Begusarai : District Profile

Introduction: Begusarai occupies a central position in North Bihar. In 1870 it was established as a sub-divison of the Munger district. It emerged as a district in 1972. It was named after "Begu" a man of this district who used to look after "Sarai" an old and small market.

Geographical Features: Begusarai lies in North Bihar between latitudes 2515' and 25 45' north and longitudes 8545' and 8636" east. This town expands perpendicularly from east to west which used to be a main link road. It is bounded on the north by Samastipur, on the south by the Ganga and the Lakhisarai district, on the east by Khagaria and Munger and on the west by the Samastipur and Patna districts.

Administrative structure: The administrative divisions of the district are  the following :

Administrative Division

Number

     No. of Sub-Division

     No. of Blocks

     No. of Panchayats

  *No. of Revenue Villages

  *No. of Habitations

05

18

257

1229

1198

 

Demographic Feature: The 2001 census count placed the Begusarai population at 23,42,989 as on the first of March. The population has grown at an annual average rate of 2.9%. There are many stages in the demographic transition beginning with a declining mortality and continuing fertility to a stage where both mortality and fertility rates decline more or less at the same rate and keep the population stable over a period of time.

Population

Year

Male

Female

Total

Decadal Growth (in %)

Area per Sq. Km.

Density of Population per sq. km.

1991

956310

858463

1814773

24.61

1918

946

2001

1226057

1116932

2342989

29.11

1918

1222

Source: Census, 1991, 2001

Land: In accordance with the reports compiled by the District Agriculture Office, Begusarai, the principal characteristics of the land use pattern of the Begusarai district for the year 2002-2003 is as follows:

Total area              :         1, 87,967.5 Hectares                   

Total irrigated land:              74,225.57 Hectares

Forest area            :         Nil                                                 

Orch. etc. area       :              5000 Hectares

Kharif Paddy         :              22000 Hectares                            

Garma Paddy        :           10000 Hectares

Wheat                   :           61000 Hectares                                   

Irrigated Area        :         (1) Permanent:                 6384.29 Hectares    

Garama & Rabi maize:     50000 Hectares.

                                        (2) Seasonal:                   4866.37 Hectares

Kharif maize:                   63000 Hectares

Wasteland and non arable area            :                  2118 Hectares

Natural Water sources: Begusarai district is located in the middle Ganga plain. Main rivers are Burhi Gandak, Balan, Bainty, Baya and Chandrabhaga.

Kaver Jheel: Kaver Jheel one of the Asia’s largest fresh water lake, also famous for Bird’s sanctuary.

 Minerals: No minerals of economic importance

Irrigation: Mostly by Tubwells

Forest: This district does not comprise of any forest. In contrast to the eastern portions of the old district of Munger, this district lying south to the Ganga does not comprise of any forest of sal and other large trees. At most of the places, there are gardens of mango and litchi. Chakmuzaffar a village of Naokothi block is famous for banana. Apart from these, Babul, Neem, Guava, Lemon, Gamahar, Peepal, Bamboo, shirish are also found. Shisham is one of the most important ones of them.  

Wild animals are scarcely found in this district. However, birds are seen in large numbers in various colours, particularly in the bird sanctuary of Kaver Lake. As of now 59 types of birds from abroad and 107 types of birds from home have been recognized.

Sources of Livelihood : Agriculture is the mainstay here. 88.33% people depend upon agriculture. Main cash crops of the district are oilseeds, tobacco, jute, potato, red chilies, tomato and andi.

The traditional occupation in this area has been the rearing of milch cattle. Animals are used in agricultural work even today. In urban areas rearing of cows of hybrid quality has increased. Despite domestic use of milk, a huge quantity of milk is sold to the Barauni Milk Composite Dairy Industry. This gives lucrative income and employment to the people of  Begusarai.

 

Industry : Begusarai is nationally and internationally known for its industrial recognition. Major industrial units are:  Indian Oil Refinery- Barauni, and Hindustan Fertilizer Limited -Barauni, Thermal power station- Barauni and hundreds of small industrial units in the private sector in which Hindustan Fertilizer Limited -Barauni is on the verge of closure. This district has potential for agro- based industries because of large production of maize and oilseeds, etc, as mentioned earlier.

Infrastructure: Begusarai is well connected to other parts of Bihar and India through railways as well as roads. New Delhi - Gawahati railway line passes through Begusarai. Small aerodrome in Ulao, five kms from the district headquarters, which is used on the arrival of very important persons. Railway has a route of 119 km (B.G.) and 67 km (M.G.).  Barauni Railway Junction occupies an important position. A number of important trains originate from this station for distant destinations, viz, Delhi, Guwahati, Amritsar, Varanasi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai etc. Rajendra Setu on the Ganga is connected to Mokama and Howrah. There are 18 railway stations in this district.  Interior parts of the district are connected to the main roads.The National Highways 28 and 31 link this district to the other parts of the country. Its total length is 95 km. State roads have the total length of 262 km. 95% of the total villages is linked to the rural and urban road facilities.