The city’s Hatirjheel Lake is an example of how a bad thing can be turned into a good thing and at the same an instance of how an excellent object can be twisted into an awful reality.
Before the beautification drive a decade back, the lake had simply been an obnoxious pool of dirty water emitting foul smell and irritating our nostrils every moment. And after the completion of the scheme, the area turned outright into a beauty spot in an otherwise filthy city. The new lake with green patches all around and beautifully crafted roads, bridges and culverts became a must-visit area for the city dwellers. This new face of the erstwhile dirty lake prompted us to regain our faith in man’s sense of beauty.But alas! Due to callousness of the authorities and visitors’ utter disregard for things of beauty, this excellent piece of innovative work went back to its pre-facelift situation, with the return of the bad smelling and pitch-black filthy water. People’s strong tendency of using rivers, canals and ponds for dumping wastes led to the quick degradation of the lake. City authorities are no less responsible for such a twist of the situation: they failed to make alternative arrangement for disposal of wastes in the nearby areas.
Now we are told that authorities are thinking of a combined purification process including biological treatment of the lake water and increasing the percentage of dissolved oxygen in it. But all these would not have been necessary at all had authorities taken measures to prevent pollution right from the beginning.
Let us hope that the reclamation process will be implemented to ensure that that filth and litters thrown away by visitors and neighbours will not damage the lake once again. But, in accordance with the dialectical motion of things, it may again get back its putrid nature unless preventive measures are taken to off set the factors that led to the damage of the lake.