POST TIME: 24 May, 2019 12:45:31 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 May, 2019 02:26:35 PM
BIWTA begins work to restore 24 river routes
Bhogai-Kangsha dredging opens

BIWTA begins work to restore 24 river routes

The government has a mega-plan to restore 10,000 km of waterways across the country under capital dredging projects, a priority project of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In 2012, the government already approved ’53 important river dredging projects’ under capital dredging to restore country’s waterways and raise the navigability of the rivers. These projects are being implemented in two phases. The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is now implementing the first phase works to restore 24 river routes through dredging.

As part of the dredging project, the state minister for shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, yesterday inaugurated the 155-km-long  Bhogai-Kangsha river route dredging works in Netrokona. Lawmaker Waresat Hossain Belal, lawmaker Manu Majumder and BIWTA chairman Commodore M Mahbub Ul Islam were present during the inaugural ceremony.

“The BIWTA will dredge the 155-km-long Bhogai-Kangsha waterway from Netrokona’s Mohanganj to Sherpur’s Nalitabari at a cost of Tk. 134.64 crore,” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told reporters after inaugurating the dredging works.

Communication or carrying of goods through waterways is economically viable, comfortable and environment-friendly, the state minister said, adding that the heritage of waterways is on the wane.

“So, the government has decided to restore the country’s river routes through dredging works. We have a mega-plan to restore 10,000 km waterways in the country,”  he said.


Chattogram, Mongla and Payra seaports are being developed to strengthen the country’s economy, he added.

According to BIWTA additional chief engineer (dredging) Saidur Rahman, a total of 80 lakh cubic metres of silt will be removed from these rivers. The dredging works have been awarded in four packages to four private dredging companies—Bashundhora Infrastructure Development Ltd, Sonali Dredger Ltd, BDL-SRDC joint venture and Nabarun Traders Ltd, he added.

He also said the width of the waterway will be 80-100 feet and depth 8 feet. Water vessels would be able to ply round the year once the dredging work is completed. Besides, farmers would be able to use river water for irrigation purposes and fishermen would catch fish from the rivers, he added.

Rahman said the dredging works will be completed by June 2021.