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Tejgaon (Bengali: তেজগাঁও) is a thana of Dhaka District in the Division of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is in the centre of Dhaka, the capital. In 2006, the boundaries of the thana were redrawn when Tejgaon Industrial Area Thana was created out of the former larger area and again in 2009 when Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Thana was created.
National Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh
|• Total||2.74 km2 (1.06 sq mi)|
|• Density||54,000/km2 (140,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
This is an important area of Dhaka city as the prime minister's office is here. It is bounded by Mohakhali to the north, Old Airport Road to the east and Moghbazar-Malibagh to the south and Dhanmondi to the west. It consists of several localities, including Tejgaon Industrial Area, Kawran Bazar, Nakhalpara, Shaheen Bag, Arjat para, East Raja Bazar, West Raja Bazar, Tejturi Bazar and Tejkunipara.
Tejgaon is at . The total area is 2.74 square kilometres (1.06 sq mi).
In the 1991 Bangladesh census, Tejgaon had a population of 220,012. Males constituted 58.86% of the population, and females 41.14%. The population older than 18 was 137475. Tejgaon had an average literacy rate of 68% (7+ years), above the national average of 32.4%.
Historically, the area has been a centre of industrial activity in the city. Numerous plants and factories are in Tejgaon, in such diverse industries as garments, food processing, metal works, pharmaceuticals, etc. Indeed, the names of places in Tejgaon indicate as much:
Tejgaon has emerged as an important business district of Dhaka. The first five-star hotel of Bangladesh, Pan Pacific Hotel Sonargaon, is in Kawran Bazar, Tejgaon. The main offices of the Daily Prothom Alo, the Daily Star (Bangladesh), The Independent, and several other newspapers are here. Also, the office and studio of television channels Ekushey Television, NTV, ATN Bangla, Boishakhi TV, Channel i and Channel 1 are at Tejgaon. The main campus of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology is here as well.
Tejgaon has the headquarters for the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.
Bashundhara City is 21 stories tall, of which 8 are for the mall; the remaining floors are used as the corporate headquarters of the Bashundhara Group.
The mall has space for 2,500 retail stores and cafeterias. It has a large underground gymnasium, a multiplex movie theater and top-floor food court with an indoor theme park. The fully air-conditioned shopping mall with rooftop gardens is considered a modern symbol of the emerging city of Dhaka.
Except this, Farmview Super Market, Saudia Super Market are well-known markets in Dhaka.
Almost every bank operating in Bangladesh has an outlet in Tejgaon. Foreign banks such as Citi, HSBC and Standard Chartered have branches here, with HSBC and Standard Chartered having multiple ATM booths in the area. Local banks like BRAC Bank, United Commercial Bank Limited, AB Bank, Dutch Bangla Bank, Jamuna Bank have branches. ICICI Bank Ltd., second largest bank of India, has a representative office in UTC building next to Bashundhara city.
There are many well-known restaurants in Tejgaon: Star Hotel and Restaurant, Marine Restaurant, Park Town, Yan-Ji Chinese Restaurant, Hiramon Kabab Ghar, Ciao Bistro and Aromaz at Hotel Pan Pacific Shonargaon, Dominous Pizza and Salt Grill Restaurant in Bashundhara City and others.
There are bars in Tejgaon: Hotel Red Button and Balcony Bar at Hotel Pan Pacific Shonargaon, etc.
Points of interestEdit
- Prime Minister's Office
- Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban
- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre (Planetarium)
- Holy Rosary Church (Dhaka)
- Bashundhara City
- Bijoy Shoroni Fountain
- SAARC Fountain
- Island of Pearl-Ratna dip in front of Prime Minister Office
- Pan Pacific Sonargaon
- Bangladesh Air Force Museum
Chandrima Uddan (sometimes called Zia Uddan) is a park beside the Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban. The name means "Moonlight Park" in Bengali.
The park is where the former Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman was buried. It is connected to the road with a bridge which runs over the Crescent Lake. The park is a very common place to spend leisure time. It is very popular for morning and evening walks.
There is Farmgate Park, which is a very popular destination for young people.
Tejgaon Airport (ICAO: VGTJ) at Tejgaon, was the country's sole international airport before the construction of the new Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (IATA: DAC, ICAO: VGHS) which was named Zia International airport (ICAO: VGZR).
The first Royal Indian Air Force light fighter landed on the under-construction runway of Tejgaon at the beginning of 1943.
Over the last 50 years many schools, colleges and private universities have developed around the area — Bangladesh University of Textiles, Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, Government Science College, Holy Cross College, Tejgaon College, Tejgaon Govt High School, Tejgaon Government Girls' High School, Green University of Bangladesh, B.A.F Shaheen College, and BAF Shaheen English Medium School are the most well known. The National Institute of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) is also in Tejgaon.
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