Chittagong City Corporation is going to launch a project to plant binna grass known as magic grass as part of its initiative to address water stagnation in the port city.
Every year Chittagong experiences 500-600mm of rainfall in June-August and nearly 3.3 lakh people of different areas of Agrabad, Halishahar, South Bakalia, Chawkazar and East Bakalia immensely suffer from the problem.
The plan was placed at a seminar titled ‘Potential of binna grass in reducing water logging of Chittagong city’ and jointly organised by CCC and Institute of Engineers Bangladesh, Chittagong at IEB Chittagong Centre on Monday.
The keynote speaker, Professor Mohammad Shariful Islam of civil engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology said that Vetiver, known as binna grass, with tall stems was drought and flood-tolerant.
‘If we can plant the grass on the hill slopes, it will stop soil from being washed away by rain and drains and canals from being filled with the soil, which would stop water stagnation of the city,’ said the professor.
Shariful said that under a pilot project, CCC would plant the grass in the four hills of Chittagong — Burma Haji hill near Goribullah Shah majar, Khulshi hill and two other hills near Tiger Pass.
As the soils of these hills were sandy, they eroded during rainfall and fell into the nearby canals causing water stagnation in the city.
CCC mayor AJM Nasir Uddin said if the pilot project worked properly, they would expand the grass plantation to other hills of Chittagong. CCC chief engineer Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed, pro-vice-chancellor of Southern University Ali Ashraf, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology professor Hazrat Ali, IEB Chittagong president Sadek Mohammad Chowdhury and general secretary Prabir Kumar Sen also spoke.
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