At the national convention on 25th November, speakers urged the government to take effective steps to save the country’s rivers from grabbing and polluting. It is the government’s main duty to save the rivers by taking legal actions against the grabbers and polluters, the ecologists added.
The discussants also laid emphasis on creating a national awareness campaign for saving the rivers.
They made these remarks at National River Convention-2016 organized by the Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolan; a green group also brought their representatives from 45 districts in this programme.
The noted ecologists also added, the country’s southern region might face acute challenges to adapt their living and livelihood due to the negative impacts of the climate change after 25 or 30 years later.
Afterward, the government has set up a high-level committee to save rivers around Dhaka and Chittagong from pollution on 15th December 2016.
LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain-led body would submit a master plan to the PMO within three months, said by a gazette notification, issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud are made the committee co-chairmen.
The navy chief, Dhaka mayors, principal secretary to the PMO, secretaries to home, fishing, housing, local government, environment and forest, and shipping ministries have been included as members.
Dhaka and Chittagong divisional commissioners, managing director-3 and admin of PMO, BIWTA chairman, DCs of Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj and two representatives from the civil society are the other members.
The committee is formed as allowed to induct new members, also aimed to meet at least once a month.