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19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Save the Buriganga

The High Court (HC) Sunday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to shutdown 27 dying factories and private hospitals on the bank of the Buriganga River that have no environmental clearance certificate. The HC bench also issued a rule asking Managing Director of Dhaka’s Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to explain in 15 days why legal action should not be taken against him for making false statement about sewerage line connecting to the river. We welcome the HC directive.

It is worrying to note that the water of the Buriganga River is polluted beyond recognition. There was a time when the water of the river was clear. Who are responsible for the pollution of the water of the river? The disaster is completely man-made. Unplanned urbanization is partly to blame for this menace. Not only Buriganga, the other rivers surrounding the capital city are victims of sheer pollution. Scores of industries are dumping toxic and hazardous effluents into the River Buriganga every day. How these industries could be set up without valid documents? A section of influential persons in connivance with some dishonest officials of the relevant department are responsible for this. They should be identified and penalised.     

No noteworthy measures have been taken to protect the rivers in the country. Unplanned and uncoordinated urbanisation has taken its toll on the rivers, other water bodies and fish resources in the country. This is a blow to the country’s economy. River pollution is a big menace that is wreaking havoc. Industrial waste, household garbage and the refuse of ships are being dumped directly into rivers, which are accelerating their deaths.

Freeing the Buriganga River from the scourge of pollution will be an uphill task if the industrial wastes being released freely by the industrial units located on the banks of the river are not stopped. It is high time for the relevant authorities to take stringent actions against the grabbers and polluters to protect the country’s rivers and water bodies.

The authorities concerned should ensure that the rivers are fully dredged, illegal encroachments on them ended and the laws strictly enforced to prevent abuse of waterways.  There is absence of proper monitoring, supervision, accountability and transparency of the works done.

 

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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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