About 20 per cent construction works of the haor protection embankments in Sunamganj remained incomplete until Friday, a day after the end of the extended deadline for completion of the works.
The overall situation spreads confusion and fear among the farmers, who are worried about flash flood that damaged their crops in the previous year.
As par the water resources affair ministry the work to construction and repairing the embankments was supposed to be started by December 15 last year and complete within February 28 in this year.
The ministry was forced to extend the deadline up to March 15 as the project implementation committees concerned failed to complete the projects within the stipulated time, Water Development Board sources said.
The farmers of different upazilas in the district, however, alleged on Friday that the construction work of almost 20 per cent of the haor crop protection dams was yet to be completed.
The WDB sources said that the ministry had finalised a total of 975 projects in this time to construct and repair of 1550 kilometre embankments along 54 haors in the district.
The same number of PICs had also been formed comprising local farmers to implement the projects involving a fund of Tk 177, the sources said.
Zakirul Azad Manna, chairman of the Chamardani union council under Madhyanagar upazila in the district, alleged that work of a number of projects along Kailani Haor and Gurmar Haor in their area was not completed still Friday.
He said that the work of the projects, which was completed by Thursday, was not done properly. ‘Mud has been lifted to the embankments from their bottoms and compaction and sloping of the earth has not done so far,’ Manna complained.
Talking to New Age, farmers of Shulla, Tahirpur, Derai and Jagannathpur upazilas in the district complained that many projects along the major marshlands, including Pagnar Haor, Karchar Haor, Shanir Haor, Matiain Haor and Chaptir Haor, were not completed till Friday.
Sufian Ahmad, joint-convener of Haor Banchaw Sunamganj Banchaw Andolan, a local pressure group to protect the interest of haor belt, told New Age that the boro paddy growers already got panicked because of not proper completion of the embankment projects in time since the pre-monsoon rain started to come down in the haor belt by this time.
He said the standing boro paddy planted on the vast track of marshlands in the district might be damaged, if any early flashflood takes place like the last year.
When contacted, Sunamganj WDB-1 executive engineer Abu Bakkar Siddique Bhuiyan claimed on Thursday that almost 85 per cent work of the projects of dams already was completed.
‘The rest work of the projects will possibly complete within 3 to 4 days next,’ he said.
Sunamganj deputy commissioner Sabirul Islam told New Age that they were monitoring the projects regularly and were trying to complete these as soon as possible to secure the boro crop.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, boro paddy had been cultivated on 2.24 lakh hectare of land in the district in this year.
In March 2017, early flash floods damaged standing crop on 1,66,612 hectare out of a total 2,23,082 hectare of wetlands in Sunamganj that affected 3.5 lakh families.
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