Airport Thana (Barisal Metropolitan) area 127.40 sq km, located in between 22’44’ and 22’48’ north latitudes and in between 90’16’ and 90’20’ east longitudes. It is bounded by babuganj upazila on the north, kotwali thana on the south, kaunia thana on the east and jhalokati sadar and Babuganj upazilas on the west.
Population Total 166870; male 86182, female 80688; Muslim 152069, Hindu 13880, Buddhist 800, Christian 85 and others 36.
Administration Airport thana was formed on June 2010 comprising 4 wards of Barisal Sadar upazila and Rahmatpur, Madhabpasha and Chandpash unions of Babuganj upazila and Kashipur, Roypasha Karapur unions of Barisal Sadar upazila.
|Ward||Mohalla||Population||Density (per sq km)||Literacy rate (%)|
|Name number of Ward||Area (sq km)||Population||Literacy rate (%)|
|Ward No. 27||0.46||2951||2983||84.68|
|Ward No. 28||0.58||3926||3612||86.74|
|Ward No. 29||0.69||3119||2995||81.14|
|Ward No. 30||0.54||3366||2507||88.74|
Source Bangladesh Population Census- 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 73.27%; male 75.51%, female 70.85%. Noted educational institutions: Barisal Cadet College (1981), Veterinary College, Saw Mill High School, Kashipur High School, Chandpasha High School, Pagarpara Primary School.
Important installations and tourist spots Barisal Airport, Office of Divisional Commissioner of Barisal, Weather Office, Range DIG Office, Rahmatpur Agricultural Rice Research Institute, Bir Sreshta Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge, Durga Sara Bridge.
Main sources of income Agriculture 32.05%, non-agricultural labourer 4.70%, industry 2.15%, commerce 20.41%, transport and communication 5.75%, service 20.74%, construction 3.69%, religious service 0.36%, rent and remittance’ 3.35% and others 6.80%.
Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 64.21%, landless 35.79%.
Main crops Rice, vegetables.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, litchi, black berry, coconut, betel nut.
Traditional transport palanquin, bullock cart and horse carriage.
Notable manufactories Oil mill, saw mill, brick field.
Hats and bazars Notable bazars are Airport Bazar, Sarashi Bazar, Babu Bazar.
Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the thana are under electrification net-work; however 55.02% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.
Sources of drinking water Tube-well 88.48%, pond 3.42%, tap 6.50% and others 1.60%.
Sanitation 66.90% of the dwelling households use sanitary latrines and 29.49% use non-sanitary latrines; 3.61% of’ the dwelling houses do not have latrine facilities.
NGO activities Most noted brac. [Akhtaruddin Chowdhury]
References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Field report of Airport Thana.