16 Sep Fact finding mission report: Waterlogging in Vobdoho
A joint team of Nijera Kori, ALRD and BELA conducted a 3 day fact finding mission from 3-6 September, 2016 to investigate the distress caused to the locals of Vobodoho due to waterlogging. The team’s objective was to find the causes of waterlogging and find a sustainable solution to it through discussion with locals from various professions.
The Vobodoho sluice-gate, built by the Water Development Board, is the only means of drainage for 3 upazilas and 27 canals in Jessore district. But due to accumulation of stilt, the drainage has been blocked. As a result, lakhs of people are now living in inhumane conditions for about two decades. This year too, during the rains, a big part of the area has become submerged.
The mission met with individuals from relevant authorities, affected locals, UP Chairman, teachers, journalists, human rights workers and the civil society.
The NGO network drafted a brief report after conducting the investigation. Their findings show that the primary reasons for the waterlogging were: unscientific and short-term planning, mismanagement and lack of co-ordination by the governmental Water Development Board. Local politics, squabbles between influential people, blatant partisanship, vested interests of shrimp cultivators, corruption in the Water Development Board were also cited as reasons in the report.
More details soon…