Jamuna erodes areas in Sirajganj before start of rainy season
SIRAJGANJ, Apr 20: Before the start of the rainy season, the Jamuna River is eroding along five-kilometre area from Brahmangram to Pachil under Enayetpur in the district.
As a result, about 50 houses and huge croplands have already gone into the river in last few days.
Locals have expressed anger as the local Water Development Board (WDB) is not taking any step to check the erosion and protect riverside areas. Last year also, the river eroded the areas.
Locals said the severity of the erosion has been increasing day by day. It is more acute in Brahmangram area. The establishments and croplands are going into the river within sometimes. Besides, the eroded houses and croplands, more houses are on the face of erosion.
Meanwhile, many people are shifting their houses elsewhere to avoid erosion. People are in panic as the erosion started before the next rainy season.
Sumon Sarker of Brahmangram area said the severe erosion is gobbling establishments and croplands one after another. In last few days, many houses, lands, mosques and graveyards were eroded.
Solaiman Ali of Pachil area expressed with anger that, though the erosion occurs every year, the concerned authority is not taking any step.
Member of No. 9 Ward under Khukni Union Parishad Sohrab Ali said the areas are being eroded every year. This year the severity of erosion has been intensifying day by day.
He also said the local WDB assured of taking steps to check erosion. If early steps are not taken, the famous Enayetpur Cloth Market and other establishments will be eroded.
In this connection, Executive Engineer of Sirajganj WDB Shafiqul Islam said, "The erosion which started from Brahmangram to Pachil areas cannot be checked with sand bags. For this we have prepared a project worth about Tk 450 crore after conducting a research and sent it to the concerned department in Dhaka. We will start the project soon after getting the allocation money. Besides, we have taken immediate preparation to check erosion."