Pirojpur District

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Pirojpur (Bengali: পিরোজপুর) is a district (zilla) in southern-western Bangladesh. It is a part of Barisal Division.[2]

Pirojpur

পিরোজপুর
Pirojpur District
Floating fields in Baithakatha village
Floating fields in Baithakatha village
Location of Pirojpur in Bangladesh
Location of Pirojpur in Bangladesh
Expandable map of Pirojpur District
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
Government
 • Deputy CommissionerAbu Ali Md. Shazzad Hossain
Area
 • Total1,277.80 km2 (493.36 sq mi)
Population
 (2011 census)
 • Total1,113,257
 • Density870/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Pirojpuri, Firozpuri
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code
8500
HDI (2018)0.672[1]
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EtymologyEdit

According to myth, the second son of Subedar 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'.[3]

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.

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.

DemographicsEdit

Pirojpur District had a population of 1,113,257 according to the 2011 Bangladesh census.

ReligionEdit

Religions in Pirojpur District[4]
Religion Percent
Muslims
83.16%
Hindus
16.79%

Islam is the predominant religion in the district, along with a large Hindu minority. But similar to other districts in the Barisal division, the minority Hindu and Christian populations have not only seen a decline in their share o population, but also their absolute numbers, in the 2001-2011 period. The percentage share of Hindus is the largest in Kawkhali Upazila and the lowest in Zianagar Upazila.

There are there are 3,087 mosques and 1,051 temples.[5]

AdministrationEdit

The subdivision (then a mohokooma, now a zilla) of Pirojpur was created on 28 October 1859 Pirojpur district was formed in 1 March in 1984 and the municipality was formed in 1885. The area of Pirojpur is 1277.80 km2. It is under Barisal Division. There are three municipalities in Pirojpur named Pirojpur, Bhandaria, Mathbaria. There are seven upazilas (sub districts) in Pirojpur district: Pirojpur Sadar, Bhandaria, Mathbaria, Indurkani, Nazirpur, Nesarabad and Kawkhali. 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). Pirojpur District also contains 52 unions, 390 mauzas and 648 villages.[6]

  • Chairman of Zilla Porishod : Mahiuddin Maharaj[7]
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) : Abu Ali Mohammad Sajjad Hossain[8]

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 world's largest mangrove forest to the west.

Sub Districts (Upazillas)Edit

There are seven Sub Districts in Pirojpur and their population are given below:[9]

Upazillas
Population
Bhandaria 164,618
Kawkhali 70,515
Mathbaria 262,841
Nazirpur 180,408
Nesarabad 212,232
Pirojpur Sadar 163,470
Indurkani 77,674

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.

RiverineEdit

Launches, steamers and boats are used for travelling on the rivers. The local port is called Hoolarhaat Launch Station (ghaat)serving as the primary port for 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.

Tourist attractionsEdit

 
Floating market in Kuriana, Pirojpur
  • Tasmima Villa, Bhandaria
  • Bhandaria Thana Eko Park, Bhandaria
  • Aman Ullah Collage, (Baridara Complex), Khatalia Road, Bhandaria.
  • Minister Bari Mosque, Bhandaria.
  • Kuriana Floating Market
  • Kuriana Guava Garden
  • Momin Mosque
  • Chanmari Shooting Spot
  • Pirojpur River View Eco Park (locally known as DC Park)
  • Rayerkathi Raaj Bari
  • Horinpala River View Eco Park, Telikhali Union, Mathbaria

EconomyEdit

Agriculture is 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%

Agricultural productsEdit

Paddy, Jute, Sugar Cane, Wheat, Guava, Banana, Coconut, Hog-plum, Betel Leaf, Betel Nuts are the chief Agricultural Products produced here.[10]

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. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ Nupu, Ranjan Baksi (2012). "Pirojpur District". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ "The Daily Ittefaq" (in Bengali).
  4. ^ "Bangladesh Population & Housing Census 2011 (Zila series)" (PDF). Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Pirojpur District at a glimpse". 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Pirojpur District at a glimpse". 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Zilla Porishod Chairman Information". Pirojpur Zilla. 10 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Deputy Commissioner Profile". Pirojpur Zilla. 10 August 2019.
  9. ^ 2011 Census of Population
  10. ^ "Natural Assets in Pirojpur". 28 August 2019.