Fishermen have been caught in the waters of Padma and Meghna rivers in Chandpur after the government’s ban was lifted. However, they are not getting the desired hilsa. This is the picture that has been seen in the wide riverine areas of the district since dawn on Saturday (May 1). Some people are catching two or four small hilsas in their nets. Some other species of fish also match. Earlier, in March-April, the government had banned all kinds of fishing in the river to conserve Jatka. But that ban ended at midnight on Friday (April 30). After that the fishermen fell into the river in groups with fishing nets and boats.
Talks were held with Barek Radhi, a fisherman of Uttar Gobindia village in Chandpur Sadar upazila. He said that the loan installments of the NGO are not much to the creditors. Apart from that, he was unemployed for the last two months. The seven members of the family are in dire straits. But if you don’t get the desired hilsa now, the misery will increase. In the meantime, Eid is also coming.
Another fisherman named Rahim Gazi of Akhenerhat next door also expressed his grief at the tune of Barek Radhi. The same expression applies to thousands of fishermen fishing in the Padma and Meghna rivers of Chandpur.
Meanwhile, the big station wholesale fishing ground of the district town is also a uniform picture. Sunshan silence has been going on there since Saturday morning. However, fish traders are full of hope. Because, many of them have paid in advance to the fishermen.
Chandpur District Fisheries Officer. Asadul Baki said that despite the strictures of the law enforcement agencies, Jatka was killed by a class of dishonest fishermen. However, legal action has been taken against the lion’s share of them. In such a situation, about 40 metric tons of jatka, 42 crore meters of banned current nets have been seized.
Not only that, as food aid from the government, 60 kg of rice has been given to each fishing family in two months.
One of the country’s fisheries scientist, Hilsa researcher said. Anisur Rahman said, ‘Hilsa is a migratory fish. It constantly swings against the current in a circular motion. So don’t be impatient with the fishermen. Have to wait a bit. As soon as the rainfall and water flow increase, the desired hilsa will fall into the net.
Chandpur Deputy Commissioner Anjana Khan Majlish said the bank accounts of each of the real fishermen of the district, i.e. those who hunt all kinds of fish including hilsa in the big river, will be opened by updating the list. So that the fishermen who have become unemployed under the ban can get financial assistance.
The deputy commissioner said such a proposal has been submitted to the concerned government authorities to improve the living standards of these marginal fishermen.
The government has appointed six consulting firms at a cost of Tk 243.16 crore for conducting feasibility study and preparation of master plan for construction of bridges on Shariatpur-Chandpur and Gazaria-Munshiganj roads over Meghna river.
The purchase proposal was approved at a virtual meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement chaired by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday. The virtual meeting was attended by committee members, senior secretaries of cabinet departments, secretaries of concerned ministries and senior officials.
At present there is a ferry on the Meghna river on the Shariatpur-Chandpur route. Alubazar ferry wharf in Vedarganj upazila of Shariatpur and Harina ferry wharf in Chandpur at the other end. The distance between the two ferries is 10 km. The bridge department has also invited tenders for the survey of the construction of the bridge here. There are regional highways at both ends of these two ghats. Besides, the Department of Roads and Highways has prepared a DPP for the construction of a four-lane road from Naodoba on the Jajira side of the Padma Bridge to Shariatpur Sadar. It is learned that among the five long-distance bridges planned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2001 was a proposal to build a bridge over the Meghna River from Alubazar Ferry Ghat in Shariatpur to Harina Ferry Ghat in Chandpur. With the construction of this bridge, communication between the southern and south-western parts of the country and between Chittagong and Sylhet divisions will become easier.
After the meeting, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and Additional Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Shahida Akter outlined various aspects of the approved proposals. The Finance Minister said, “Today (Wednesday) the 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and the 14th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement were held.” Two proposals were raised for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and six for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Procurement. Among the proposals presented to the procurement committee were four from the Road Transport and Highways Department, one from the Energy and Mineral Resources Department, one from the Food Ministry, one from the Housing and Public Works Ministry and one from the Bridges Department.
The committee did not approve a purchase proposal from the Road Transport and Highways Department. In addition, the Department of Public Works under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works has approved the re-tender. In other words, the total amount of money in the 6 approved proposals is one thousand 57 crore 71 lakh 69 thousand 160 rupees.
At the end of the meeting, Additional Secretary Dr. detailed proposals. Shahida Akhter said, “The bridge authority under the bridge department has jointly conducted a feasibility study for the construction of a bridge over the Meghna river between Chandpur and Shariatpur districts and a master plan for the construction of a master plan. Company Limited, Dohawa Engineers Company Limited of South Korea, Development Design Consultant Limited of Bangladesh, BCL Associate
The committee approved the appointment of Yates and Dave Consultants Limited. It will cost 243 crore 16 lakh 59 thousand 573 rupees. In addition, Petrobangla under the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources has approved a purchase proposal to purchase 33 lakh 60 thousand MMBTU LNG from the 11th LNG AOT Trading AG, Switzerland from the spot market. It will cost 243 crore 30 lakh 32 thousand 356 rupees.
However, the construction work of WD-01 package of ‘Khulna Shipyard Road Widening and Development’ project has been rejected and re-evaluated by rejecting the recommendation of TEC.