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Move to construct bridges over Boral River

WT24 Desk

The government has decided to construct bridges over the Boral River in the country’s northern region decommissioning existing all dams and sluice gates from the river aiming to increase its water flow, agencies eport.   The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting held on Monday at the Shipping Ministry with Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan in the chair.

 Once the Boral River was the lifeline to the country’s northern region, but now it has lost its water flow in the absence of dredging and for setting up unplanned cross dams and sluice gates along it.  The meeting said the authorities concerned must take approval from Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) to determine height of the bridges before going for constructing those.

 Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Shipping Minister said the meeting has taken the decision since water vehicles cannot ply on the river route due to poor navigability.  He said as per the decision, the Road Division will build a bridge on the Boral River at Ram Nagar Ghat in Chatmohar upazila of Pabna district while the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and BWDB will decommission the dams and sluice gates installed on the river.

 The meeting said the district administration of Natore gave temporary and permanent lease of 1,100 acres of land of Mora Boral River, but all the leases will be canceled gradually.  State Minister for Water Resources M Nazrul Islam and State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Shipping Secretary Shafiq Alam Mehdi, chairman of National River Protection Committee Ataharul Islam and BIWTA chairman Commodore Mohammad Mozammel Haque, among others, attended the meeting.

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