|VoirobRiver of bangladesh|
Jessore is one of the ancient locality in our country. From the historical information, about 25000 years ago Jessore was built by the alluvium of the river Ganga. . There are various types of people used to say about the name “Jessore”. From the book of Cunningham we found “Jossor” means bridge. By the rotation of time from “Jossor” turned into “Jessore”.
A section of influential people identified as Siddique Munshi and his gang group have continued grabbing and lifting sand, earth randomly from the Buri-VoirobRiver flowing between Kaliganj upazila under Jhenidah and Jessore district, intensifying the threat of erosion in the area, alleged local people Monir Khan of the villager of Hasilbagh village.
Around three hundred acres of cropland and over five hundred dwellings at Hasilbagh village and several establishments are under threat due to illegal pond digging in the river and unplanned sand and earth lifting from few months, alleged an 80 years old man.
During a recent visit, this correspondent saw 10/12 day labourers lifting sand and earth randomly and grabbing 12 bighas of land for making a pond in river after giving barricade in the river in Gahaj Ghat area under Hasilbagh village.
Huge amount of sand and earth, sufficient to load at least 30 to 35 tractors, is lifted daily for sending to different areas. Sand loaded in a tractor is now selling for Tk 300 to Tk 350, alleged an elderly person of the area.
Sand lifter and river grabber Hazi Siddique Munshi of Hasilbagh village under Barobazaar union porishod in Kaliganj upazila said to the correspondent that they lift sand from the river and making a pond in 12 bigha for fish farming as their arable lands went into the river. But he didn’t give any prove documents for his comment then.
Villagers of the area said they lost their landed property due to the river erosion caused by the callous act in next rainy season.
Assisting land officer of Kastovanga union porishod Robindranath Kha said to The Independent that we have noticed him several times after getting allegation from the local people but he didn’t stop it. He is doing his illegal work as his own desire.
Several locals requesting anonymity said we have submitted written complaint to the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Kaliganj but no action is taken against the illegal sand and earth lifters and river grabber.
UNO Eradul Haque admitted receiving the complaint and said, “We will start drives to stop the illegal sand lifting within a short time.”