Mekhliganj is a city and a municipality in Cooch Behar district in the Indianstate of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of the Mekhliganj subdivision.

City in West Bengal, India

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Location in West Bengal, India

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Mekhliganj (India)

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26.35°N 88.92°E / 26.35; 88.92

Country  India
State West Bengal
District Cooch Behar

  Type Municipality
  Body Mekhliganj Municipality

  Total 3.88 km2 (1.50 sq mi)

58 m (190 ft)

  Total 9,217
  Density 2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)

  Official Bengali[2][3]
  Additional official English[2]
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Lok Sabha constituency Jalpaiguri
Vidhan Sabha constituency Mekliganj

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Places in the Mathabhanga, Mekhliganj subdivisions and Sitai CD block of Dinhata subdivision in Cooch Behar district
CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre, M: Municipal town
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

Mekliganj is at 26.35°N 88.92°E / 26.35; 88.92. It adjoins the boundary of Teesta River.[4] It has an average elevation of 58 m (190 ft). Also it is situated very near to Saniajan River

According to the District Census Handbook 2011, Koch Bihar, Mekliganj covered an area of 3.88 km2.[5]

The map alongside shows the western part of the district. In Mekhliganj subdivision 9.91% of the population lives in the urban areas and 90.09% lives in the rural areas. In Mathabhanga subdivision 3.67% of the population, the lowest in the district, lives in the urban areas and 96.35% lives in the rural areas.[6] The entire district forms the flat alluvial flood plains of mighty rivers.[7]

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivisions. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.

As per 2011 Census of India Mekliganj had a total population of 9,217 of which 4,664 (51%) were males and 4,463 (49%) were females. Population in the age range 0–6 years was 1,098. The total number of literate persons in Mekliganj was 6,009 (74.84% of the population over 6 years).[8]

As of 2001[update] India census,[9] Mekliganj had a population of 10,833. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Mekliganj has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 68%, and female literacy is 53%. In Mekliganj, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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