Boalia Thana (Rajshahi district) with an area of 43.37 sq km, is surrounded by Paba upazila and Shah Makhdum thana on the north,Ganges (Padma) river and West Bengal state of india on the south, Motiar and Paba, thanas on the east and Godagari upazila on the west.
Boalia (Town) Boalia thana occupies a major part of the area of Rajshahi City Corporation. Rajshahi municipality was established in 1876 and the whole municipal area was under Boalia thana. Rajshahi municipality was turned into city corporation in 1987. It has one dakbungalow.
Administration Boalia thana was established in 1987. It consists of 25 wards and 144 mouzas.Archaeological heritage and relics Tomb of Hazrat Shah Makhdum (1645), Barendra Research Museum (1910) and Bara Kuthi (eighteenth century).
Population 164056; male 51.83%, female 48.17%; Muslim 92.3%; Hindu 6.82% and others 0.88%; ethnic nationals: Santal, 675 families.
Religious institutions Mosque 30,
temple 5, church 1 and tomb 1, most noted of which are Shaheb Bazar
Bara Mosque, Hatem Khan Bara Mosque, Malopara Shahi Mosque, tomb of
Hazrat Shah Makdum (R), Dharmasava Mandir (Miapara), Kalitala Mandir
(Saheb Bazar), Christian Missionaries Church.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 58.3%; male 64.5%, female 51.3%.
Educational institutions: medical college 1, engineering college 2, college 18, teacher's training college 2, law college 1, physical exercise college 1, technical institute 1, secondary school 36, madrasa 41, government primary school 47, non-government primary school 15.
Noted educational institutions: Rajshahi University College (1873), Rajshahi Medical college (1949), Rajshahi Collegiate School (1828), PN Girl's High School (1886).
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dailies: Dainik Barta, Dainik Sonali Sangbad, Dainik Sonar Desh, Dainik Prothom Probhat, Dainik Lal Golap, Dainik Upachar, Dainik Padmar Bani, Daily Sun-Shin; Weeklies: Weekly Dunia, Weekly Rajshahi Barta, Weekly Ganakhabar, Weekly Dharani; Monthly Uttar Janapath; extinct papers- Weekly Hindu Ranjika, Weekly Rajshahi Sangbad, Weekly Gayanangkur, Monthly Shikshka Parichaya.
Cultural organisations Club 66, public library 9, museum 1, literary society 4, theatre group 10, cinema hall 4, theatre stage 1, women's organisation 78, playground 11.
Main occupations Agriculture 3.52%, agricultural labourer 2.67%, wage labourer 4.68%, commerce 25.65%, service 37.46%, transport 8.14%, construction labourer 2.9% and others 14.98%.
Land use Total cultivable land 909.35 hectares; fallow land 40.06 hectares; single crop 51%, double crop 29% and treble crop 20%.
Land control Among the peasants 30% are landless, 40% small, 30% intermediate.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk. 120000 per 0.01 hectare.Main crops Paddy, wheat, jute, and vegetables.
Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame, mustard seed, sweet potato, kaun, bajra, arahar.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi and papaya. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 4, fishery 4.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca road 205 km, semi pucca 508 km and mud road 70 km; railways 3.4 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse and bullock cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Silk mill 13, textile mill 2, electric fan factory 1, flour and rice mill 11, cold storage 2, ice factory 2, pharmaceutical 2, auto press 2, aluminum factory 3, iron mill 1, match factory 1, jarda (chewing scented tobacco) factory 1, plastic industry 1, metal industry 10.
Cottage industries Cottage industries include weaving, bamboo work, cane work, goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, brass work, wood work, tailoring.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 11, most noted of which are Saheb Bazar, Shal Bagan, New Market; fair 1 (Rath Mela at Kumar Para).
Main exports Silk sari, silk fabrics and various industrial products.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, Proshika, Grameen Bank, Care
Health centres Government hospital 3, health & family welfare centre 17, diabetic hospital 1, heart foundation hospital 1, TB hospital 1, TB clinic 1, tetanus hospital 1, eye hospital 1, veterinary hospital 1 and satellite clinic 6.