To save Balu river
Environmental activists yesterday declared a two-day event to draw the attention of government policymakers to protect Balu river from encroachment and pollution.
They disclosed the information, following a press conference organised by Waterkeepers Bangladesh and Barogram-Balu River Coalition, at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
The two-day event titled "Balu River Festival" will be held today at the capital's Itakhola, Trimohani and Khilgaon.
Speakers said Balu's water has turned pitch black and emits a noxious smell due to dumping of industrial waste. Illegal structures on the river have restricted water flow.
Sharif Jamil, coordinator of Waterkeepers Bangladesh, disclosed the event details at the press conference.
The festival will welcome visitors with a boat ride on Balu, and games like traditional "lathi khela" and pillow passing, along with cultural activities on the second day. A rally and discussion meeting will also be held.
Mahadhe Hasan Kinghshuk, programme specialist of Counterpart International; Suruj Miah, convenor of Barogram Balu River Coalition; and Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, director of Stamford University's Center for Atmospheric Pollution Studies director, spoke at the conference.