Zahid for stopping illegal sand lifting to prevent riverbank erosion

BRAHMANBARIA, State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk today asked the authorities to take necessary measures for stopping illegal sand lifting to prevent riverbank erosion in the country.

Riverbank erosion is one of key reasons for erosion So, we have to take all necessary steps for stopping such harmful practices, he told a meeting in Nabinagar upazila in the district.

Zahid urged the people to remain aware about the dishonest businessmen for stopping lifting of sands from riverbank areas.

We have distributed relief materials among riverbank erosion victims as part of our rehabilitation programmes The government has identified 66 riverbankprone areas so that people living in those areas could take precautionary measures to prevent possible damages, the state minister added.

Zahid said as Bangladesh is a floodprone country, riverbank erosion is a common phenomenon here.

Adequate precautionary measures, including issuing riverbank prediction messages alongside maintenance of flood protection dams, should be taken to prevent lives and property from riverbank erosion, he added.

Local lawmaker Ebadul Karim Bulbul, Director General of Bangladesh Water Development Board Mahfuzur Rahman and representatives of local government bodies and officials, among others, attended the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)