RAJSHAHI: Re-excavation works of the derelict Narod River from its Charghat Muktarpur point to Puthiya Jhalmalia in the district are going on in full-swing with the main thrust of protecting the natural surface water resources from further degradation, reports BSS.
Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) under its ‘Extension of Irrigation in Barind Area through Conservation of Water in Canal project’ is re-excavating the river in order to create a water reservoir in 30 kilometers re-excavated area.
Water from the Padma river will be brought to the river through using low lift pumps and other necessary instruments. The conserved water will be used for irrigation purposes that will benefit thousands of farmers coupled with protecting ecological balance. BMDA Superintending Engineer and Director of the project Shamsul Huda told BSS here that the project is being implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 52.5 million.
On successful completion of the works of the project by December, 2018, it will help produce about 37,800 metric tonnes of food through providing irrigation to 3780 hectares of land from the conserved water sources annually. Under the project, other canals and wetlands of the river will be re-excavated, low lift pump along with power and water supply lines will be commissioned and retaining wall will be constructed.
In addition to construction of cross-dams the project has provision of setting up of pontoon in the Padma River. Upon its successful implementation, more than 1750 hectares of crop lands will be brought under irrigation.
As a whole, the scheme will facilitate boosting round the year surface water uses for irrigation purposes. Engineer Huda said, it would also help improve environment there, a common concern of the area.