Medical &Health

Groundwater extraction creates grave situation in Barind

RAJSHAHI, Feb 12, 2017 (BSS) - Indiscriminate extraction of groundwater for irrigation and industrial purposes has created an alarming situation in Barind area, said Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury.

"This is the high time of exploring alternative ways to lessen the

excessive pressure on groundwater," added Dr Chowdhury, Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA).

He urged the policy makers to take immediate effective measures to

address the adverse impact.

He said,more water reservoirs in the drought-prone Barind area could be effective means of lessening the pressure on groundwater table.

He said water reservoir is very much important for aquifer recharge

adding that adequate measures should be taken for enriching the surface water resources mainly for irrigation purposes.

DASCOH Foundation under its 'Integrated Water Resource Management Project (IWRMP)' conducted a survey unearthing the fact that the area has become the most vulnerable to safe drinking water.

"Water level was in 99 feet below in the ground in 2015 but now it was

found in around 112 feet below," said Prof Dr Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan,

Consultant of the survey.

In the region, 70 deep tubewells are irrigating around 2,000 hectares of croplands for long 20 years last. One of those at Buddopur site becomes non- functional in 2015 and 25 others remained in less-functioning condition at present, Prof Chowdhury.

In 2015, three municipality and 15 Unions in Barind area comprising

Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabgonj districts were identified as risk due to gradually lowering of groundwater.

Prof Sarwar Jahan of Department of Geology and Mining in Rajshahi

University said Badhair, a high Barind area, is more vulnerable. Time has come to impose ban on furthermore extraction of groundwater.

There are 32 auto-rice mills at the nearby Amnura area having three to

four deep tube-wells each is extracting huge groundwater every day

aggravating the Badhair situation.

Jahangir Alam Khan, Assistant Coordinator of IWRMP, said water had been extracted within 60 to 90 feet ground in last one decade ago. But,unfortunately, the groundwater couldn't be traced below 140 to 160 feet as the area is 120 feet high from sea-level.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)