Durgapur Upazila (Rajshahi district) with an area of 195.03 sq km, is surrounded by Bagmara and Mohanpur upazilas on the north, Puthia upazila on the south and east,Paba upazila on the west.
Hoja and Raijan rivers are almost dead.
Durgapur (Town) consists of three mouzas. The area of the town is 4.35 sq km. It has a population of 4197; male 52.30%, female 47.70%. Population density per sq km is 965. Literacy rate among the town people is 38.1%. The town has one dakbungalow.
Administration Durgapur thana was established in 1909 and was turned into an upazila in 1984. It consists of seven union parishads, 114 mouzas and 122 villages.Historical events During the War of Liberation a battle was fought between the freedom fighters and the Pak army at Kabasmul (boarder of Paba-Durgapur) in which a Pak army Major was killed; in retaliation the agitated Pak army killed 44 innocent villagers of Gaganbaria and Palsa.
Archeological heritage and relics Two domed Kismat Mosque at Madia (eighteen century), one domed Ruipara Jami Mosque (sixteen century)
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave and mass killing site at the playground of Palsa.
Population 137640; male 51%, female 49%; Muslim 96.62%, Hindu 3.08%, Christian 0.23%; ethnic nationals: Santal 108 families.
Religious institutions Mosque 338, temple 14, church 1, sacred place 1.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 20.2%; male 27.5% and female 12.6%.
Educational institutions: college 9, secondary school 28, madrasa 10, government primary school 45, non-government primary school 32.
Noted educational institutions: Sreedhar Government Primary School (1857), Singa Government Primary School (1923), Daudkandi High school (1946).
Cultural organisations Rural club 20, public library 1, theatre group 1, cinema hall 1, women's organisation 1 and playground 26.
Main occupations Agriculture 52.76%, agricultural labourer 29.75%, wage labourer 1.7%, commerce 6.16%, service 2.2% and others 7.43%.
Land use Total cultivable land 19877.78 hectares; fallow land 178.54 hectares; single crop 40%, double crop 41% and treble crop 19%; cultivable land under irrigation 85%.
Land control Among the peasants 34% are landless, 28% small, 26 intermediate and 12% rich; cultivable land per head 0.15 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk 7500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, potato, brinjal, onion, garlic, betel leaf, patal and mulberry plant.Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame, mustard seed, sweet potato, kaun, arahar.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi and papaya. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Poultry 11, fishery 44, hatchery 7.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 42 km, semi pucca 14 km and mud road 575 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart and boat. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Flour mill 1, rice mill 10, saw mill 4, press 2, ice factory 7, welding 11.
Cottage industries Weaving 12, bamboo work 274, goldsmith 37, blacksmith 74, potteries 510, wood work 140, tailoring 270 and bidi 1; cocoon produced by female labourers.
Hats, bazars and fairs Main hats and bazars are 16, most noted of which are Durgapur, Daudkandi, Pananagar, Kanpara Hat; fairs 3.
Main exports Betel leaf, onion, garlic, banana, papaya, date molasses, flour.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, TMSS, Grameen Bank, Care, Barendra.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 7 and satellite clinic 2.