Chauddagram Upazila (Comilla district) with an area of 268.48 sq km, is surrounded by Comilla Sadar upazila on the north, Feni Sadar and Daganbhuiyan upazilas on the south, Tripura State of India on the east, Nangalkot and Laksam upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Dakatia and Kakari. Amandanga Shalban (shorea forest), Dhal Samudra (marsh land) and four canals (20 miles length) are noted in the upazila.
Chauddagram (Town) consists of 6 mouzas. The area of the town is 5.06 sq km. The town has a population of 10822; male 53.83%, female 46.17%; population density is 2138 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 42.9%.
Administration Chauddagram thana was turned into an
upazila in 1983. The upazila consists of 14 union parishads, 418
mouzas and 402 villages. Archaeological heritage and relics Palace
of Senbahadur and Kali Mandir at Chandiskara, Bardhan Mura,
Jagannath Dighi (pond) and Suamar Dighi.
Historical events On 28 November 1971, the freedom fighters occupied the Jagannath Dighi Camp of the Pak army. During the WAR OF LIBERATION 25 freedom fighters were killed in various encounters with the Pak army in Chauddagram upazila. This upazila was completely liberated on 7 December 1971.
Marks of War of Liberation Memorial monument 1 (Betiara).
Population 332055; male 49.83%, female 50.17%; Muslim 97.84%, Hindu 2.02%, Christian 0.10%, Buddhist 0.01% and others 0.03%; population density per sq km 1488.
Religious institutions Mosque 723, temple 29, pagoda 1 and Buddhist Vihara 1.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 33%; male 39.8% and female 26.5%.
Educational institutions: college 7, high school 54, junior high school 25 madrasa 61, government primary school 114, non-government primary school 36, satellite school 10, low cost school 8, kinder garden school 11, BRAC school 158.
Noted educational institutions: Chauddagram H J Pilot High School (1921), Padua Government Primary School, Chauddagram Girl's School and Munshir Hat High School (1954).
Cultural organisations Club 33, women's organisations 9, cooperative society 4, cinema hall 1, theatre stage 1 and playground 15.
Main occupations Agriculture 40.61%, commerce 10.16%, service 16.33%, wage labourer 3.08%, transport 3.17% and others 12.37%.
Land use Total cultivable land 21180 hectares; uncultivated land 15 hectares; fallow land 185 hectares; forestry 40.47 hectares; marsh land 1960 hectares; single crop 31%, double crop 87.25% and treble crop land 9.44%; land under irrigation 12500 hectares.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is 30000 Taka per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, potato, mustard seed, and vegetables. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, jute, kaun. Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, papaya, kul and palm.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 10, poultry 12 and hatchery (fish) 9, nursery (fish) 30, cattle breeding centre 4.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca road 111 km, semi pucca 26 km, mud road 960 km; railway 5 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart (nearly extinct). Manufactories Aluminium, salt, soap, shoe, and garments factories.
Cottage industries include bamboo and cane works, tailoring and shital paty making, etc. Chauddagram is a BCSIC industrial city.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 40, most noted hats and bazars are Miabazar, Chauddagram Bazar, Gunabati Bazar and Munshir Hat; noted fairs are Chansree Mazar Mela and Kali Bazar Mela.
Main exports Ready made garments. NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, ASA, Gramen Bank.
Health centres Hospital 2, upazila health complex 1, sub health centre 3, union health and family planning welfare centre 12, maternity 1, private clinic 6, palli health centre 1 and veterinary hospital 1.