Araria at a glance
Posted by Sulabh on March 16, 2008
District Information –
Araria is the district headquarter of the Araria district with two sub divisions, Araria and Forbesganj. Araria as a district was formed in January 1990 as one of the administrative districts of under Purnia Division. Mr. A.K.Chauhan served as a first D.M. Araria has been engraved out of the parent district of Purnia and covers an area of 2,830 sq.km . Araria is situated on the north-east fron of Bihar. Neighbour districts are Kishanganj at east, Purnia at south, Madhepura at west. Strategically, Araria is important for security reasons as it shares its border with Nepal in the north. Also it is very close to two other countries (Bangladesh and Bhutan).
Infrastructure Araria is connected with the other districts of Bihar by bus and railways. The nearest railway station is Araria Court and Araria(R.S) and the nearest air port is at Bagdogra. Araria is also accessible to other parts of India by railways via Katihar Junction which is a big and important junction of NF Railway Division.
Demography Araria has a total population of 16,11,638,with rural population of 15,09,360 and urban population of 1,02,278.Araria has a sizeable SC population of 2,20,148 and ST population of 20,819.
|Year of formation||1990|
|Area||2,830 Sq. km|
|Population density||751 Per Sq. km|
|No. of Sub-Division||02|
|No. of Tehsil||09|
|No. of Blocks||09|
Economy Araria mainly depends on agriculture,with paddy,maize and jute as the major agricultural products. There are also many jute mills in Araria. This area contain many ponds, canals and rivers, fisheries is one good source. Somewhere Makhana production can be seen easily. However Araria has big name for the Plywood Industries. In recent years such industries are losing their production volume due to many factors related with timber.
Area: 2,830 km?
Population: Total: 1611638 Rural: 1509360 Urban: 102278
Sub Divisions: Araria, Forbesganj (also spelled Farbisganj)
Blocks: Araria, Raniganj, Bharganwan, Kursakata, Sikti, Narpatganj, Forbesganj, Palasi, Jokihat
Agriculture: Paddy, Maize, Jute, Fish
Industry: Jute Mills, Ply Mills
Rivers: Kosi, Suwara, Kali and Koli
District border is adjacent to border of Nepal, so the district is important in terms of security.
Jogbani is the last point of Araria and after that “Virat Nagar” district of Nepal starts.
For transportation both train and road media’s are available. Araria contains two bus terminals one at ‘0’ mile and second in city. Buses for most of the districts are available and as well as for internal blocks too.
Train facility is in the form of meter gauge track. This track ends one side to the Katihar, which is a big and important junction where from trains to all over India are available, other end of track is Jogbani the last point of Indian rail.
Nearest Railway Station :Araria court & Araria(R S)
Distance from Purnia : 42 Km.
Nearest Airport :Bagdogara
Distance from Nepal : 42 Km.
The state of Bihar, consisting of 24 districts, is divided into nine administrative divisions namely Patna, Purnia, Munger ,Bhagalpur , Koshi, Tirhut, Magadh, Saran, Rohtas.
Purnia division is having 4 Districts, Araria District is divided into 9 talukas
(administrative units ) and two sub-divisions as per details given below.
|Sub- Divisions||Blocks within the Sub-division|
|Araria||Araria, Kursakanta, Siktti, Raniganj, Jokihat, Palasi|
|Forbesganj||Forbesganj, Bhargama, Narpatganj|