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History of Kushtia Municipality

Kushtia was a part of Jessore District in the Company era. Kushtia Thana was transferred from north-western part of Dakdaha in front of Talbaria, opposite to the bank of Chaltedoh (present Gorai River) to north-eastern part of the village Majampur to save the city from the cruel nature of river Padma. It was also done to establish a sound governance system from a collapsed British administration after the historic Nill Strike. This new area was then get familiar as Kushtia. Kushtia Thana was under the district of Pabna of Rajshahi division till 1856, was became Kushtia Mahakuma in 1861 and became a part of Nadia district of Nadia division in 1863.

Later after in 1868, a Municipal Act has been introduced for the conservation and development of small town of undivided Bangla and economically unsound regions. Kushtia Municipality was established in April 1, 1869 under that act. In that period, the area was two times than the present time. Kushtia Municipality was then consists of Majampur, Baradi, Mongolbaria, Horekrisnapur, Kamlapur, Udibari, Jagati, Chourhas, Aruapara and Bahadurkhali village. After about two decade, Kushtia Municipality was got smaller in size as Mongolbaria, Horekrisnapur, Udibari, Jagati, Baradi, Chourhas and part of Majampur was getting under the local board. After about 100 years in 1981, the municipal area once again was extended with the inclusion of north Lahini, Horekrisnapur, Kalisankarpur, Housing Estate and part of Chourhas.

In the beginning, Municipality was administered by the selected Govt. administrator. F W Gibble, the then Assistant Magistrate and Collector was the first administrator of Kushtia Municipality. The system of election was first provisioned with the Municipal Act of 1884, though everyone is not entitled to vote at that time. The male residents, living at least 1 year in the municipal area and having the age minimum of 18 are only had the permission to vote. Women’s have no voting right then. In the 1884 Municipal Act, the responsibility of education, health, physical infrastructure was given to the municipality. That is why, the municipality can collect tax and fee from municipal holding & land, animal & vehicle, profession & business, water supply, street lighting, conservancy, personal and other sources to arrange money for the development work towards the citizen.         


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