Save Buriganga Save Life Line of Capital

 

Save Buriganga
A boat procession was organised on August, 5th 2000 by the Save Buriganga Movement recently to protect the lifeline of the city from pollution and encroachment. 

About 500 representatives from 65 organisations and institutions on August, 5th 2000  brought out a colourful boat procession on the Buriganga carrying banners and shouting slogans for saving the river from pollution and encroachments. The procession was organised by the Save Buriganga Movement, launched recently following reports of indiscriminate encroachments and pollution of the river. POROSH, an organisation working for protection of the environment is leading the Movement.

Activists of the Movement gathered on the eastern side of Bangladesh China Moitri Bridge with colourful banners and placards at around 2 pm. As they proceeded in two rows towards Shashan Ghat at Postagola, hundreds of onlookers clapped to cheer them. At about 3-30 pm, the activists boarded about 35 mechanised boats and set out for the Sena Kalyan Sangstha's (Army Welfare Organisation) installation nearby. The Sangstha's Installation is one of the most serious encroachments on the Buriganga. The boats stopped at the installation where about 100 labourers engaged by the Sangstha were working. The processionists chanted slogans and demanded immediate removal of the massive encroachment. They also demanded removal of the other encroachments nearby. The processionists then moved towards Kamrangirchar in the upstream. Employees and workers from launches and other vessels raised hands and clapped to express solidarity with the processionists.

As the procession, watched by policemen in a boat and a speed boat of the Fire Brigade, proceeded towards Kamrangirchar, the extent of encroachments on the river became more evident. On both sides, encroachers have built multistoried structures stretching into the river.

At Kamrangirchar where the procession ended, leaders of the movement including AMA Muhith of POROSH, Prof. Mozaffar Ahmed and Dr.Wahiduddin Mahmud of Dhaka University vowed to continue the fight till the river is freed from encroachments and pollution. Khushi Kabir of ADAB was also present.

The organisations and Institutions which participated In the procession include ADAB, ARMCO & ANANDA, BASA, BAWPA, Dhaka University, Jagannath University College, NEAB, PRATYASHA, Nagorik Samaj, Rotary Club Dhaka, Mid town, SEED, WVA, DORP, Design Vision, FEMA and TMSS.

Source: The Daily Star, Sunday, August 6th, 2000

 

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