230km human chain on Teesta’s bank
Published: 09:18 PM, 1 November 2020
Human chain on the bank of Teesta
Thousands of people on the banks of the Teesta River on Sunday staged a 230-kilometer human chain demanding prevention of river erosion, re-excavation of the river, fair share of water, rehabilitation of thousands of families affected by erosion.
The human chain took place on both sides of the Teesta coastal area in Rangpur Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts at 11am.
Leaders of the Teesta Bachao River Protection Committee took part in human chain in different areas including the area adjacent to the Teesta Bridge at Mahipur in Gangachara Upazila of Rangpur and the area adjacent to the Teesta Bridge at Kaunia.
Speakers in human chain complained that thousands of families are losing their homes and land every year due to the continuous erosion of the Teesta River. On the other hand, in the dry season, the water level of the Teesta decreases drastically, thus the normal flow of the river stopped. For this reason, the flow of the river Teesta has been stopped by the dam upstream of India. The river is turning into a dead canal as it has not been re-excavated for a long time. In this situation, if the flow of water continues by digging the Teesta on an emergency basis, it will not have to fall into the trap of erosion during the monsoon season.
The speakers said that the Teesta river flows 115 km in Bangladesh. Millions of people are affected by floods and erosion every year in this part. People along the river want relief from floods and erosion.
They also demanded protection of the Teesta River and prevention of floods and erosion on both banks.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's direct intervention was sought for re-excavation of Teesta river in the human chain.
Apart from the people of Teesta, various professionals and leaders of civil society and activists of various political organizations took part in this fancy human chain.