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About Ukhra

Ukhra is a small town in Bardhman district of West Bengal. The city counts amongst fast developing region of West Bengal. In recent years the city has benefited a lot from favorable economic growth and infrastructure. The place comes under Durgapur subdivision. Bengali is the common language in this region. However Nepali and Urdu are also used in some areas here. Andal Aetroplis has also accelerated the economy of Ukhra. The up gradation of coal mines further boosts the prospects of the town.. The city is famous for electronic and bike showrooms. It serves as a shopping destinations for the surrounding villages and cities.

About Ukhra
Temple in Ukhra

Geography of Ukhra

The geocoordinate of Ukhra town is at 23.654°N latitude and 87.243°E longitude. The state capital Kolkata is around 165.6 km away from the town. It is located 88 km towards west from Bardhaman, the district head quarters. Kajora, Ondal, Dobrana, Faridpur, Laudoha, Baidyanathpur and Madanpur are the nearby villages of Ukhra. The nearby cities to Ukhra are Asanol, Kulti, Sonamukhi and Suri.Ondal Block towards South, Khoyrasol Block towards North, Raniganj Block towards east and Mejhia Block towards west surround Ukhra town. The place shares its border with Bardhaman district and Bankura district.Ukhra is situated between Damodar and the Ajay rivers. Both the rivers flow almost parallel to each other in the area with an average distance of around 30 km. Ukra was a heavy forest area infested with marauders and plunderers. It is the discovery of coal that led the area into industrialization. Now most of the forests here have been cleared for industrial purposes and developments of the town.

Demography of Ukhra

Ukhra is a census town city with a population of 24, 104. Out of which 12, 500 are males and 11, 604 are females. 10.33% of total population of the city is children that are below 6 years. Ukhra city has 81.83% literacy rate, which is higher than state average of 76.26%. While the male literacy is nearly 87.81%, the female literacy is 74.44%. Among the total population, 24.46% are schedule caste and 1.36% is schedule tribe.

Economy of Ukhra

Population of Ukhra can be divided under in middle-class and lower middle-class. The surprising fact is that the per capital income of Ukhra town is higher than the national average. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people here. But, there are many industries in the town that also contributes in the economy of the town. Presence of coal is the main cause of development of the city. Raniganj coalfield, under which Ukhra falls, is the second largest coalfield in India after Jharia. Coal India Ltd, which is located in the heart of the coal mining zone, has a main role in the immense change of economic demography of Ukhra. Eastern Coalfields Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Coal India, provides employment to a several people in Ukhra. It has many underground and open cast mines surrounding the town.

I.F.B. Agro Industries L.T.D.
Address: School More Road, Ukhra, Durgapur - 713363
Contact: +(91)-9800080440

Fourmit Industries Private Limited
Address: Shop No. 5shri Krishna Market, Ukhra, Durgapur - 713363, West Bengal, India.

The development of industries in Ukhra makes the town a potential market. Now there are sevral shopping centers in all important places here like NSC Bose, road, MG Road, Rathala road etc. Products of all famous brands are available here. The town is popular for bike and electronic showrooms. In addition a large section of its population derived employment at various industrial units of Durgapur which is famous for its steel plant.

Culture of Ukhra

Ukhra is a town of fairs and festivals. No matter which festive season is, the people here celebrate it with an enthusiasm that no one can match. Bengali New Year, which is known as Rabindra jayanti or ‘Poila Baisakh’, is the most famous festival in Ukhra. The city observes famous rathyatra during this time. Another festival is the Jhulan yatra of Sri Krishna. Jhulan Mela is very famous in Ukhra. Durga and Kali Puja, the national festivals of Bengalis, are also celebrated in the city.

Profile of Ukhra
Culture

There are many Durga temples in Ukhra, dating backn to100 years. Some of them are Mukherjee bari, Chatterjee bari, Kanar para, Dhibar para, Chandi bari and Suko para etc. The idols of Durga are incarnated in Suko Lake. Raban Badh is observed here in dushera. The well known Kali temples in the town are Sanyasi, Panch kali tata, Patal vairabi, Notun sanyasi and vayankati tala etc. Huge numbers of pandals are organized in Ukhra bazar in Durga puja, Saraswati puja and Kali puja. The club committees also arrange several cultural programs. Besides the popular festivals of Bengal, other national festivals like Diwali, raksha bandhan and chath pura are also celebrated by the people of Ukhra. Some minorities festivals like gurunanak jayanti and Id are also celebrated in the city. There is a community hall in Ukhra, where various cultural programs are conducted by various organizations. There are many dance and drawing schools in the town that participate in cultural programs.

Sports in Ukhra

Several sports activities are conducted in Ukhra by various associations and organizations. Rintu Sriti Sanga organizes a cricket tournament in every January. It is held in Ukhra Sports Ground, which is popularly known as Bibir Bandh ground. There is also a football tournament organized at Ukhra Junion school ground. Several teams from various distant places come to participate in both the tournaments. There are also many cricket coaching academies here.

Administration in Ukhra

Ukhra is a legislative assembly constituency in Bardhanam district of West Bengal. It includes the entire Ukhra area. The sitting MLA of this seat is Madan Bauri of CPI (M). Ukhra assembly constituency comes under Asanol parliamentary constituency. Ukhra, even though is a developing industrial town, has not yet been upgraded to Municipal board. It is still a village panchayats. Trinamul Congress rules this panchayats now. In 2013 election, TMC got 18 seats out of 22 total seats.
There is no police station in Ukhra. Andal Police station is responsible for keeping the law and order of the town.

Dr. Saumitra Mohan, IAS
District Magistrate and Collector, Burdwan
http://www.bardhaman.gov.in/

Andal Police station
Address: Andal, Durgapur, Burdwan district, West Bengal, 713201
Phone number: 0341 2373378

Banks in Ukhra

The industrial development and commercial boom in Ukhra also enhances the growth of banking industry. There are several public sector banks functioning in the town. Many nationalized banks such as Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Uco Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce etc. have branches here. Several indurance companies are also setting up their branches in Ukhra. The Frontline multinational company ICICI Prudential functions its branch here. Some of the famous bank branches in Ukhra city are listed here.

Economy of Ukhra
Banks

Allahabad bank
Branch name: Ukhra
IFSC Code: ALLA0210050
Phone number: Balram Dey Market Building,
Madhaiganj Road, Bahula P O, Ukhra,
West Bengal, 713363
Phone number: 0341 2665335
Email ID: br.ukhra@allahabadbank.in

State Bank Of India (SBI)
Branch name: Bankola
IFSC Code: SBIN0007798
MICR Code: 713002514
Branch Code: 007798
Address: Ukhra, Burdwan, West Bengal, 713363
Phone number: 0341 2665636 / 2664872

United Bank Of India
Branch name: Kumardihi
IFSC Code: UTBI0KUMD30
Branch Code: KUMD30
Address: Kumardihi, Ukhra, Bardhaman,
West Bengal, 713363
Phone number: 0341 2665681

Oriental Bank Of Commerce (OBC)
Branch name: Ukhra
IFSC Code: ORBC0101534
MICR Code: 713022703
Branch Code: 101534
Address: Ukhra Ground Floor, Bankola Road,
Ukhra, West Bengal

UCO Bank
Branch name: Ukhra
IFSC Code: UCBA0002328
MICR Code: 713028363
Branch Code: 002328
Address: Bajpai More PO, Ukhra,
Burdwan, West Bengal, 713363
Phone number: 0341 2663405

Bank of India (BOI)
Branch name: Ukhra
IFSC Code: BKID0004389
MICR Code: 713013702
Branch Code: 004389
Address: Ananta Bhawan, Ananda More,
Ukhra Bus Stand, Burdwan, 713363
Phone number: 08900391851

Transportation in Ukhra

Railway is the commonly used transport mode to reach Ukhra. The city is 12 km away from Andal and it is on the Andal-Sainthia Branch Line of Eastern Railway. The nearby railway stations to Ukhra town are Ukhra railway station and Kajoragram railway station. Asanol Jn railway station is the major railway station near to the city and it is located at a distance of 31 km. Ukhra railway station is renovated recently with more current and reservation counters and a big yard for local transportation. The important trains that have scheduled stoppages at Ukhra station are Howrah-Rampurhat Mayurakhi Fast Passenger and Howrah-Suri Hool Express.

Transport in Ukhra
Ukhra Railway Station

People in Ukhra mainly depend on buses for local transportation. Ukhra is well linked with other nearby cities through roadways. The mini buses ply within the city between 5 am to 8 pm, which is really helpful for short journeys. There are buses at an interval of every five minutes to the nearby cities like Durgapur, Raniganj, Asanol and Andal. The long distance superfast buses that go to district capital Bardhaman has also stops at Ukhra. They pass through M.G Road. There are two major bus stands at Shamkarpur more and Bajpayee more.

Ukhra is facing certain long pending problems like upgradation from panchayats to Municipal board, stoppages for long distance trains, water scarcity, separate police station and block office etc. However, the development in market and industry here boost the economy of the city and it attracts many private and government sector banks, insurance and micro finance to Ukhra. Now the city is a commercial center for the nearby towns.

Ukhra at a glance

Country: India
State: West Bengal
District: Bardhaman
Languages: Bengali, English

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