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Citizens form human chain to save Buriganga River

  • Published at 09:07 pm March 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:17 pm March 3rd, 2017
Citizens form human chain to save Buriganga River
Buriganga Bachao Andolon, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Bapa) staged a human chain on Friday in order to save the Buriganga River, as High Court directives to that effect were not being enforced. The programme was held across 13 different locations from Dhaka's Bosila to Narayanganj's Pagla area, from 10am to 11am. Thousands of people took part in the protest with Bapa Vice President Prof Khandaker Bazlul Haque in chair, said a press release. The Bapa vice president said: “In 2009, the High Court issued a verdict on a writ petition to save the rivers but we cannot see proper implementation of the verdict by the government. We want the government to take effective steps to execute the High Court directives for protecting the Buriganga and other rivers in Dhaka and across the country.” [caption id="attachment_50296" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Buriganga Bachao Andolon, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolon (BAPA) staged a human chain on Friday, March 1, 2017, in order to save the Buriganga River, as High Court directives to that effect were not being enforced Courtesy Buriganga Bachao Andolon, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolon (BAPA) staged a human chain on Friday, March 1, 2017, in order to save the Buriganga River, as High Court directives to that effect were not being enforced Courtesy[/caption] Prof Khandaker Bazlul Haque claimed that the river was still dying after more than two decades of protests and demands because of a lack of planned initiatives. Noted journalist, columnist, research scholar, essayist, and writer Syed Abul Maksud also spoke at the human chain as chief guest while former Bapa general secretary Mohidul Haque Khan, Buriganga Bachao Andolon Member Secretary Mihir Biswas, CPB's Central Leader Ahsan Habib Lavlu, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon President Prof Anwar Sadat, and Dhaka Jubo Foundation President Shahid Mahmud Shahidullah were present. Syed Abul Maksud said: “The riverine people of Buriganga have stood up not just to save the river. Rather, it is a life or death situation. In order to save the residents of the capital city and protect its existence, it is a must that we save the Buriganga.” Maksud claimed that the current state of the Buriganga was not a sudden development, but the result of more than two decades of encroachment and excessive pollution. [caption id="attachment_50296" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Buriganga Bachao Andolon, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Bapa) staged a human chain on Friday, March 1, 2017, in order to save the Buriganga River, as High Court directives to that effect were not being enforced Courtesy Buriganga Bachao Andolon, Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Bapa) staged a human chain on Friday, March 1, 2017, in order to save the Buriganga River, as High Court directives to that effect were not being enforced Courtesy[/caption] “The government had approved initiatives to protect the river at different times, but these are yet to be executed,” he said, adding that the river was occupied due to the greed of unspecified self-interested individuals who enjoy political protection. “In order to save the Buriganga, the government needs to be strict. Also, the budget for river protection around the city should be increased by providing funds from unnecessary and less-important sectors,” Maksud said. The organisers of the human chain also placed 13 demands before the authorities concerned. These included implementation of the High Court directives to protect the Buriganga, making water of the river pollution free, installation of water purification plants at all industries adjacent the river, stopping the dumping of waste in the river, eviction of makeshift structures to rescue parts of the river that have been encroached upon, the construction of a planned Ghat, restrictions on commercial construction near the river and the enabling of a river related taskforce.