Mobile Correspondent: Villagers have rallied to demand cancellation of Lakma Chhara sand lease in Sreepur Union No. 1 bordering Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj. Their claim is that thousands of families could face huge losses as a result of Lakmachara sand extraction. Hundreds of families will be affected by river erosion, mosques, educational institutions and cemeteries will be at risk. Moreover, in the dry season, hundreds of hectares of land will become unfit for cultivation due to lack of irrigation. Therefore, the demand of the locals is to protect the village by canceling the sand lease of Lakmachhara and to protect the only source of natural water irrigation in the area. The government has submitted their application to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer through the appropriate authority. Considering the application, he demanded cancellation of the said lease.
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