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Bangladesh-India: Transboundary river dying due to graft in Jashore November 08,2018   |  Source: UNB

Many structures have been built illegally by encroaching both banks of Haor river, once linking Bangladesh and India border as authorities concerned are sleeping at the wheel. Local influentials constructed different establishments, including huge complexes, ponds and fish enclosures occupying the river banks that stopped the water flow on the river, turning it into a narrow canal and creating huge waterlogging in the country’s biggest Benapole land port area. Locals alleged that the encroachers brought those lands under their possession showing fake deeds of the lands when opposed, clearing themselves from taking up the river’s land at large.

Flipping the same coin, locals claimed they have been demanding evictions of those structures and establishing Benapole Lake city by reviving the almost-dead river. During a recent visit to the area, this UNB correspondent found several multistoried buildings constructed on the Haor river bank. A number of fish enclosures have also been made on the riverbank. Once a lively river, the Haor has now turned into a dry sliver due to the encroachment, locals alleged.

Haor river, once popular as agricultural hub thanks to its multi-faceted links with Gangas and Farakka river of India and Kaputakkha, Rupsha, Betna and Kudla rivers,

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