Works of a project for repairing and reconstructing of 165 kilometers long submergible embankment in the downstream areas under nine Upazilas of the district are progressing fast. The nine Upazilas of Netrokona district are Khaliajury, Mohonganj, Modan, Kalmakanda, Durgapur, Barhatta, Purbadhala, Atpara and Kendua.
Water Development Board (WDB) office sources here said, the project would be implemented at an estimated cost of taka 33.12 crores. The government has already allocated taka 14 crores in first phase for launching the works of the project.
The project has been undertaken to protect the hybrid and high yielding verities of Boro paddy of the haor areas in the district from flash flood waters.
Farmers have cultivated hybrid and high yielding verities of Boro paddy on a total of 40,760 hectors of land in the Haor areas of the nine Upazilas under the district which widely known as paddy surplus area of the country.
Executive Engineer of WDB Netrakona office M L Saikat said, nine separate project implementation committees (PIC)s headed by Upazila Nirbahi Officers of the nine Upazilas have already been formed for supervising the project works. Meanwhile, 15 percent works of the project have been completed, he said.
Deputy commissioner (DC)Kazi Mohammad Abdur Rahman, who is also the president of the district money for works schemes implementing and monitoring committee, told BSS that necessary instructions have been issued to the concerned PICs for closely monitoring the on going works of the project so that none could get any scope to involve in corruption or misuse of government allocated money.
"The PICs have already been asked to take necessary measures for completing the project works properly within the stipulated time", the DC added.
Meanwhile, the people living in the downstream areas of the district hailed the government for taking the project to repair and reconstruct the 165 kilometers long submergible embankment in the haor areas of the district for protecting Boro crops from flash floods.