Speakers at a human chain in Bianibazar upazila of Sylhet yesterday demanded an end to the filling up of the Lula river, and dredging of the river.
Environment activists and villagers joined the human chain that was organised in Panchakanda jointly by Bangladesh Paribesh Andalon (Bapa) Sylhet chapter, Surma River Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Bangladesh to observe the International Day of Action for Rivers.
The speakers said Lula river is drying up due to siltation and sand filling by land grabbers. Because of this, farmers and fishermen are suffering a lot as agriculture and fishing activities are being hampered.
They demanded immediate dredging to restore water flow in the river.
They also noted that the course of Lula river is being diverted slowly because of the obstacle created by sand filling.
The programme was conducted by Dr Tayef Ahmed and presided over by Bianibazar upazila Vice Chairman Shabbir Ahmed.
Among others, Bapa Sylhet unit Secretary Abdul Karim Kim and President of Bianibazar upazila unit of Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik Aman Uddin delivered speeches at the programme.
Kim expressed their grave concern while visiting the area and urged the government to conduct sustainable drives to ensure permanent end to the illegal grabbing and reduce the extent of pollution. He cautioned that land grabbing will ultimately threaten the very existence of the Lula river.