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DHORA demands immediate removal of rubber dam in Mahananda River

Dam having negative impact on fisheries and other aspects, Dhoritri Rokhhay Amra says

Update : 22 Mar 2024, 09:32 PM

Dhoritri Rokhhay Amra (DHORA), a civic organization that works for the protection of the environment, has denounced the construction of a rubber dam in the Mahananda River, calling for its immediate removal.

“A rubber dam has been constructed in the Mahananda River (about 800 feet west of Bir Shrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge) south of Bargharia Union No 4 of Sadar upazila of Chapainawabganj and north of the Rehaichar area in order to block upstream course of the river,” DHORA said in a statement on Friday. 

DHORA said it is creating a negative impact on fisheries and other aspects, including the supply of fresh water to about 40,000-50,000 people downstream and irrigation water supply to crop fields.

The Mahananda River enters Bangladesh through Bholahat upazila of Chapainawabganj and joins the Padma in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi.

“It is the main tributary of the Padma in Chapainawabganj. Chapainawabganj town is located on the banks of the Mahananda. The length of the river flowing through the district is 36km. The Mahananda River is an important transboundary river between India and Bangladesh. The death of this river would be unacceptable.”

DHORA continued: “Rainwater is the main source of water flow of this river. As a result, its water decreases excessively in the dry season, but in the rainy season, the water overflows the two banks of the river. 

“But as a result of climate change, the Mahananda River could not even return to its original form due to the lack of timely monsoon for the past few years.

“This rubber dam is a death blow. As a result, as there is practically no more flow in the river due to the dyke, there is a danger of encroachment.”

DHORA said it demands the immediate removal of the dam and all associated structures of about 1,000-1,200 feet in length and about 200-300 feet in width. 

It also demanded those who devised and carried out such a river-destructive scheme be held accountable.

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