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Illegal sand lifting from Jamuneshwari River goes on unabated

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18th-May-2017       
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Rangpur Correspondent :
Sand lifting from Jamuneshwari River at different areas under Balua Mashimpur and Milonpur unions under Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur district is going on unabated, posing serious risk for the river bank, nearby cultivable lands and establishments.
Sources alleged that a section of local influential sand traders are involved in this callous act like lifting of sand from the river in collusion with some dishonest officials in the administration.
Locals complained that the unscrupulous sand traders have continued lifting of sand illegally from the riverbed installing shallow machines intensifying the threat of erosion in the areas and also posing serious threat to river bank.
During a recent visit to some of the areas this correspondent found some shallow machines lifting sand from riverbed. Then the extracted sand was being taken to different areas by a number of Tractor trolleys.
Mofa Mia, a local farmer of Tarofshadi village of Milonpur union said his 8 decimals of land have already gone under the river owing to mindless sand lifting from the river. Like him a number of farmers complained that they have already lost 15 to 20 percent of their croplands due to erosion caused by sand lifting.
Locals also alleged they lodged complaint with the concerned authority in this regard but no step has so far been taken, they further alleged.
In this situation the local people urged the concerned authorities to take immediate measures to stop sand lifting from the river and save heir croplands.

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