Water-logging in Bhabodaha Beel of Jashore

No paddy cultivation since long

Our Correspondent

26 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BENAPOLE: Farmers in Bhabodaha Bilpar of Jashore district are unable to cultivate paddy in the beel due to water-logging year after year.

The poor people of Bhabodaha Bilpar have set up a five-cusec irrigation pump at their own expense.

Farmers affected by waterlogged Bilkapaliya are dreaming of cultivating paddy in about 2,000 hectares of land in the next Boro season by diverting water from irrigation pumps.

About 8 inches of water has been drained from the beel within 20 days of starting the pump.

If the people of Bhabodaha Bilpar can cultivate paddy, the production of paddy will increase, the people of

Bhabodaha Bilpar will be able to turn.

On the other hand, those concerned think that it can play an important role in the national economy.

However, at the beginning of the pump operation, the Power Development Board disagrees to connection of the electricity.

Jashore Palli Bidyut Samiti-2 gave an objection letter for not connecting electricity to the pump. The delayed of the electricity connection to the irrigation pump due to objections of the Power Development Board.

Later, Lawmaker of Jashore-5 constituency Swapan Bhattacharya and lawmaker of Jashore-6 constituency Shaheen Chakladar provided electricity connection to the irrigation pump for the people.

The hope is that Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) will now take the initiative to install high-capacity pumps at the 21st and 19th vents of the Bhabodaha sluice gate.

According to sources, the construction of three polders, 10566 km of embankments and 282 gates construction in the Bhabodaha area in 1982-83 hampered the land formation process due to obstruction of tidal water-borne silt beels. In 1986, a permanent water dam was created and in 1988, it became very dangerous.

At this time the people of this region were forced to leave their houses.

The Tk.100 crore project adopted by the government to overcome the Bhabodaha crisis has not changed the fortune of the people in this region.

The people of Bhabodaha Bilpar including Karthik Mandal, Bishu Mandal, Naresh Biswas, Manishanta Mandal said that two years ago, paddy was cultivated in almost all the beel lands during the Boro season.

But at present paddy cultivation is not possible due to permanent water-logging.

UP chairman Mashiur Rahman, chairman of the pump committee, said the villagers also responded to the installation of irrigation pumps. The pump has been installed in the collective sense of all.

Manirampur Upazila Agriculture Officer Herak Kumar Sarkar said if the paddy cultivated in two thousand hectares of land (one thousand two hundred hectares in Manirampur part and eight hundred hectares in Abhaynagar part), about six thousand six hundred metric tons of paddy will be produced.

Meanwhile, on October 16, 2020 Kabir Bin Anwar, senior secretary at the Ministry of Water Resources, try to know about the installation of a pump in the Bhabodaha area.

He directed the Executive Engineer of BWDB of Jashore district to check and select the installation of pumps at Bhabodaha sluice gate.

Tauhidul Islam, BWDB’s district executive engineer, said the design work has already begins to install high-capacity pumps.

In order to divert water from Bhabodaha and adjoining areas the farmers can cultivate paddy in the beel in the next boro season, work will start soon with the approval of the concerned ministry he added.

There is knee water at high tide but completely dry at low tide for which the locals are facing severe floods time and again. Moreover, if the extra monsoon starts, more than 10 lakh people in three upazilas of the region will be inundated.