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3 November, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Kuakata beach faces erosion

Sea erosion is also posing threat to the Kuakata National Park
OUR CORRESPONDENT, Patuakhali
Kuakata beach faces erosion
This recent photo shows some uprooted trees lying on Kuakata sea beach in Patuakhali. Erosion during monsoon has been wiping out many trees and lands in the area. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Constant erosion of the Bay of Bengal is destroying the spectacular sea beach of Kuakata. It is also posing a threat to the Kuakata National Park.

A tamarisk garden is one of the major attractions of this beach. But sea has washed away almost 70 per cent of the garden during the recently concluded rainy season. Locals fear the remaining part would be lost due to a sea surge at the time of the new moon.

Hundreds of trees lie uprooted on the beach and tourists find it difficult to walk. Some of them have been injured while making their way through the pile of dead wood to watch sunrise at Gangnamti. The trees had been planted by the forest department to make the place attractive for tourists and maintain a natural balance in the area.

A visit to the place showed that owing to climate change, the sea level has risen and furious waves continuously battered the beach.

Even the lake inside the national park is full with garbage. The wooden bridge in the middle of the lake has become unsafe. The paved ghat is covered with moss. Most of the tin-shed shelters at picnic spots have become rickety.  The main road to the lake is now badly broken.

Four to five years back, the forest area of the Kuakata eco-park and Fatra, a large forest tract, were brought under the national park. The park is located two kilometres away from the Kuakata zero point. Overall, lack of maintenance has taken a heavy toll on the Kuakata National Park—the most beautiful spot in the Kuakata tourist area.

The national park was created in Kuakata to develop the tourism industry. In addition to the Kuakata eco-park, there is the huge forest of Fatra.

Mangroves and non-mangrove trees were planted in the area for the proliferation of wildlife. But 70 per cent of them are now missing.

Moreover, the forest has no defined boundary and is not well protected. The forest department’s Mohipur range officer, Abul Kalam Azad, said the problems of the national park had been identified and the authorities were informed about them. The uprooted trees lying on the beach would be removed soon, he added.

 

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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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