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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi



The district administration at a meeting on law and order yesterday decided to evict all the illegal occupiers from the Boral River in Charghatupazila under the district.

“Local lawmaker Fazle HossainBadshaemphasised the need for ensuring free flow of the Boral River and we have taken the decision accordingly,” said Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Hannan, who presided over the meeting held at the conference room of the DC office.

“The upazilanirbahi officer of Charghat has already been instructed to evict all the people who are occupying the river and polluting its water. Action will be taken against the illegal occupiers, regardless of however influential they are,” he said.

Jamat Khan, general secretary of RajshahiRakkhaSangramParishad, raised the issue in the meeting. He referred to The Daily Star report titled ‘Enclosures for illegal fish farming pollute Boral water’ revealing that a group of 15 people made enclosures with bamboo fences in about 15-kilometre stretch of the river in Charghatupazila for fish farming without any permission from the authorities concerned.

Use of chemicals and poultry wastes for the purpose is badly polluting the important water body, said the report published yesterday. Meanwhile, several villagers along the river alleged that the illegal fish farmers threatened them of dire consequences after publication of The Daily Star report.

“Two weeks ago, we complained to the UNO about pollution of the river due to the illegal fish farming but no action was taken. That time too, the grabbers threatened the villagers of dire consequences if they are evicted,” said a villager seeking anonymity.

The Boral River must be protected from illegal occupiers for the greater interest of saving ChalanBeel, the largest wetland in the region, said Fazle HossainBadsha.

Earlier on March 14, the locals accompanied by environmentalists joined a 220-kilometre-long human chain along the bank of Boral River in Rajshahi, Natore, Pabna and Sirajganj districts demanding steps to ensure its smooth flow.




Source: thedailystar






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