ETPs on banks of rivers facing pollution: Minister

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Staff Reporter:

The government is considering installing Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) on the banks of those rivers now facing serious pollution, said Environment and Forest Minister Anisul Islam Mahmood on Thursday.

“I hope we’ll be able to implement such a plan within a short time,” he told a seminar arranged by Bangladesh National Committee of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the Jatiya Press Club.

Mahmood said once the Thames River in England and the Rhine River in Germany were subjected to serious pollution. “The quality of those rivers has improved in such a way that now people can drink their water.”

He said it is also possible here to improve the water quality of the rivers with effective steps to check the pollution. “It may take time, but possible.”

The minister urged the non-governmental organisations to play an effective role alongside the government in creating awareness among people about saving the rivers and wetlands surrounding the capital from pollution.

He said the government has been sincerely trying to protect the rivers and the wetlands in and around the capital. “Awareness building is necessary. Alongside the government’s initiatives, I think, non-governmental organisations can also play an effective role in this regard.”

Mentioning that rivers and wetlands have a close link with the economy and the environment, the minister said, “We must keep those free from pollution for economic and environmental development.”unb

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