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10 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Reclaiming and protecting rivers

Reclaiming and 
protecting rivers

We welcome the resolve of State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury for taking it as a challenge to protect the rivers of the country. Bangladesh is historically a land of rivers and, in fact, these rivers, along with other water bodies including beels and haors, had been its great natural assets. For this very reason, people here have not only become very active, their density has become also huge.

Yet, in these days of climate change, the sad reality is that many of these natural assets dried up, were encroached upon and abused mindlessly. The rivers are abused when untreated effluents of industries are allowed to be released into them without thinking that these would leave them destroyed where aquatic animals cannot live.

In reality, this has been so with the rivers in and around the capital. The waters of the Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag and Balu rivers have become so polluted with chemical releases that these rivers which would act as sources of daily livelihood in terms of fishing particularly do not have any aquatic animals. What a pity! The waters of these rivers have become so polluted that they have also become unfit for any treatment.

The minister has expressed his resolve that he would particularly work for recovering these rivers of Dhaka and demarcate their lines. Very positively, the minister exuded his confidence in saying that when the government itself takes the responsibility to protect anything, it cannot fail, so it would be with reclaiming the rivers. We hope his ministry would succeed in its efforts of doing so.

But only recovering and demarcating the rivers will not do, steps have to be taken to make the waters of these rivers clean and make them fit for all aquatic life. For doing that, effluent cannot be allowed to be released into these rivers without treatment.

The rivers of the country have to be dredged also where it is necessary. Reportedly, funds for dredging were misused in the country in the past because of lack of coordination between the ministry of shipping and administration. It is our expectation that the government would be able to implement its capital dredging programme in its full so that rivers of Bangladesh get back their life.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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