Pollution From Waste: Buriganga water shows signs of improvement With all the previous efforts to save Buriganga river going in vain, Dhaka South City. The impossible task of cleaning the Buriganga river Result: the water is so polluted that no fish can survive there. At the beginning of January. Shehzad Noorani explores how the extreme pollution of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, impacts those who make their homes and living on the river.

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In the 20th century the water table and river became polluted by polythenes and other hazardous substances from demolished buildings near the river banks. Though utilizing waste and recycling are clearly beneficial for a society that produces so much trash, if waste producing unsafe chemicals is not disposed of properly, these toxins will continue to make their way into the water.

Retrieved from ” https: Some toxic substances accumulate in the body and then express its contamination and create various diseases like Cholera, Diarrhea, and Dysentery etc. The heavy metals present in the river include: During a Renewable Energy Meeting that I attended while I was in Dhaka, scientists discussed how biomass waste could be used as an energy source.

According to the study, there are about types of effluents that are discharged into the river from nine major industrial clusters—Tongi, Hazaribagh, Tajgonj, Tarabo, Narayangonj, Savar, Ashulia, Gaziour and Ghorashal. In the 18th century, the lower course of the river flowed further south. Buriganga is an example of the general state of many rivers of Bangladesh.

Over time, the course of the river gradually shifted and lost its link with the Ganges, which is when it was renamed the Buriganga River.

Bangladesh river pollution threatens millions

Bricklayers Balancing Bricks, Buriganga River. Doing Laundry on the Buriganga. On January 1, Bangladesh began cleaning one of the dirtiest rivers in the world, the Buriganga.


Among the top polluters are dozens of tanneries on the banks of the Buriganga. Dredging stirs up pollutants that have settled on the bottoms of rivers, and there are many in the Buriganga Buirganga from industries and oil operations along its banks.

Like in most south-east Asian countries, Bangladeshis live and work beside the river.

The water of this river is now so polluted that all fish have died, and increasing filth and human waste have turned it like a black gel.

The Buriganga River Bengali: He said the situation would be even worse if it were not for the annual monsoons, which help to clear the river to some extent as the water flow increases after the heavy rains. The river was also the main source of drinking water for the city. But many of them are drying up or are choked due to pollution and encroachment. Washing Refuse in the Buriganga River.

Failure to protect Buriganga River from pollution means that a failure to policy makers who underestimating the benefits of environmental protection, restoration programs and economic growth. Toxic wastes or substances of Tannery and other industries directly affect living being through drinking water. Land encroachers have created illegal structures, including houses, bazaarsghats and brick kilns in the riverbed, that has hampered the flow of the burigganga.

Rahat Anis, who lives close to Rayer Bazar area says, “The water is red and foul-smelling. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. The reality is that, the river, now, has become a dumping ground of kinds of solid, liquid and chemical waste.

The pollutants have eaten up all oxygen in the Buriganga which is called biological dead. After thorough fact-finding, BAPA has made some elaborate suggestions. Last month, the government adopted a plan to maintain the navigability and normal flow of Buriganga and remove all illegal structures on its banks.

InBangladesh Govt. Buriganga River Dredging Operations. Explore Other Destinations China. According to Dabaraj Dey, Research Associate from Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers association, “the unhygienic traditional burning process of the dried bricks is responsible for emitting about This canal, which once connected with the Dhaleshwari, has been totally blocked, essentially robbing the Buriganga River from connection to its source and worsening pollution levels as freshwater no longer flows freely from the rivers it was once a tributary of.


Illegal structures have sprung up along its banks, narrowing the river and adding to the dirt, while ferries spill oil into its waters.

Buriganga River Pollution Threatens Millions of People By -Md. Abul Hasan

The permeable concentration of chromium is 0. Khan said an urgent priority was to dredge the bed of the Buriganga as silt and rubbish, including polythene bags, have lessened its depth. However, an estimated tanneries, including large units in Hazaribagh, discharge 4. Its average depth is 7. However, environmentalists say this alone won’t fix the problem.

Buriganga River Pollution Threatens Millions of People By -Md. Abul Hasan – Perspective

Environmentalists also want tanneries to be moved away from the river and sewage to be diverted to treatment plants. The course of the Padmaas the main course of the Ganges is known in Bangladesh, changed considerably during the period to AD.

The image above shows all the hyacinths that proliferate near textile industry operations. To clean them seems an uphill burianga, especially in the absence of any pro-rivers policy of the government.

Retrieved 13 October Political will and community participation is needed to revive the dying river that gave life to Dhaka.

The river carries about 61 per cent industrial and 39 per cent domestic waste.

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