Pekua Dam: People’s dreams being fulfilled for Tk 100cr
Published: 01:10 PM, 17 September 2020 Updated: 01:56 PM, 17 September 2020
Embankment under construction at a cost of Tk 100 crore
Pekua, coastal upazila of Cox’s Bazar, has been changing. The construction work of 4 and a half kilometers of embankment in Magnama of the upazila is progressing fast. Lined concrete blocks are being laid on sustainable eco-friendly soil dams.
The embankment has been constructed at a cost of Tk 100 crore divided into 10 packages, as a result, millions of people are expected to be saved from natural disasters. Besides, the proposed special economic zone in Pekua has also been protected from various natural calamities including floods, tidal surges and cyclones.
Already 95 percent of the work has been completed with the installations of four lakh stone-paved blocks.
Earlier, the construction work of the risky dam started in the 2016-17 fiscal year under the supervision of the Water Development Board. Unnayan International Ltd, Mostafa & Sons and Yunus & Brothers are working on the embankment. The work is expected to be completed in the 2020-21 fiscal year.
Atiqul Islam, director of Unnayan International Ltd, said it would be possible to complete the work before the deadline. =
Local UP chairman Sarafat Ullah Chowdhury Wasim told Daily Bangladesh that five UPs, including Magnama, used to break soil embankments during the monsoon season every year and flooded by tides and tidal surges. “It would flood crops, shrimp farms, raw houses and filled with salt seas. So, the construction of this risky 4.5-kilometer embankment block has saved the lives of millions,” he added.
Gias Uddin, an engineer of the Water Development Board, said that the overall construction work of the dam has been done well due to strict surveillance. Construction work of the dam is underway under the leadership of Rakibul Hasan, Executive Engineer of Bandarban Water Development Board.
Already 95 percent of the work has been completed. The contractors will be able to submit the work within the month of January-February, he added.
Chakaria-Pekua MP Zafar Alam said, “I have visited the embankment area many times. The speed and quality of work of the contracting company is satisfactory. The coastal upazila of Pekua will be permanently protected from sea erosion through the construction of sustainable embankments.”