Nabaganga river gets new life

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Nabaganga river covered with water hyacinths and other floating materials. Photo: UNB.

The frail Nabaganga river flowing through Jhenaidah district was barely recognisable only a few days back when it was covered with water hyacinths and other floating materials.

But the river has made a comeback thanks to the joint efforts of the sadar upazila administration, public representatives and locals, reports UNB.

Nabaganga had been losing its navigability over the years and heading towards a tragic end. It changed its course several times in the last century and today it merges with the Kumar river after flowing through Chuadanga and Jhenaidah.

Jhenaidah Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shammi Islam told UNB that the administration contacted all union parishad chairmen to take an initiative to free the river from water hyacinths and breathe a new life into it.

They started their joint campaign in the first week of November.

UNO Shammi said they had cleared over a five-kilometre stretch of the river that flows through the town.

Nabaganga river after being cleaned off water hyacinths. Photo: UNB.Locals said the residents of 30 to 35 villages will be benefited if the river gets back its navigability. This will also help local species of fish and biodiversity to thrive.

Parvez Masud, Ghorashal union parishad chairman, said fishermen used to catch a plenty of fish from the river barely 15 years ago. But the river gradually became stagnant.

Abdus Sattar, president of Bhuiagati Fishermen Cooperative Society, thanked the upazila administration, and said steps should be taken on a large scale to bring the Nabaganga back to life in the district.

UNO Shammi told UNB that under the directive of Jhenaidah deputy commissioner Saroj Kumar Nath, they took a work plan – ‘Save the Nabaganga’ – to clear water hyacinth from the Nabaganga, Begbati, and Bhairab rivers that flow through the district.

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