Down by the river
First time I saw the river Buriganga, I was totally unaware about its depressing situation. As Dhaka is in its race of desperately thriving industrialization and massive urbanization, Buriganga, deteriorates every day.
Around the Beri Bandh area, people used contaminated water from the river for their daily house hold activities, and also dumped soiled back back into the river. As a result, in many parts of the city, Buriganga flows black and smells like a sewer.
Nearly 4 million people in Dhaka are exposed to the dire consequences of water pollution everyday. The chemical waste of mills and factories, home waste, medical wastes, sewage, dead animals, plastics, and oils, pollute Buriganga.
We have studied about ancient civilizations beginning in the banks of rivers. Whether it be the Nile valley civilization which flourished in the bank of mighty river Nile or Indus valley civilization that flourished in the basins of Indus river, rivers have meant life always, then and now. Today when I see Buriganga, I fear that it reflects the deathly mess of the civilization that rests on its banks.