Dhaka, Bangladesh
BMDA to install groundwater-level database

BMDA to install groundwater-level database

RAJSHAHI, April 12: Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) will install groundwater-related database through the best uses of modern technologies and devises to protect the underground water from further degradation in the region and the vast Barind tract in particular. BMDA, the ever-largest irrigation providing state-owned entity in country's northwest region, has taken the initiative for judicious use the groundwater in irrigation purposes. This was revealed in the closing session of a five-day training workshop titled "Ground Water Database and Trend Analysis in the Barind" organized by BMDA at its conference hall in the city on Thursday, reports BSS. Supported by Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), BMDA arranged the training course for generating competent workforce for the database preparation purposes. BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury addressed the session as chief guest with its Executive Director Abdur Rashid in the chair. Divisional Director of Department of Social Services Dr Razzaqul Islam and BMDA Superintending Engineer Dr Abul Kashem also spoke on the occasion. CSIRO Spatial Analyst who conducted the course as resource person also addressed the closing ceremony putting emphasis on groundwater recharging by enriching the surface water resources through necessary excavation and re-excavation of the derelict ponds and canals on priority basis. In his remarks, Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury says installation of database has become the demand of time to protect the groundwater as it plays pivotal role to boosting crop production in the region. He added that BMDA has around 16,000 deep tube-wells extracting groundwater for providing irrigation to farming fields in almost everywhere in all 16 districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions. The region scored significant progress in the crop production sector following the expansion of irrigation facilities. He, however, said the issues of vulnerabilities caused by abnormal declining of underground and surface water resources have become a grave concern. "So, we have to formulate an authentic database for the Barind area for judicious use of its underground water for irrigation purposes which is important for crop production for ensuring food security," he added. In the training course, field level engineers and others concerned of BMDA and other allied organizations were given ideas and practical knowledge on how to collect information and prepare database through analysis.

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