Green activists on Thursday warned that the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarbans could suffer huge ecological damage due to oil spilling from a tanker that went down in the Shela river a few days ago.
They noted that the most important issue now was to transfer or suck the oil from the river. But they said the government's plan to use spilled oil dispersion as a method to break the oil in the river would be harmful for the mangrove eco system.
Eminent researcher and environmentalist, Pavel Partha, talking to the Daily Observer, said "We came to know that government is going to use this kind of chemicals. Which is intended to break the oil participles, but (it can be very dangerous to the eco systems and the mongrave of Sundarbans>"
He also noted that this kind of chemicals has not been used before, so it's very difficult to make any prediction. Partha stressed use of local methods such as thick cloths, jute, foam, sponge for sucking floating oil .
"We need the help of local youth, young people to join their hands to suck the erupted oil in the river with using thick cloths and others local methods," he said.
Dr Abdul Matin, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon ( BAPA) said this incident has taken place due to ignorance of the government.
He also mentioned that earlier Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had forbidden entry of this kind of ships in this river routes.
When he was asked what steps should be taken right now, Matin said that the government should take suggestions from the experts about long and short period project so that the impact of this oil could be less to the environment of the Sundarbans.
Engineer Md. Abdus Sobhan, Chief Secretary of Paribesh Bachao Andolan (PBA), said the water of the river has become black which will decrease the Oxygen level of the river and the fish and otyher forms of life will be damaged.
He also said that the "culprits" should be brought to justice so that others will refrain from committing such crimes.
He also noted that two rare dolphins namely Gangao and Iraboti will fall victims to the spliggae of oil.
Prof Amalesh Chowdhury, former head of the Department of Marine Science Calcutta University said that Sundarbans as the blessing of mother nature should have special care.
Referring to the UNESCO information, he said that the world's highest flashing is happening in the confluence of the rivers of Sundarbans -- even it is higher than flashes in the Amazon river.
"The flashing has attracted the Hilsha for breeding," he said.