Goalpokhar I (community development block) is an administrative division in Islampur subdivision of Uttar Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Goalpokhar police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Goalpokhar.
Goalpokhar is located at 26°05′N 88°08′E.
Goalpokhar I community development block has an area of 372.80 km2.
There is one river flowing from north to south in the eastern border of Goalpokhar I block and that river acts as the natural border between West Bengal of India and Bangladesh. The BSF has done lots of fencing alongside the river. Because of this fencing, a huge area of cultivable land has fallen on the other side of the river which is not accessible to the farmers of this region and it causes lot of trouble to the farmers because it is almost as if they have lost their cultivable lands because of the fencing by the BSF.
Few of the neighbouring villages in Goalpokhar I are Manna Basti, Notwa Tol, MotiLal, Haari Bhanga, Moni Bhitta, Bed Baari, Bherosthan etc. There is one small market place named Bherosthan Haat in the vicinity of the village Manna Basti. This market place is the centre of business activities for the neighbouring villages. This is on the side of a main road which runs through and connects all the villages of that area. Because of easy access, this market place is full of life always.
Gram panchayats of Goalpokhar I block/ panchayat samiti are:
- Dharampur I
- Dharampur II
- Goagaon I
- Goagaon II
- Panjipara sahil
- Sahapur I
- Sahapur II.
The NH 12 connecting Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur to Siliguri, Darjeeling passes through Goti,one of the famous villages of this block. The zamindars of this village were famous and well respected in Goalpokhar and nearby areas.
As per 2011 Census of India Goalpokhar I CD Block had a total population of 326,120 of which 320,181 were rural and 5,939 were urban. There were 169,954 males and 156,166 females. Scheduled Castes numbered 43,442 and Scheduled Tribes numbered 12,595.
As per 2011 census the total number of literates in Goalpokhar I CD Block was 111,662 out of which 67,441 were males and 44,221 were females.
Since there is not much of resources available for earning a good livelihood, the young generation of these villages have mostly migrated to the cities like Delhi, Bombay, Panipat etc. in search of earning a good livelihood.
NH 31 skirts the edges of this block.