Khowai is a transboundary river, and originates in the hills of Tripura, India. The river was splitted into two parts to save the Habiganj from frequent flooding. The first phase of the Loop Cutting project took place in 1976-77, and the second phase in 1979-80. This resulted in a beautiful water body inside Habiganj, known as “Old Khowai,” in addition to the current Khowai River. However, it is threatened by sand mining and illegal land grabbing.
In his youth, Tofazzal would often pay a visit to the bank of the River Khowai with his friends, and enjoy the cool breeze and watch people engaged in different activities by the riverside, such as swimming and fishing. Tofazzal’s passion for the environment carried him into organizing a civil society movement in Habiganj to address social, environmental and cultural issues. For his dedication and contribution, he is now recognized as one of the most frequently interviewed spokesmen on social issues in Habiganj.