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Goalpokhar I (community development block)

Goalpokhar I
গোয়ালপোখর I সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
Community development block
Location in West Bengal, India

Coordinates: 26°05′N 88°08′E / 26.08°N 88.13°E / 26.08; 88.13Coordinates: 26°05′N 88°08′E / 26.08°N 88.13°E / 26.08; 88.13{{#coordinates:26.08|N|88.13|E|type:city(245603)_region:|||| |primary |name=

Country Template:Country data India
State West Bengal
District Uttar Dinajpur
 • Total 372.80 km2 (143.94 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 245,603
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Raiganj
Vidhan Sabha constituency Goalpokhar

Goalpokhar I (community development block) is an administrative division in Islampur subdivision of Uttar Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Goalpokhar police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Goalpokhar.[1][2]


Goalpokhar is located at 26°05′N 88°08′E / 26.08°N 88.13°E / 26.08; 88.13{{#coordinates:26.08|N|88.13|E||||| | |name= }}.

Goalpokhar I community development block has an area of 372.80  km2.[2]

There is one river flowing from north to south in the eastern border of Goalpokhar I block and that river acts as the natural border between West Bengal of India and Bangladesh. The BSF has done lots of fencing alongside the river. Because of this fencing, a huge area of cultivable land has fallen on the other side of the river which is not accessible to the farmers of this region and it causes lot of trouble to the farmers because it is almost as if they have lost their cultivable lands because of the fencing by the BSF.

Few of the neighbouring villages in Goalpokhar I are Manna Basti, Notwa Tol, MotiLal, Haari Bhanga, Moni Bhitta, Bed Baari, Bherosthan etc. There is one small market place named Bherosthan Haat in the vicinity of the village Manna Basti. This market place is the centre of business activities for the neighbouring villages. This is on the side of a main road which runs through and connects all the villages of that area. Because of easy access, this market place is full of life always.

Gram panchayats

Gram panchayats of Goalpokhar I block/ panchayat samiti are: Dharampur I, Dharampur II, Goagaon I, Goagaon II, Goalpokher, Goti, Jaingaon, Khagore, Lodhan, Mahua, Panjipara, Pokharia, Sahapur I and Sahapur II.[3]


As per 2001 census, Goalpokhar I block had a total population of 245,603, out of which 126,706 were males and 118,897 were females. Goalpokhar I block registered a population growth of 26.56 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for the district was 28.72 per cent.[2] Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[4]


Since there is not much of resources available for earning a good livelihood, the young generation of these villages have mostly migrated to the cities like Delhi, Bombay, Panipat etc. in search of earning a good livelihood.


NH 31 skirts the edges of this block.


  1. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Uttar Dinajpur district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal , Table 4". Census of India 2001, Uttar Dinajpur district (04). Census Commissioner of India. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  3. ^ "BRGF Allotment Order No. 5". Government of West Bengal - Department of Panchayats & Rural Development. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-03-11.