Siliguri, Siliguri city is strategically located in the region known as Siliguri corridor, an important link connecting mainland India with states in North East India and the neighbouring countries. With an area of 41.9 sq km, Siliguri is the largest urban conurbation in the North Bengal region and one of the most rapidly developing urban areas of Bengal.
Siliguri experiences a subtropical, humid climate, characterised by three distinct seasons of hot and humid summer, mild winter and intense monsoon. The summer season extends from March to June. The season is mild with average maximum temperature below 35°C due to the city’s location on the foothills of the Himalayas. The hottest days of the season fall in the months of May and June. The monsoon season extends from mid-June to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in the months of July and August. Intense rainfall up to 200 mm per day has been recorded during this period in the past. The annual average rainfall in Siliguri ranges between 2,600 mm to 4,000 mm.
Population: 513,264 (2011 Census)
Area: 41.9 sq. km.
No of wards: 47
Gender ratio: 946/1000 males
Literacy rate: 77%
Siliguri’s monsoon season is very intense and extends from mid-June to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in the months of July and August. Heavy to very heavy rainfalls of up to 200 mm per day has been recorded in the past and the annual average rainfall for Siliguri ranges between 2600 mm to 4000 mm. Also, the relative humidity during the monsoon season can go as high as 80% to 83%.
Siliguri city developed its Climate Resilient Cities Climate Action Plan with support from the CapaCITIES project and got it approved by its city council in September 2018. The climate action plan aimed at a low emission development pathway for Siliguri dubbed the “Gateway of Northeast India” can be found on the link below.