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Bangladesh: Illegal sand extraction continues to harm Halda River ecology February 17,2020   |  Source: Dhaka Tribune

Despite ongoing drives against unauthorized dredgers and mechanized boats at the Halda River, illegal sand extraction continues unabated, posing a serious threat to the ecosystem. Hathazari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ruhul Amin conducted a drive at Indira Ghat on Monday and seized an unauthorized dredger for sand extraction from the river. Earlier on November 26, another sand-lifting dredger was seized from the same spot of the river. According to local analysts and spawn collectors, the use of sand-extracting dredgers and mechanized boats in the river is responsible for the death of a number of broodfish and dolphins in recent times.

They say fish and dolphins are often injured and killed after being hit by the propeller of engine-run boats or sand-extracting dredgers. Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Hathazari UNO Ruhul Amin said that the authorities were conducting drives regularly to ensure a preservation of the aquatic ecosystem in the river. “Since my joining, I have conducted 87 mobile courts till February 10 of this year. We have seized a total of 7 dredgers, 12 engine-run boats, and 1.05 lakh cubic feet of illegally lifted sand from the river. We have also taken punitive action against the offenders on multiple occasions. It is our bounden duty to conserve the river

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