Steps taken to save Swarna Dwip

Staff Correspondent

6 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has taken initiative to protect the Swarna Dwip (Golden Land) – from erosion of river Meghna under Noakhali district.

‘Swarna Dwip’, an island in the Bay of Bengal that once served as a paradise for robbers, is a training ground for Bangladesh Army.

Regarding the latest initiative, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) signed an agreement with Bangladesh Army to implement a specialized project at a function at Water Resource Ministry in the city on Tuesday.

In presence of Water Resource State Minister Jahid Faruk and Deputy Minister Enamul Haque Shamim, BWDB Director General Mahfuzur Rahman and Engineering Core-20 Project Director Lt Muhammad Romio Nowrin Khan signed the agreement.

Noakhali-6 lawmaker Ayesha Ferdaus, Bangladesh Army Brig Gen Rezaul Majid and Secretary Kabir Bin Anwar were also present on the occasion.

Under the project which cost Tk 886.2 million, the authorities are developing a strong embankment to the river adjacent area to protect the 370-square-kilomer island from erosion.

The island is now thriving with multiple development projects of the government on dairy farming, fishing, vegetation and forestation.