Teesta Barrage’s routers worth Tk 6 crore stolen...

Dhaka, Wednesday   05 August 2020

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Teesta Barrage’s routers worth Tk 6 crore stolen

 Lalmonirhat Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:35 PM, 10 July 2020  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

There have been allegations that routers worth Tk 6 crore were stolen from the automation operating system installed under the control of the watergate of Teesta Barrage, as a result, questions have been raising over the theft of six out of the seven routers.

Samshuzzoha, executive engineer of the Teesta Barrage Mechanical Department of the Dalia Water Development Board, confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh on Friday morning, saying “A case has been lodged in this regard.”

The contract-based automation operating system was introduced By Fastcom contractor at a cost of Tk 6.5 crore to control the water level of the Teesta Barrage. After the installation, the Fastcom contractor launched 52 watergate automation operating systems of Teesta Barrage through apps. A total of seven routers were installed there.

In this situation, the automation operating system did not work properly after 18 months. In this situation, on December 31, 2019, the contract of Fastcom contractor automation work ended. There are also allegations that they took away the entire bill for their work.

According to the sources, the total water gate of Teesta Barrage is 52. Of these, 44 are for the flow of water in the main river and eight are for water supply in irrigation canals. At the time of the construction of Teesta Barrage, electric-powered Swiss system and manual system were kept to control each watergate. 

There are allegations that in 2003, the electric-powered Swiss system became inoperable to control the water gate of the Teesta Barrage. Executive Engineer Samshuzzoha created the project to re-install the electric-powered Swiss room at the defunct Teesta Barrage. The cost was about Tk 6.5 crore.

Some people, reluctant to disclose name, complained that the automation operating system was not working properly and that six of the seven routers were said to have been stolen, but there were questions about it. Because Teesta Barrage is KPI One. There is a 24-hour security patrol. “How valuable routers are stolen in this situation?” they questioned.

In this regard, Executive Engineer Samshuzzoha told that the automation operating system is introduced through apps. Seven routers with equipment were placed on the barrage. It was not immediately clear how the routers were stolen or taken away. A case has been filed with Hatibandha police station in this regard.  

Hatibandha Police Station OC Omar Farooq said Samshuzzoha had lodged a written complaint at the Doani IC camp. They were asked to give details for the case. But they did not file this till Friday.