We do need a Teesta megaplan, but not the one that the BWDB is proposing.
We were dumbfounded to see the picture of one such river published in this daily yesterday, which shows a stretch of the Harihar River at Swaranpur village in Jashore’s Manirampur upazila that local influentials have occupied and divided into at least 50 small ponds by building dams for fish farming.
Government must help local communities become more resilient to such calamities
Authorities must investigate the allegations and take stern actions
Random projects cannot save our rivers, if commitment and coordination are lacking
Government must restrain officials from going on unnecessary foreign trips
As we move into uncharted territory as a consequence of climate change, it is crucial that groundwater responses to changes, not only in the magnitude, duration, and variability of monsoon rainfall but also our use of land and water, are better understood.
The Rahimpur canal in Sylhet’s Zakiganj upazila is only about three kilometres away from the source of the Surma and the Kushiyara rivers.