Almost ninety per cent committees for implementing projects of construction and repair of haor embankments in Sunamganj were not formed till Sunday, 10 days after the deadline.
Farmers feared that the slow pace in constituting the committees would delay the project implementation further intensifying risk of damaging the dams prior to flash flood season.
Freedom fighter Abu Sufian, joint convener of Haor Banchaw Sunamganj Banchaw Movement, a local pressure group to protect the interest of haor belt, said delay in forming the project implementation committee would have a negative impact on the timely completion of the projects.
Water Development Board sources said that the upazila nirbahi officers and local WDB officials of 11 upazilas in the district were asked to form five to seven-member committees comprising of local farmers for each of 1,088 projects and submit the list of project implementation committees to the district office by November 30.
But, Sunamganj WDB-1 executive engineer Abu Bakkar Siddique Bhuiyan told New Age on Sunday afternoon that lists of the committees, except those of South Sunamgaj upazila, were not sent so far by the respective UNOs as the officials were still conducting discussions with local farmers to form PICs.
‘We are expecting to get the lists within next one to two days,’ the WDB official said.
He said the water resources affair ministry has allotted Tk 61.4 crore to construct and repair a total of 550 kilometres of embankments along 54 haors in the district and the works of the projects are scheduled to be complete by February next.
‘If necessary, the ministry would be requested to grant additional funds after re-evaluation of the projects,’ he added.
Sunamganj deputy commissioner Sabirul Islam, also president in the district committee to monitor over the project works, said that slow recession of water from haors was delaying tasks like surveying the dams and forming PICs.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, standing boro paddy of 1,66,612 hector, out of a total 2,23,082 hector wetlands in the district, was damaged badly by the early flash flood triggered in the end of last March, thus affecting 3.5 lakh farmers and their households.
Farmers and rights organisations, however, claimed that more than 90 per cent of the standing boro were damaged by the flood.
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