGERATION-48
4. SAW MILL-3.
6. MOTOR REPAIRING.
7. LATHE SHOP-18.
8. GRILL FACTORY-25.
ELECTRIC SUPPLY : W.B.S.E.B.
NUMBER OF ELECTRIC CONNECTION : 12000
“Durga Puja” is the most favourite festible in Raiganj. otherwise “Kali puja”,”Biswakarma Puja”,”Lokenath Puja”, “Saraswati Puja” also take place here.
Altitude: 30 metres above sea level.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 25, Min. 21; Winter- Max. 23, Min. 09.
Rainfall: 155 cms (July to September).
Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi, English.
Best season: Throughout the year but preferably October to March.
In the 2011 election of the state assembly, Mohit Sengupta of INC won the Raiganj Seat,Defeating his nearest rivals Kironmoy Nanda of SP .In 2006 and 2001 Chittaranjan Ray of INC defeated Dilip Kumar Das of NCP and Harinarayan Roy of CPI(M) respectively. In 1996, Dilip Kumar Das of INC defeated Khagendranath Sinha of CPI(M). In 1991, Khagendra Nath Sinha of CPI(M) defeated Dilip Das of INC. In 1987, Khagendra Nath Sinha of CPI(M) defeated Dipendra Barman of INC. In 1982, Dipendra Barman of INC defeated Khagendra Nath Sinha of CPI(M). In 1977, Khagendra Nath Sinha of CPI(M).
As per orders of Delimitation Commission, assembly constituency no. 35, Raiganj, is composed of Raiganj municipality and Bahin, Maraikup, Gouri, Kamalabari I and Kamalabatri II gram panchayats of Raiganj community development block. Rampur and Sitgram gram panchayats of Raiganj block are part of Hemtabad (SC) assembly constituency. Barua and Birghoi gram panchayats of Raiganj block are part of Kalaiaganj (SC) assembly constituency.
In 2009, Deepa Dasmunsi of INC won in the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency).
|Total area||: 10.76 Sq.km.|
|Population as per 2001 concuss||:165212|
|Density of Population||: 16921|
|Number of Slums||:101|
|Number of Municipal Wards||:25|
|Number of Councilors||:25|