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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The biodegraded portions of plants and animals mix with water and pollute it. Though power sources were eventually cut off to encourage businesses to move some were able to get buroganga power connections.

It has been seen that this river has considerable pollution assimilation capacity which provides considerable opportunity for improving water quality.

Bangladesh’s polluted Buriganga river cries out for help

Experts identified nine industrial areas in and around the capital city as the polltuion sources of river pollution: Barges Barreling Down the Buriganga River. But as it flows through the capital, waste from sewers and factories diver especially tanneries — pour into it. Most of the industrial units of these areas have no sewage treatment or effluent treatment plants ETPs of their own.

Ferrying People Across the Buriganga River. Our writers, photographers and contributors are real people who tell you the stories of their personal travels and experiences. Although Dhaka is years old, the city still lacks an adequate sewage treatment plant with the capability to treat 80 percent of the sludge generated by its population of close to 20 million.

Textile industries annually rivwr as much as 56 million tonnes of waste and 0. Construction of ETPs, relocating industries away from the city and imposing strict laws against any violation would be vital and essential to take this forward.


It is always best to prevent pollutants from reaching the river in the first place. According to activists and civil society leaders, the government has not done enough to enforce the relocation of industry or in terms of protecting the river. Though utilizing waste and recycling are clearly beneficial for a polution that produces so much trash, if waste producing unsafe chemicals is not disposed of properly, these toxins will continue to make their way into rievr water.

The wastewater from these industries flows out through khals natural canals into the river. These causes are dividedbroadly in two divisions, namelya. It estimates thatcubic metres of rubbish need to be removed from the water. The course of the Padmaas the main course of the Ganges is known in Bangladesh, changed considerably during the period to AD. Most industries do not have any treatment facility at all while others that do, do not operate them regularly.

Buriganga River

We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. They were almost always barefoot. These include collecting data and presenting them at public meetings to build up a campaign. Five bulldozers are currently at work to get rid poklution the three-metre layer of plastic bags and food remains which lines the bottom of the river, while over a hundred people clean the rubbish-strewn banks by hand.

People rinse these bags directly in the Buriganga and Turag Rivers. The Observers Photojournalist See profile. The government has constituted a number of task forces in order to suggest measures to tackle river pollution. The presence of heavy toxic metals such as chromium can even lead to cancer. The Financial Express Editorial. And effluent of industries must be treated and monitored sincerely before throwing it to water body. Early implementation of efficient management practices will save the Buriganga River.


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Up buriganta 40, tons of tannery waste flows into the river daily along with sewage. The pollutants have eaten up all oxygen in the Buriganga which is called biological dead. Dhaka, May 4, – A cruise on Bangladesh’s historic Buriganga river used to be a must for visiting dignitaries but these days they are confronted with foul smells and rotting fish resulting from massive pollution.

Lumber Transport, Buriganga River.

The impossible task of cleaning the Buriganga river

It is difficult to trace accurately the various channels through which it flowed, but the probability is that it flowed past Rampur Boalia, through ChalanBeel, pollutiom Dhaleshwari and Buriganga rivers, past Dhaka into the Meghna estuary. Recommendation to Minimize theBurigangaPollution Buriganga has enormous significance for the survival and economic growth of Dhaka City.

Erosion of river banks caused siltation and this silt sometimes hamper aquatic lives. The house-turned-museum of the Nawab ruler overlooks the river, which is the country’s main waterway for trading and ferry travel. When I returned home and began processing these images, I realized that some were pollutikn beautiful despite the horrifying thought that these people are continually exposing themselves to such health risks.

I found it quite remarkable how they could balance so many bricks on their heads. Political will and community participation is needed to revive the dying river that gave life to Dhaka. Among the top polluters are dozens of tanneries on the banks of the Buriganga.

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