Category: Rajshahi

Karatoa River occupied by Land grabbers

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Preparing fake documents by land grabbers to occupy a part of the river and constructing establishments. Already a huge part of the Karatoa River at several spot had been occupied by land grabbers in Bogra and Gaibandha dristict in Rajshahi claimed by Bangladesh Water Development (WDB) Board and the Department of Environment.

Powerful people of those are have occupied large areas of land on both sides of the river in the two districts. Their aims of those people are build multi-storey buildings there. The environment department identified grasped river land where some people including Non Government Organizations (NGO) even included Thangamara Mohila Shabuj Shango and Diabetic Hospital in Bogra.

WDB Bogra district Sub-Assistant Engineer AKM Najmul Hassain said that already has been occupied for farming and other purposes by encroachers about 57 kilometres of the 86.75 kilometres channel from Khalisha to Khanpur.

The river lost Khalisha in Gaibandha to Khanpur channel in Bogra which is considering as main channel of the river before about 23 years ago, said WDB officials.

To run water flow of the river, WDB in Khalisha area constructed a three-vent control device in 1989. Farmers on both riverbanks started cultivation of Boro (One kind of crop) and other kinds of seasonal crops from Khalisha to Khanpur from the beginning of the winter period.

The environment department has been taken an initiative to restore flow of the river from Khalisha of Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha to Khanpur of Sherpur upazila in Bogra district. WDB sources said that the department prepares to make gabbers’ list to expel them and restore the river channel.

M Inamul Haque mentioned in his book ‘Water Resources Management in Bangladesh’ that from the Rennell’s Map of 1779 it come into sights that the Karatoa began from the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling of West Bengal (India) and joined the Atrai river in the plains. According to the DoE Bogra officials, the river is dangerously polluted by chemical, household and industrial waste presently.

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Rivers in Bangladesh ‘Comatose’

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The locality and government are neglected to be responsible for the relentless degradation. As source of livelihood, communication, and heart of people in Dhaka had been determined to the Buriganga River but now it’s a major source of running the capital. This happens due to pollution and building illegal property by robbering.

Along with Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakkhya, Balu and Bangshi  is being a death trap for increasing pollution and also indiscriminate sand lifting. The minimal level of dissolved oxygen (DO) required for life to survive in these rivers do not have.

Researchers of The Department of Environment (DoE) had been an alarming message on levels of DO in these rivers after three months research. They have analysis on various samples of chemical whose were collected from these rivers  and the levels of DO in Buriganga, Turag and Bangshi were 0.38, 0.59 and 0.0 milligram per liter gradually.

According to the Environment Protection Act (Amendment) 2010, the minimum required level DO is 5 mg/l for any water body to sustain aquatic species including fishes and others is. The minimal standard rate for water being eligible for treatment as drinking water is 6 mg/l.

Contacted with Environment Erpert Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed over phone, he said to Bd Environment that “such a DO merge amount in water poses severe a great threats to biodiversity and hydro-ecology”. “Random dumping of waste has put the rivers in and around the city in a blackout”.

Professor Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) said that government ought to shift the tannery diligence from the Hazaribagh, Dhaka. The chemical waste from the tanneries is a major polluter of these rivers. It’s important that The DoE research had been found that the level of DO at the Hazaribagh area of Buriganga River was 1.06, 0.50 and 1.0 mg/l in January, February and March gradually. And the Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) is also very high in these waters.