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|• Body||Katwa Municipality|
|• Chairman||Amar Ram|
|• MP||Sunil Mondal|
|• MLA||Rabindra Nath Chatterjee|
|• Total||8.53 km2 (3.29 sq mi)|
|Elevation||21 m (69 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||91 3453|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Bardhaman Purba|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Katwa|
As of 2001[update] India census, Katwa had a population of 71,573, 51% male and 49% female. The average literacy rate is 74%, higher than the national average: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 69%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The small town has a historical background of five hundred years. The earliest name of Katwa was Indranee Pargana. Later the name was changed to 'Kantak Nagari' and became the fort area of the Murshid Quli Khan, Nawab of Bengal. Katwa was invaded by the Bargis (break-away Maratha gropus several times. This was the place where Sri Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu got "Deeksha" from Sri Ishwarpuri. Since then, this small township has been a sacred place for the Vaishnavites. In the time of Nawab Alivardi Khan Maratha Bargi decoit leader Bhaskar Pandit made his headquarter in this Katwa and looted the locality marcilessly. Alibardi suddenly attacked on his troops and Pandit fled towards Orissa. Katwa is also historically known for the battle between Bengal Nawab Mir Qasim and Bristish army.
Katwa railway station is a railway junction on Broad Gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) railway line from Calcutta/ Howrah to New Jalpaiguri railway station. The Katwa-Burdwan and Katwa-Ahmedpur narrow gauge railway lines are being converted to broad gauge under project Unigauge. The 26 km Burdwan-Balgona section has been converted to broad gauge in 2013 and EMU train started on the section in February 2014.Rest(Balgona to Katwa) work is going on and projected to complete within December 2017.