Khetlal Upazila (Joypurhat district) with an area of 142.60 sq km, is surrounded by Joypurhat Sadar upazila on the north, Akkelpur and Dupchachia upazilas on the south, Kalai and Shibganj upazilas on the east, Joypurhat Sadar and Akkelpur upazilas on the west.
Main river is Tulsiganga.
Khetlal (Town) consists of one mouza. The area of the town is 9.43 sq km. The town has population of 10420; male 51.22%, female 48.78%. The density of population is 1105 per sq km. The literacy rate among the town people is 27.6%; male 33.8%, female 20.8%. The town has a dakbungalow.
Administration Khetlal thana, now an upazila, was established in 1847. It consists of 5 union parishads, 88 mouzas, 155 villages.
Historical events During the War of Liberation Freedom Fighter Md Azizul Bari (company commander) lead a fight against Pakistani Solders in the month of November at Baruil village. Many people injured in the war.
Population 106146; male 51.74%, female 48.26%. Muslim 89.40%, Hindu 9.04%, Chiristan 0.41%, Tribals and others 1.15%.
Religious institutions Mosque 225, temple 16, shrine 2.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 25.2%; male 32.1%, female 17.5%.
Educational institutions: college 1, high school 14, junior school 4, madrasa 11, government. primary school 34, non-government primary school 6.
Noted educational institutions: Khetlal Pilot High School (1942). Cultural organisations Club 6, public library 6, literary society 2.
Main occupations Agriculture 63.13%, agricultural labourer 19.61%, wage labourer 1.04%, transport 1.67%, commerce 7.07%, service 2.39%, others 5.09%.
Land use Cultivable land 12280 hectares, follow land 844 hectares; single crop 8%, double crop 68% and treble crop 24%. Under irrigation cultivable land is 98%.
Land control Among the peasants 15% are landless, 56% small, 24% intermediate and 5% rich; cultivable land per head 0.12 hectares.
Value of land The market value of first grade land is Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare. Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, mustard seed, potato, overgin, sugarcane and vegetables.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, litchi, banana, papaya. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 11, dairy 141, poultry 69.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 40 km, semi pucca 6 km, mud road 142 km; waterways 12 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart. These means of transport are extinct or nearly extinct.
Cottage industries Weaving 5, bamboo work 300, goldsmith 13, woodwork 17, sewing 130, blacksmith 31, potteries 160, welding 4.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 13, most noted among the hats and bazars are Khetlal, Battali, Hatkhola Poamari, Fuldighi, Madhupukur, Pathanpara; fairs 2: Sannayastala is noted.
Main exports Potato and paddy.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, ASA, CARE.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning clinic 5.