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26 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Kodla River at the mercy of land grabbers

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Jhenidah
Kodla River at the mercy of land grabbers

The once mighty Kodla river, which played a pivotal role in carrying goods and passengers in Moheshpur upazila, has become reduced to a number of ponds and an area for illegal constructions.

Locals allege that owing to the inaction of the administration, encroachers and illegal occupiers are having a field day. They have even leased ‘their areas’ to some people to cultivate fish.

As the river flow was disrupted because of such encroachment, the water of 10 irrigation canals and beels under 123 mouzas, all of which meet in the Kodla, could not be discharged throughout the rainy season. Farmers in the area cannot cultivate aus, aman, boro, paddy and other crops, so they are incurring huge financial losses every year.

It has been alleged that the local administration has not taken any steps to protect the river from the grabbers. Villagers from Banshbaria and other bordering areas of Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah say the 250km-long river, which originated in India, has been flowing through bordering Moheshpur upazila.

Shahjahan Ali, a villager from Banshbaria village, said the part of Kodla river in Bangladesh has almost dried due to rampant encroachment. Land grabbers have dug ponds and given the riverbeds on ‘lease’ to some people in exchange of money. They have also planted trees.

According to villagers, the occupiers have asked people on both sides of the river to start fish farming. And the people involved in fish farming have been earning substantial amount of money.

When contacted, Banshbaria union parishad chairman Abdul Malek Mandal said a number of land grabbers have occupied the river with fake documents.

The width of the river, which was 140–150 feet, has been reduced to 20–30 feet. At some places, the width has decreased to even 12–13 feet.

“Locals have kept silent, fearing reprisal and harassment by the influential grabbers,” the UP chairman said.

“I have written to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the authorities concerned against the land grabbers, urging them to take immediate action,” he added.

Union assistant land officer of Banshbaria union, Hasibul Islam, said some people have shown him some documents claiming the riverbeds. They, however, could not identify their area until the SA record is completed, he added.

Executive engineer of the BWDB in Jhenidah, Sarwar Jahan Sujan, said the Kodla exists in the SA records of the government. “Some grabbers have occupied the riverbeds and banks with fake documents,” he added.

He also said all illegal structures on the riverbeds must be demolished as early as possible.

Jhenidah deputy commissioner Saroj Kumar Nath said: “The Kodla river supplies hardly any water during the dry season. If the illegal occupiers are removed, the river may resume normal water supply within a short time.”

 

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