Govts tried to destroy Bangabandhu’s vision after assassination: Khalid
Published : Thursday, 25 November, 2021 at 8:49 PM Count : 515
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday said that more than 60 percent attacks of the freedom fighters during the Liberation war of 1971 were taken place through the rivers.
“After the country’s independence, Bangabandhu’s government has taken various steps to save the rivers. But, the governments after Bangabandhu’s assassination hadn’t taken any steps to protect the rivers. Instead, they had taken steps to kill those to destroy the visionary leadership and initiatives. Most of the rivers were grabbed. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken measures to recover those to ensure navigable,” he said while addressing at a seminar held at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolon’s (Save the River Movement, Bangladesh) Dhaka City unit organized the event titled ‘Challenges of ensuring navigability of Bangladesh’s rivers and sedimentation management’ marking celebration of its 16th founding anniversary.
Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) senior advisor Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker presented the keynote in the event organized with city unit president Anisur Rahman Khan in the chair and moderated by its general secretary Mohosinul Karim Lebu.
BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadek, Bangladesh Water Development Board Additional Director General Akhil Kumar Bishwas, Jatiya Press Club General Secretary Ilias Khan, organisation’s central president Anwar Sadat, general secretary Anwar Hossain, vice presidents Dr. Lutfor Rahman and Dr. Mohsin Ali Mondol also spoke the event.
Khalid Mahmud said after Bangabandhu’s assassination, no one of the governments have procured any dredger to protect the rivers by removing sedimentation. Instead, they have sheltered the illegal occupants of rivers.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken steps to buy new dredgers and dredge the rivers for ensuring navigability. The government has already bought 38 dredgers and started process to buy more 42 under BIWTA. The government is working sincerely to save the rivers,” he added.
In his presentation, Maminul Haque Sarker said river management is necessary to enhance irrigation, navigation and several other water utilities and to minimize the effects of flood, water logging and river bank erosion.