Mohananda River will get back its navigability: Experts

16 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Upon successful implementation of the ongoing project, the Mohananda river will get back its navigability side by side with previous position, reports BSS.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has started implementing a Taka 159.97-crore scheme of dredging and construction of a rubber dam across Mohananda River in Chapainawabganj district.

Shahidul Islam, Executive Engineer of BWDB, told the agency that the ‘Rubber Dam Construction and River Dredging in Mohananda’ scheme will help bringing back navigability in more than 65-kilometer river area. More than 7,500 hectares of land could be brought under irrigation.

“We will bring 36-kilometer river area under dredging,” Engineer Islam said adding that the project will be implemented in three separate packages.

The Rehairchar site near Chapainawabganj town, around a half-kilometer downstream of the Beershrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge, has been set for construction of a 353-meter rubber dam under the mega project.

Engineer Shahiddul Islam says the ever largest rubber dam scheme is going to be implemented across the river in the country. Thirty-six areas, 10 kilometers in upstream and 26 kilometers in downstream, of the dam will be brought under dredging.