Thursday 8 December 2022 ,
Thursday 8 December 2022 ,
Latest News
10 February, 2016 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 9 February, 2016 11:25:11 PM
Print

Rivers go dry in the north

Withdrawal of water in upstream, lack of dredging responsible
GOLAM MOSTAFA JIBON
Rivers go dry in the north
Goods are loaded on horse carts from engine boats as the boats became stuck on the Jamuna River at Natuarpara char in Kazipur upazila of Sirajganj yesterday. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

At least 50 rivers, including mighty Padma, Jamuna and Teesta, in the northern region are dying due to lack of dredging and poor flow of water from upstream.  Navigability in these rivers loses sharply making transportation difficult and endangering the livelihood of the people, who depend on fishing and agriculture.
Most areas of five upazilas -- Sirajganj Sadar, Kazipur, Belkuchi, Chowhali and Shahzadpur -- in Sirajganj district are surrounded by Jamuna river. Similarly, many villages in Rajshahi district are siting on the shoals of Padma river, while seven unions out of ten in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur district are located beside the Teesta river. These river basin areas now face water crisis and thousands of acres of land have now turned into uncultivable pastures.
Environmentalists said the situation has been created due to unilateral withdrawn of water  through the barrage built on Teesta in the upstream by India. To keep the rivers and its tributaries alive there is a need of sufficient water flow.
“It will be possible to keep the rivers alive, if all illegal dams and other barriers are removed from the rivers, all the ground levels are excavated by dredgers and resources of the rivers remain open for whole year, said experts adding that if the rivers are saved, cultivable lands of the region will get water and remain safe from drought, farmers will be happy and the biodiversity will be protected.
Forkan Ali, 42, a boatman of Natuarpara Char in Kazipur upazila of Sirajganj district, said he used to lead his livelihood by plying boat in the Jamuna river. But now, he is passing idle time for there is no water in the river. Like him, many boatmen have now become jobless.
Liakot Ali, 50, a farmer of Jalalpur in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj district, said earlier, he used to cultivate Boro paddy on his eight Bighas of land on Jamuna river shoal. But, this year his lands have turned into desert after the deposit of silt. Besides, he cannot afford to set up any power pump to irrigate his land.
 Ramu Hawlader, 35, a fisherman of Charghat village in Rajshahi, said he used to maintain his family by fishing in the Padma river.
But now, he cannot catch fish as many parts of the river have dried out and is passing days in hardship.

 

Comments

Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

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.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting