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Najirganj ferry ghat shaky for sand lifting

Update : 21 Mar 2014, 08:28 PM

Najirganj ferry ghat (jetty) is now in a vulnerable state as a section of influential people have continued sand lifting illegally from near the Padma River in Sujanagar upazila, intensifying threat of erosion in the area.

The riverbank beside the ferry ghat has kept breaking apart due to the illegal sand extraction from the river.

If the situation continues, the road communications of Rajbari, Faridpur and Barisal districts with Pabna, Sirajganj and Bogra might be stopped in near future, locals apprehend.

During a recent visit, this correspondent saw some 8-10 dredgers lifting sand from the riverbed every day.

They stock the extracted sand on the nearby croplands.

People involved in the sand lifting are mostly influential.

More than 100-150 truckloads of sand are sold every day from here and no one dares to complain against those involved in the illegal sand business as they are powerful.

Earlier, a mobile court realised a fine of Tk50,000 from one Madhu of Habashpur village in Pangsha upazila in Rajbari district for illegal sand lifting.

But executive magistrate M Sakhawat Hossain, also upazila nirbahi officer of Sujanagar upazila, while talking to the news agency expressed his inability to take any steps to stop sand lifting in Sujanagar portion of the river.

He showed the reason that the influential people were continuing illegal sand lifting without any lease from Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation. 

Besides, pontoons of the ferry ghat have also become frail due to the sand lifting work.

Sometimes, buses, trucks and other goods-laden vehicles meet accident for the reason. 

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