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River dredging stressed to restore navigability


Published : 28 Sep 2022 09:56 PM

Speakers at a webinar on Wednesday emphasized on the necessity of dredging rivers in Bangladesh, setbacks in this regard, and ways to overcome the navigability problems of the rivers.

They said navigability of the country’s rivers is decreasing at a considerable rate. Consequently, only 5 mm of rain can now be enough for most regions to submerge. River dredging can come as a viable method to recover the rivers’ navigability. Capital dredging can also contribute to keeping the waterways running.

Energypac Power Generation Limited (EPGL) organized the webinar titled “The importance of river dredging and its future plans”.

They said Bangladesh is a riverine country, where rivers play a significant role in the socioeconomic development. When it comes to transportation and communication, riverways are preferred by many as the most convenient means. But, the navigability of the rivers is decreasing regularly.

Speakers also emphasized on technological advancement, automation and digitalization for fast-tracking the process of river dredging. Besides, they also spoke about the necessity of improved training for parties involved in the process, while also putting a special emphasis on its timely implementation.

Chief Guest of the webinar, Rokibul Islam Talukder, Chief Engineer (in charge) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) said, “In accordance with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives, various projects focused at developing the country’s 10,000-kilometer-long waterways are currently ongoing. These projects should contribute to the development of the river transport sector along with increased employment opportunities within the sector. We believe that this can make significant contributions to our export-import sector as well.”

Energypac Managing Director Humayun Rashid, also its Chief Executive Officer, said, “We consider the rivers to be our mothers. But unfortunately, we are polluting the rivers with all sorts of junk and plastics. As a responsible organization, Energypac Power Generation has been conducting river cleaning activities every month, and we believe that such initiatives will also inspire others.”

Executive Director (Dredging) of E-Engineering Limited Engr. Ruhul Quddus; Engineering and Ship Survey and Inland Vessel Registrar of Department of Shipping Sirazul Islam and Chief Business Officer of Energypac Power Generation, Mohammad Masum Parvez were also present at the event.