The Government of Bangladesh has already bought 38 dredgers and now they are starting a process to buy more than 42, United News of Bangladesh reports.
This action is being conducted under the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s (BIWTA) plan to save the rivers by reducing and protecting the sediment deposition, said the State Minister for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.
Khalid unveiled this information during the seminar “Challenges of ensuring navigability of Bangladesh’s rivers and sediment management” at the Jatiya Press Club earlier this week.
Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services’ Senior Adviser, Dr Maminul Haque Sarker, delivered the keynote presentation at the event.
Maminul said that river management is necessary to enhance irrigation, navigation and several other water utilities and to minimise the effects of flood, waterlogging and riverbank erosion.
BIWTA Chairman Commodore, Golam Sadek, Bangladesh Water Development Board Additional Director General, Akhil Kumar Bishwas, and Jatiya Press Club General Secretary, Ilias Khan, also attended the seminar.