Vol. 5 Num 558 Wed. December 21, 2005  

Water-Logging on Croplands in 3 Jessore Upazilas
Thousands block road, stage sit-in

Several thousand residents of Abhaynagar, Monirampur and Keshabpur blocked the Jesssore-Khulna highway at Nawapara and staged a sit-in in front of the office of Abhaynagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) yesterday demanding steps against water-logging in the areas.

Over 3 lakh people in Abhaynagar, Monirampur and Keshabpur upazilas and adjacent areas can not cultivate lands because of the problem.

The water is stagnant since the week-long rain in October as there is no outlet, the demonstrators said talking to this correspondent.

The rains caused flood in the area, also inundating houses, schools and roads.

To get rid of the problem, about 25,000 people of the area took part in a silt removal drive in Sri river on November 9. But this helped little to address the water-logging problem.

At one stage, two groups of people clashed following a rumour that an embankment near Bhabadah sluice gate was cut to create an outlet. Over 100 people were injured. Local people near the sluice gate are against making any outlet by cutting the embankment there, sources said.

On December 3, thousands of people from the affected areas gathered on the Jesssore-Khulna highway and blocked the road at Nawapara demanding steps to remove the problem.

Lawmaker from the area MM Amin Uddin, Nawapara Municipality Chairman Enamul Haq Babul, Workers Party leader Iqbal Kabir Jahid, BNP leader Nurul Haq Mollah, journalists Jobair Hossain and Faruq Hossain and leaders of other political parties were also present there.

On Tuesday the people gathered in front of the UNO office and demanded immediate solution to the Bhabadah water-logging problem. They blocked the highway in the morning for which all types of transports remained stranded on both the sides of Nawapara industrial town.