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Rubber dam project to bring 7,500 hects under irrigation in C'nawabganj

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BSS, Chapainawabganj :
The ever largest rubber dam scheme in the country is going to be constructed in Mohananda River in Chapainawabganj district in order to bring back its navigability and more than 7,500 hectares of farming fields under irrigation.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has finalized a complete design of the scheme set to be implemented with an estimated cost of around Taka 187.32 crore within next two years. There will be a revolutionary change in the region's agriculture sector on successful implementation of the mega project, experts opined.
According to the sources concerned, the vast Barind tract is being turned into a waterless condition due to various natural and manmade catastrophes like constructing barrage, reduction of annual rainfall and climate change.
As a result, crop reduction is gradually being surfaced. In the adverse situation, demand of rubber dam construction has been mounted for the best uses of river water for irrigation purposes.
At a huge public meeting in Chapainawabganj on April 23, 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had given an assurance of rubber dam construction on Mohananda River responding to the local demands. Later on, BWDB adopted a project titled "Rubber Dam Construction and River Dredging in Mohananda" for implementation of the Prime Minister's announcement.
Subsequently, Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) was given responsibility for feasibility study. After the feasibility study by the last year end, IWM formulated a draft design selecting a 42-point site from Mokarampur Ghat in Gomostapur Upazila to Dariapur Ghat in Chapainwabganj municipality.
However, the Rehairchar site near Chapainawabgonj town, around half- kilometer downstream of the Beershrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge, had been fixed for construction of the rubber dam in the design that was finalized in April last.
BWDB Executive Engineer Syed Shahidul Islam here told BSS that the ever largest rubber dam scheme is going to be implemented in Mohananda River. 36 kilometer areas, 10 kilometers in upstream and 26 kilometers in downstream of the 353-kilometer proposed dam will be brought under dredging.
Upon successful implementation of the scheme, more than 7,500 hectares of land will be brought under irrigation in surrounding areas.
In this connection, he said, the retained water could easily be used for supplementary irrigation of aman, wheat, pulse, oil seeds and vegetables cultivation along with pisciculture and duck farming.

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