Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority started cleaning the River Turag on Friday morning to save the water body.
Shipping ministry senior secretary Abdus Samad inaugurated the work in presence of officials from the ministry, BIWTA, Gazipur City Corporation, river police and Water Development Board.
The four-hour drive started from 9:00am.
Samad said that waste was being dumped in the river from Tongi Bazar in broad daylight. He requested the locals and the city corporation not to throw garbage in the river.
‘It has turned into a dead river as the Gazipur City Corporation did not take any initiative in the last one year to save it,’ he added.
He said that the local people should come forward to save the river for healthy environment.
Dhaka river port joint director AKM Arif Uddin said that the water flow would be restored by removing the garbage.
Earlier on January 30 last year, the High Court declared the River Turag as a legal or juristic person or a living entity to save the river from illegal encroachment.
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