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Bapa calls for saving Patuakhali’s Chingoria canal

Land Office employees classified the canal as land to help build illegal establishments, claims Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon

Update : 01 Mar 2022, 03:37 PM

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) has called on the government to save Patuakhali’s Chingoria canal for the benefit of the local community in Kalapara upazila. 

The canal, which was used by the locals for farming, fishing and transportation, is now almost dried up as roads and illegal establishments have been constructed on top of it, said a press release issued on Tuesday.

Different businesses, homes and fish farms using dams have polluted the canal's water, making it unusable for the community that relies on it, Bapa said.

Besides, some employees of Kalapara Land Office have also helped illegally construct establishments and evicted people in other areas by classifying the canal as land. 

“We have learned through media and local environmental activists that Chingoria canal is one of the important canals in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali. Nonetheless, excavation, municipal waste disposal and mismanagement by the land office have negatively impacted the canal,” said Bapa General Secretary Sharif Jamil.

In spite of repeated written requests from farmers and the locals of Kalapara seeking redress of the issue, the administration has failed to take effective steps to save the canal, the press release added. 

The canal originates from Andharmanik River in Kalapara and flows through parts of seven wards of Kalapara municipality. With road construction and land-grabbing around the canal, it has become very narrow. The canal used to be 50-60 feet wide.

In the interest of the local community and to maintain a good environment, Bapa urged the authorities to remove the establishments and evict illegal occupants around the area.

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