August 5, 2021, 11:55 pm

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Fish farming with illegal dams in government canals in

Anower Hossain Anu, Kalapara (Patuakhali): Two thousand acres of crop land has been submerged due to illegal cultivation of fish in the government canal at Kalapara in Patuakhali. Such a situation has arisen by constructing a dam in the government canal in the interest of cultivating some influential local fish in the Panchjunia government canal of Dhankhali union of the upazila. The aggrieved farmer has lodged a written complaint with the local MP, Upazila Parishad Chairman and Kalapara Upazila Executive Officer seeking redressal. According to local farmers, the canal has been used for water supply and drainage to facilitate cultivation. But for the selfish work of some influential people started fish farming with illegal dams at different points of the canal. When the necessary water supply and drainage system is closed, about two thousand acres of land is submerged in water for half of the year. The victim said.

Asaduzzaman Alamgir said that due to the construction of a dam on the canal, the three-crop land is no longer harvested. The Dhankhali Union Parishad chairman promised a solution last year in the presence of about two hundred people at the PND secondary school ground, but no solution has been found so far. Several farmers said the government canal was built for the benefit of all. We are being deprived of farming because of illegal fish farming in that canal. If we do not make arrangements to drain the water by cutting this dam very quickly, there will be no other way but to sit in our way with our wife and children. The accused occupier of the canal said.

Akkas Hossain Mollah said, “We will do what needs to be done in the public interest.” Dhankhali Union Parishad Chairman in this regard. Riaz Talukder said, in the interest of the people, I am in favor of cutting the dam. I have raised this issue in the monthly meeting. The embankment of this canal will be removed. Kalapara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Hasnat Mohammad Shahidul Haque said, “I have asked the chairman to remove the dam.” This waterlogging of the farmers will be solved in a short time.

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