RANGPUR, Oct 22, 2018 (BSS) – Chairman of the National River Protection
Commission (NRPC) Dr Mojibur Rahman Hawlader has stressed the need for taking
sustainable development projects to protect the rivers, river water and
“We have to work unitedly irrespective of political affiliations to
protect the rivers. Otherwise, it will not be possible to protect the rivers
and river water and water resources,” Dr Hawlader said.
He was interacting with activists of the ‘Chilmari Upazila River
Protection Committee’ and ‘Ulipur Bachao-Buri Teesta Bachao Movement’ at
separate functions held in Ulipur and Chilmari upazilas of Kurigram on Sunday
afternoon as the chief guest.
Earlier, the NRPC Chairman visited the river Buri Teesta in Ulipur upazila
at the Gunaigachh Bridge point where activists of the ‘Ulipur Bachao-Buri
Teesta Bachao Movement’ called upon him to save the river from extinction.
Fulltime Member of NRPC Md Alauddin, its Honorary member Md Moniruzzaman,
President of Chilmari Upazila River Protection Committee and Upazila Nirbahi
Officer Rashedul Haq, Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir
Bikram, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) SM Mehedi Hasan, Executive
Engineer of Water Development Board Shafikur Rahman, Chilmari Upazila
Agriculture Officer Khaledur Rahman, district council Member Md Rezaul Karim,
President of Upazila Awami League Moti Sheuly and local journalists attended
Dr Hawlader said all necessary steps would be taken in the near future to
bring the navigability of the river Buri Teesta.
He directed the Kurigram district administration to cancel all of the fake
papers created illegally by the land grabbers and river encroachers at the
shortest possible time to save the river Buri Teesta.
“No exemption will be given to the river grabbers and the district
administration will have to take steps to evict all illegal structures
erected on the riverbanks and illegally grabbed river lands,” he said.
The NRPC Chairman sought cooperation from the people in saving and
transforming the rivers into wealth through implementing sustainable
development projects to speed up national progress.