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No use of 438 structures of GK project

  • Published at 01:13 am November 24th, 2016
No use of 438 structures of GK project
As the houses have become abandoned for long, thieves and local people took away valuables even the bricks of the houses. Besides, local influential are also trying to grab the houses under the nose of authorities. The buildings have started decaying for lack of repair. The Water Development Board sources said the then Pakistan government started the project in 1954 to ensure the irrigation of 1.97 lakh hectares of arable land in Kushtia, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga and Magura. The project started aiming at improving overall drainage system in the area with 971 kilometres long drainage canals. To keep the area free from flood, 228 kilometres long inspection road, 39 kilometres dam and numerous bridges and culverts were built during the time. After the establishment of GK project in 1963, production of crops increased as it had solved the water crisis in the areas. After setting up the project, the then government built hundreds of houses in 1957 for the employees of the project to smooth the project works. The Padma River is the main sources of water of GK Project. But the quantity of water sees decline every year due to withdrawal of Ganges water at Farakka point in the upstream, said a high official of Water Development Board (WDB) in Kushtia. The GK project had totally failed to supply water during 1992-1996 due to low flow in the Padma. Now the project is also failing to ensure smooth water supply due to fall in the water level of Padma River. As the project has collapsed partly due to lack of water in Padma River, frustrated local farmers left irrigation project and started using deep tube well and pump to irrigate their lands. Some farmers started jute and tobacco cultivation. As the project has lost its pomp, project authority stopped to repair the houses which were built nearly 6o years ago. In this tenure, officials and employees also have left houses. Not only this, the authorities also stopped to recruit new employees. Due to lack of manpower, the irrigation project is suffering a lot in the peak season. It also hampers the water pumping and irrigation management systems. Though GK project is suffering from many problems, the officials of the project hinted that they would start repairing works after getting allowance from government. Abdul Wahed, project director, said: “We are trying to solve all the problems including repairing of houses. We will started repair works of 438 houses after getting fund from the government.”