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16 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BMDA to use rainwater for irrigation

BSS, Rajshahi

Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) paved ways to use rainwater for irrigation by conserving it aims at lessening the gradually mounting pressure on underground water in the region.

The authority has already implemented a seven-year project titled ‘Barind Rainwate  Conservation and Irrigation’ in drought-affected nine districts of the region for this reason.

Shibir Ahmed, Superintending Engineer of BMDA, said 600 kilometers of state-owned derelict canal, 200 ponds and six other water bodies have been re-excavated under the project to conserve rainwater.

Ninety-seven water control structures and a rubber dam were also constructed to accumulate rainwater, he said.

More than 38,000 hectares of croplands are getting irrigation from conserved rainwater resources in the Barind area, benefiting the farmers in many ways at present, he added.

The BMDA, an ever-largest irrigation providing state-owned entity in the northwestern region, so far, re-excavated 2,000 kilometres of canal and 3,098 ponds side by side with construction of 749 cross-dams and excavation of 417 dug-wells for successful promotion of surface water irrigation, said Engineer Abdur Rashid, Executive Director of BMDA.

At present, re-excavation works of four canals are progressing fast, expecting to get 1,250 hectares of cultivable lands along both sides of the canals, he said.

The canals are being re-excavated under a project titled “Extension of Irrigation Facilities and Mitigation of Water Logging in Bagha, Charghat and Paba Upazilas of Rajshahi District”.

The project includes re-excavation of 28-kilomter canal, construction of 1,535-meter concrete wall and 100-meter slabs, four foot-over bridges and digging of 20 dug-walls, said project director Engineer Nazirul Islam.

Upon successful completion of the project by December, 2020, more than

1,600 hectares of croplands will be brought under irrigation process which will produce around 8,800 metric tons of additional food grains per year, he said.

A total of 10 low lift pumps run by two cusec solar panels each will be installed for lifting water from the canal for irrigation in farming lands. Mofidul Islam Bachhu, Chairman of Harian Union Parisahd under Paba Upazila, said the initiative will also reduce the gradually mounting pressure on groundwater.

Engineer Rashid said restriction has been imposed on furthermore installation of deep-tube-well in the drought-prone areas to discourage the extraction of underground water.

The BMDA will take the lead to increase surface water use through promoting rainwater accumulating technologies in the days to come, he added.

 

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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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