Megaproject on Teesta basin at Tk 8,500cr
Published: 11:32 AM, 21 September 2020 Updated: 02:18 PM, 21 September 2020
Rainwater will be stored in artificial reservoirs on the banks of the Teesta
Floods in the monsoons and lack of water in the dry season – the grief of the people on the banks of the Teesta River for decades, as a result, a megaproject has been taken to collect rainwater. The entire 113-km Teesta basin of the country has been included in the project.
After a two-year feasibility study, China has offered financial assistance of Tk 8,500 crore – where the modern agricultural system will be developed instead of traditional agriculture for the purpose of year-round cultivation by conserving rainwater in artificial reservoirs.
The project, worth Tk 8,500 crore from China, for the protection of life and property of the people on the banks of Teesta and for sustainable development of the river.
In order to create opportunities for foreign investment in textile, garments, agro-based industries, uninterrupted power generation and supply, all modern economic zones and industrial parks including road and waterways will be developed and a few satellite towns will be built in the project area.
China has handed over the Teesta River Integrated Management Plan to the government. Millions of people on the banks of the Teesta are waiting to see its implementation.
Nazrul Islam Haqqani, the convener of the Rangpur Teesta Bachao Andolon, said the project would create employment in the region.
“If this project taken by the government is implemented, there will be a radical change. At the same time, the cost of farmers in crop production will also reduce,” said Jyoti Prasad Ghosh, Chief Engineer of the Northern region.
Kabir Bin Anwar, senior secretary at the Ministry of Water Resources, said the farmers’ water problem would be solved. At the same time, fish farming will also continue.