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Why farmers' irrigation water problem is not important

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All three pumps of the Ganga-Kapotaksha (GK) irrigation project in Kushtia are broken. Due to this, lakhs of farmers in Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhenaidah and Magura who depend on GK project water are in danger, they are not getting the irrigation water required for boro cultivation.

The Ganga-Kapotaksha Irrigation Project (GK Project) is a project undertaken by the Bangladesh Water Development Board across a wide area on the south bank of the Padma River. Irrigation project water is supplied to 13 upazilas of Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhenaidah and Magura districts through 193 km main canal, 467 km branch canal and 995 km branch canal.

According to Bangla Pedia information, the project has 1,655 km of various canals and drains for irrigation, of which the length of the two main canals is 193 km, the combined length of the intermediate stage water distribution canals is 467 km and the combined length of the third stage canals constructed to deliver water to agricultural land. The length is 995 km. The amount of irrigable land under the project is 1 lakh 42 thousand hectares but in reality it is not possible to irrigate this amount of land. (Ganga-Kapotaksh Irrigation Project, Banglapedia)

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