Thana with an area of 149.96 km, is bounded by Narayanganj
sadar upazila on the north, Naria and Zanjira upazilas on the
south, Munshiganj sadar upazila on the east, Lauhajang and Serajdikhan
upazilas on the west. Main rivers are Padma and Dhaleshwari.
(Town) consists of 4 mouzas. The area of the town is 6.61
sq km. The town has a population of 13148; male 53.49% and female
46.51%. Literacy rate among the town people is 42.4%.
Tongibari thana was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists
of 12 union parishads, 113 mouzas and 160 villages.
heritage and relics Touchstone images (now preserved in the
National Museum), math and temple.
events During the War of Liberation in 1971 the Pakistani
soldiers killed 15 innocent villagers at Paler-bari in Abdullahpur
union. At the end of September, the freedom fighters attacked
the police station of Tongibari and acquired a large number of
arms and ammunitions.
of War of Liberation Memorial 1.
Male 52.45%, Female 47.55%; Muslim 90.94%, Hindu 9.03%, others
institutions Mosque 305, temple 16, idgah 48, most noted
of which are Abdullahpur Jami Mosque, Betka Jami Mosque, Seven
storied Minar Mosque at Pura, Dargah of Fazu Fakir.
and educational institutions Average literacy 35.6%; male
40.1%, female 30.6%. Educational institutions: college 1, high
school (government) 4, (non-government) 15, junior high school
5, primary school (government) 77, (non-government) 5, madrasa
20, mass education institute 658. Old institution: Paikpara Union
High School (1903).
organisations Club 48, cultural society 2, cinema hall 3.
occupations Agriculture 29.81%, agricultural labourer 25.74%,
commerce 19.97%, service 6.97%, wage labourer 2.46%, fishing
2.41% and others 12.64%.
use Cultivable land 4378 hectares; single crop 10%, double
crop 90%. Cultivable land under irrigation 6%.
control Among the peasants, 27% are landless, 58% small,
14% intermediate and 1% rich; cultivable land per head 0.0248
crops Paddy, jute, potato, betel leaf, tomato.
and nearly extinct crops Wheat, sesame, pulse.
fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, papaya.
and poultries Fishery 92, poultry 6, dairy 10.
facilities Roads: pucca 41 km, semi pucca 28 km and mud road
transport Boat, bullock cart (nearly extinct), palanquin
mill 1, cotton mill 4, insulation factory 1, cold storage 27.
industries Weaving, welding, bamboo and cane work, wood work,
tailoring, goldsmith, blacksmith.
bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 18, fair 5, most noted
of which are Tongibari, Betka, Subachani, Dighirpar, Abdullahpur
Bazar, Panchgaon Bazar, Dighali Bazar.
exports Betel leaf, jute, potato, banana, vegetables, yarn.
Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, grameen bank, CARE,
centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 5, family
planning centre 11.
last updated 01-07-2005 @ 1320 GMT