While we are extremely concerned about the level of pollution that has made the water of Buriganga undrinkable (even after treatment) and unusable for any other purposes, the fact that Wasa’s own sewerage lines and drains have been polluting Buriganga came to us as a shock. It was observed by the High Court on December 3 that 68 underground drains and sewerage lines of Wasa are connected to the river.
Over the years, the Buriganga and other rivers around the capital have become extremely polluted because of indiscriminate discharge of untreated industrial and household waste into them. However, in the last couple of years, several steps were taken by the government agencies concerned to save the river from pollution. Already many tanneries as well as other factories that used to dump untreated waste into the river were shifted from the banks of the river or were shut down. But these steps alone would not help if Wasa itself pollutes the river.
It is unfortunate that Wasa did not comply with the HC directive given on June 1, 2011 to seal off all the sewage outlets into the Buriganga within one year. Not only that, the Wasa MD has recently submitted a false report to the HC denying the fact that many of Wasa’s sewerage lines are connected with the river. Although he has submitted an apology to the HC, just that is not enough.
We hope that Wasa, being a responsible state agency, would comply with all the HC directives and take effective steps to clean and save Buriganga. That also means they must immediately seal off the sewerage lines connected with the river.