(also spelt Chelod) (চেলোদ) is a census town
police station of Asansol
subdivision in Barddhaman district
in the state of West Bengal
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.
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.
As of 2001
, Chelad had a population of 7901. 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.