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15 September, 2019 12:00:41 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 September, 2019 11:06:40 AM
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Dredged materials help build schools, stadium

BIWTA Project to restore 24 river routes
ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN, Dhaka
Dredged materials help build schools, stadium

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is implementing a Tk 1,923 crore project for restoring 24 important river routes (first phase) as part of a priority dredging project announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Also, the dredging of the Kaliganga river in Manikganj district restarted recently after the work was suspended for a year due to obstruction by local people. According to BIWTA sources, about 220 colleges, schools and madrasas, dwelling units for poor people and a stadium were developed through dredged materials in Sunamganj, Cumilla, Netrokona and Mymensingh districts under the project. BIWTA has developed a stadium on 12 acres of khash land by filling it up with

dredged materials in Phulpur upazila in Mymensingh district. According to the sources, over 2,000 families have benefited as the height of their houses from the water level have increased due to the dredged materials. This would protect the dwellings from flood waters.

BIWTA is also implementing the project on Rakti, Jadukata and Kangsha rivers in Sunamganj’s Taherpur and Dharmapasha upazilas, Titas river in Ramchandrapur and Bancharampur upazilas in Cumilla districts. Besides, dredging work was also implemented on Kangsha river in Durgapur’s Zaria and Janjail in Netrokona district and Phulpur upazila in Mymensingh district, the sources said.

“Besides a stadium in Phulpur, a playground was also developed in Cumilla’s Ramchandrapur with dredged materials. We have already completed eight routes out of 24 river routes under the first phase of dredging work,” Saidur Rahman, additional chief engineer (dredging) of BIWTA, told The

Independent. A total of 997 lakh cubic metres of silt will be removed under the project, Rahman said, adding that a total of 2,386 km of waterways will be developed for navigation round the year.

“We have already removed 570.44 lakh cubic metres of silt under the project. Of them, 474.74 lakh cubic metres of silt was removed by private dredgers, 70.70 lakh cubic metres by BIWTA’s own dredgers and 25 lakh cubic metres through excavators. A total of 1,175km of waterways have already been made navigable under the project,” Rahman said.

He informed that 70 per cent of dredging of 10 river routes and 50 per cent of three waterways have been completed.

Besides, work on three river routes has started recently and the total dredging work will be completed by 2021 as per the amended development project profile (DPP), he added.

Asked about the delay in the completion of the project which started in 2012, he replied, “We have to face various problems in implementing the projects. Sometimes, the local administrations don’t help the BIWTA to implement them. Besides, disputes of demarcation, leasing of sand and lack of places for dumping dredged materials are also obstacles.”

The production of crops, ducks, fish and trading on waterways will increase after the completion of dredging work, Rahman hoped.

He also observed that the farmers could use the river waters round the year for irrigation purposes.

SHK

 

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