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Sand lifting from Halda River

Erosions continuing, damaging lands, properties on riverside dwellers

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Locals of Kotwaligona village area of Raozan upazila watching the erosion where a Government Primary School engulfed by Halda river.

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12th-Sep-2017       
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Sarwaruddin  with Mir Aslam, Raozan :
The erosion of  river banks of Halda being intensified gradually  following the  uninterrupted sand lifting  from the river by using dredger. Following the continued  sand lifting from the Raozan portion of the Halda belt year after, hundred acres of  agri -lands and  dwelling houses  eroded into river which creates silted lands(chars)  in either portion(Hathazary side) of the  river.
With  this gradual erosion of  Raozan portion of the river, the geographical  areas  of Raozan upazila becoming smaller.  It is learnt from the  Upazila office that  no lease for lifting of sand from Halda was given  to anybody this year . But unscrupulous sand traders  in connivance of the  local influentials  are continuing their business of  sand lifting  by using smaller dredgers .
Our Raozan correspondent  recently visited Kotwalighona area of Gohira Union  under Raozan upazila  where  found  hundreds acres of agri -land, houses  and educational institutions  located  beside river banks  gone under water  by erosion .Sources said South-East Kotwalighona Government  Primary school  building also damaged by erosion .
An elderly man named Abdul Hai told  our correspondent that  one bigger pond named Ludhi Pukur was gone under river water  one decade earlier  which later  created a  big silted land on either side of  the river(Hathazari portion)  and  now  locally known as Ludhir Char. Elderly Abdul Hai   also told that  silted lands(chars)  in Hathazari portion  are  parts of  Raozan  and the  influentials  of Hathazari upazila are  occupying these char lands.
 Locals of Hathazari  side of the river told that  one influential Mansur  was continuously lifting sands from Halda year after years causing the erosion intensified . The also apprised that  during a drive of Mobile court  by the Hathazarii upazila administration  , one dredger  of  Mansur was seized some months ago .From that time of mobile court operation, the illegally lifting of sands remain stopped . One local Ahmed Kabir told that  dwelling houses of Hanif Driver, Kalu Member also flown away by the erosion . Moreover, the brick field owners also using  clay from riverside  for making bricks  which cripples the  11000 KVA power transmission line  lack of  proper earth  beside the  electric poles.
Sources added  that  most  of the sand  traders  and brickfield owners are ruling party leaders and  public representatives. A local social personality  and businessman  Md. Khorshed told that  to resist the severe erosion of  river bank, lawmaker of Raozan ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury MP  strongly  cautions the sand traders to refrain from sand lifting. The law maker also directed the Engineers of Water development Board  to take immediate actions to  resist the erosion . General secretary of Raozan Environment Pollution Resistance Movement Nurul Absar told that  to sustain geographical location of Raozan and river flow, sand lifting should be stopped for ever . While contacted UNO of Raozan Shamim Hossain Reza told to our correspondent Mir Aslam that  sand blocs of Halda river not leased out this year and no one will be allowed to lift sand from this river .

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