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Chandpur to be protected from Meghna River erosion: Shamim

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Chandpur  Correspondent :
Deputy Minister  for Water Resources A M  Enamul Huque Shamim MP has said,  at any  costs, Chandpur will be protected   from    the fury and erosion by the Meghna.  After visiting the eroded areas at Puranbazar Horishava area  and the  adjoining areas  threatened by  erosion  , he  told this to a gathering of people  present  beside  the erosion site  at Puranbazar Horishava   in Chandpur today, Monday  around noon. Earlier, he was   accompanied by the  central leader Sujit Roy Nandi,  Water Development Board high officials, Chandpur District AL's  General Secretary Abu Nayeem Patwary Dulal, and  Acting DC Shaokat Osman.    
Enamul Huque   Shamim has  said, a  mega project involving an   amount of taka 11 hundred crores has   already been   taken up by the Government  in order  to  protect Chandpur and Haimchar  Upazilas    from the curse of erosion  by the Meghna. After official approval of this project in the next meeting of ECNEC, the  town  protection work will start  this current fiscal. If necessary  and if this fund falls short,  the allocated amount  for the project would be increased  to 1500 crores to complete the  works-he  emphatically   said.
The locals and affected people demanded of the Minister to have this  protection work completed  by the army personnel so that   the  town protection  work is done fairly, smoothly and also permanently. He assured them that  he would  personally   convey  this message and demand of the people to  the Prime Minister.
Sujit Roy Nandi, Acting DC Shaokat Osman , District AL  General Secretary  Abu Nayeem Patwary Dulal among others spoke on the occasion.     
 The Minister has assured that  now, each of the  erosion affected families  here will be provided  with six thousand taka cash  and two bunds of CI sheets  to rebuild their houses.   DC (Acting) Shaokat Osman has   told the New Nation , so far, as per  record of the Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Office, eleven families  have been badly affected by the sudden erosion by the Meghna since 9 pm on Friday.  But there are many other  families, also affected by this erosion-said various sources and the local Municipal Councilor Md Ali Majhi.
Meanwhile , 5000 geo textile sand  filled- bags  have been dumped into the vulnerable site to stop erosion. Contacted,   Chandpur Water Development Board's Engineer Ashrafuzzaman Khan   has disclosed  to this correspondent  that ' five hundred metres areas of the Town Protection Bundh at Puranbazar of Chandpur town are in extreme risk condition  here and there  and under threat of erosion  by the mighty river Meghna'.

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