Shameem Ahmed, Magura
Influential people with the help of some unscrupulous employees of Water Development Board (WDB) have grabbed Ramsagar canal in Mohammadpur upazila of Magura.
The 400-year old Ramsagar canal flows through Mohammadpur upazila originating from Modhumoti River.
During the dry season, the canal plays a vital role in irrigating 10 thousand acres of crop land in five beals (water bodies) of the upazila including Katlashur. At the same time, the canal is too much convenient to free the 10 thousand acre of crop land from water logging during rainy season. But the canal is now failing to do so due to grabbing.
Some influential people have set up permanent installation in the canal. Consequently the canal has lost navigability. Although now it is rainy season, the canal is failing to absorb water. Earlier, water from 10 thousand acres of crop land in five beals entered the canal being freed from water logging.
On the other hand, the water stored in the canal was used in irrigation of the land. But at present the land is facing water logging during rainy season while irrigation crisis during dry season hampering crop production badly. Moreover the canal is causing threat to ecology losing water flow.
Locals informed about the incident to WDB authorities several times, but this wrong doing has been going on for years.
The grabbers manage local politicians and WDB men in exchange of bribe. upazila nirbahi officer Mohammapdur Md Sadikur Rahman said that have already informed WDB authorities. “If WDB authorities seek our help, we are ready to take action to free the canal from grabbing,” he said. Magura WDB executive engineer ABM Khan Mujahadi admitted the matter. He said that they have noticed the grabbers. “If the grabbers do not respond to our notice, we will run drive with the help upazila administration soon,” he said.
Badrul Ahasan, an official of Department 0f Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Magura, said that if the grabbers are evicted from the canal, 10 thousand acres of crop land can be brought back to production.