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Administrative Setup

The district comprises two subdivisions: Chanchal and Malda Sadar. Chanchal consists of six community development blocks: Chanchal–I, Chanchal–II, Ratua–I, Ratua–II, Harishchandrapur–I and Harishchandrapur–II. Malda Sadar subdivision consists of Old Malda municipality, English Bazar municipality and nine community development blocks: English Bazar, Gazole, Habibpur, Kaliachak–I, Kaliachak–II, Kaliachak–III, Manickchak, Old Malda and Bamangola. English Bazar is the district headquarters. There are 11 police stations, 15 development blocks, 2 municipalities, 146 gram panchayats and 3,701 villages in this district.

Other than municipality areas, each subdivision contains community development blocs, which in turn, are divided into rural areas and census towns. In total there are 10 urban units, 2 municipalities and 3 census towns. English Bazar and Old Malda form an urban agglomeration.

    Malda Sadar subdivision

    • English Bazar: Municipality
    • Old Malda: Municipality
    • English Bazar  consists of rural areas only (11 gram panchayats).
    • Gazole consists of rural areas only (15 gram panchayats).
    • Habibpur consists of rural areas (11 gram panchayats) and three census towns: Kachu Pukur, Kendua and Aiho.
    • Kaliachak I consists of rural areas only (14 gram panchayats).
    • Kaliachak II  consists of rural areas only (9 gram panchayats).
    • Kaliachak III consists of rural areas only (14 gram panchayats).
    • Manikchak consists of rural areas only (11 gram panchayats).
    • Old Malda consists of rural areas only (6 gram panchayats).
    • Bamangola consists of rural areas only (6 gram panchayats).

    Chanchal subdivision

    • Chanchal I (community development block) consists of rural areas (8 gram panchayats) and town Chanchal,(second largest town in Malda).
    • Chanchal II (community development block) consists of rural areas only (7 gram panchayats).
    • Ratua I (community development block) consists of rural areas only (10 gram panchayats).
    • Ratua II (community development block) consists of rural areas only (8 gram panchayats).
    • Harishchandrapur I (community development block) consists of rural areas only (7 gram panchayats).
    • Harishchandrapur II (community development block) consists of rural areas only (9 gram panchayats).
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