Hyacinth from 22km canal removed in Bagerhat

10k local people did the job

Published : 30 Jul 2023 09:58 PM
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In a festive mood, 10 thousand locals in Bagerhat’s Sharankhola upazila join hands to remove water hyacinth from a 22km long stagnant canal to revive the vital waterway there.

Locals said that the 22km long stagnant canal was choked with water hyacinth, hampering water communication severely and was affecting flows of usable fresh water in the upazila.

To revive the waterbody, Sharankhola upazila administration takes initiative with locals to clear the water line. Bagerhat-4 MP advocate Amirul Alam Milon and former Bangladesh Chhatra League central president HM Bodiuzzaman Sohag inaugurated the work.

Visiting the canal on Saturday, this correspondent witnessed that thousands of locals join hands to remove water hyacinth from the canal amid much festivity.

Some locals were seen cheering, some were seen busy with cooking for all, and some were seen supplying drinking water to the workers.

Sharankhola upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Nur e Alam Siddique said that the water hyacinth was announced as the disaster for this locality. To get rid of this, the upazila administration along with locals take initiatives to revive the waterbody.

“We will continue our efforts so that the hyacinth cannot choke the canal in future.” He added.

When grown in huge numbers, the water hyacinth plant can deprive the waterbody of sunlight, rot and deposit on the bed and increase the BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) and COD (chemical oxygen demand) of water in the process, and harm other aquatic plant and fish species.

Water hyacinth has been traditionally used as cattle feed during monsoon when grass becomes scarce due to flooding. It is not a great kind of feed though, as cattle rearers complain that the quality of the milk gets deteriorated if the cow is fed this plant.  It is also used as nutrient-rich fertiliser by farmers. 

Water hyacinth is native to tropical and subtropical South America. It is said that the plant was brought to British India from Brazil by a tourist in the late 19th century who was amazed by the beauty of its flower. The plant has also 

naturalised in other parts of the world.