Metropolitan City / Urban Agglomeration
Malda City Skyline view
|Railway Station||Malda Town railway station|
|• Body||English Bazar Municipality |
Old Malda Municipality
|• Chairman||Nihar Ranjan Ghosh|
|• Chairman||Kartick Ghosh|
|• Metropolitan City / Urban Agglomeration||81 km2 (31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|• Metropolitan City / Urban Agglomeration||324,237|
|• Rank||5th in West Bengal|
|• Density||4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|• Additional official||English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
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|Lok Sabha constituency||Maldaha Dakshin, Maldaha Uttar|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||English Bazar, Malda|
Malda or English Bazar is a metropolitan city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the sixth largest city in West Bengal. It is the district headquarters of Malda district. It consists of two municipalities - English Bazar Municipality and Old Malda Municipality, under English Bazar Metropolitan Area. This was an Undeveloped City which was enlarging since 1925-1930. The city is growing rapidly with its population inching towards half million.
Malda is located at Malda district, West Bengal. It has an average elevation of 17 metres (56 feet). It is on the western bank of the river Mahananda.As in much of Bengal, the weather is usually extremely humid and tropical. Temperatures can reach as high as 46 °C during the day in May and June and fall as low as 4 °C overnight in December and January.
The municipality of English Bazar Municipality is divided into 29 wards. The Trinamool Congress with 15 councillors holds power (as of 2015).
The municipality of Old Malda Municipality is divided into 20 wards.
NH 12 crosses through the city. The Gour Kanya Bus Terminus serves as bus depot for both Private Buses and Government Bus Service which is operated by the NBSCT (North Bengal State Transport Corporation)
There are four railway stations which serves the metropolitan city. These are Malda Town Railway Station which serves the English Bazar area. Second one is Old Malda Railway Station which serves the Old Malda area. The third one is Malda Court Railway Station which serves the Mangalbari and Naldubi area and Gour Malda railway station which serves the Mohhadipur and Gauḍa (city) area.
Malda Airport (IATA: LDA, ICAO: VEMH) was closed in 1972 due to the Bangladesh War. Before that there were direct daily flights from Malda to Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati. In 2014 direct helicopter services were started between Malda and Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, by the government of West Bengal. As of 2017 the airport is under construction and the flight service will start very soon.
As of the[update] 2011 census, English Bazar municipality had a population of 216,083. The municipality had a sex ratio of 877 females per 1,000 males and 14.9% of the population were under six years old. Effective literacy was 84.69%; male literacy was 85.44% and female literacy was 83.86%.
As of 2001[update] India census, Old Malda Municipality had a population of 62,944. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Old Malda has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 54%. In Old Malda, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Most of the people are Hindu. Some Muslim, Shikh, Christian people live here.
Several colleges and universities are in and around English Bazar. The largest is the University of Gour Banga, established in 2008. Almost all the 28 colleges in Malda, Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur districts, except for Raiganj University College, are affiliated with it.
Other notable institutions include Malda College, established on 23 July 1944, the oldest higher educational institution in the city; and Malda Women's College, the only women's college in the city. English Bazar has three engineering colleges:Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering & Technology established in 2010 is a Centrally Funded Technical Institute under Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India; IMPS College of Engineering and Technology, established in 2003; and Malda Polytechnic, one of the oldest and best polytechnic colleges in West Bengal
Malda Medical College and Hospital is the only medical college.
Malda is becoming the medical hub of this region. Malda Medical College and Hospital is a top class hospital in the district and also nearby district. There are lots of primary healthcare centers in the city. Private nursing homes, a pathology centre, clinics, and medical stores are present.
Malda Railway Hospital is established to serve health care for railway needs. It is situated near the Malda Town Railway Station.
All national channels and also some local media channels like Malda Today, High TV, Sabar Cable, Sabar Monoranjan, MCN News, CCN and DAM's TV are local channels which are operated throughout the city. And also serves nearby districts news like North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, and Murshidabad
Gour-Pandua travel guide from Wikivoyage