Speakers at a seminar on Sunday urged the government to take immediate steps to protect the country's existing rivers.

'Nodi Songskar Pani Sashon O Bebohar Sangram Parishad' organised the programme in the capital city, marking the World Rivers Day.

Mentioning that local powerfuls are grabbing the rivers in the name of development, the speakers also called for reclaiming those and saving them from dying.

They lamented the lack of appropriate laws to protect the rivers, saying those are being exploited in many ways by some corrupt people as there is no law.

Former industries minister Dilip Barua and Nodi Songskar Pani Sashon O Bebohar Sangram Parishad president Shahadat Hossain Hamja, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Jatiya Ganatantrik League formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning marking the World Rivers Day observed across the globe today.

Speakers at the programme said the country's all rivers must be protected to ensure a better environment.

Several environmental organisations, including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Riverine People, have also arranged different programmes across the country, marking the day.

Earlier on Saturday, a rally named ‘March for River’ was held, marking the World Rivers Day under the banner of ‘World Rivers Day Coordination Committee, Bangladesh’.

More than 50 organisations took part in the rally from Bahadur Shah Park to Sadar Ghat ferry terminal in the old Dhaka city.

Water resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmud inaugurated the rally themed ‘Let Follow Rivers Naturally for Lives’.

Bangladesh has been observing the World Rivers Day since 2010 that was founded in 1980 by Mark Angelo.

Bangladesh is a riverine country. About 700 rivers, including tributaries, flow through the country constituting a waterway of total length of around 24,140kms.

Most of the country's land is formed through silt brought by the rivers.

25 September, 2017 03:16 am