Bangladesh is a country of rivers. World's largest rivers Padma(পদ্মা) and Jamuna(যমুনা) have joined together at this country. Not too far, even thirty years back, our economy and communication was based on the rivers and hugely depended on those. During my traveling, I use to observe the rivers along side the exploration of the country and the flowers.
Today its about the river Narsunda(নরসুন্দা নদী), a river from Kishoreganj district(কিশোরগঞ্জ জেলা). The water development board has declared this river as almost a dead river. But from my observation, this is a dead river. Both banks of the river are occupied by the unauthorized people who are not having a minimum concern about a river.
This is around a 60 kilometer long river between the Brahmaputra river of Hossenpur Upazila(হোসেনপুর উপজেলা) and the Dhanu river(ধনু নদী) at Itna Upazila(ইটনা উপজেলা). This river hugely depends on another moribund river named Brahmaputra(ব্রহ্মপুত্র). At most of the places the river is having no flow and it helped the water hyacinths to flourish exponentially. Those hyacinths made the river bed such thick that you may assume those as a bed of vegetable cultivation.
Near the Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) town, the river is totally dried up even during the rainy season. Only a 2-3 feet of drain like stream is visible a mid the river bed. And the water is mainly coming from the household works and the toilets. At other places the river is having a height of a knee. And at nowhere I have seen the flow of water.
The government has taken an initiative to revive the river. It is known as Lake City Project. But in my opinion the work is very slow, and I really doubt about the planning too. Anyway, lets hope for the best.
Narsunda, a tale of a moribund river...
This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
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