Can our rivers be saved? | The Daily Star
12:45 PM, February 07, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:52 PM, February 07, 2020

Can our rivers be saved?

Till 2019, Bangladesh experienced both positive and negative developments in the case of rivers.

Good developments include the High Court’s judgement declaring rivers as a “legal entity”; new energy that the government displayed in freeing rivers from encroachment; combating pollution.

However, despite such progress, the negative sides continue to outweigh the positive developments as of 2019.

The negative aspects include improper implementation of policies and directives; river activists not following the HC directives properly; converting the old channel of the Buriganga River into a lake that amounts to killing the river, violating the HC’s order to treat rivers as a living entity; trans-boundary river issues, etc.

Therefore, Bangladesh needs to gear up to protect its river system.

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