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4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Influential quarters sell soil from Khaprabhanga River

Locals fear the flood control dam would collapse into the river
OUR CORRESPONDENT, Patuakhali

Some leaders of the ruling party are allegedly selling soil from the banks of the Khaprabhanga river in Kalapara upazila, triggering the possibility of a collapse of the flood-control barrier.

The local administration has promised swift action against the accused.

Locals said the biggest fishery port in the southern part, Alipur-Mohipur, is on both sides of the Shibbaria River. Thousands of fishing trawlers use the river daily. The river embankment protects the people of the area from storm surges.

But some influential ruling party people are extracting soil from the bank of the river. Soil dug up from the banks of the Maitbhanga adjacent to the Shibbaria river is transported five kilometres away on the Kuakata embankment. It is supplied to a brick kiln run by AL leader Yusuf Farazi.

Locals fear the flood control dam along the river would collapse into the river due to continuous soil erosion.

Ansar Uddin Mollah, chairman of Latachapali union parishad, said: “I told the accused to stop soil extraction. But they didn't listen to me. So I immediately reported the matter to the upazila executive officer.”

Upazila executive officer Md Munibur Rahman said legal action would be taken against those involved in extracting soil from the banks of the river.

 

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