Letter To the Editor
Save Halda River
The country's largest fish spawning ground, the Halda River, is being destroyed for construction of unplanned structures and brick kilns on the banks and discharges from adjacent power plants. Halda is the only river where Carp fish omit eggs. So the necessity and contribution of Halda is not less than any other river. For several characteristics, mother fish came here to releases eggs. Halda is the source of collecting carp because of its peculiar characteristics: less depth and temperature, high clutters, muddy water, bight of river, adequate food and dissolved oxygen. But Now-a-days Halda is so much polluted. The river is in the process of dying due to mindless dumping of wastes and industrial effluents, encroachment and over-exploitation.
The economic importance of Halda River is immense. The ensuing pollution has already led to a drastic decrease in the amount of fish present in the river and, if this persists, not only will the fish lose their habitat, but plenty of people, who are dependent on them and the river, will have their livelihoods destroyed. We should save this naturally grown fishes urgently.
Amdadul H SarkerStudent, Department of English, Comilla University