Monday, 5 June, 2023

Govt fails to protect environment: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the incumbent Awami League government has no plan to protect the country’s environment from the adverse impacts of global climate change.

“They (government) have no accountability to people as they are not elected. Their only target is to prolong their power in anyway. That’s why, they have no plan to protect environment,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Climate Change: Bangladesh and Rivers’ at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh in Ramna of the capital. BNP arranged the programme.

Mirza Fakhrul said, “The government is always busy to highlight their development activities but they have no plan to save the rivers and keeping the rivers clean and to keep proper water flow.”

Mentioning that many establishments have been set up on the bank of Turag River, Fakhrul said the small rivers surrounding the capital also have died due to encroachment and lack of proper initiative to save those.

“Rivers are being grabbed regularly but the government is not paying any heed to protect it. Those who are connected to this government are responsible for the grabbing. No action is being taken against the grabbers,” he said.

The BNP leader also said that people-oriented government is needed in the country to save the country’s environment and democracy.  BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and vice chairman Hafijuddin Ahmed spoke, among others, at the event.