Paturia ferry ghat under threat of river erosion

2 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

MANIKGANJ: At least 10 government establishments, including the Paturia ferry terminal in Manikganj, are at risk because of untimely erosion in the Padma River, reports UNB.

Locals said three pontoons of the terminal may swept away anytime if prompt steps are not taken.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Water Development Board (WDB) sources said they have already started throwing Geobags to protect the terminal.

Locals blamed unabated sand lifting in dry season in areas adjacent to the Aricha River port area as the main reason for the erosion.

Visiting the area, this correspondent found that about a two-kilometre stretch of the riverbanks have started eroding from Aricha’s Nihalpur to Paturia terminal.

Md Moin Uddin, executive engineer of Manikganj WDB office, said the water level of Padma River generally rises in late June but this year it has started increasing after cyclone ‘Amphan’. The water level will come down to normal level again within a week, he said adding that they have already allotted Tk 60 lakh for throwing geobags which are being filled with sand right now.

 “We’ll take steps to stop erosion permanently in this area,” he said.

In the meantime, erosion started near terminal number 3, 4 and 5 on the Paturia side. Visiting the areas recently, Water Resources Secretary Dr Kabir Bin Anwar and BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq directed the Engineering Department to take immediate actions.