Sunday, October 25, 2020 | ePaper

Observing Rivers Day while saving the water bodies from pollution

  • Print
THE World Rivers Day on September 27, observed globally this year on the theme of 'waterways in our communities', left a question --- what is the condition of our rivers? Historically rivers play a vital role in human settlement in this delta with livelihood, communication, agricultural production. Rivers here viewed as equivalent to life. However, the rivers across the country are facing an acute navigability crisis due to poor water flow from the upstream. With days come and go, commitments are made and breached, governments are also changed but river pollution and grabbing are not stopped. The trustees of the rivers, the government entities, are reluctant to protect the rivers from the grabbers as they maintain high volt connection with power.
Most of our industries do not have Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) though operation of such ETPs has been made mandatory by law. If these ETPs are properly installed and operated, industrial pollution could be contained. But who is going to stop as the state organs itself are the big polluters? Unlike every major city in the world, the storm sewer line and the domestic sewer line are all connected in Dhaka. Therefore, WASA is the major polluter of Buriganga. When the level of pollution gets very high in Buriganga and Shitalakhya, the treatment of water becomes very difficult.
We have the appropriate constitutional provisions and necessary laws for taking action against encroachers and polluters. We believe that it is possible to do so if the administration is fully committed to save our rivers. The governments of India and China for cleaning up their rivers use modern technologies such as Remote Sensing and Satellite Monitoring.
We are anxious to hold high positions of responsibility and then forget the duty and enjoy the privileges of power. Negligence of duty has engulfed all sections of the government. By whom and how we come out of the mire of negligent and corrupt government is unknown and unpredictable.

More News For this Category

Young entrepreneurs in freelancing must be encouraged

THE pandemic has given opportunity to a lot of young people to explore the world of content creation. Some have launched YouTube channels, and some started vlogging. The trend has

Nothings to stop stealing funds for family planning

MEDIA reports said Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) has paid ghost bills against work orders that were not either fulfilled or not implemented at all by contractual parties. Such

Post-Covid Resilience Unleashing Human Capital In Bangladesh

Sumi, a bright 10-year old girl I met in Dacope Upazila, one of the most cyclone-prone areas in Bangladesh, has been on my mind as the impact of the COVID-19

Polio Eradication History Through Rotary

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through

Readers’ Voice

Substandard Cylinders In Public TransportsLarge gas cylinders are often seen in various small vehicles in the capital. Most of these vehicles are carrying oxygen cylinders instead of the original gas

Italy returnees to pay hefty sum for Biman tickets

It is ironic that expatriate Bangladeshi workers to Italy have been fighting tooth and nail to get an air ticket and running from pillar to post to know whether

Transfer may offer protection from anger of local people

NINETEEN police officials including the Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) have been transferred on Thursday in the aftermath of Rayhan murder in city's Bandar Bazar police outpost on

Child Poverty

Child Poverty

Sara Al-Mulla :Childhood is a magical time in our lives, full of precious experiences, memorable moments and adoration that our families curate for us. We only begin to appreciate



Dr. Md. Enamul Hoque :The proverb goes saying- "Better late than never".  Delayed exam is better than "No Exam at all". The examinations either annual or public are being

Protect our children from any kind of violence, be that domestic or others

FROM January 1 till June 30, at least 1,387 children in Bangladesh have been subjected to various forms of violence and abuse. A child rights body estimated that the number