Erosion of Padma River at Charbagdanga union in Sadar upazila has taken a serious turn making at least 90 families homeless. Moreover, a number of structures at Kairapara and Maldanga villages, including Charbagdanga UP Complex and a portion of the embankment built at a cost of Taka 300 crore, may be eroded by the river anytime, said locals, reports BSS.
Jamal Uddin, a UP member, said his house was at Bakher Ali village under the same union and he shifted his house to Roadpara as the erosion of the river Padma devoured it in 1996. "But again, that dwelling was eroded by the river two years back," he said, adding his new house where he is living now is also facing the threat of erosion.
Hasenur Begum, a resident of the same village, said she had to shift her house twice due to erosion during the last 20 years. She said, "Now I do not have ability to shift my house anywhere." Sohel Rana Mukul, a resident of Malbagdanga village, said, "My two mango orchards on 10 bighas of land was washed away by the mighty river this year.
Chairman of Charbagdanga union parishad Shahid Rana Tipu said a number of important infrastructures, such as UP complex, a madrasha, a government primary school, office of Palli Bidyut Samity are at the risk of erosion. He said, "The river has grabbed about one kilometre area of the locality in the last one year."
Executive Engineer of the Water Development Board in Chapainawabganj Syed Shahidul Alam acknowledged that the erosion of the river Padma washed away more than 100 houses, mango orchards and agricultural land during the last two years. "A project proposal of Taka 106 crore has been sent to the WDB head office for the protection of the two kilometres long bank of the river from Goaldubi to Narukhakipara," he said.
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