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28 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Lessening water scarcity in NW region

Stress on re-excavation of derelict ponds, canals, wetlands

BSS, Rajshahi

Speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday observed that adoption of time-befitting projects along with successful implementation of those has become crucial to mitigate the existing water scarcity in the region including its vast Barind tract. Emphasis should be given on enriching the surface water resources through re-excavating the derelict ponds, canals, wetlands and other water bodies so that the farming fields can be brought under surface water-based irrigation instead of the groundwater.

They came up with the observation while presenting their respective group discussion findings of a daylong workshop titled “Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Barind and Drought-prone areas” at Nanking Darbar Hall in Rajshahi city.

Support to Implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 hosted the divisional level workshop in association with the Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) and Deltares.

The meeting was told that some of the projects of delta plan will be included in the coming fifth five-year plan.

More than 70 people including government and non-government officials concerned, academics, professionals and members of various water resource management committees took part in the workshop and put forward a set of recommendations on how to solve the existing water scarcity problems.

Senior Water Resource Specialist of IWM Jakir Hossain, Deltares Project Manager William Oliemans, Executive Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board Kohinoor Alam, Executive Engineer of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority Shariful Haque, Chief Executive Officer of DASCOH Foundation Akramul Haque and its Coordinator of Integrated Water Resource Management

Project Jahangir Alam Khan addressed the meeting as focal persons on the topic.

Various issues like overall water resource management in Barind, Chalan Beel and their adjacent areas were discussed elaborately in the workshop to make the delta plan sustainable and time-befitting.

Participating in the group discussions Prof Khandaker Enamul Haque from Department of Geology and Mining and Prof Mijanur Rahman from Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences in Rajshahi University stressed the need for re-excavation of the derelict water bodies like ponds and wetlands for the conservation of surface water to maintain ecological balance in the region.

They said a large number of water bodies have become derelict due to the adverse impacts of climate change posing a serious threat to ecosystem and livelihood condition of the people.

Substantial and sustainable conservation of surface water resources along with its careful use can be a vital means of supplementing the government efforts of successful implementation of Delta Plan 2100.

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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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