Illegal structures on old Buriganga channel

Devise measures to conduct sustained cleaning operation

Published : 14 Jul 2022 07:50 PM

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Fazle Nur Taposh has directed the officials concerned to evict illegal establishments from Buriganga Old Channel in the capital. He gave the instruction during a visit to Kalunagar Sluicegate and adjoining areas of Buriganga Old Channel on Wednesday.

It is disheartening to note that the mighty river Buriganga, once addressed as the lifeline of Dhaka, is now on the verge of extinction due to unabated grabbing and pollution. Over the last couple of decades encroachment and excessive amounts of pollution has caused the water of Buriganga to become unusable and unsustainable for aquatic life. 

Environmentalists have long been crying hoarse for devising measures to save the river Buriganga from pollution and grabbing. The water of Buriganga is now polluted to such an extent that all fishes have died and rowing across the river is now difficult because of its bad odour. It needs to be mentioned that thousands of illegal sewerage lines are emptying sewage into the river. On top of that, a huge amount of burnt petrol and human waste from river vessels is being spilled into the river every day.

A strategic, holistic and 

sustainable waste management

 practice should be 

reinforced by the 

authorities concerned, 

factory owners and conscious citizens

Thames River is a glaring example of how a dead river can be saved by implementing actions fuelled by consciousness and concerted efforts. In 1957, The Natural History Museum declared the Thames River biologically dead. Now, Thames is one of the cleanest city rivers in the world. A concrete British consciousness and concerted efforts on the part of the London city administrators helped to revive the river. Hence, we still can be optimistic about giving Buriganga a new life.

It is time to stop the continuous discharge of thousands of tons of industrial waste, garbage, and sewage. The government should formulate and implement necessary policies and develop legal and strategic framework based on a new and reinvigorated perception on the present condition of the Buriganga. A strategic, holistic and sustainable waste management practice should be reinforced by the authorities concerned, factory owners and conscious citizens.