Bangladesh is a riverine country, but sadly, we have not done a good job of protecting the many rivers which sustain us.
The prime minister is aware of this, which is why she has repeatedly called for scaling up our coordinated efforts, as it is crucial for Bangladesh’s success in the upcoming years.
With so much of our economy dependent on our water bodies, it is a shame to see so much potential destroyed by greed.
While, in many cases, irreparable harm has already been done, there is still time to right this wrong to a great extent. In the long run, dredging up the rivers and getting them back to full functionality will provide a crucial boost to our country’s path to success.
While irreparable harm has already been done, there is still time to right this wrong
But, unfortunately, the PM’s wise words have too often fallen on deaf ears.
Despite repeated calls to clean up rivers such as Turag, Buriganga, Balu, and Shitalakkhya, progress has stagnated. What has persisted is a continuous cycle of inaction, with the duty being transferred from one body of authority to the next.
The authorities must understand our rivers are more important than petty politics.
The rivers of this nation are some of the greatest in the world, and are veritable bloodlines to the nation’s continuous progress.
Do we really want a future as a riverine country which has no rivers to speak of?
Should influential quarters be allowed to continue polluting our rivers in flagrant violation of government orders?
No, this cannot be allowed to continue. It is high time this cycle of inaction was broken, and our rivers were put first.
Dhaka Tribune, January 27, 2018