Reclamation of land from the Bay

Dhaka,  Mon,  21 August 2017
Published : 08 Aug 2017, 20:46:10
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Reclamation of land from the Bay

THE present government has given priority to enhancing navigability of rivers and rightly so. The water depth of our rivers has been reduced due to deposit of silt over the years. A master plan was approved a few years ago under which dredging of rivers was started. We need to utilise the accumulated silts to reclaim land from the Bay of Bengal.

At the beginning of the seventies in the last century, satellite images showed that water flow of rivers in Bangladesh was carrying huge silts with it, which had been gaining height and another land mass of about the size of Bangladesh would appear shortly. The total area of Bangladesh is about 143,998 square kilometres where over one hundred and sixty million people live now. In 1971 when Bangladesh emerged as an independent country, its population was about seventy five million. Land is scarce in Bangladesh and overpopulated it is now actively considering all options to utilize all its land resources most prudently for agriculture, industry, forestry and livestock, communication infrastructure, and so on and so forth. 

There are three levels of land available in Bangladesh, high, mid and low considering sea level height as the base line. High level does not experience flood, mid level land experiences floods after every few years while and low level land experiences flood almost every year. Dredging of the rivers will help retain navigability, facilitate transportation, and contribute to enriching the stock of fresh water fish. Dredging of river roots will generate huge silt that could turn low land into high land. These high lands will provide suitable location for setting up industrial ventures.

Simultaneously we have to re-claim land from the Bay of Bengal where about two hundred million metric tons of silts are being deposited every year. The government should take a long-term plan to expedite reclamation of land from the Bay. The silt deposited underneath should be utilized along with the sand lying on the river beds to convert low land into high land.  

Md Ashraf Hossain 

120 Central Bashabo,

Dhaka-1214.

mah120cb@yahoo.com

 
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