Swarupnagar is situated in North 24 Paraganas District in West Bengal. It is located 30 km from Barasat which is the district headquarters. North 24 Paraganas district is a part of the Gangetic delta that lies east of River Hooghly. Therefore, it is filled with swamps and water canals.
Most of the villages in the surrounding areas are mired with issues ranging from waterlogged fields, poor sanitation, lack of clean drinking water, etc. Swarupnagar block is one of the areas where ground water is afected by arsenic contamination. Most of the villages in this area have been declared as red zones WHO standards. .
Their daughter was kidnapped and trafficked 5 years ago while they were in UP to do labour work. They have tried all means to find her but have failed.Map of Swaroopnagar Block showing diferent revenue villages the block with diferent levels of arsenic contamination
Map showing the region as arsenic red zone
Many of these villages are located at the Indo-Bangladesh border. Therefore, they have been occupied by refugees who fled Bangladesh at the time of war. While their problems have been addressed to some degree. But improving livelihood options and water quality in these regions is paramount to their long term sustenance.
Bangladeshi migrants talking to us about their experiences and challenges