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Tk 76 cr river dredging to begin in Khulna soon to end waterlogging

By Didarul Alam, UNB Khulna Correspondent

Friday 29 September, 2017 06:10:25 pm

Tk 76 cr river dredging to begin in Khulna soon to end waterlogging

Khulna, Sep 29 (UNB) – The dredging work of Bhadra and Shalta Rivers will start soon involving Tk 76 crore, aiming to save 13 people of Khulna, Satkhira and Jessore districts from the longstanding waterlogging problem during monsoon. 

Water Development Board (WDB) has already completed all the process for starting the dredging work.

Md Rashedul Islam, an officer of local Water Development Board office told UNB that demarcation line of both the rivers has already been fixed to start the dredging work. 

Local people said once the dredging work is completed it will help to save assets worth several hundred crores taka.

Around 13 lakh people in 54 unions under Dumuria and Phultola upazilas of Khulna and Tala upazila of Satkhira and Keshabpur upazila of Jessore districts have been facing trouble for the last several years due to waterlogging problem.

Visiting Dumuria upazila and its adjoining areas the UNB correspondent found that local influential people have already grabbed more than 6,000 hectares khas land of chars emerged in five rivers, including Bhadra and Shalta, which have been losing navigability since 1986. They have built different embellishments on the grabbed lands.

Khulna WDB sources said they served a notice to the river encroachers to shift their establishments in December last year.

Local people said there is no alternative to evict the illegal establishments and cross dam to return 13 lakhs people a comfortable life along the river basin.

Md Shariful Islam, executive engineer of WDB Khulna branch, said in first phase, the dredging work of Bhadra and Shalta Rivers stretching 30 kilometres area will start by this year. 

With the help of Khulna Deputy Commissioner’s office, the eviction drive will also start to remove illegal structures from the chars of the rivers, Shariful added.