Farmers, Fishermen’s relief as Teesta regains sparkle
Published: 03:38 PM, 10 April 2021
Teesta River has regained its sparkle when Boro fields cracked due to the bitterness of Chaitra (Bengali month). Upstream river water has been entering the Boro fields. Thus, this has brought smiles to the faces of farmers and fishermen.
While visiting the spot, it was seen that the water of Teesta River is crossing the barrage and flowing downstream. Irrigation canals have started to fill with river water.
Fishermen are busy fishing in the flooded Teesta. Due to the increase in the flow of Teesta River for three days, lots of fish are now available.
As the canals are currently full, 65,800 hectares of land in 12 upazilas of Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Dinajpur under Teesta Barrage Command area are being irrigated during the current Boro season.
According to the Teesta Barrage Water Measurement Office, about 18,000 cusecs of water is flowing down the Teesta in three days. Earlier, the water flow was only 1,400 cusecs.
According to the source, the water level of Teesta was 49.70 meters on Thursday. The previous day, this was increased by 100 cm to 50.70 meters. Two days ago, the water flow increased by 65 cm and stood at 51.35 meters. Besides, the dried-up river has come back to life as the upstream slope continues.
“We heard the sound of a sudden current from Teesta River. We rushed and saw water coming from the upper reaches with great speed,” said Shah Ali of East Chatnai village on the banks of Teesta. “This will benefit us a lot. The land could not be irrigated due to lack of water.”
Jyoti Prasad Ghosh, the chief engineer for the northern part of the Water Development Board, told Daily Bangladesh that the water level in the Teesta has suddenly risen – which I think is best for all. This has made it easier to irrigate the lands under the Teesta Irrigation Project.
He further said that a special project has been undertaken for the construction of 750 km long secondary and tertiary irrigation canals to supply irrigation water to 1.16 lakh hectares of land in the project area. The expenditure has been estimated at Tk 1,465 crore.
“Once the project is passed, CC lining will be installed in secondary irrigation canals and RCC will be installed in tertiary canals. In this way, water can reach the land quickly without wasting,” added Jyoti Prasad Ghosh.