State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury mentioned that if Bangladesh is to be kept healthy and active, the flow of the river should be kept active. He said, “The Brahmaputra river excavation project has been taken up. If this project is implemented, the distance will be reduced by 116 km on the Bangladesh-India Naval Protocol route. The flow of Turag and Balu rivers will be ensured.”
The state minister said, “There used to be big ships in the Brahmaputra river. They are closed due to lack of excavation. The government has taken steps to dredge the old Brahmaputra river. Not only the old Brahmaputra, but other rivers are planned to be mined.”
State Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said this at a national workshop organized by BIWTA at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital on Tuesday.
The Minister of State for Shipping said that the delta plan has already been formulated. Its activities are progressing. To restore Brahmaputra river flow during dry season and ensure safe navigation throughout the year, BIWTA is implementing a project of dredging of old Brahmaputra river. The project, if implemented, will upgrade the Brahmaputra river as a Class II route. This will reduce the distance of 116 km on the Bangladesh-India naval protocol route.
He further said, “Opening the mouth of Brahmaputra river will ensure the flow of Turag and Balu rivers. Pollution of rivers around Dhaka will be reduced, great success will come. This is a big project, an ongoing challenge. There is a lot of digging down there, if you open your mouth, success will come.”
The Minister of State for Shipping said, “There has been an increase in the transportation of goods on inland waterways with Chittagong, Mongla and Payra ports. The cost of transporting goods by sea is less. Seaports will be much more dynamic if inland waterways remain navigable.”