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About Kshirpai

Khirpai a small municipality town in West Midnapore District of West Bengal and is immensely famous for its unique sweet item ‘Babarsha’. This sweet dish is available only in Khirpai town and in no other part of India. Another unique thing about this city is that its municipality is one of the oldest municipality in India. However, this seemingly small city has made some significant stride in raising standard of living of its people.

About Kshirpai

History of Khirpai

Today Khirpai city may not boost great credentials on economic front, but during British era and even before that it was a major trading center. Historical records suggest that as early as 1660 many European merchants from France, Portuguese and England came here to acquire high quality cotton and silk and then export it to other destination. To unlock its economic potential in 1763 the French had even built a huge workshop factory. Khirpai’s status as a major trading hub continued to grow even stronger when East India Company took complete control of Bengal province by the end of 18th century. Under East India Company’s rule the indigo plantation in this region grew drastically. Owing to this export of indigo increased in manifolds. However, owing to many factors Khirpai’s economic resurgence declined dramatically by the end of 19th century. Since this dramatic decline the town has never ever been able to reclaim zenith.

Administration of Khirpai

Khirpai enjoys presence of municipal council to look after its day to day civic administration. Established way back in year 1876, Khirpai’s Municipal Council holds the unique distinction of being one of the oldest civic bodies in India. However, in terms of responsibilities and duties there is nothing much to distinguish between Khirpai Municipal Council and other civic bodies. These responsibilities are as follows: facilitating supply of drinking water to all households, maintenance of birth and death record, supplying health amenities to government hospitals and collection of property tax. Speaking about administrative details, then there are 10 wards in this municipal council, elections for which are held once in every 5 years. According to 2011 census approximately 14,548 people were living across these 10 wards.

Chairman: Sri Durga Sankar Pan - 03225-260233

Economy of Khirpai

Although once Khirpai was a major trading hub, but today it is merely an under developed economy sustaining completely on agriculture. And agricultural production is not that low either, which invariably ensures that local farmers are able to eke pretty decent living for their family. Most of the farmers here cultivate Paddy, Potato, Wheat, Jute and different kinds of horticulture crops. Good numbers of employments are also generated through decent numbers of colleges and banks that are operating here. Talking about industries, then apart from few small scale factories industrial sector is absolutely nonexistent here. However, significant numbers of locals are working in innumerable factories operating in Kharagpur city, which is actually the most developed and cosmopolitan city of West Midnapore District.

Healthcare Services in Khirpai

Healthcare services continue to reel under burden of infrastructural deficiencies. Except for municipality hospital and a lone community healthcare center there is literally no other hospital in the entire city. However, surprisingly general health of local people here is pretty good. Credit for this surely goes to Khirpai municipality, which duly provides medicines and also qualified doctors to lone municipal hospital and community healthcare center. By doing so it invariably ensures that general health of people remains good. Helping Khirpai Municipality in this noble work are innumerable chemists shops and general clinics. Availability of decent numbers of chemist shops and clinics surely comes across as relief for local people here.

Emergency Ambulance Service: 9679713455, 9800336730, 9933478324

Local Chemist Shops in Khirpai

Ghoshal Pharmacy
Address: Haldardighi, Khirpai, Midnapore - 721232
Phone no: +(91)-9153802509

Pashupati Medical Hall
Address: Haldardighi, Khirpai, Midnapore - 721232
Phone no: +(91)-3225-260009

The Arati Pharmacy
Address: Khirpai Road, Paschim Medinipur, Midnapore - 721232
Phone no: +(91)-9732632380

Halder Medical Stores
Address: Khirpai Road, Paschim Medinipur, Midnapore - 721232
Phone no: +(91)-9800062760

Transportation in Khirpai

Decent numbers of auto rickshaws, minibuses and cycle rickshaws are available throughout the city. Their decent numbers are good enough for this small city. However, to cope with population growth due priority should still be given to increase their numbers. Speaking about connectivity, then via road this small town is very well connected to important cities like Midnapore, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Howrah,Ghatal, Burdwan, Panskura, Kanthi, Tamluk, and Hooghly. However, Khirpai does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station are Panskura and Chandrokona road railway stations. Chandrokona is located some 14 to 20 kms away, while Panskura city is located some 50 to 60 kms away from Khirpai city.

Banking Service in Khirpai

Only few nationalized banks are operating in Khirpai city. Though there are many ATM counters in the city gives much relief to the people looking to withdraw money at their own conveniences. Local administration is undertaking all efforts to increase number of banks including PSUs and private sector banks.

UCO Bank
Address: Vill Post-Khirpari, West Midnapore, Pin Code-721232
Phone no: 03225 260222

Safety and Security in Khirpai

Although many parts of West Midnapore District are inflicted by naxal insurgency problem, Khirpai town has always been free from shadow of naxal insurgents. In fact, let alone naxals, no organized criminal syndicate has any kind of presence here. Owing to overwhelming absence of all these anti social elements Khirpai town is a safe and secure town in every way. As for availability of local police station in the town is concerned, then Khirpai town does not have one. If any pity crime does take place, then Khirpai’s locals have to flock to neighboring towns to register their complaint. However, general law and order situation in the town is so stable that locals here hardly have to flock to police stations of neighboring town.

Sabong Police station: 03222-249201
Ghatal Police Station: 03225-255021
Chandrakona Police Station: 03225-266250
Daspur Police Station: 03225-254239

Khirpai at a glance

Country: India
State: West Bengal
District: West Midnapore
• Official: Bengali, English
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN: 721232
Lok Sabha constituency: Arambagh
Vidhan Sabha constituency: Chandrakona

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