My photo series presents the idea of pollution of Buriganga River.
In the distant past, a course of the Ganges river used to reach the Bay of Bengal through the Dhaleshwari River. When this course gradually shifted and ultimately lost its link with the main channel of the Ganges it was renamed the Buriganga. It is said that the water levels during high and very high tides in this river astonished the Mughals. In the 20th century the water table and river became polluted by polythenes and other hazardous substances from demolished buildings near the river banks.
Buriganga is in a dire state with pollution and encroachment eating away at its existence day by day. The river carries only toxic waste water during the seven months of the dry season (November-May). Even the wet season offers no refuge. Industrial dumping and domestic wastes make the water so contaminated that no aquatic animal can survive in the poisonous river water, let alone be used by locals for everyday purposes.
A recently published report has pointed out that there are over 7,000 industrial units including- dyeing mills, tanneries, rubber and plastic product factories, pesticide factories-in the Dhaka metropolitan area. Of these, the dyeing factories and the tanneries are the biggest polluters. Each day about900 cubic meters of untreated domestic and industrial effluents are discharged into the Buriganga-Turag system. Industries at these areas discharge untreated washing and clinical wastes, used batteries, plastic bottles and containers, and other discarded plastic materials and burnt oil into the river water.
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