KURIGRAM: Villagers in Roumari upazila of the district have set bamboo pilings through voluntary service on the bank of the Halhaliya river to protect them from erosion.
They are setting 10 structures on one kilometre of the river bank in Dhanarchar Natun Gram area by piling bamboos to save them from erosion.Locals said nine structures have already been built till now. The remaining one will be completed in the next two or three days.
Villager Ragib Ali said around 4,000 families from Dhanarchar, Natun Gram, Diglapara and Charpara villages willingly came forward to protect various structures including homesteads, cultivable lands, schools, mosques, madrasas and graveyard along the river bank from erosion.
If the ten structures on the river bank are completed, erosion of Halhaliya can be prevented on a temporary basis, he said.
Karim Box of Char Diglapara village said erosion by the river has turned serious due to fall in water levels.
Despite repeated pleas, the authorities of Water Development Board, local administration and public representatives are yet to take any steps to prevent erosion, he alleged.
Finding no other alternative, they have come forward to build the structures on the river bank by piling bamboos to save them from erosion, said Karim.Two weeks ago, the villagers started the piling works on voluntary basis to protect erosion by the river, said Aminur, a teacher from Char Kodalkati in neighbouring Char Rajibpur upazila.
Sarabesh Ali, chairman of Jadurchar Union Parishad, said people in the four villages have been building the structures on voluntary basis to prevent erosion.
Roumari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Al-Imran said the villagers had almost completed the structures on the river bank to prevent erosion.
He will take immediate steps to build a permanent dam after talking to the authorities concerned, said the UNO.