Sustainable river dredging necessary for economic growth: experts at DCCI webinar
The government should now strictly monitor the execution of capital dredging under the dredging master plan to improve the waterways as the country is now poised to become a developing country by 2026, experts said today at a webinar.
It is necessary to go for real time monitoring of the master plan that was taken to bring navigability to 10,000 kilometres of internal waterways, they added.
They shared their views at a webinar on "Sustainable river dredging: challenges and way forward" organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
The experts also shed light on the need for going for green transportation or waterways, river training, capacity building, sustainable dredging in terms of social, economic and environmental perspective.
Navigable waterways have manifold positive cascading effects on economy as it saves time for container movement and is comparatively cheaper for goods transportation, Rizwan Rahman, president of DCCI, said in his opening remarks.
Moreover, navigable and well-managed waterways help easing cross-border trade growth with the neighbouring states, he said.
But a lack of maintenance, weakening upstream flow and human interventions are some of the common problems for declining navigable waterways, he said.
Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, state minister for shipping, also spoke.