Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad on Saturday said eviction drives will be strengthened to free illegally occupied riverbanks, reports BSS.
“Alongside planting saplings of trees, boundary walls will be built on the riverbank for protection of further occup tion,” he told a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club here marking the World Water day, an official release said.Director General of Department of Shipping Commodore Syed Ariful Islam, Director of Institute of water and Flood Management Prof Sujit Kumar Bala at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and former Director General of Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) M Enamul Haque, among others, addressed the discussion.
Samad said the government would take effective measures to protect rivers from pollution side by side riverbank grabbing. He laid emphasis on better coordination among organizations concerned for sto ping rampant dumping of industrial waste in the rivers around Dhaka city.
Other speakers said capital dredging should be carried out in all rivers of the country to revive the lost waterways by returning navigability. Many major and small rivers and their tributaries are facing serious navigability problem as all the rivers got silted and there was no dredging to maintain navigability, they added.
To maintain the navigability of the rivers, a massive dredging of the rivers is required on yearly basis, the water experts said.
Describing waterways as the most low cost mode of communication, they said significant economic development would take place in the country, if the authorities could restore the lost waterways.