Ghatal is a Block in Paschim Medinipur District of West Bengal. It belongs to Burdwan Division. It is located 59 km towards East from the District head quarters Midnapur. It is a Block head quarter. Ghatal has its old history of civilization, business, struggle for freedom of India, Many patriots, social reformers, freedom fighters were the sons of this area. Rivers Darakeswar and Shilabati meet with rivers Jhumi and Damodar at a place named as Bandar (Port) 3 kms (2 mi) east of Ghatal PS. This is the Subdivision of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Patriot Pradyot Bhattacharya, Patriot Pravangsu Paul, Patriot Mohini Mondal, Raja Narendralal Khan, Patriot Manabendranath Roy and many other-memorable persons. In ancient times Tamralipta was an important port for shipping for export and imoprt between Bengal and other countries including Sri Lanka. This Bandar of Ghatal was also used as a port for anchoring boats and ships with goods. Ghatal had once become famous for manufacture of cotton, tusser silk, bell-metal utensils, earthen ware etc. and was so important that the Dutch had a factory in the headquarters town, which is still used as a sub divisional courts and in the early days of British occupation three Commercial Residents were located in the locality to supervise local trade. The old industries like cultivation and weaving of silk and cotton for which Ghatal and his nearest areas were famous from ancient times were systematically wiped away by the policy of the East India Company's administration. Withdrawal of the Company's investments, shrinkage in the marketability of textile goods at home and abroad and heavy competition of the foreign goods were responsible for the decline of textile industries in Ghatal and his nearest areas like Radhanagar, Khirpai, Chandrokona, Khrar. This area was also famous for sugar industry (mainly in Radhanagar areas) in ancient times. In 2002, Medinipur District was divided into two parts-Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur for the sake of administrative efficiency and expediency. Paschim Medinipur consists of four sub-divisions - Kharagpur, Medinipur Sadar, Ghatal, Jhargram. Ghatal sub-division now consists of five blocks- Chandrokona-I, Chandrokona-II, Daspur-I, Daspur-II, Ghatal and five municipalities- Ramjibanpur, Khirpai, Chandrokona, Kharar and Ghatal.