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Hooghly District
 

District map of Hooghly - West Bengal

District HQ : CHINSURAH 
MUNICIPALITIES : Hooghly-Chinsurah, Bansberia, Chandannagar, Bhadreswar, Champdani
Tarakeswar, Baidyabati, Serampore, Rishra, Konnagar, Uttarpara-Kotrang, Arambagh

Latitude :  North
Longitude:  East
Geographical Area : 3149 Sq. Km.

The district of Hooghly got its name from the town of Hooghly situated on the west bank of Hooghly River about 40 km north of Kolkata. This town was a river port in the fifteenth century. The first European to reach this area was the Portuguese sailor Vasco-da-gama. In 1536 Portuguese traders got a permit from Sultan Mahmud Shah to trade in this area. In those days the Hooghly River was the main way for transportation and Hooghly served as an excellent trading port. Within a few decades the town of Hooghly turned into a major commercial center and the largest port in Bengal. Later in 1579-80 emperor Akbar gave permission to a Portuguese captain Pedro Tavares to establish a city anywhere in the Bengal province. They normally chosed Hooghly and thus Hooghly became the first European settlement in Bengal. In 1599 the Portuguese traders built a convent and a church in Bandel. This is the first Christian church in Bengal known as ‘Bandel church’ today

My District at a glance:-

Sub-Division - 4
Block/ Panchayat Samity - 18
Municipality - 11
Corporation - 1
Gram Panchayat - 210
Gram Sansad - 3029
Police Station - 22

Total Population - 50.419 lakhs
Male Population - 25.896 lakhs
Female Population - 24.523 lakhs
Population per sq. Km.(2001 Prov.) - 1,601
Male Population (2001 Prov.) - 51.35%
Female Population (2001 Prov.) - 48.65%

Literacy (2001 Prov.) - 75.59%
Male Literacy (2001 Prov.) - 83.05%
Female Literacy (2001 Prov.) - 67.72%
Hospital , Health Centres, Clinics etc. - 778
Total No. of Bed in Hospitals - 3653

Primary Schools - 2992
Middle Schools / Madrasah - 159
High Schools - 408
High Secondary Schools - 127
Colleges - 22
Technical Institutes - 6
Teachers' Training School / College - 5

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