In an interview with VOA, Professor Mujibur Rahman discusses river pollution and illegal occupation of rivers in Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, rivers are like bloodline. The gracefully flowing rivers of Bangladesh have always been a part of the country’s identity. Yet today, even the famous Buriganga river flowing by Dhaka has become one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of the industrial and human waste that have been dumped into it. Illegal occupation of the rivers is an additional problem that Bangladesh is facing today.
Recently the government has started a project to clean rivers near Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. They are also planning to carry out other bigger projects all over the country. In this interview, Mr. Rahman discusses this project and shares his own ideas about the issues.
He tells us that much is needed to be done. There are different types of waste, such as non-degradable waste or organic waste, and so the type of waste disposal must also differ for each type of waste. He believes that it is most important for the government to see that not much waste is created or thrown at the wrong places. For example, hospitals and sewerage systems should not throw their waste in our rivers. Also, illegal occupation of the rivers deserves much attention from the government.
Professor Mujibur Rahman is a professor of Environmental Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He also works with many water pollution and water drainage projects.