Locals say the highway disrupts the free move of the water within the haor, inflicting premature floods which harm crops

15 June, 2022, 09:10 am

Final modified: 15 June, 2022, 10:38 am

The 29.73-km highway constructed for higher communication amongst Itna, Mithamoin and Astagram upazilas of Kishoreganj has change into a significant drawback because it causes premature floods and damages paddies on a variety of land. Picture: TBS

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The 29.73-km road built for better communication among Itna, Mithamoin and Astagram upazilas of Kishoreganj has become a major problem as it causes untimely floods and damages paddies on a wide range of land. Photo: TBS

The 29.73-km highway constructed for higher communication amongst Itna, Mithamoin and Astagram upazilas of Kishoreganj has change into a significant drawback because it causes premature floods and damages paddies on a variety of land. Picture: TBS

A 29.73 kilometre highway constructed for easy communication in three upazilas within the haor area of Kishoreganj has as a substitute been wreaking havoc within the areas, inflicting premature flooding and damaging paddy crops on hundreds of hectares of land.

In line with locals of Itna, Mithamoin and Astagram upazilas, the highway, constructed between 2016-2020 at a price of Tk874.08 crore, has impeded the move of upstream water into the rivers by the haor.

Saidul Islam, a farmer from Tahirpur, Sunamganj, mentioned that yearly water amassed within the haor space in March-April and flowed into the rivers rapidly. “However now it will get trapped right here for days, damaging paddies. This drawback has been prevalent for the previous couple of years.”

Many mentioned the Boro paddy, the one crop cultivated within the haor space, was steadily submerged by floods in April this yr, inflicting damages of round Tk1,000 crore.

The affect of the highway has prompted locals, specialists and even the cupboard to look into the matter and never construct any extra roads within the haor space.

A key motive for the failure of the highway has been the shortage of an environmental survey.

Dr Md Khalequzzaman, environmental scientist and professor of geology at Lock Haven College in Pennsylvania, USA, mentioned in a latest interview {that a} correct environmental survey was not carried out earlier than the development of the highway.

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He mentioned, “The function of the haor is the free move of water. I recommended that if the highway needed to be constructed, at the very least 30% of the 30-kilometre highway must be constructed within the type of a excessive bridge or flyover to permit water move. One other function of this highway is that it’s not creating any connectivity in an enormous sense.”

Khalequzzaman mentioned, “It has solely been two years for the reason that highway was constructed. The environmental affect of this highway can be extra clearly felt within the occasion of main floods.”

Nitesh Barua, govt engineer, RHD, Kishoreganj, mentioned, “Because the matter is underneath high-level consideration, I cannot touch upon it. However I can say that presently there isn’t a water on both facet of the haor. And there are lots of bridges to permit the water to move.”

He additionally mentioned that the cupboard assembly on 18 April determined that no extra roads can be constructed within the haor after the premature floods this yr.

Kasmir Reza, president of the Setting and Haor Growth Organisation, mentioned, “Establishing such a highway in the midst of the haor is an act in opposition to nature. That is disrupting the move of water.

“There will not be sufficient bridges on the highway to permit the water to move simply. The size of the drainage system of the highway is simply 900 metres. It takes extra time for the water within the haor to move all the way down to the rivers. Because of this, the water within the haor stays for days.”

He added, “The crops within the haor lands might be severely broken even when these stay submerged just for two days. Quite a lot of paddies might rot because of this.”

Abdul Karim Kim, basic secretary of the Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA), Sylhet, mentioned, “Not solely the all-weather highway of Kishoreganj, however different roads within the haor space are additionally inflicting flooding issues. The biodiversity of the haor is being broken as a result of state of affairs.

“There shouldn’t be any highway within the haor. The authorities ought to develop a contemporary water transportation system right here.”

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Water from incessant rain upstream in Meghalaya and Assam of India flows all the way down to the Meghna River in Kishoreganj by rivers and haors within the Sylhet area. Locals mentioned the all-weather highway disrupts the free move of water.

In line with the Roads and Highways Division (RHD), Kishoreganj, the 29.73 km lengthy all-weather highway has 3 PC girders with a size of 590.47 metres, and 62 RCC field culverts with a size of 190 metres and 11 RCC girder bridges of 269.68 metres.

After the April cupboard assembly, Cupboard Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam mentioned that individuals involved have been directed to contemplate growing the variety of bridges to extend the move of water within the haor space.

Apart from, the RHD has been directed to conduct surveys on this regard to gauge the potential for developing 150m to 200m bridges on the highway at each half kilometre distance.

Planning Minister MA Mannan mentioned on the assembly that any longer solely flyovers can be constructed within the haor areas, not excessive roads.

A complete of 414 haors cowl an space of ​​14,536 sq km in 50 upazilas of seven districts of Sunamganj, Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Brahmanbaria.

Because the haor space is submerged in water for a lot of the yr, there isn’t a crop in that space throughout that point. Through the dry season, boro crops are grown in most components of the haor. About 16% of the full paddy manufacturing in Bangladesh comes from the haor space.

In line with the Division of Agricultural Extension, Boro paddy has been planted on 9.50 lakh hectares of land within the six haor districts this yr.



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