Shorn of its sacred grandeur the Padma has embraced its secularised and earthier image with some muscularity, audacity and flair.
The National River Conservation Commission has decided not to publish a list of 37,000 new encroachers of 48 rivers and the environment activists say protecting their identities is tantamount to siding with the grabbers.
The BWDB must take advice from our river experts in this regard, change their traditional “cordon approach” to rivers and adopt a modern river management approach, if they really want to manage floods in the region.
It is a tragic irony that riverine Bangladesh has become the land of dying rivers.
Major rivers crossed danger marks at 23 more points across the country as all the four of the country’s major basins continued to rise due to incessant downpours and onrush of water from upstream, according to a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) issued here today.
Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif directed the deputy commissioners to take strict measures against those who illegally extract ‘lakhs of tonnes’ of sand from river beds.