60-km derelict rivers, canals to be re-excavated in Rajshahi | 2018-12-30

60-km derelict rivers, canals to be re-excavated in Rajshahi

30 December, 2018 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: More than 60-kilometer derelict small rivers and canals will be brought under re-excavation aims at restoring their navigability in the district, reports BSS.

To this end, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) will implement eight canal re-excavation projects in eight upazilas in the district as part of the government’s Delta Plan 2100.

The scheduled works included 8.20 Km Nimpara canal in Charghat, 13.5 km Beelbharti canal in Godagari, 11.50-km Beenjoshoi canal in Bagmara, 11.50-km Gangapara canal in Paba, 4.5-km Kashardighi canal in Tanore, 5-km Ratandanga canal in Mohanpur, 800-meter Sadhanpur Bharoilbeel canal in Puthiya and 800-meter Daukandi canal in Durgapur.

BWDB officials revealed this while inaugurating the re-excavation works of Sadhanpur canal under Puthiya Upazila in the district on Wednesday.

BWDB Additional Director General Md Khalequzzaman attended and addressed the function as chief guest with its Chief Engineer Muhammad Ali in the chair.

Senior Assistant Secretary of the ministry of water resources Nazmul Islam Bhuiyan, BWDB Executive Engineer Mukhlesur Rahman, Sub-divisional engineers Mahmudul Islam and Asif Ahmed and Shilmaria Union Parishad Chairman Sazzad Hossain Mukul also spoke.

Engineer Khalequzzaman told the meeting that all the existing derelict small rivers, canals and other water bodies will be brought under re-excavation in the country’s 64 districts simultaneously by 2030.

Upon successful implementation of the mega project, both surface and underground water and rivers navigability will be enriched. The project will also contribute a lot towards boosting agriculture and fish farming side by side with reducing the adverse impact of flood.