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Pirojpur (Bengali: পিরোজপুর) is a district (zilla) in southern-western Bangladesh. It is a part of Barisal Division.[1]

Pirojpur

পিরোজপুর
Location of Pirojpur in Bangladesh
Location of Pirojpur in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 22°35′N 89°58′E / 22.58°N 89.97°E / 22.58; 89.97Coordinates: 22°35′N 89°58′E / 22.58°N 89.97°E / 22.58; 89.97
Country Bangladesh
DivisionBarisal Division
Area
 • Total1,399.39 km2 (540.31 sq mi)
Population
 (2011 census)
 • Total1,113,257
 • Density800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Pirojpuri, Firozpuri
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code
8500

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NameEdit

According to myth, the second son of Shah Shuja, Firoz Shah, died in this area, and the area became known subsequently as 'Firozpur'. In time, the pronunciation 'Firozpur' slowly muted to 'Pirozpur' and later 'Pirojpur'.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Pirojpur District had a population of 1,113,257 according to 2011 Census of Population.

GeographyEdit

Most of the land is low-lying and the soil is fertile. There are small forests.

Nesarabad is known for its business centre and also for the Sundori tree (a kind of mangrove) that grows there.

Launches, steamers and boats are used for travelling on the rivers. The local port is called Hoolarhaat Launch Station (ghaat). Buses, autorickshaws and rickshaws are also used for transport. Old Bus Station(Puraton Bus Station) is one of the most popular place of this district.

BordersEdit

Pirojpur District is bordered by Barisal and Gopalganj districts to the north, Barguna district to the south, Jhalokati and Barguna districts to the east, Bagerhat district and The Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest to the west.

AdministrationEdit

The subdivision (then, a mohokooma, now a zilla) of Pirojpur was created in 1866. Pirojpur district was formed in 1984 and the municipality was formed in 1886. The area of Pirojpur is 1399.39 km2. It is under Barisal Division. There are four municipalities in Pirojpur named Pirojpur, Bhandaria, Nesarabad and Mathbaria. There are seven upazilas (sub districts) in Pirojpur district: Pirojpur Sadar, Bhandaria, Mathbaria, Zianagor, Nazirpur, Sharupkathi and Kaukhali. Of these, Mathbaria is the largest (353.25 km2; it occupies 27.01% of the total area of the district). Kawkhali is the smallest (79.65 km2). It also contains 51 unions, 390 mauzas and 648 villages.

  • Chairman of Zilla Porishod : Mahiuddin Maharaj[3]
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) : Abu Ali Mohammad Sajjad Hossain[4]

Sub Districts (Upazillas)Edit

There are seven Sub Districts in Pirojpur and their population are given below[5] :

Upazillas
Population
Bhandaria 145,233
Kawkhali 70,364
Mathbaria 253,915
Nazirpur 166,014
Nesarabad 202,520
Pirojpur Sadar 225,156
Zianagar 98,415

RiversEdit

Gabkhan, Baleshwar, Damodar, Kocha, Pona, Kochakhali, Kaliganga, Sandha, Doratana etc are big and known rivers.

The Baleshwar, the river that is situated to the east of Sunder Bans splits into two parts ,but this is getting smaller and smaller day by day. One is known as Doratana which flows through Bagerhat and the other and mightier one is known as Kacha which flows through Bhandaria. Then it has an offshoot Baleshwar which later meets with Doratana and falls into Kaliganga near Mativanga, Najirpur. And Kocha splits into two river Kaliganga and Sandha. Kaliganga flows to the north meets with Baleshwar and flow to further north. and Sandha flows to the east. Later Sandha coalesce with Arial Khan and falls into the Meghna.

TransportationEdit

BusesEdit

There are two bus terminals in Pirojpur, Pirojpur Bus terminal and Pirojpur Old Bus Terminal. Many Bus company connect Pirojpur to other districts like Dhaka and many more.

River portEdit

Hularhat is the river port of Pirojpur. It is situated some 5 km east to the Pirojpur town and the river port stands on Kaliganga. Beside it is the steamer wharf. Launches destined to Dhaka and other parts of the country regularly start from here.

Main sources of incomeEdit

Agriculture, being the main source of income for rural people here, there are also other sources of income which are mainly city based. They are given below :

•Agriculture 50.82%

•Commerce 18.71%

•Service 7.69%

•Non-Agricultural Labour 5.75%

•Transport and Communication 2.16%,

•Religious Service 1.61%

•Construction 1.36%

•Rent and Remittance 0.95%

•Industry 0.78%

•Others 10.17%

ReligionEdit

Muslims, Hindus, a few Christians and a very few Buddhisms live here peacefully. There is no Religious Riots in Pirojpur.

For different religions, there are 3,934 mosques, approximately more than 100 temples and 2 churches in the district of Pirojpur.[citation needed]

Agricultural productsEdit

Paddy, Jute, Sugar Cane, Wheat, Guava, Banana, Coconut, Hog-plum, Betel Leaf, Betel Nuts are the chief Agricultural Products produced here.[citation needed]

Tourist attractionsEdit

 
Floating market in Kuriana, Pirojpur
  • Kuriana Floating Market
  • Kuriana Guava Garden
  • Momin Mosque
  • Chanmari Shooting Spot
  • Pirojpur Riverview Eco Park (locally known as DC Park)
  • Rayerkathi Raaj Bari

MediaEdit

Print media:

Sports and GamesEdit

Cricket and Football are the two most popular sports in Pirojpur. However, Kabaddi is also popular.

Among Indoor games, Carrom, Ludo and Chess are played by a lot of people.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nupu, Ranjan Baksi (2012). "Pirojpur District". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "The Daily Ittefaq" (in Bengali).
  3. ^ "Zilla Porishod Chairman Information". Pirojpur Zilla. 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Deputy Commissioner Profile". Pirojpur Zilla. 10 August 2019.
  5. ^ 2011 Census of Population