The upazila’s once actively used canal ‘Korosuti’ has gone dry as the water development board built a sluice gate at Angura Mohammedpur village under Beanibazar upazila area near the Kushiyara river connection.
After building the sluice gate at a cost of around Tk 2 crore, the canal has now become dead due to lack of water flow during the winter season. Before building the sluice gate, the canal was full of water throughout the year. Different kinds of small boats moved through the canal with different kinds of goods. Fishermen caught fish in the canal all throughout the year and farmers used it for irrigation especially in the winter season for their vegetable crops. However now they are dependent on rainwater.
A local farmer seeking anonymity said that for the lack of water, there cannot be any vegetable farming during the dry season, so the sluice is bad news for villagers. After the sluice was built the canal became narrower day by day as it eventually got filled with debris and sediment.
Abu Taher, chairman of Kurarbazar union said, “We urge the concerned public authority for dredging this canal as it is a necessity for the local people.” Razu Alom, UP member of Angura Mohammadpur village said, “We have repeatedly urged the water development board for dredging this canal for local peoples’ welfare.”
He also said that after the legal formalities it will be dredged very soon.
Serajul Islam, executive engineer of Sylhet Water Development Board also confirmed that the canal would be dredged soon.