The 24-Parganās Sundarbans
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The 24-Parganas Sundarbans lie at the mouth of the river Hughli and consequently the treatment of the tract is of vital importance to the Port of Calcutta. The area of 1,203 square miles out of a total area of 2,896 square miles may be taken as approximately accurate and compares favourably with the areas reported as under lease in Bakarganj and Khulna at the same time—434 and 551 square miles respectively. The areas leased under the Rules of 1853 and 1879 require little comment. In the paragraph it has been shown that in the year 1904, 93 forest grants under the rules of 1853 existed covering an area of 2,62,937 acres. The number and area of the grants have not varied during the period, but the maximum revenue, namely Rs. 80,163, approximately at the rate of 4 annas 10 pies per acre, was attained in the year 1917–1918.