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Introduction

Hingalgunj is located in the southern most end of North 24-Parganas district bounded by river Goureswar and Raymongal in the north and west, Ichamati and Kalindi in the east and south, sharply divided by an off soot of river Ichamati formed tri-junction, distributed the island in three parts. This confluence forms the largest river Raymangal. In the southern most point the Forest Jhingakhali Reserve stretched about 150 sq. kms. All the way through eastern flank the river Ichamati and Kalindi forms the international border with Bangladesh. The block consists with 44 Revenue villages of 9 Gram Panchayats namely, Hingalgunj, Rupamari, Bispur, Sandelerbil, Dulduli, Sahibkhali, Jogeshgunj, Gobindakati and Kalitala.

The Hingalgunj Community Development Block has an area of 230.40 sq. km. The Population as per 2001 census is 1,56,568, the density of population per km. is 680.

Critical issues of Hingalgunj encompass by Climate Change effect :

The most critical issue of the area is vulnerable embankments and breach/collapse due to gradual higher up tidal effect is a regular phenomenon and is the prime consequential effect of Global warming. This is a scientific truth as detected by the Department of Oceanography, Jadavpur University. Tagore Society was an integral part of the research.

The second issue is salinity of soil. This is an intrinsic phenomenon of its soil texture and proved to be immovable. Sweet underground water (at a depth of 600' to 1200') and scarcity vice versa the unfavourable soil texture is unable to recharge fresh water - the soil is sticky. Rain water reserve is only alternative, but erratic rain leads to fail the initiative. Drinking water tube wells fails frequently and not environmentally sustainable, but the inaction of Panchayats is prominent to feed this basic minimum need of life.

The complex of the situation is compounded by about 40% migration of youth from the area for search of livelihood and gradual settlement in nearby suburb out of income from outside. The capable man power is in scarcity.
   
State District Block Village Population covered Thematic area
West Bengal – Hingalgunj Project North 24-Parganas
  • Hingalgunj
44 1,59,555
  • Post Aila Activation & rejuvenation of Public Delivery system
  • Pond excavation & rain water harvesting
  • Post Aila Recovery Program through infrastructure development & livelihood programs
  • Greening India

Contact Info

Hingalgunj Project
Pather Dabi, P.O. Hingalgunj, Dist. 24 Parganas (N), Phone : 03217-322763,
e-Mail : bhattacharyya.bhattacharyya3@gmail.com
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