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The Development Project Proposal (DPP) for the rehabilitation of coastal Polder 31 at Dacope upazila in Khulna district has already been submitted to the Ministry of Water Resources
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has proposed a mega project worth Tk1,545.53 crore incorporating multi-faceted goals, including tackling the adverse effects of climate change and developing current socio-economic conditions.
The Development Project Proposal (DPP) for the rehabilitation of coastal Polder 31 at Dacope upazila in Khulna district has already been submitted to the Ministry of Water Resources.
WDB’s Polder 31, located at Chalna union under Dacope upazila, consists of many important infrastructures, including the Mongla port, the second largest seaport in the country, also known as the lifeline of the south-west.
For the conservation and development of the much-important Polder 31 area, people’s representatives have sent letters to the Director-General of BWDB and the Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources regarding the protection of the disaster-prone area from erosion and flooding.
In response, State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk visited the area and recommended a project outline, including embankment rehabilitation, embankment conservation, riverbank protection, drainage infrastructure rehabilitation, canal re-excavation, river re-excavation and other necessary works for the rehabilitation of Polder 31.
Accordingly, Khulna WDB drew up the project, entitled “Rehabilitation of Coastal Polder 31”, at a cost of Tk1,545.53 crore, which was sent to the Planning Commission by the Ministry of Water Resources on July 26.
In this regard, Palash Banerjee, executive engineer, Water Development Board, said the project included 34.65km of existing embankment reclamation, 4.4km of embankment resurfacing and conservation, 7and .9km of rehabilitation and protection of riverbank.
He also said: “If the project is implemented, it will be possible to deal with the rising sea level, floods, irrigation and water salinity along with other adverse effects of climate change as a result of global warming.
“Agriculture and fish production will also benefit from the restoration of the ecological balance through developing the drainage system in the polder area through dredging and afforestation.”
“Besides, new employment opportunities will be created and people’s living standards will improve through the development of fish farming in the area.”