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West Bengal: Fishers raise their voice to Save Churni River January 03,2018   |  Source: Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum

Fishing community representatives from 12 villages of Krishnaganj Block of the District of Nadia assembled at Majdiya Bazar on 29th December 2017. The meeting was convened to consider possibilities of protecting the livelihood of fishing communities through their own organisation. 'Save Mathabhanga and Churni River Committee' and 'Chakdaha Science and Cultural Organisation' took the main initiative in convening the meeting as well as in organising the participation of fishing community representatives. DMF supported the initiative.

River Churni is a stream in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is a distributary of the Mathabhanga River, itself a distributary of the Padma River at Munshiganj in the Kushtia District of Bangladesh. The Mathabanga divides into two rivers, the Ichamati and the Churni near Majhdia in Nadia district. The Churni flows through Shibnivas, Hanskhali, Birnagar, Aranghata, and Ranaghat, and finally joins River Bhagirathi-Hooghly near Chakdaha. Its length is almost 56 kilometres (35 mi). The river's origin is at 23.40 North, 88.70 East and its confluence is at 23.13 North, 88.50 East. Swapan Bhoumik of 'Save Mathabhanga and Churni River Committee' presided over the meeting and Bibartan Bhattacherjee of 'Chakdaha Science and Cultural Organisation'

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