Stop game of freeing rivers off encroachers to protect them: POBA

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Dhaka, September 5: The rivers girdling the Dhaka city, the Buriganga, Balu,Turag and Shitalakhya are important not only to its environment, public health and the economy but rampant encroachments are leaving them narrow gradually despite drives against the occupiers the recovered lands  are not being returned to the rivers, said speakers at a roundtable meeting on Monday.

The roundtable on the realities and efforts to keep the city rivers free of encroachers was arranged by Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) at the Jatiya Press Club.

Chaired by POBA chairman Abu Naser Khan the roundtable was participated among others by POBA general secretary Engr.Abdus Subhan, Dr. Lenin Choudhury, President of Oikkyo NAP, Pankaj Bhattachrya, Columnist Syed Abul Moqsud, professor of Dhaka Cikty College dr Mashiur Rahman ,former Superintendent Engineer of BIWTA, Tofael Ahmed, president of Nongar Sumon Shams and was moderated by Syed Monowar Hossain, joint secretary general of POBA,said its release.

They further observed if the rivers around our capital are kept navigated round the year free of encroachers they would not only help them useful to us being a  source of livelihood, providing a free way for transportation and a source for safe drinking water, contributing to the overall economy.