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Resuscitate of 7 canals at Tk 13cr

 Shamim Ahmed, Barishal daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:51 PM, 20 October 2021  

A canal in Barishal city has fallen into the hands of the occupiers and turned into a drain

A canal in Barishal city has fallen into the hands of the occupiers and turned into a drain

The Water Development Board (BWDB) has taken initiative to revive seven canals in Barisal city with a cost of about Tk 13 crore. 

According to BWDB sources, influential people have occupied the two banks of the canals for several years and built various structures including pucca buildings, resulting in the loss of navigability of the Kirtankhola River that turned these canals into drains.

When it rains a little, waterlogging has seen in different parts of the city. As a result, steps have been taken to divert new water flow in the canals to free the city dwellers from this suffering. The 13 crore canal excavation project is currently awaiting approval from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

Occupied canal of Barishal connected with Kirtankhola River

It is also learned that efforts are underway to get the approval of the ECNEC for seven canal renovation projects with a length of about 19 km. On October 11, the State Minister for Water Resources said work would begin this year after the project was approved.

BWDB Barishal Executive Engineer Deepak Ranjan Das said the project of renovating seven canals has been taken up to alleviate the suffering of the city dwellers. Once approved, work will begin in December.

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