SYLHET, Sept 18: The two-day River and Jyothsna Festival (Nodi o Jyothsna Utsab) was concluded yesterday in Sumanganj with a call for raising tourism-friendly infrastructures at Tanguar Haor, the largest and attractive tourist location on the riverine region.
Several thousands of visitors from across the country attended the unique event, organised for the first time on the renowned site in a festive mood.
Local lawmaker Moazzem Hossain Ratan attended the concluding ceremony of the festival.
Began on Friday afternoon, the event attracted people as they got an arrangement to visit the panaromic view of Barik Tila, Jadukata river, Tanguar Haor, abandoned Limestone quarry at Tekerghat, Niladri Lake, Laurer garh, Koroigora Adivashi Polli, all located on the foothills of the Indian state of Meghalaya.
Besides, the cultural function, participated by the local ethnic groups enthralled the thousands of visitors on boats on the concluding day functions.
The Tanguar Haor has 53 beels and 12 swamp forests, which are the habitat of 141 species of fishes, 200 species of swamp forest plants, 340 species of local and imigratory birds etc.
Lawmaker Moazzem Hossain Ratan inaugurated the event while Sunamganj Deputy commissioner Sheikh Md Rafiqul Islam, Tahirpur upazila chairman Kamruzzaman and former lawmaker Nozir Hossain addressed, among others, at the inaugural session.
The country's second largest Haor in Bangladesh, Tanguar Haor is declared as the motherland for fishes of Bangladesh. Lot of Beels and swamp area all together are called as Tanguar Haor. Plenty of rivers and canals passed through this massive haor. Most of those rivers are originated from the Meghayan hills.
Tanguar Haor is a 100 sq km wetland and 'inland sea'. Home to over 200 species of aquatic plants, 140 species of fish, 208 indigenous bird species, 100 species of migratory birds, 34 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians, it is one of Asia's most magnificent natural environments. It is already a veritable Mecca for dedicated naturalists and birdwatchers as well as photographers, and those simply seeking the tranquility of such an environment. It is also a vital resource for both nation and continent.
Speakers said in developing and supporting the development of tourism the key word has to be sustainable, ensuring, not only access, but also the protection of environment and wildlife, as well as the livelihoods of the local people.
Measures taken by the previous governments had helped much in protecting the huge natural site, the speakers said, however some of them called for a better and coordinated efforts at an earliest to stop pilferage and destruction of the fish wealth and others by organised groups.