Rangamati, June 23 (UNB) – Launch movement in three upazilas of the district has resumed after nearly two and a half month of suspension due to poor navigability in the Kaptai Lake.
As the water level of the Kaptai Lake has increased following onrush of hill water and rainfall the launch owners association took the decision to resume launch operation on Saturday.
However, launch movement in Naniarchar and Baghaichhari upazilas will be resumed after further improvement of water level.
Shyamratan Chakma, vice-chairman of Barkal Upazila Parishad and Riton Chakma, vice-chairman of Juraichhari upazila Parishad, said during the dry season, hidden shoals emerge in different parts in Naniarchar, Baghaichhari, Longdu, Barkal, Jurachhari and Bilaichhari upazilas of the district, forcing the authorities concerned to suspend launch services.
The Kaptai Lake was built over the KarnaphuliRiver as part of the Kaptai Hydroelectric power plant project in 1960. After its opening, it became the source of livelihood of local people through fish farming, river communication, irrigation, tourism and others.
Locals said no step was taken to dredge the lake in the last 59 years for improving its navigability despite their repeated demands.