—  town  —
Location of Chelad
in West Bengal and India
Coordinates 23°38′23″N 87°01′40″E / 23.639816°N 87.02769°E / 23.639816; 87.02769Coordinates: 23°38′23″N 87°01′40″E / 23.639816°N 87.02769°E / 23.639816; 87.02769
Country India
State West Bengal
District(s) Barddhaman
Population 7,901 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

Chelad (also spelt Chelod) (Bengali: চেলোদ) is a census town under Raniganj police station[1] of Asansol subdivision in Barddhaman district in the state of West Bengal, India.



Chelod is located at 23°38′23″N 87°01′40″E / 23.639816°N 87.02769°E / 23.639816; 87.02769.

The Asansol-Durgapur region is composed of undulating latterite region. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[2]


Chelad is an old village. In olden days, it used to have mahua forests. The village had provide a quiet retreat for many revolutionaries during the British period. The village, located on the northern bank of the Damodar River had rich traditions in music, drama and sports. During the Second World War a large unused bomb was found near the village. Located not far from the village is the abandoned Ningah airstrip, built during the war days, displacing more than one village.[3]


As of 2001 India census,[4] Chelad had a population of 7,901. Males constitute 56% of the population and females 44%. Chelad has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 68% and female literacy of 44%. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Chelad has two primary and one higher secondary schools.The high school set up in the year1976 and its third batch produced multi starer like Swapan Maji, Kaushik Maji under the direct supervision of its HM Manindra Maji. [5]


  1. ^ District-wise list of stautory towns
  2. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  3. ^ Bandopadhyay, Shantimoy, Asansol Parikrama (History of Asansol Subdivision), Trinity Trust, (Bengali), p 195.
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ 7th All-India School Education Survey 2003

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