Call to free rivers from pollution


RAJSHAHI, April 22, 2018 (BSS)- Speakers at a youth campaign here unequivocally called for freeing the rivers and their tributaries from pollution and contamination for restoring a healthy ecosystem.

Once upon a time, they viewed human civilisation was established depending on only rivers throughout the country. But, at present, most of the rivers are facing huge pollution and contamination posing a serious threat to the whole ecosystem.

Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) and Barind Education and Cultural Diversity Protection Centre (BECDPC) jointly organized the campaign Lalon Shah Amusement Spot adjacent to the bank of the Padma River in the city yesterday afternoon.

More than 80 youths from various youth organizations including Youth Action for Social Change (YASC), Eligible Youths for Evolution (EYV), Bangladesh Initiative Education Service (BIES) and Rotaract Club of Rajshahi joined the programme.

Inaugurating the campaign as chief guest Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation Mosaddeque Hossain Bulbul said if the rivers were polluted the public health as a whole will have to face an endangered condition. Protection of the Padma river is the precondition to protect the Rajshahi region and its vast Barind tract. He urged all walks of life to come forward and work together to protect the mighty river from furthermore pollution.

Utmost emphasis should be given on creating public awareness for protecting the existing water resources from further pollution and contamination to safeguard human civilization and biodiversity.

Bulbul said substantial and sustainable promotion of water and sanitation related modern technologies have become the demand of time. The Padma River needs a capital dredging to bring back its navigability.

He said the climate change has been acknowledged as the depletion of natural resources and as a major threat to humanity and urged the policy planners and others concerned to take immediate effective measures to address the adverse impact.

BARCIK Barind Regional Coordinator Shahidul Islam, BECDPC President Jawad Ahmed Rafi, YASC Founder Director Shamiul Alam Shaon and founder president of EYV Golam Nabi Rony also spoke on the occasion.