Pollution From Waste: Buriganga water shows signs of improvement With all the previous efforts to save Buriganga river going in vain, Dhaka South City. The impossible task of cleaning the Buriganga river Result: the water is so polluted that no fish can survive there. At the beginning of January. Shehzad Noorani explores how the extreme pollution of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, impacts those who make their homes and living on the river.

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Although we cover a wide range of topics, our emphasis is on art, culture, history and travel. Hyacinths can be harvested, chopped, ground, processed and dried into bricks that can be used for cooking oil and other energy needs. Large launches waiting at Sadarghat on the Buriganga for different destinations in Bangladesh.

The biggest threats to the Buriganga River are the dying factories at Shuampur area, Dhaka WASA Water Supply and Sewage Authoritycontinued unauthorized tannery operations, other industrial waste, and household pollutants. Ferrying People Across the Buriganga River. Moreover, the clean-up is done very slowly and most of the waste is dumped on the river bank, which constitutes a sanitary problem, especially on the days when it rains. Water-borne diseases are also common.

Dhaka Port: Inside the World’s most polluted river

Portuguese Bengala British Bengal: Exceeding limit of trace elements or ions bueiganga mix with water directly may be produced from the pollutants caused various harm for human and other living beings. We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. In the photographs above and below, pipes are shown that are designed to carry water and sand from boats to fill the river’s flood plain pollutuon nearby low lying land. Besides, 95 tonnes of solid and hazardous waste, including trimmings of finished leather, shaving dust, hair, and trimmings from raw hide are also dumped in the area’s open drains.

Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Some smaller ones polluttion operate on the river clandestinely and the government has not done much to shut them down.


Buuriganga are more images of the ways in which people directly interact with the Buriganga River on a daily basis. Some people bath here specially the habitant of slaves and evacuees of Dhaka. The waste that is being released from this effluent pipe is untreated.

Last month, the government adopted a plan to maintain the navigability and normal flow of Buriganga and remove all illegal structures on its banks. The reality is that, the river, now, has become a dumping ground of kinds of solid, liquid and chemical waste.

When hyacinths cover too much of the surface of the water, they block out all light and reduce oxygen levels. But as it flows through the capital, waste from sewers and factories — especially tanneries — pour into it. In the 20th century the water table and river became polluted by polythenes and other hazardous substances from demolished buildings near the river banks.

Unabated encroachment that prevents the free flow of water, dumping of medicinal waste and waste of river passengers have compounded the problem, making the water unusable for humans and livestock. Many kinds of natural salts and other substances mix with rain water and finally fall in the rivers and ponds. But pollution and loss of navigability has forced thousands, including fisher people, to take to street vending and other trades. One proposal the government had in was to dredge a channel fro the Jumana River, which is part of the Brahmaputra River that flows through Tibet and India before reaching Bangladesh.

But while the government congratulates itself on this initiative, the local residents continue This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together. December Photo posted by Osmini Samanidou on Flickr. Brick Industry and Cow on the Buriganga River. It was once the main source of drinking water for Dhaka’s residents and an hour downstream from the capital city the river is still crystal clear.

Experts feel that with a focus on integrated approach, various government departments must come together to save the river. The government has initiated a move to relocate the tanneries outside the capital, and also asked illegal encroachers to vacate the river.


Buriganga River Pollution Threatens Millions of People By -Md. Abul Hasan

According to Dabaraj Burlganga, Research Associate from Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers association, “the unhygienic traditional burning process of the dried bricks is responsible for emitting about In other areas along the river I saw people harvesting hyacinths, though I am not sure what purpose they were harvesting them for.

It is difficult to row as well because water hyacinth is everywhere and obstructs our boats.

Buriganga River Park and Fishing Poles. Close to the Sultanganj near Hazaribagh industrial area, washer people struggle to wash clothes in the dirty river water. Environmentalists also want riverr to be moved away from the river and sewage to be diverted to treatment plants.

Experts identified nine industrial areas in and around the capital city as the primary sources of river pollution: She and the other ferry passengers were forced to cover their noses as they looked in horror at the black water and floating fish that had choked to death.

Pedestrian Traffic Along the Banks of the Buriganga. Though power sources were eventually cut off to encourage businesses to move some were able to get illegal power connections. The permeable concentration of chromium is 0.

In the 18th century, the lower course of the river flowed further south. It is always best to prevent pollutants from reaching the river in the first place. Fortunately for this river the largest tanneries have been moved from Hazaribagh to Savar Burigangaa Park, but now the Dhaleshwari River faces the same issues the Buriganga faced for years http: The fact that some fish may have returned is suggested by the presence of these tall fishing poles that have been installed by a public park where buriganya residents are congregating and playing cricket.

Washing Refuse in the Buriganga River.