Savar municipality pollutes Dhaleshwari, Bangshi, Turag

Rashad Ahamad | Published: 01:46, Oct 12,2019


Tonnes of wastes dumped on the Karnapara canal near Bank Town at Savar in Dhaka creating serious environmental and health concerns. The photo was taken on Friday. — Rashad Ahamad

Savar municipality continued to pollute Dhaleshwari, Bangshi and Turag rivers and canals under its jurisdiction for years by dumping wastes.

Local people said Savar municipality cleaners dumped all types of wastes including domestic, plastic, medical, industrial and e-wastes at 50 spots mostly on canals and rivers.

The municipality officials said they collected at least 200 tonnes wastes daily and dump those low lands connected with the rivers.

Awlad Hossain, a resident of Bank Colony area, said the municipality hardly could collect 40 per cent of total wastes generated in the town and the remaining huge wastes in different ways were being dumped into the same rivers.

Savar municipality has been dumping several tonnes waste on Dhaleshwari River at Ulail and on Karnapara Khal near Banktown for last 10 years.

Kamrul Hasan, a resident of Genda, said they could not stay in a home for the odd odour from the dumped wastes beside the busy Dhaka-Aricha Highway.

On April, 16, 2012, the Department of Environment fined Savar municipality’s then mayor Mohammad Refayet Ullah Tk 50 lakh for dumping solid wastes into Karnapara canal.

On behalf of the municipality, he promised not to pollute environment by dumping wastes but the municipality continued it. Alongside Karnapara canal, the municipality no dumping wasters at some more spots but failed to build a safe dumping site.

Savar municipality mayor Abdul Goni told New Age they had no specific waste dumping station till now so they were dumping wastes at different low lands at Birulia and Bhakurta.

He, however, claimed that the municipality did not dump wastes into Karnapara canal. ‘Al Muslim Garment and other industries dump wastes there,’ he said.

He said the municipality singed contract with a Finland-based organisation for waste management.

He hoped the situation would be improved soon if the farm started safe disposing of the wastes.

The rivers — Dhaleshwari, Bangshi and Turag — were upstream of the Buriganga.

Green activist at Savar KM Hamid Ranju said successive mayors of the municipality were not serious about the environment pollution and the present mayor was also reluctant.

Department of Environment director general AKM Rafique Ahammed said he was not aware about the intensity of pollution and the latest action taken by the DoE. ‘I cannot make any comment unknowingly,’ he said.

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