People from different walks of life formed a human chain at Mathabhanga bridge in Chuadanga town yesterday demanding steps to save the Mathabhanga river.
The once flowing river has an important ecological impact in the region but it is now heading towards virtual death, speakers said at the programme organised by ‘Save the Mathabhanga’ and Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).
They urged the government to take immediate steps to save the river.
Khulna Divisional Coordinator of BELA Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul, cultural activists Alauddin Ali and Nazir Ahmed, businessman Suman Parvez, human rights activist Husne Ara Hasi, Assistant Editor of Chuadanga-based daily Somoyer Samikaran Hemant Kumar Singho Roy, and General Secretary of Chuadanga Press Club Ariful Islam Dalim addressed the rally presided over by Principal Hamidul Haq, convener of ‘Save the Mathabhanga’ movement.
The Mathabhanga, a bordering river of Bangladesh and India, originates from the Ganges at Jalangi of Murshidabad district of India’s West Bengal.
It crosses the Bangladesh territory through Ramkrishnapur in Daulatput upazila of Kushtia, proceeds through Chuadanga district, reaches West Bengal again and merges with the Hugli river.