There are many laws relating to rivers and environment, but that were not properly implemented to save rivers and in protecting ecological balance, observed experts at a seminar in Sylhet on Wednesday.
They urged the officials of local administration, police and environment department to work sincerely to stop water pollution and grabbing lands of rivers.
They were addressing a seminar on ‘present situation of rivers in Sylhet division, existing problem and applicable step to address the problem’ at the conference room of the deputy commission of the district.
Sylhet divisional commissioner’s office in association with the Divisional River Protection Committee and the National River Protection Commission arranged the seminar to build awareness among all quarters in society to stop river pollution and forcibly occupation of river lands in the division.
Addressing the seminar as he chief guest, NRPC chairman Muzibur Rahman Hawlader said that though the land of any river is government land, it is non-transferable and it cannot be leased out to any individual.
He asked the environment department and police administration to file cases against the grabbers of river land in the country.
Mentioning a ‘code for river protection’ would be constituted in near future, the NRPC chairman said, ‘We should not sit idly, if the concerned administrations do not work properly. The issue should be taken to the cabinet meeting of the government.’
The divisional commissioner Nazmunara Khanum presided over the seminar that was addressed, among others, by NRPC permanent member Md Alauddin, additional divisional commissioner Mrinal Kanti Dev, Sylhet deputy commissioner Numery Zaman, Madan Mohan College associate professor Rajat Kanti Bhattacharya, Sunamganj Water Development Department executive engineer Abu Bakar Siddique Bhuiyan, Bangladesh Environment Lawyers’ Association district unit coordinator Shaheda Akter, and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan district general secretary Abdul Karim Kim.
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