Fishing with dams on the river, biodiversity under threat

Irrigation fishing is being arranged in the Anandnagar-Krishnanagar area of ​​Singra upazila of Natore with a permanent embankment in the 1 km tributary river. It has been alleged that some local leaders and activists, including UP member Abdul Malek of Ward 9 of Chamari Union, managed to save the river and hunt these aquatic animals including fish. This is destroying the biodiversity of the bill as well as the emptiness of fish in the bill.

According to the locals, most of the areas of Singra are surrounded by Chalanbil. The river Atrai has a deep connection with this challan bill, which is famous for its fish stocks. Throughout the year, millions of farmers in Chalon-sur-Sane use this river to transport their produce and oil. However, arrangements have been made for irrigated fishing with earthen embankments on both sides of the river at an area of ​​about 1 km in Anandnagar and Krishnanagar of Singra upazila, a tributary of Atrai river. On the one hand, such as Chalanbile fish emptiness and biodiversity is sitting to be lost. On the other hand, bringing oil and fertilizer in the cultivation of crops and land produced by the farmers is being hindered.

Ramizul Islam and Parosh of Anandnagar village, who are busy irrigating the river, said they bought the land for Tk 10 lakh from 20 to 21 villagers. This money had to be given to local UP member Abdul Malek, Abdus Salam and Almas of Krishnanagar village.

They said in response to the question whether you can irrigate the river in this way? Every year someone buys this place and catches fish. They bought it this time.

Several people, who did not want to be named, said that preparations have been made to catch fish by irrigating the river in the Anandnagar Eidgah ground area for about a month and a half. As a result, the only river for the movement of farmers has been closed. Many people are angry about who or what happens when poor people die.

Mizan Mia, a local boatman, said people were having a hard time walking because of the dam. It’s as if no one is watching.

Local UP member Abdul Malek said it was a tributary of the Atrai River. Known as the government canal. This canal has been bought and sold in this way for a long time. Sold again this year. However, he is not involved in this work.

And Abdus Salam said, although it is a government canal, they have some land here. However, this money is shared in various development works of the society including religious institutions.

Rashidul Islam, chairman of the Chamari Union Parishad, said fishing in the Anandnagar river was creating obstacles for the movement of more than one lakh farmers in Chalanbil and bringing and taking of agricultural products. He informed the administration about the matter. He thinks that immediate action is needed in this regard.

Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Shahadat Hossain said, “I don’t know the matter.” And it is illegal to fish in river irrigation. However, necessary action will be taken in case of complaint.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer MM Samirul Islam said, “If anyone catches fish by irrigating the river with a dam, immediate action will be taken.”

(Dhaka Times / 13 January / LA)


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