Homes firmland under erosion threat in N’ganj
NARAYANGANJ, Oct 9: Illegal sand extraction from the Meghna River in Sonargaon upazila here is going on unabated, posing erosion threat to vast tracks of cropland, adjacent villages and century old traditional Anandabazar Haat along the river.
Different villages including Maligaon, Haria, Gobindi Haria, Sonaimui and Boidayapara along the riverbanks and a vast track of croplands are facing a great threat erosion, said locals.
During a recent visit to the area, this correspondent found sand is being extracted from Sonamui, Anandabazar and Aman Economic Zone are with 20-30 strong dredgers.
Some 20-25 bulkheads were also kept for taking sand and 'sand terrorists' with sticks were seen guarding the spots.
Local alleged that a syndicate of sand lifters with the help of local influentials are extracting sand from Anandabazar area in the upazila using 8-10 dredgers, endangering the adjacent century old Anandabazar Haat.
Talking to this correspondent, some traders of the haat said it will be very difficult for them to sell their bamboos if the haat is devoured by the river as it is the lone place where they can easily bring their bamboo poles for selling. -UNB