DHAKA, Oct 11, 2020 (BSS) – Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque said
that the government has a plan to construct the latest hydraulic elevator dam
for storing water for irrigation and expanding water reservoir facility
across the country.
The minister said this during virtual inauguration of the dam, which is
first of its kind at Anwara upazila of Chattogram district, at the ministry’s
conference room today, an official release said.
“The government is giving importance on use of surface water for irrigation
facilities through reserving the surface water during dry season,” he said.
The newly constructed dam has been made by using one of the latest
technologies in the world and its operation and maintenance cost is
comparatively cheaper than the existing rubber dams, the minister added.
The first piloting of the hydraulic elevator dam has been constructed,
under the supervision of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation
(BADC), on Bharashanka canal at Barumchara union under Anwara upazila at a
cost of nearly Taka 21 crore.
The newly constructed 38 meter long and 4 meter high dam, which can quickly
absorb and dispose of water, was constructed by Beijing IWHR Corporation a
state-owned company subordinated by IWHR or China Institute of Water
Resources and Hydropower Research established in the year 1993.
The construction of the dam will enhance irrigation facilities on nearly
3,000 hectares of land covering the area of Barumchara, Barkhain, Haildhar,
Bottoli, Chaturi and Anwara union, where about 13,500 tonnes food crops will
be grown yearly.
Besides, the dam will also protect the crops and vegetation stretching up
to 10 kilometers area from salinity, during the dry season from January to
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowhdury was also present at the function.
Chaired by BADC Chairman M Sayedul Islam, the programme was attended by
Agriculture Secretary M Nasiruzzaman and other BADC representatives.