Our rivers are dying.
And it seems that authorities are more interested in playing the blame game instead of working together to find a solution.
This is especially worse in Dhaka, where chemical, medical, radioactive, and electronic waste are dumped without inhibition to the waters which are crucial to keeping this city and country alive.
This continues despite numerous initiatives taken by both state-run and private organizations to combat this practice, and because of governmental bodies’ failure to act when it comes to dealing with these issues head-on.
Factories and processing centres have always treated the city as their personal dumping grounds and authorities have done little to stop this.
Even hospitals are to blame. When it comes to the health care sector, there is little to no oversight, and hospitals and medical institutions do as they please with the waste that is produced.
We must recognize the fact that rivers are the lifeline of this nation, and that if we continue to disregard them in such a manner, it is, ultimately, us who will pay the price.
It should be obvious that haphazard dumping of such waste also poses immense risks to the health and safety of citizens.
There needs to be a concerted effort from the government to regulate waste management activity by such institutions, and enforce laws which ensure that such waste is properly disposed.
And the first step in this regard is recognizing the need to work together, and not shift responsibility from one department of the government to another.
We need to save our rivers before it’s too late.