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3 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Erosion by Pungli River turns serious in Tangail

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Tangail
Erosion by Pungli River turns serious in Tangail

Erosion by the Pungli River, a tributary of the mighty Jamuna, has taken a serious turn in Tangail Sadar and Kalihati upazila over the past few days. As a result of such erosion, two important flood control embankments have become vulnerable, and may even be washed away if such erosion continues.

In case this happens, vast areas of Tangail Sadar, Kalihati upazila, Elenga municipality and a part of Basail upazila would be inundated by floodwaters.

Sources said the onrush of floodwaters from the upstream of the Jamuna and indiscriminate collection of sand and water from the Pungli have been rising in recent times. The Pungli is an important lifeline as the Dhaka–Tangail–Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge Highway passes over the river. The railway tracks from Dhaka–Tangail and the northern and southern districts pass over the river.

Again, the Tangail town protection dyke and the Charan–Lakkhibasa flood control dyke-cum-road have been constructed next to the river. These two important embankments-cum-roads have become vulnerable in recent times.

Sukumar Ghosh, councillor of Elenga municipality, said some 600 metres of cropland and several residential houses of North Mohela and Fatikjani villages under Elenga municipality and Sohodevpur union in Kalihati upazila and 800 metres of croplands on the southern side at Agbethoir, Pachhbethoir and Shalina villages under Gala union in Tangail Sadar upazila, have been devoured by the river. If the embankments are damaged, vast areas of Tangail Sadar, Elenga municipality, Kalihati upazila and a part of Basail Upazila would be inundated, he warned.

Abdul Barek, councillor of Elenga municipality, said massive inundation occurred in Elenga municipality last year. He said, “This year we’ve informed the Water Development Board (WDB) of Tangail about possible erosion. But the WDB is yet to take any steps to prevent erosion.”

The executive engineer of Tangail WDB, Shajahan Siraj, said they have already sent a project proposal to the ministry for emergency works to prevent erosion. “Work will be started after funds are received from the ministry,” he said. “A project was also submitted to the WDB for adopting permanent measures to prevent erosion by the river,” he added.

Tangail deputy commissioner (DC) Khan Mohammad Nurul Amin, Tangail superintendent of police (SP) Sanjit Kumar Roy, WDB executive engineer Shajahan Siraj, Sadar upazila parishad chairman Khorshed Alam, Kalihati upazila parishad chairman Mozaherul Islam Thandu and Elenga municipality mayor Nur-e-Alam Siddique have visited the affected areas.

Conceding that the level of erosion was serious, the DC told journalists that vast areas of several upazilas would be inundated if the important flood control embankments collapse. Nurul Amin recommended short-term and long-term measures to protect the embankments from erosion.

 

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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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