Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has taken a plan to plant 25,000 trees on the banks of the four rivers in Dhaka to protect and beautify them.
BIWTA member Nurul Alam said, ‘The trees will be planted along the walkways on the river banks to protect and beautify them, and also to improve the air quality in the city.’
He said that the project would be a public-private partnership and would cover the 52-kilometres river banks of the Buriganga, the Turag, the Shitalakkhya and the Balu from the beginning of the next monsoon.
About Tk 1 crore would be spent to plant 25,000 neem, krishnachura, bakul, nageshwar, naglingam, jarul, kadam, kamini, date, coconut and other herbal and fruit-bearing trees on the banks, he said.
‘Locals and environmentalists committed in a dialogue with us today that they will voluntarily take care of the trees,’ he said.
On Thursday, the shipping secretary Abdus Samad, BIWTA chairman commodore Golam Sadeq and other officials held a dialogue with green activists and organisations on the tree plantation project at the BIWTA office in Dhaka.
Over a hundred individuals and organisations expressed interests to give volunteering service for planting trees.
‘We will make a work plan to assign locations to organisations. Initially, we will plant trees and they will take care of them,’ said Nurul.
The shipping secretary Samad said that the government would take more awareness-generating programmes for involving the locals to protect the rivers and environment.
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