Sand lifting from the Manu River increased by the backing of influencials as authorities pays less concern to halt that. Locals are suffering from river erosion due to the illegal sand lifting. The photo was taken from Moulvibazar Sadar on Wednesday. -AA
Unabated sand lifting from different points of Monu River is posing a serious threat to the people living on its banks in Sadar upazila. Witnesses said leaseholders, backed by influential groups, were lifting sands in Amua, Chanpur, Shewaijuri and Sumarai areas without paying heed to rules and regulations, reports UNB.
As per the national lease policy, sand lifting is prohibited from bridges, culverts, roads, ferry terminals, tea estates, river embankments and adjacent places to other important establishments. The leaseholders are flouting the law by using bulkheads for pumping and dredging in broad daylight.
But Moni Mia, one of the leaseholders, said he was following government rules while lifting sand. Locals alleged that the leaseholders and their accomplices threaten anyone standing against them. Residents of the area formed human chains and staged demonstrations seeking interference of the administration in this regard.
Amua village is located in the flood control embankment area of Sadar upazila. The Water Development Board has already created an embankment with stones to protect the locality but the village is still threatened by excessive sand lifting. Continuous sand lifting is also causing sound pollution.
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