Bibir Pukur, a century old pond in the centre of Barisal city, needs urgent attention and repair to keep it from being filled up with sands and wastes.
The water of the pond has long become stinky and it is being polluted by municipal solid wastes every day.
A portion of the edge of the pond was collapsed a year ago, but the Barisal City Corporation, the owner and authority of the pond, took no step to repair the caved-in portion.
The last significant repair works were done in May 2012. The 1.1 crore works was sponsored by Grameenphone, the largest telecom company of Bangladesh.
However, on August 2016, a heavy billboard was set up on the bank of Bibir Pukur for political publicity, violating regulations.
The hoarding collapsed a few months later and it also damaged the walkways around the pond.
It was also ruined the beauty of the pond and its surrounding areas, which are used by the city dwellers for recreation.
Akkas Hossain, an elderly city dweller, said Jinnat Bibi, a local influential, funded the construction of the pond in 1908 for using it as a source of drinking water.
Linkon Bayen, district coordinator of Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA), said the water had become stinky and polluted and it needed attention.
Aktaruzzaman Hiru, councillor of 17 number ward of the city corporation, said BCC had plans for the pond, but he did not give details.
City mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal said they had finalised a project to repair the pond with about Tk eight crore and it was waiting for getting approval from the Local Government Department.
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