September 19, 2021, 4:45 pm
Aminul Islam, Sakhipur (Tangail) :
The construction of a multi-storied building at the mouth of a culvert and a culvert three feet above the ground on a road on the south side of Barachona Bazar in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail has caused waterlogging in a large area. As a result, 84 farmers in the region are not able to grow any crop on their 200 acres of land. In this situation, the victims have demanded to break the culvert of the road, build a wide bridge and take measures to drain the water through the multi-storey building.
Abdus Sattar Mia, Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer of the Upazila Agriculture Extension Department, said there is a culvert on the west side of Barachaona Bazar on the Barachaona-Chhotachauna road of the upazila. The culvert is three feet high from the crop land upstream of that culvert. There is also no access to drainage downstream as a multi-storey building has been constructed at the mouth of the culvert on the north side of the road. At least 200 acres of arable land in the villages of Barachona, Binnakhaira, Bhuiyatpara, Chatanpara and Sreepur, upstream of the culvert, is submerged by at least three feet of water. According to the Agriculture Office, 84 farmers in the area have not been able to cultivate their crops for the past four years due to waterlogging.
Hazrat Ali, Habibur Rahman, Abdul Gafur and Abdul Majid, the heroic freedom fighters of Barachona village, three acres of land belonging to these four brothers have been flooded. They demanded that the culvert be demolished and a wide bridge be built and arrangements be made to drain water downstream through the bottom of the multi-storey building at the mouth of the culvert.
Harun Aur Rashid of that village said, 80 percent of my land has been under water for four years. There are no rivers, canals or beels within 10 kilometers of this area. Standing in front of the house, I feel like I am living next to a bill. My total crop land is so small. Unable to cultivate paddy, I buy rice and eat it. Abdul Bashet is a farmer of that village. One acre of his land is the victim of waterlogging. As a result, they are not able to cultivate paddy. Rafiqul Islam is a poor farmer. Fifty percent of his land is trust. He is in great danger as he has not harvested for four years.
Abdur Rauf is a conscious citizen of Barachaona village. A multi-storey building has also stood in the way of drainage. It is necessary to make arrangements for deep drainage through the bottom of the building. Only then will it be possible to solve the problem of waterlogging.
Abdul Halim Sarkar, a former chairman of Kalia Union Parishad and a resident of Barachona village, said the country would survive if the farmers survived. To save the farmers, the government has to take strict measures to reduce water logging.
Today, on Sunday (August 22) morning, we visited the Barachauna area and saw that a culvert on the Barachaona-Chhotachauna road was higher than the cultivable land and a multi-storey building (five-storey foundation, three-storey has been constructed) at the mouth of the culvert. Many have been seen fishing in the water. Ramzan Ali of the neighboring village of Sreepur has been fishing with nets for two hours. He said, I will leave now. I caught a small fish for only twenty rupees in two hours. Do not feed with this. The victims have spoken to at least ten people in the area. They demanded the administration through this representative to plant aman paddy in their land this year.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Niyanta Barman said, “I came to know about the matter through the Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer.” This government is an agriculture friendly government. In order to keep even one hundred acres of land uncultivated, water has to be drained quickly. The upazila administration has been informed to take action against those responsible.
The main obstacle to drainage is the multi-storey building at the mouth of the culvert. Osman Ali, the owner of the building, said, “I have a drainage system under the building so that the water can be drained.” But due to lack of plans to build government culverts, huge areas have been flooded. My building is not responsible for the culvert.
LGED Assistant Upazila Engineer Shubh Basak said the culvert was inspected after receiving complaints from the victims. In order to drain the water, the culvert has to be broken and the bridge has to be constructed in such a way that the water of the upstream crop field is completely drained.
In this regard, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Chitra Shikari said, “We have visited the site after receiving the news that 200 acres of land is under waterlogging.” Talks have been held with the affected farmers and local people. Necessary steps will be taken immediately to reduce water logging.