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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Excavating ponds

According to this newspaper, the government has taken steps to re- excavate 921 canals and 1,611 large and small ponds in the country's 56 districts to encourage rural youths for fish and poultry farming. Re-excavation of canals and ponds will hopefully create employment opportunities for youths of poor families in rural areas that will bring dynamism in the rural economy. It will also ensure availability of surface water for rural people.

It is highly unfortunate that existing canals and ponds are being filled up to build houses or commercial plots while alluvial agricultural lands are being destroyed to make new commercial ponds for fisheries as crops grown there do not even meet the cost of production. If such a trend continues, environmentalists fear that in these days of climate change, Bangladesh will face a disaster. This is because wetlands or water bodies form a critical part of our ecosystem with diverse animal and plant life. Unfortunately, because of a lack of environmental consciousness and public education or awareness, wetlands such as haors, lakes, beels and marshes are systematically degraded and/or eliminated in Bangladesh by residential and commercial real-estate development projects.

Many canals have dried up and are lying unutilised throughout the country. Those should be re-excavated and brought under fish cultivation. Provision of bank loans on easy terms and conditions and adequate training to the fish culturists, particularly jobless youths, can give impetus in this regard. The government should take stringent measures for the protection of the wetlands in no time. The encroached canals should be recovered and the grabbers should be brought to justice. Vigilance should be maintained so that in future canals cannot be grabbed further.

There is no alternative to protecting the wetlands for our survival.

The sponge-like soil composition of the wetlands allows quick absorption of rainwater and can naturally prevent waterlogging, which is nowadays a bigger problem than flooding in Dhaka, Chattogram and other major cities.

The ponds, rivers and water bodies around Dhaka are shrinking day by day. Those have been grabbled and filled up by the land sharks. This has hampered the drainage system in the city exposing the city dwellers to immense suffering triggered by severe water-logging during monsoon. Influential people enjoying patronage of political leaders and a section of dishonest government officials are abetting the crime in exchange for bribes.  

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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