RAJSHAHI, Jan 5: The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has started re- excavating more other khash canals and ponds for rainwater conservation with the main thrust of extending irrigation facilities and to uplift socio-economic condition in this drought-prone area.
“We have scopes of enriching the surface water resources after proper retention and conservation of rainwater through re-excavating the existing derelict ponds and canals,” said Shibir Ahmed, superintendent engineer of BMDA.
He said more use of surface water for irrigation has become an urgent need following abnormal lowering of groundwater table especially in high barind tract comprising 25 upazilas of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts.
The BMDA, a state-owned organisation, has decided to check any more installation of deep tubewell (DTW) to control the lowering of underground water table. In the current Irri-boro season, the field level officials concerned are facing a great trouble to extend irrigation as extraction of groundwater has become very tough, according to a news agency.
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