Durgapur Upazila ( Netrokona district) with an area of 293.42 sq km, is surrounded by Meghalaya (State of India) on the north, Netrokona Sadar and Purbodhala upazilas on the south, Kalmakanda upazila on the east, Dhobaura upazila on the west. The Garo hills and valleys are on the northern part of the upazila.
Main rivers are Someshwari, Kangsa, Old someshwari.
Durgapur (Town) The town is now a municipality with an area of 10.8 sq km and population 20491; male 50.95%, female 49.05%. It has 9 wards and 27 mahallas. Literacy rate among the town people is 47.5%.
Administration Durgapur thana was established in 1874 and was turned into an upazila in 1982. The upazila consists of 7 union parishads, 134 mouzas and 225 villages.
Historical events At the end of the nineteenth century Hajong Revolt occurred under the leadership of Mona Sarder protesting against the compulsion of labour in in the Hatikheda free of cost. Tonk mobvement (1942-43) and Tebaga Movement (1946-47) occurred under the leadership of Comrade Moni Singh. Later these revolutions spread all over East Bengal.
Population 169135; male 50.49%, female 49.51%; Muslim 80%; Hindu 12%, Christian 8%. Ethnic national: Garo and Hajong 850 families.
Religious institutions Mosque 267, temple 18 and church 5.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 23%; male 18.1% and female 17.8%.
Educational institutions: college 2, high school 18, government primary school 58, non-government primary school 70, low cost school 6, madrasa 26, NGO operated school 28, kinder garden school 2, satellite school 10.
Noted old educational institutions: Birishiri Picinal High School (1892), Birishiri Mission Girl's High School (1899), SKPS High School (1918), Gujirkona High School (1946), Durgapur Entrance School (1879), Upendra Biddyapit (1913-14).
Cultural organisations Rural club 40, public library 1, cinema hall 1, playground 14, theatre stage 2, theatre group 3, and women's organisation 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 46.73%, fishing 1.77%, agricultural labourer 25.17%, wage labourer 4.29% commerce 8.96%, service 2.91%, and others 10.17%.
Land use Total cultivable land 18962.36 hectares, fallow land 699.72 hectares; single crop 17%, double crop 72% and treble crop 11%; land under irrigation 76%.
Land control Among the peasants 36% are landless, 31% small, 25% intermediate and 8% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 6000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, corn and cotton. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sweet potato, sesame and pulses.
Main fruits Jackfruit, mango, black berry (jam).
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 14, dairy 6.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 18 km, semi pucca 37 km and mud road 495 km; waterways 15 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, buffalo cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Flour mill 4, ice factory 2, saw mill 32.
Cottage industries Weaving 17, goldsmith 26, woodwork 65, blacksmith 27, tailoring 237, welding 22, potteries 37.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars 28, most noted are Durgapur, Zhanjail, Shivaganj, Gujir Kona; fairs 3 Main exports Rice, ceramic clay.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are CARE,BRAC, ASA, , World Vision.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, sub health centre 1 and family planning centre 7.