Unplanned sluice gates built in different areas of Sylhet district are the main cause of untimely floods as well as barren land.
After building these gates, water flow and fish movement has been severely hampered, allege locals.
In many areas, more than two sluice gates were built between a one kilometer area in an unplanned way.
Abul Hashem, deputy director of Sylhet DAE said, “The unplanned sluice gates hamper our agricultural cultivation. Last year we cultivated around 83 thousand hectares of Boro paddy in Sylhet, but this year farmers cultivated 79 thousand hectares of Boro.”
Like Boro paddy, other agro production were also hampered due to the unplanned sluice gates.
In Charkai union under Beanibazar upazila there are three sluice gates built over the Korosuthi canal and Foued beel in a one kilometer area. Here, Boro cultivation was severally hampered as water hyacinth and weeds congested the Boro field. During the rainy season water hyacinths cannot pass through the canal as the sluice gates obstruct them.
A resident of Konkolosh area told this correspondent on anonymity that before these sluice gates were built at Foued beel, it was possible to cultivate Boro paddy in the beel.
But now people cannot cultivate Boro paddy due to the water hyacinth and weeds.
Many farmers are agitated over these unplanned sluice gates in different areas. They said, “These sluice gates are just a waste of money. We never get any benefit from these gates, instead there is demerit.”
Mahmud Ali, chairman of Charkai union said, “These unplanned sluice gates are not only a waste of public money but are also hampering our agro cultivation.”
When asked about the unplanned sluice gate at Charkai union beel, Kazi Arifur Rahman, UNO of Beanibazar said he will be looking into the matter.
Serajul Islam, chief engineer of Sylhet water development board said, “We never built any sluice gate in the beel area.”