Narayanganj is a city in central Bangladesh under the administrative division of Dhaka. It has a population of 2.2 million on the area of 684.37 km. it is consisted with 5 upazilas (sub division of a district).There are 7 police stations in the district Narayanganj Sadar, Bandor, Fatulla, Siddhirganj, Rupganj, Sonargaon and Araihazar.The city is located at the bank of the river Sitalakshya. It is a very ancient business center of Bangladesh. The port of narayanganj is an important and industrial center of the country. The city is famous for the jute trade, processing plants and textile sector. It was previously known as Dundee for the presence of many jute mills. Dundee was the first industrialized ‘Juteopolis’ in the world.
The name of the city was named after a Hindu religious leader who was known as Benur Thakur or Lakhsmi Narayan Thakur. He owned the region from British East India Company in 1766 after the battle of plassey. He declared the Shitalakshya river property to pay for expenses for the worship of god Narayan and subsequently the region was named Narayanganj. In the ancient times Narayanganj was one of the main business centers of the Bengal. Many foreign businessmen such as Arabs, Portugese, dutch, Europeans came here. A post office was set up in 1866, and Dhaka-Narayanganj telegraph service was started from 1877. The Bank of Bengal introduced the first telephone service in 1882.The first hospital of the region was Narayanganj Victoria Hospital which was established in 1885 Narayanganj City Corporation was launched in 2011 constituting with three municipalities Narayanganj Municipality, Siddhirganj Municipality and Kadam Rasul Municipality.Narayanganj became a district on 15 February 1984 and previously it was sub district of the Dhaka district. It drew attention and became an important economic zone in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. From 1947 upon the formation of Pakistan, the economy transformed from being mainly a jute production and this followed the establishment of a number of mills around Narayanganj that gave the local economy a great boost.
The area pioneered in merchandising yarn and dyeing items. The cottage industry, like weaving, is abundant in this district. International trading, import and export business, shipyard brickfield, etc. has created a large number of employments playing a big role in national economy. The small and medium industries of cotton are increasing day-by-day which fills the employment aids of the local people. The largest numbers of garment factories are located at Narayanganj. The biggest consumer market of Bangladesh is located at Nitaiganj in Narayanganj. The Adamjee jute mill was the biggest jute mil in the world. Narayanganj has many historical landmarks and one of the important places of Narayanganj is sonargaon, which had the distinction of being described by ralph fitch in 1583 as the place ‘where there is the best and finest cloth made of cotton. Sonargaon is historically famous for manufacturing a species of very fine muslin. A major structure built around Narayanganj is the DND (Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra) embankment to protect land from flooding. There are about 15,000 acres of cultivable land in the DND area. Bangladesh Engineering and Ship Building Corporation established in 1925 at Sonakanda on the east bank of the Shitalakshya River. There are many brickfields at Pagla, Aliganj and Fatullah of Narayanganj. There are many industries in narayangnaj which are providing revenues to national economy.
The ancient city of sonargaon was the capital of an ancient leader of Bengal Isa Khan. Other places with historical interest in narayanganj are hajiganj fort, tomb of bibi Mariam. There are many historical educational institutions in narayanganj like narayanganj ideal college, narayanganj govt. Tolaram College etc. famous personalities from narayanganj are included AKM shamim Osman, AKm samsujjoha, Ali Ahmed Chunka and many footballers like wali faysal and others.