Category: Pollutions

Gulshan Lake not in Government Spotlight

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There has not been sewage and household dissipates did not stream into the Gulshan lake in a single day. Gulshan Lake, located Gulshan-Baridhara area was officially marked an Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) to save the water body from becoming pollution. And also to protect it from infringement which was declared before 12 years.

According to the grapevine trying to convince people that it was central to safeguard it for the ecology of Dhaka city, two giant signboards of the Department of Environment (DoE) of the government have been posted on either end of the lake since November 26, 2001.

Although there have been a lot of environmental law and organization but the Gulshan-Baridhara Lake continues to get more polluted day by day for not taking any steps from law implement departments, claimed environmental lawyer Rizwana Hasan.

Whatever, officials of DoE claimed that Dhaka Wasa and Dhaka City Corporation are trying to stop pollution in the Lake.

It’s important that Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakhha (RAJUK) undertook a plan to build a 40 feet road along the eastern shoreline of the lake.

Incidentally, to survive any kind of life in a water body, the minimum standard required level of break up oxygen is six milligrams per liter. The ECA rule was established in the year 1999 under the Bangladesh Environment Protection Act, 1995.

There are total of 12 ECAs have been identified in the Bangladesh. These areas are Tanguar Haor, Hakaluki Haor and Marjat Baor is also need to be protected. Shores of the lake are used as dumping ground for city waste

Rivers in Bangladesh ‘Comatose’

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The locality and government are neglected to be responsible for the relentless degradation. As source of livelihood, communication, and heart of people in Dhaka had been determined to the Buriganga River but now it’s a major source of running the capital. This happens due to pollution and building illegal property by robbering.

Along with Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakkhya, Balu and Bangshi  is being a death trap for increasing pollution and also indiscriminate sand lifting. The minimal level of dissolved oxygen (DO) required for life to survive in these rivers do not have.

Researchers of The Department of Environment (DoE) had been an alarming message on levels of DO in these rivers after three months research. They have analysis on various samples of chemical whose were collected from these rivers  and the levels of DO in Buriganga, Turag and Bangshi were 0.38, 0.59 and 0.0 milligram per liter gradually.

According to the Environment Protection Act (Amendment) 2010, the minimum required level DO is 5 mg/l for any water body to sustain aquatic species including fishes and others is. The minimal standard rate for water being eligible for treatment as drinking water is 6 mg/l.

Contacted with Environment Erpert Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed over phone, he said to Bd Environment that “such a DO merge amount in water poses severe a great threats to biodiversity and hydro-ecology”. “Random dumping of waste has put the rivers in and around the city in a blackout”.

Professor Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) said that government ought to shift the tannery diligence from the Hazaribagh, Dhaka. The chemical waste from the tanneries is a major polluter of these rivers. It’s important that The DoE research had been found that the level of DO at the Hazaribagh area of Buriganga River was 1.06, 0.50 and 1.0 mg/l in January, February and March gradually. And the Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) is also very high in these waters.

Garbage Menace in Mymensingh

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As many streets littered with garbage, leftovers of household foodstuffs, Mymensingh Municipality has now turned a nasty town, creating a nuisance for the environment and the town dwellers as well.

Unbearable atmosphere is observed in many areas of the town including at Naha Road, Horikishore Roy Road, Kalibari Road, Charpara, Krishtapur and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Road of Shaheeb Quarter area.

More than 50 tones of garbage and filth are generated every day in the district town which covered a total area of about 22 square kilometers.The municipality belongs to class one status but its the civic amenities are far below the expectation of its dwellers.

Most of the streets, lanes and by- lanes often remain unclean for days together for lack of maintenance and clear.The number of dustbins in the town is not up to the demand, sources said.

There are some 306 dustbins put up across the town and these are seen always remain overflowed with garbage as these are not removed regularly.

The stench from these dustbins is simply nauseating pedestrians, creating the adjacent environment unfit for living, sources said. Only five trucks are stated to be in operation to remove the garbage and filths from the town. The trucks are too inadequate compared to the requirement, locals alleged.

The local people accused the municipal staff of negligence of duties in clearing the garbage and filths regularly. Repeated appeals of the residents to the municipal authorities to remove the piled up filths and garbage often goes unheeded, said Ashim Roy, a resident of Horikishore Roy Road.

Contacted, mayor of Mymensingh municipality Ekramul Haque Titu told this correspondent that the authorities are trying their best to mitigate the problems created by ‘garbage menace’ in the municipality. Pragmatic steps will be taken soon to render  a garbage free environment in the town.