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COOCH BEHAR is a district of the state of WEST BENGAL belonging to INDIA.

Click the IMAGE-MAP of the District for information of Block Profiles

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District Magistrate : Sri. Mohangandhi (IAS)   meet the DM
Official Phone no. : 03582-227101; Residential Ph. no. : 03582-227201
Fax no. : 03582-227000 (official), 03582-225000 (residential)
E-mail : dm-cob@sancharnet.in , dm-cbr@nic.in   

Contact us ----
   through NIC - Cooch Behar by
   Telephone : 03582-223019
(within India)
  
E-mail : dio-cbr@nic.in

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      GEOGRAPHY :~

| District Map | Location in West Bengal |

Location : north-eastern part of West Bengal; bounded by the district of Jalpaiguri in the north and north-west, state of Assam in the east (bounded by the districts of Kokrajhar & Dhubri in Assam) and the International Border in the form of Indo-Bangladesh boundary in the south and south-west. Beside this bounded area there are enclaves (called Chhits) which are outlying and detached tracts of land situated inside Bangladesh. There are 110 such Chhits.

Lies between 25057'47"  & 26036'20" North Latitude ; between 88047'44"  &  89054'35" East Longitude.

The Area of the district is 3387 sq. kms, which contributes 3.82% of the land mass of the State of West Bengal.

Agricultural Area : 111.16 ('000 ha) [2530.63 sq. kms]           Forest Area : 3.15 ('000 ha) [56.99 sq. kms]

Cooch Behar is essentially a flat country with a slight south-eastern slope along which the main rivers of the district flow. Most of the high lands appertain to Sitalkuchi area and most of the low lands lie in Dinhata area. The soil is alluvial of very recent formation. It  is mostly sandy and loose. The surface soil is loam and hardly any good clay is found.
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    Bordering Profile of Cooch Behar


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    Rivers :
The rivers flow in a slanting course from north-west to south-east. Six river systems cut through the district flowing in a south-easterly direction. From the west to east these are : the Tista system, Jaldhaka system, Torsa, Kaljani, Raidak and Gadadhar system.

Name of River

Protected
(flood level mark)

Remarks

 1.  Dharla

 2.  Gadadhar

 3.  Jaldhaka

Y... 80-00
R... 80-90

Y - Yellow Level
R - Red Level

 4.  Kaljani

Y... 45-10
R... 45-70

 5.  Mansai

Y... 48-40
R... 48-70

 6.  Raidak - I

Y... 35-30
R... 35-90

(Tufanganj)

Name of River

Protected
(flood level mark)

Remarks

 7.  Raidak - II

Y... 48-40
R... 49-30

(LRP crossing)

 8.  Sankosh

Y... 48-50
R... 49-40

 9.  Teesta

R... 85-39

 10. Torsa

Y... 62-81
R... 93-42

(Deodanga)

 11. Torsa

Y... 116-30
R... 117-50

(Hasimara)

Other rivers - Dudua, Ghargharia
  * all marks reading apply to 2002-2003


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     Climate :
  A highly humid atmosphere and abundant rains characterise the climate of this district, with the temperature being seldom excessive. The Period from June to Beginning of October is south-west monsoon season. October to mid-November constitutes post monsoon season. Cold season being November to February and hot season being March to May.

  January is the coldest month with temperature varying between 10.4oC to 24.1oC, April is the hottest month with mean daily maximum of 32.5oC and mean daily minimum of 20.2oC. Lowest temperature up to 3.9oC and maximum temperature up to 39.9oC have been recorded. The atmosphere is highly humid throughout the year except February to May when relative humidity is as less as 50 to 70%.

Rainfall : Average annual rainfall in the district is 5,348.8 mm. The rainfall generally increases from the south-west to the north-east. About 70% of the annual rainfall is received during the southwest monsoon season, June being the rainiest month. On an average there are about 102 rainy days with records of more than 400 mm rainfall in 24 hours.

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Irrigated Area by different sources :~

 Canals

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1645 ha

 Tanks

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5853 ha

 Deep/Swallow Tube wells

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33353 ha

 Other Sources

-

20434 ha

 Total Irrigated Area

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64775 ha

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  Water area of the District :~

 (a) Area of Beels (water body)

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3475.76 acre

 (b) Area of Tanks/Ponds

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2484.99 acre

 (c) Area of flowing rivers

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2954.14 acre

  Cultivable water area in district : 3664.84 acres

Also Check :~
Implementation of
Minor Irrigation Schemes


Department of
Irrigation and Waterways



Flora and Fauna :
  The flora here constitutes among others - palms, bamboos, creepers, ferns, orchids, aquatic plants,
fungi, timber, grass, vegetable, fruit trees, etc.

  In absence of large forest area in the district, except at Patlakhawa, species of wild animals are found in abundant.
check out information on Doors Forest areas.

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   DEMOGRAPHY :~  

Total Household : 5, 17, 878 (as per 2001 census)

Rural :

4, 70, 336

Urban :

47, 542

 Also check :-
   
"Block Population"
   
"Municipality-level Population"
   
"Village Population & other statistics "

Total Population : 24, 79, 155 (as per 2001 census)

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

11, 57, 241

10, 96, 296

22, 53, 537 (90.9%)

Urban :

1, 14, 853

1, 10,765

2, 25, 618  (9.1%)

Total :

12, 72, 094

12, 07, 061

24, 79, 155

  Sex Ratio (no. of females per 1000 males) - Urban : 964,  Total : 949 
 
Density of population : 732 per sq. km. (approx.)  ||  Percentage of Decadal Growth Rate


Child population ( 0 - 6 years) :-

Male

Female

Total
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Rural/Urban)

Rural :

1, 85, 436

1, 78, 667

3, 64, 103 (16.16%)

Urban :

11, 682

11,345

23, 027 (10.21%)

Total :

1, 97, 118

1, 90, 012

3, 87, 130

  Child Sex Ratio (no. of girls per 1000 boys) - Urban : 971Total : 964
  Child population percentage ( 0 - 6 years) in comparison to the Total population :- 15.62%


Caste wise breakup of population :-

Scheduled Caste (SC)

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

6, 13, 853

5, 83, 596

11, 97, 449 (53.1%)

Urban :

22, 593

22, 332

44, 925 (19.9%)

Total :

6, 36, 446

6, 05, 928

12, 42, 374 (50.1%)

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

6, 855

6, 281

13, 136 (0.58%)

Urban :

570

540

1, 110 (0.49%)

Total :

7, 425

6, 821

14, 246 (0.58%)


Religion wise breakup of population :-

Hindu

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76.44%

Muslim

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23.34%

Christian

-

0.07%

Jains

-

0.10%

Buddhists

-

0.02%

Sikh

-

0.01%

Others

-

0.02%

Also check :-

1) "Block Population"

2) "Municipality-level Population"

3) "Village Population" and other statistics

4) "Statistics on  Literates/Illiterates"

5) "Statistics on  Labourers"

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  ADMINISTRATIVE SETUP :~

Revenue Sub-Divisions :

(1)

Cooch Behar Sadar

(2)

Dinhata

(3)

Mathabhanga

(4)

Mekhliganj

(5)

Tufanganj

Relation between Sub-Divisions and Blocks

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Development Blocks/Panchayat Samities :

(1)

Cooch Behar - I

(7)

Mathabhanga - II

(2)

Cooch Behar - II

(8)

Mekhliganj

(3)

Dinhata - I

(9)

Sitai

(4)

Dinhata - II

(10)

Sitalkuchi

(5)

Haldibari

(11)

Tufanganj - I

(6)

Mathabhanga -I

(12)

Tufanganj - II

No. of Gram Panchayats : 128

No. of Panchayat Samity : 12 check

No. of Gram Sansads : 1346

No. of Mouja : 1170


No. of Municipality : check details

No. of Police Stations : 11  check details

  Relation between Blocks and Gram Panchayats

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No. of Tea Clusters : 546

No. of Forest Villages : 3

(1)

Pagoler Kuthi

(2)

Atimochar

(3)

Rasikbil

For More Information on Administrative Setup click here

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  SOURCE OF INCOME :~

Agriculture :

Year :

2000

2001

Per capita food grain production (in Kg)

Use of improved seed (Cereal in M.T.)

15,603

15,200

Consumption of fertilizer (in M.T.)

N - 26,135
P - 14,141
K -  4,815

N - 25,000
P - 14,000
K -  4,000

Favorable climate helps agricultural activity as main source of income.
Wheat is one of the most important cereal crop in Rabi season; Pulse is another important cereal crop and attempt has been taken to increase the productivity as well as production; district is marginally surplus in rice production.
Check out
Crop Status and More on Agriculture

 

Animal Resource Farming :

Dairy Activities :

This year different schemes have been taken up as area based programme like 446 House Dairy schemes, 182 Poultry & Duckery units, 39 Goat keeping units, 45 Piggery units through different financial institutions.
Check out
More on Animal Resource Development

Up to January 2002 this year 30,212 nos. A.I. done for genetically up gradation of indigenous cows for better milk prodn. While the average per day collection of milk was only 597 litres in Sep. 2000, it has risen to 2600 litres in Feb. 2002. More on Dairy Activities


Also Check out Fishery Activities - Status and Achievements


Industry :

 

Figures

Per capita Bank Deposits (in Rs.)

 

Per capita Bank Credit (in Rs.)

Per capita Bank credit to SSIs (in Rs.)

 

Per capita credit to Industries (in Rs.)

% of Workers engaged in Mfg. industries

 

Agro-based Industries

Existing

Proposed

  1. Cold Storage

5

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  2. Fruit Processing unit

2

1

  3. Jute Processing

2

3*

  4. Oil Extraction

20

2

  5. Mini Rice Mill/Paddy Husking

189

20

         * One under Large/Medium Sector

Check out More on Industries

Check out Industrial Scope


Statistics on Type of Workers :-

WORKERS

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

6, 38, 059

2, 55, 252

8, 93, 311

Urban :

60, 491

12, 903

73, 394

Total :

6, 98, 550

2, 68, 155

9, 66, 705

NON - WORKERS

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

5, 19, 182

8, 41, 044

13, 60, 226

Urban :

54, 362

97, 862

1, 52, 224

Total :

5, 73, 544

9, 38, 906

15, 12, 450

 

Male

Female

Total (Rural/Urban)

Main Workers

Rural :

5, 82, 198

1, 03, 547

6, 85, 745

Urban :

57, 593

10, 973

68, 566

Total :

6, 39, 791

1, 14, 520

7, 54, 311

Main Cultivators

Rural :

2, 59, 277

30, 577

2, 89, 854

Urban :

676

68

744

Total :

2, 59, 953

30, 645

2, 90, 598

Main Agricultural Labourers

Rural :

1, 45, 990

41, 532

1, 87, 522

Urban :

750

128

878

Total :

1, 46, 740

41, 660

1, 88, 400

Main Household Industrial Workers

Rural :

14, 746

11, 788

26, 534

Urban :

1, 499

1, 138

2, 637

Total :

16, 245

12, 926

29, 171

Main Other Workers

Rural :

1, 62, 185

19, 650

1, 81, 835

Urban :

54, 668

9, 639

64, 307

Total :

2, 16, 853

29, 289

2, 46, 142


 MARGINAL LABOURER / WORKER 

Male

Female

Total (Rural/Urban)

Marginal Workers

Rural :

55, 861

1, 51, 705

2, 07, 566

Urban :

2, 898

1, 930

4, 828

Total :

58, 759

1, 53, 635

2, 12, 394

Marginal Cultivators

Rural :

17, 360

53, 846

71, 206

Urban :

26

10

36

Total :

17, 386

53, 856

71, 242

Marginal Agricultural Labourers

Rural :

23, 243

73, 466

96, 709

Urban :

221

96

317

Total :

23, 464

73, 562

97, 026

Marginal Household Industrial Workers

Rural :

1, 509

7, 984

9, 493

Urban :

139

452

591

Total :

1, 648

8, 436

10, 084

Marginal Other Workers

Rural :

13, 749

16, 409

30, 158

Urban :

2, 512

1, 372

3, 884

Total :

16, 261

17, 781

34, 042

 

  EDUCATION :~

 Educational facilities :

Primary Schools

- 1905

High Schools

- 340

Higher Secondary

- 135

No. of SSK

- 696

No. of MSK

- 117

Engineering/Technical Schools

- 3

Professional & Tech. Schools

- 16

General College

- 13

Blind School

- 1

Libraries

- 110

Check out Primary Education Status

Check out Secondary Education Status


University (Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya) - 1

Literacy Fig.

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

7, 22, 947

4, 91, 457

12, 14, 404

Urban :

93, 249

79, 312

1, 72, 561

Total :

8, 16, 196

5, 70, 769

13, 86, 965

  Literacy Rate (excluding 0-6 years population) : 66.3
 
of which Male : 75.9 (Total), 90.4 (Urban)
  and
Female : 56.1(Total), 79.8 (Urban)

Illiteracy Fig.

Male

Female

Total
(
Rural/Urban)

Rural :

4, 34, 294

6, 04, 839

10, 39, 133

Urban :

21, 604

31, 453

53, 057

Total :

4, 55, 898

6, 36, 292

10, 92, 190

[Illiteracy rate (excluding 0-6 years population) - %, of which Male - % & Female - % ]


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 - 10

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Health Centres

 - 391

Clinics

 - 25

Dispensaries

 - 7




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