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Tk 722cr project to protect mainland from river-erosion

Published : Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 100

RAJSHAHI, Dec 10: A project has been formulated to protect around 4.5-kilometer mainland from erosion of the river Padma in the district.
The project has been taken by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) to protect the erosion-prone areas under Bagha and Charghat Upazilas with an estimated cost of around Taka 722 crore.
Kohinur Alam, Executive Engineer of BWDB, said the river-bank areas including Alaipur, Kishorepur, Panikamra and Meergonj in Bagha and Pirojpur and Raotha in Charghat Upazilas are very much erosion-prone and many of those areas have already been devoured by the erosion.
In the last 10-15 years, around one-kilometer mainland of the areas along with homesteads and croplands were eroded and people face the erosion leaving many of them homeless and asset-less in almost every year.
Engineer Alam said the project has been adopted to get relief from the natural disaster. Around 4.30-kilometer area will be brought under protection through necessary infrastructure development.
In addition to construction of one-kilometer alternative embankment, 800-meter old embankment will be rehabilitated.
The proposed project has also provision of bringing 12.1-kilometer river area under dredging for restoring its navigability besides diverting the water current to the middle portion of the river.     -BSS

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